This Article will first examine how the warrant system works in Washington and how jail overcrowding and prisoner litigation has hindered the ability of law enforcement to arrest defendants wanted on misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor warrants. Second, the scope of the problem will be documented, followed by an analysis of why limited jurisdiction judges are currently unable to adequately respond to the growing problem. Finally, the harms caused by the failure to execute warrants will be detailed, followed by a survey of options available to correct the problem.
Hon. Philip J. Van de Veer, No Bond, No Body, and No Return of Service: The Failure to Honor Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor Warrants in the State of Washington, 26 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 847 (2003).