As our city’s budget continues to spiral out of control, we cannot afford to lose sight of the massive amount of money used on our jail system, which is used to punish, not help, those who have committed crimes and are looking to turn around their lives.
So, what do we do?
Maintain Current Funding for Municipal Court Criminal Probation – The Budget for Justice platform includes worthy organizations, but it would be a grave mistake to decrease probation. Funding should come from other sources. Evidence and remarks were presented by the Seattle Municipal Court judges, who testified about the diversion programs they already have in place, and the fact that de-funding probation would lead to longer jail sentences. Reform the probation system so that the loopholes are closed. People charged with domestic violence, assault, and driving under the influence pose significant danger to the general public and require judicial oversight.