Re: "Report urges less prison time for property crimes" (TNT, 1-15).
Let me see if I have this straight: Washington has one of, if not the highest rate of property crime (burglaries and car thefts) in the nation. Having established this pretty much as a fact, our brilliant governor wants to resolve the issue by not sending the criminals to jail, but rather by keeping an eye on them or, in his words "supervision and treatment."
Apparently our governor has never been burglarized, has never lost family heirlooms, had his house trashed and had his children too terrified to sleep in their own rooms for fear the burglars will return.
These cowardly scum steal from us primarily to support their drug habits. They simply don't care what sort of damage they leave behind. Yet our governor wants to provide "supervision and treatment."
Never miss a local story.
The attitude of most police agencies doesn't help much. They don't investigate and seem not to really care unless, of course, it's their home or their patrol car that they forgot to lock. That makes the news. Otherwise, some bored functionary will give you a report number to give to your insurance company. That's it, and the scum know this.
I don't have any real cure for this. Public flogging would be a good place to start. Adding burglary of a home to the three strikes law would really get some attention. But our governor getting in touch with reality should be the first step.