Seattle’s Biggest Criminal Offenders Often Cycle In And Out Of Jail
February 26, 2020
One year after a report commissioned by Seattle business leaders profiling ‘prolific’ criminal offenders who commit a “substantial portion” of the crime in the city, it appears that little has changed.
According to the Downtown Seattle Association, 93 of the original 100 offenders profiled in last year’s report have cycled back in to jail. Collectively, the 93 individuals have been arrested 320 times in the past year.
One local business owner interviewed by Q13 Fox said not much has changed.
When the report first came out, Q13 News talked to Emerald City Guitars in Pioneer Square. A year later, owner Trevor Boone says nothing has changed for them.
“It’s the same thing, I don’t care how they paint it,” Boone said.
They are still dealing with harassment, theft and assault.
One local leader said the business community published their report hoping it would lead to change, but so far have been disappointed.
“We aren’t seeing the changes on the street we are seeing some attention not the full-fledge attack,” Goodman said.
One of the repeat offenders tracked in the original report was arrested an astounding 12 different times in the past year on charges ranging from theft to assault.
Business leaders say that treatment, housing, and support are important with repeat offenders, but so is accountability.