A measure passed in Thursday in the Washington State Senate will help reduce property crime. (TRT: 63) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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Investments in law enforcement and offender accountability could soon reduce property crime under a measure passed on Thursday in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam served as the co-chair on the governor’s Justice Reinvestment Task Force over the interim. Washington State is one of 22 states selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Sen. Jim Hargrove:

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 37) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Our state has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation but the Council of State Governments started looking at some of our data, at our request, and found out that our property crime rate is one of the highest in the nation. So what this bill does is it slightly shortens some of the prison sentences for property crimes to bring them more in line with other states and adds a year of supervision and treatment to those same offenders, which the data shows will actually reduce our property crimes in this state quite dramatically. So this is a way to make your citizens safer, to reduce property crime in the state and to save the state money also.”

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.