Spokane Police Guild disapproves Inslee’s order to release ‘low-risk’ inmates

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Police Guild is protesting the release of certain inmates back into communities, following Governor Jay Inslee’s commutation order to provide more social distancing in corrections centers.

The Washington Department of Corrections released several inmates, prioritizing those near the end of their sentences or those with non-violent, non-drug offenses.

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In a public letter, the Spokane Police Guild disapproved the decision to release certain inmates and attempt to reintegrate them back into society.

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Posted by Spokane Police Guild on Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Guild argued that using the term ‘low-risk’ to describe a criminal ignores that they have affected people with their crimes, and that releasing them is unfair to their victims and others.

According to the Police Guild, Spokane officers say they are concerned that this will make crime rise in the community, as criminals will think that breaking the law holds no consequences.

“The Spokane Police Guild wants the citizens of Spokane to know we will continue to Serve and Protect our community during this pandemic. We all live and work in this beautiful area, and want nothing but the best for our family, friends, and loved ones.”