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Jason Rantz: 'Community panel' will choose punishment for first-time offenders, while taxpayers pay restitution

There’s very little out of Seattle that can surprise us anymore, but Seattle radio host Jason Rantz has a piece up Monday about an experimental program in King County that would have the “community” decide what to do with first-time, non-violent offenders, with restitution for the victim coming from the taxpayers (with a cap of, say, $500).


Rantz writes:

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.

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 [King County Prosecutor Dan] Satterberg won’t define what he means by accountability.

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

There’s a Seattle movement to literally abolish jails while justifying violence against cops and the destruction of corporations. Should they get to define what accountability means?


Rantz adds that the $6.2 million funding for the program comes from what would have gone to the sheriff’s office. And the money to pay restitution? That will come from the taxpayers.



The prosecutor says it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, though, and if you screw up again, then they’ll see you in court.


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