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The Columbian: Get Smart On Crime

Despite a prison population in Washington State that is overcapacity, statistics from the FBI indicate that the state has the nation’s highest rate of property crimes such as burglary and auto theft.

A Smarter Handle on Property Crimes

Typically, tougher enforcement of the law to deter crime adds a burden to taxpayers, who must pay more for police officers and prison beds.

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Inslee Has New Plan to Reduce Property Crime

Gov. Jay Inslee has unveiled his plan to reduce the state’s sky-high property crime rate (a problem present in Spokane) that’s based on the idea that repeat offenders should receive supervision and treatment.

More Supervision, Less Prison Time Sought for Low-Level Criminals

Lower-level ex-convicts in Washington State are more likely than more serious offenders to be arrested and re-imprisoned, and their histories saddle them with longer sentences that are more likely to send them to state prisons rather than local jails and to keep them there longer.

Editorial: Correcting Corrections

As if school funding and mental health care didn’t generate enough concerns for next year’s legislature, now there are dire reports about Washington’s prison system.

Washington State Justice System Review

Marshall Clement, director of State Initiatives for the CSG Justice Center, speaks to ABC News affiliate KONA Radio about the problems facing the state prison system in Washington.