Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 5:39 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. – We’re starting to see real world fallout from some of the state budget cuts made in last few years. One of the clearest examples in Washington is juvenile parole. It turns out that the chief suspect in a recent high profile bar shooting had committed a previous murder – but did not qualify for intensive parole supervision because of cutbacks. One study finds juveniles who don’t receive parole are far more likely to be re-arrested within nine months of their release.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is pushing for tougher penalties for kids that commit crimes with guns in Washington state. Under current rules a judge can call for detention for up to 30 days for the first gun offense. Under the proposed change, juvenile offenders would get a mandatory 10 days in detention after the first offense.