Update on my legislation to pause controversial diversion program

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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

About a month ago, I introduced legislation to pause the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office's (PAO) new criminal diversion program, Restorative Community Pathways. Unfortunately, my legislation was voted down in the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee this week.

I fought for a pause in Restorative Community Pathways because I am gravely concerned that not prosecuting violent crimes such as assault and gun crimes—especially during a time of record-high homicides and shootings—will be disastrously harmful to our communities. The pause I requested would have allowed time for King County to engage with the many local mayors who expressed their strong opposition to this new program and work with them to create a diversion option that better suits the needs of their communities. I am deeply disappointed that my colleagues on the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee did not find this engagement to be valuable.

Though I broadly support criminal diversion programs for some first-time, low-level offenses, I believe a line must be drawn for more dangerous crimes such as bringing a firearm to school. I also maintain that the best public policy is not made unilaterally, but by listening to local leaders who have deep knowledge of the needs of their communities.

Bettering our public safety remains a key focus of my work as your Councilmember, and I will continue to advocate for safer neighborhoods for us all.

All my best,

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Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9

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