Release the inmates: Washington prosecutor wants to lead criminals out of custody, court, and prison

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[Editor’s note: King County Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Division, created an “Equity and Justice Workgroup,” ostensibly because inequity and injustice is running rampant in the county, despite zero evidence being presented to this point.

This is part two of a two-part series on the lengthy recommendations that group has presented. This part will focus the impact on victims within the community.

The recommendation letter itself suggests a “changing” relationship between the prosecutor’s office and law enforcement, but we encourage you to look beyond that word to see the “change” for what it really is.

Don’t take our word for it- read the document and see for yourself.

This is an incredibly dangerous document and will be detrimental to the role of policing and public safety in communities, should it be taken seriously.]

KING COUNTY, WA – A letter signed by the twenty-seven members of the EJW states:

“Our allegiance is not to any particular recommendation within, but to the overarching mission of equity and racial justice.”

If the letter’s contents are any indication, the workgroup believes that “equity and racial justice” can be accomplished by refusing to prosecute criminals for a number of felonies. That could be mistaken for an allegiance to something other than justice.

In the context of prosecuting attorney Daniel Satterberg’s position on racial justice, one might be excused for wondering which is more important to the prosecutor’s office, public safety or conformity with current trends in Socialist agitation.

It is instructive to note Satterberg’s role in the commutation of convicted felon Stonney Rivers’ life sentence. Satterberg argued that Rivers should be released, in part because his race (black) was disproportionately represented in the prison population (80%). Shortly after release, Rivers committed murder during a drug deal, illustrating clearly the wisdom of his release.

Under the heading “Reimagining the lifecycle of a case,” the letter makes a number of recommendations, all of which reduce the likelihood of punishment for criminal activity.

For instance, by combining prosecutions to reduce overall penalties in a “global filing decision/resolution.” The letter uses the fancy-sounding euphemism “reducing [the criminal’s] involvement in the criminal legal system” to describe reduced sentences when any of the following factors are present: behavioral problems, trauma, poverty, and/or systemic racism.

The goal of law enforcement is to protect the community at large, not to reward criminals for defects that led to or explain criminal behavior.

The letter assumes that “systemic racism” is a genuine issue, though research demonstrates strongly that in law enforcement, it is not.

In a study concluded last year, it states:

“We did not find evidence for anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparity in police use of force across all shootings, and, if anything, found anti-White disparities when controlling for race-specific crime.”

It should be a concern that twenty-seven people in the King County prosecutor’s office signed their names to this, making it clear that none of them are aware of how feeble claims of “systemic racism” are.

Under the Covid-19 heading, section 3, the letter recommends that certain types of cases should not be prosecuted. Many of them are felonies.

  • Case Types: Agree Not to File
    • Types (these numbers are changing daily as cases are being filed[1])
      • Victimless:
        • Elude: 17/5
        • Escape (1, 2, 3): 14/7
        • VUCSA (Possession, PWI, Delivery): 176/66
      • Victim:
        • Burg 2: 61/32
        • A3: 18/2
        • Auto Theft (TMVWOP, TheftMV, PSV, Felony VP): 104/26” (Satterberg, 2020)

Starting with the “victimless” crimes of eluding arrest and escape from custody, I wonder whether it is fair to describe them as victimless. What did the suspect do to attract law enforcement interest in the first place?

Eluding arrest by itself might be “victimless” but eluding arrest because of the dead body in the trunk of the car might involve a victim after all. The same is true of escape, whether it is during the initial arrest or after conviction.

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Crimes with victims, Burglary 2, Assault 3 (including and especially if a law enforcement officer is the victim), and auto thefts all warrant declined prosecution according to these suggestions. Not because the cases cannot be won, but because agreement not to file for these crimes equates to “equity and racial justice.”

The “not to file” crimes listed in this section appear to be an effort to take advantage of the covid-related crisis to eliminate perfectly valid prosecutions. The goal of “racial justice” makes it clear that the intent is to reduce the population of minority inmates by reducing the overall population.

That is an implicit admission that members of certain minority groups are responsible for a larger percentage of crimes than other groups. If that weren’t true, a measure such as this would not have an effect that could be quantified in racial terms.

The EJW recommendations are made possible by Washington state tradition, where local prosecutors are largely autonomous of the state. If adopted, fewer criminals will be sent to jail, making them available to prey on others among the civilian population.

Police will not only see more of their dangerous work thrown away by prosecutors eager to improve their “social justice” ranking, but will have fewer protections when making difficult judgments in the heat of the moment.

Officer morale would likely suffer to the detriment of King County and any other locations influenced by these policies. Overall, King County would take a grave and potentially lethal risk by adopting the recommendations of the EJW.

 

 

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