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CRIME: Give credit where it’s due

Letter by Jim Tharpe, Seattle on May 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm | 8 Comments »
May 18, 2012 2:39 pm

Your editorial (TNT, 5-17) regarding the crime reduction in Pierce County missed an important point: Pierce County is no longer a dumping ground for felons.

In 2007, state Sens. Mike Carrell and Debbie Regala chaired a work group on prison reforms. I was part of that group of more than 50 participants from around the state. I worked with these two legislators to craft that legislation, so I know.

Senate Bill 6157 was the result of our work group and became law the next session. Part of that new law deals with the “county of origin” and requires felons released from prison to be sent back to the county where they were convicted of their first felony crime. The net result of this provision is that Pierce County has not been a dumping ground for felons for five years.

Another important result you failed to mention has to do with felons who were dumped into Pierce County in the past. If such a felon is convicted of a new crime and sent to prison, upon release from prison he will be required to go back to his county of origin, not Pierce County.

Give credit where it is due to Carrell and Regala for helping reverse the crime rates in Pierce County. Police will acknowledge that their legislation has been a significant part of the crime reduction in Pierce County.


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