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Seattle is Dying

This is a must see documentary that shows how the quality of life in a city can collapse when homelessness, drug use and addiction, and mental health issues take over neighborhoods.  The documentary illustrates how bad neighborhood conditions become when laws are not enforced, police are handcuffed, citizen voice are not heard, the criminal justice system fails (prosecutors and courts) and politicians don’t work to protect the community.

Below is a link to an article in national review ‘What if Seattle Is Dying, and We Don’t Even Know It?’.  The article discusses a documentary from KOMO’s (Seattle news channel) Eric Johnson that explores the impact the drug and homelessness problem is having on Seattle and possible solutions in “Seattle is Dying.”

The documentary explores topics such as: broken windows policing, quality of life, message from politicians, disgruntled police, upset citizens etc.

Link to the Article is HERE

The link to the documentary “Seattle is Dying” is:

On the KOMO website HERE

On YouTube HERE

For 55 officers involved in fatal shootings this year, it wasn’t their first time – The Washington Post

An analysis exposes another gap in the federal government’s oversight of fatal police shootings nationwide.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/for-55-officers-involved-in-fatal-shootings-this-year-it-wasnt-their-first-time/2015/12/22/435cb680-9d04-11e5-a3c5-c77f2cc5a43c_story.html

Pretrial Justice Institute

Useful resource:

Pretrial justice is the part of the criminal justice system that begins when a person comes into contact with law enforcement (or the police) and ends when any resulting charges are resolved—usually through a dismissal, a plea, or a trial.

It is often referred to as the “front door” of the criminal justice system.

A just pretrial system has three basic obligations.

  1. It must keep the public safe.
  2. It must also ensure that individuals accused of crime appear in court as needed.
  3. And, according to the U.S. Constitution, it must respect the presumption of innocence and not unfairly interfere with the freedom of people who have not been found guilty.

The Pretrial Justice Institute’s website provides extensive information about common pretrial justice challenges, commonsense solutions, and what you can do to ensure the system where you live produces just outcomes that serve all people.

See more HERE