Fiscal del área de Seattle defiende un enfoque basado en la delincuencia para los adolescentes que empuñan armas en la escuela: 'Get used to this'

Ben Carr, fiscal adjunto principal del condado de King, hizo una reciente presentación de Zoom en “consideraciones para menores sospechosos.”

“Incluso en el caso de delitos graves, el enfoque principal será la rehabilitación.,” Carr wrote, adding in parentheses, “get used to this concept.

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The prosecutor presented a scenario whereyoung Timmy brings a pistol to school, brandishes it during a confrontation and causes panic,” before debating whether a crime was committed, whether the juvenile court has jurisdiction in this case and what will happen to the kidin Juvie.

That slide in particular drew ire from officials in the Seattle suburb of Federal Way, which has seen at least six instances over the past year of guns confiscated at schools in its district.

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According to the presentation, if a student enters juvenile court, the case will result inmost likely, no time in custody and no ultimate conviction.Carr then presented on anew concept of diversion,” after King County Council recently approved arestorative community pathwaysprogram for juveniles.

Juveniles or adults charged with a first-timenon-violent felony offensemay be offered an opportunity to skirt appearing before a judge and instead face anon-profit community panelto decide how theycan be held accountable for their crime.

A copy of the presentation was obtained by The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.

Carr’s office responded with a lengthy statement to Fox News denying that the prosecutor said law enforcement needed toget used tojuvenile suspects to avoid punishment.

That phrase was embedded in a slide designed to illustrate the statutory, legal requirement that Washington State juvenile courts prioritize the rehabilitation of youthful offenders,” a Carr spokesperson said. “Ya que 1977, Washington State Law and judicial holdings have repeatedly mandated that the juvenile justice system must ‘provide for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders.’ The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office agrees with this priority and approach for youthful offenders. Accountability for one’s actions, especially those of a child, can and should include the concept of rehabilitation.

Criticism has come from people who did not attend the presentation, and who did not hear firsthand what was said or the context of the conversation with law enforcement,” el portavoz agregó.

That we should ‘get used to it?’ It was shocking to me,” Dana Ralph, mayor of the Seattle suburb of Kent, told KTTH, explaining she was not on the Zoom but got wind of the presentation afterward.

Carr was forced to explain to his boss why the slideshow featured a popular meme of a dog sipping coffee in a burning building. “This is fine,” the dog says ironically, surrounded by flames.

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After officials on the Zoom call complained, Carr sent a copy of the PowerPoint presentation to Jimmy Hung, the chief deputy prosecutor in the juvenile division. Carr explained the context of the meme but also asserted that, “no hace falta decir que, future meetings will focus less on collegiality and more on data.

Police responded to a shooting in the 200 block of Yesler Way in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Police responded to a shooting in the 200 block of Yesler Way in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. (Departamento de Policía de Seattle)

Carr noted, “Obviamente, ‘This is fine’ was used to make two points: 1) that significant system change is happening around us right now, y 2) that a large portion of the changes are overdue, being done to address racial disproportionality and over-incarceration, and that we should take a moment — in all sincerity, not just ironically — to consider that these changes may actually be ‘fine.'

The initial proposal for the restorative justice program was submitted by the groups Collective Justice, Creative Justice, CHOOSE 180 and Community Passageways. Carr said 40% of youth will be referred away from prosecution to the program, with a goal of increasing that amount the next few years.

KTTH said those groups that submitted the program proposal are run by liberal activists, many of whom have advocated for either abolishing or defunding the Seattle Police Department.

According to Carr’s presentation, juveniles accused of assault, burglary, criminal trespassing, felony harassment, obstructing a law enforcement officer or second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm can still be referred to the restorative justice program and avoid appearing before a judge.

Seattle, Washington (iStock)

Seattle, Washington (iStock)

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