County and City officials push bill to reduce auto theft and property crime in Spokane

County and City officials push bill to reduce auto theft and property crime in Spokane

State Senator Andy Billig, Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm, Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl, and Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell testified this week in front of the House Public Safety Committee, urging members to pass a bill that aims to reduce property and auto theft in Spokane County.

The bill would establish a pilot program in Spokane County to supervise individuals charged with felonies relating to car theft, after release from prison.

Spokane County Prosecutor, Larry Haskell stated “If this Bill passes, it creates a great opportunity for us to use evidence-based practices to reduce the number of repeat offenders committing these types of crime in our community.”

“Property crime is a top priority for the Spokane Police Department,” Meidl said. “Many of our most prevalent offenders have proven they require additional supervision to help end the frustrating cycle of repeatedly arresting the same people.”

“Spokane wants to be part of the solution to a statewide problem,” Mumm said. “That means giving our judges another option to fight property crime and at the same time assist offenders who may need post-release help with addiction and job assistance, rather than returning to their prior criminal behavior.”

Senate Bill 5539 passed on State Senate floor by a vote of 46-1 on February 12. It is scheduled for an executive session in the House Committee on Public Safety this week.