A top King County prosecutor told a group of South Sound law enforcement officials that they better “get used to” no jail time for juvenile criminals responsible for the alarming rise of violence in the region. He even joked about their concern, using a popular meme that some on the call found offensive.
Ben Carr is the senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County. He offered a PowerPoint presentation on how the county treats juvenile offenders driving much of the crime. The meeting was called after mayors criticized the prosecutor’s office for going too easy on criminals, demanding answers. It did not go well.
January 4, 2022
Rantz: Prosecutor says ‘get used to’ no jail time for teen gun crimes, assault, theft
[King County encompasses Seattle and many of the nearby towns.
Other items of interest from the same article:
- Violent criminals will be enrolled in restorative justice programs run by police and prison abolitionists
- a large portion of the changes are overdue, being done to address racial disproportionality and over-incarceration
- The alternatives are offered to certain felony suspects. Rather than going in front of a judge, RCP puts the suspects in front of a community panel of activists. That panel decides how the suspect can be held accountable.
- RCP explains its “end goal is ABOLITION,” and that they are “fighting to dismantle the carceral state.”
Things are going to get a lot worse around here before they get better.