Seattle to allow a ‘community panel’ to determine sentencing for criminals


On Tuesday the King County Council in Washington state, voted to approve funding for a criminal justice “diversion” program that will let community groups—not judges or juries—decide what punishment, if any should be handed out for accused felons under the guise of ending racism and restorative justice. The county council voted unanimously to approve the Community Restorative Pathways program and funded it for $12.59 million. The program is slated to begin in mid-2021 and be implemented no later than the start of 2022. The budget for the program comes from money that would have gone to the King County Sheriff’s Office which is in the process of being defunded.

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