SEATTLE, WA – A repeat offender with a history of violence was released from King County Jail following an assault charge, only to commit another assault hours later leaving that victim in intensive care.
Ardalla Jama, 29, was arrested Friday night for attacking a security guard at City Hall Park. The security guard reported to Seattle Police that Jama had attempted to punch him, and then head-butted the guard as he attempted to restrain him.
Assault suspect leaves King County jail but re-arrested hours later for brutal attack https://t.co/cxFFjBoKju
— David S (@David_S__) December 30, 2020
City Hall Park is known for tents that have popped up housing homeless people and protesters. The city has struggled to deal with the tents, which residents have called a safety and health risk.
Jama was taken into custody on an assault charge and lodged in the King County Jail. Hours later, he was granted conditional release. He was booked into the jail on December 26 at 12:46 a.m.. according to prison records, and released only hours later at 3:44 p.m.
Just hours later and a few blocks away from the prison, Jama attacked another man. Police said Jama knocked the man to the ground and then began kicking him in the head. Witnesses told police Jama continued kicking the victim even after the man lost consciousness.
A man who just got out of jail in an assault case went to City Hall Park, where Seattle police say he got into a fight and kicked and stomped a 62 year old in the head. The guy has 6 arrests just this year. Why wasn't he held earlier? The revolving door tonight on KOMO-TV at 11pm pic.twitter.com/rJoe7NwpYL
— Joel Moreno (@JoelMorenoKOMO) December 30, 2020
The victim’s identity has not been released and his condition is unknown at this time. However, police have said the victim suffered serious head and facial injuries.
Jail records indicate that Jama was re-booked into the King County Jail on December 27 at 3:34 a.m., just under 12 hours after being released for the first assault. This time he was lodged without bail.
Casey McNerthney, a spokesperson for the King County Attorney’s Office, called the series of events concerning:
“We had the one from City Hall Park. The one from the previous day was a case that wasn’t referred to us and that’s why we didn’t act on it. Quite simply it didn’t come to us.
“It’s very concerning. We work right by there. We see a lot of concerning behavior out of that park and when we get cases referred to us we act on it.”
King County Jail records show that Jama has been arrested and lodged in the facility five times this year. In addition to the two bookings above:
- On January 13, 2020, Jama was booked on charges of malicious mischief, property destruction, and use of a weapon. He served one month in the facility.
- On October 13, 2020, Jama was booked on charges of assault involving a weapon and served two weeks after the charge was reduced.
- On November 29, 2020, Jama was booked on the charge of malicious mischief. He was released three days later.
"I'll be your prosecutor and so much more"
Disgusting socialist do your job, quit turning victims into bad guys and criminals into victims. There are plenty of jail cells in King County that you allow to be empty, there's one for you.
— Chris (@Chris15525244) December 30, 2020
Media reports indicate Jama was also arrested for felony harassment in 2017 but was found incompetent to stand trial.
King County has been under pressure to reduce jail populations amid concerns over COVID-19. Public Health Seattle-King County has recommended one inmate per cell instead of two to allow for social distancing.
In March, King County Executive Dow Constantine said the county was working with prosecutors and public defenders to stop booking lesser offenders who did not use violence or present a danger to the public.
At the time, Constantine said:
“We will be extremely careful, the prosecutor, the judge, everyone will be very careful to separate the wheat from the chaff, and only release those they feel are not a significant danger.
“The key here is to reduce harm and maintain public safety and it is a difficult balancing act.”
The reduction policy in King County is being repeated across the state during the pandemic. Gov. Jay Inslee announced on April 13, that Washington state would commute the sentences of up to 950 incarcerated people who were part of “vulnerable populations.”
Also, the Washington Supreme Court ordered the Governor and the Washington Department of Corrections to “immediately exercise their authority to take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety” of inmates during the pandemic.
Nationally, over 170,000 prisoners have been released early in response to COVID-19, according to a report by Reuters published in October. Local and state prisons are housing 11% fewer inmates since the pandemic began.
It is not known if the steps being taken to reduce the population in the jail contributed to the release of Jama prior to the second attack.
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Seattle: Under new experiment, criminals wouldn’t serve time, but taxpayers would get stuck with a tab
December 2, 2020
SEATTLE, WA – Seattle officials are at it again. In a seemingly relentless effort to turn the Emerald City into a lawless hellhole, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has come up with a “restorative justice” program that issues no punishment to criminals.
Instead, first-time felons will face a nonprofit community panel that will decide how the offender will be held accountable.
Under this experimental Rube Goldberg-style jurisprudence, first-time criminals will see no jail time nor pay any restitution for their crimes. Suspects get a pass from any incarceration or even a record, with the “community” choosing what sort of sanction will be administered. As an added bonus, county taxpayers will quite literally pay for the crimes through victim restitution
“Experiment” is precisely what this is as nothing so whacky has been implemented elsewhere.
It is the puerile brainchild of a man who has presided over the King County Prosecutors Office during the worst crime spike in city history, with most criminals either getting away or being released without charges or jail time commensurate with their crimes.
In this program for first-time, non-violent cases, accountability could include mental health counseling, drug treatment, or going back to school.
— King Co Prosecutor (@KCProsecutor) November 24, 2020
In an interview with KOMO TV, Satterberg frequently used the word accountability but failed to explain exactly what accountability would mean to the felon and to residents who would be on the hook to pay the bill. Satterberg said:
“We can send that person instead (of jail) to a community accountability group, who will define what they think accountability means.”
An administrative order approved by all six Seattle Municipal Court judges on July 22 says warrant pickups involving disorderly conduct on a bus, as well as theft, criminal trespass, obstruction, disobeying an officer, resisting arrest, property destruction and 10 other misdemeanor crimes can be released from jail on their own personal recognizance — or “PR’d” — almost immediately.
This Rosemary’s Baby that is the product of the unholy union of abject cop-hating social justice and insane far-left virtue signaling has been given a name: Seattle Community Court. A description can be found at the seattle.gov website:
“Seattle Community Court (SCC) is a pathway for people to have their low-level misdemeanor charges dismissed by connecting with community supports and giving back through community service. Instead of spending time in jail, community court participants connect to services such as housing assistance, employment support, and drug treatment.
“Release-first model – Instead of spending time in jail, participants will be connected to services in the community that address the underlying causes of criminal behavior. SCC will reduce pretrial incarceration and incarceration for non-compliance.
“Services – SCC participants will access social services such as employment assistance, housing assistance, and DSHS food, cash and medical benefits.
“Treatment – Participants struggling with substance use will access addiction medicine providers for assessments, diagnosis, prescriptions and coordination of care.
“Support – Participants will complete a self-assessment and set their own goals. The SCC team will support them to achieve their program goals, large or small.”
As some locals appropriately put it, Satterberg is a prosecutor who refuses to prosecute.
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