Juvenile system needs review; sentences are too light
Let’s see if I’ve got this right: Respected county official Scott Noble uses terrible judgment, gets intoxicated, badly injures himself and others in a car wreck, loses his job and with no prior criminal record, gets eight months on work release in the slammer.
Some local teens intentionally attack and brain damage a responding Seattle police officer with apparently permanent, career-destroying injuries and more or less get slapped on their juvenile wrists and released [“Police angry over teens’ sentencing,” NWSaturday, June 20]. For an encore, as reported in The Times, they quickly get arrested for more criminal conduct. What?
Although judges bear a heavy burden of responsibility weighing and deciding what is best for society and the defendant in the present and future, these recent events sharply illustrate a compelling need for legislative review of Washington’s juvenile-justice system and statutes.
— Don Gulliford, Mercer Island