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Twenty-Seven Days for Stealing a Souvenir Penny: What It Would Look Like to Get Tough on Misdemeanors in Seattle

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Twenty-Seven Days for Stealing a Souvenir Penny: What It Would Look Like to Get Tough on Misdemeanors in Seattle

People have sat in here on some dumb shit. RSTo prosecute, or not to prosecute, that is the...

People have sat in here on some dumb shit. RS

To prosecute, or not to prosecute, that is the substantive question at the heart of the Seattle City Attorney race.

Based on her experience defending 600 cases in the Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) system, Nicole Thomas-Kennedy vows not to prosecute most misdemeanors.

She and many other public defenders argue that poverty and/or untreated mental health issues drive most of the low-level crimes the city chases. About 90% of the people charged in SMC live in poverty, more than half are homeless, and the city spends at least $176 per jail bed each night to hold people who, in

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