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Seattle To Send First-Time Non-Violent Criminals To ‘Community Panel' and Have Taxpayers Pay Their Restitution

Added 12-01-20 09:38:02am EST - “"We can send that person instead (of jail) to a community accountability group, who will define what they think accountability means"” - Legalinsurrection.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “Seattle To Send First-Time Non-Violent Criminals To 'Community Panel' and Have Taxpayers Pay Their Restitution”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“We can send that person instead (of jail) to a community accountability group, who will define what they think accountability means”

Seattle is about to try a new form of community policing which would have criminals face a non-profit community panel and in some cases, put taxpayers on the hook for restitution.

Under an experimental program in King County, first-time criminals will not see jail time for crimes, nor pay restitution. Instead, the suspects get a pass from any jailtime or record, with the “community” choosing the punishment. Plus, as an added bonus, county taxpayers will quite literally pay for the crimes.

It’s the latest scheme from King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg to give a pass to criminals, while giving himself the ability to ignore his job. And even though these crimes disproportionately occur in Seattle, it’ll be the entire county that pays…

Under the “restorative justice” program, non-violent, first-time felons will face a non-profit community panel to decide how the offender will be held accountable. But Satterberg won’t define what he means by accountability.

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