New law allows supervision of auto thieves after they are released from prison

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5492 into law Monday, authorizing a Pilot Program of Supervision for Motor Vehicle-Related Felonies in Spokane. 

The law allows for community supervision for offenders who commit motor-vehicle related felonies following their release from prison. 

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Until Monday, Washington was the only state that did not have supervision for property crimes. Community supervision can add structure for offenders re-entering the system and connect them with services including drug treatment, education and job training. 



Several Spokane leaders joined the governor for the bill signing, including Mayor David Condon, Council Members Breean Beggs and Candance Mumm, as well as Police Chief Craig Meidl. 

“Today’s ceremony provided a great opportunity to celebrate the passage of this important safety bill,” Condon said. “My thanks to everyone who helped to pass this law. I am excited to see the outcomes of the new program.” 

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