Phil Fortunato on Crime
Need to remove criminal homeless from the streets
Fortunato expressed his concern for public safety during the homelessness crisis. He was frustrated with instances in which homeless individuals with more than 30 criminal offenses on their record are released back onto the streets without prosecution.
Fortunato said he supported a policy to remove prosecutor discretion, forcing them to prosecute charges on homeless individuals after the first deferral. Fortunato said. "They need to be removed from the streets."
Fortunato suggested a policy that would allow law enforcement to pick out individuals who appear to be homeless with apparent poor hygiene and evaluate them for health and wellness. He acknowledged the policy's potential to allow for police to
profile individuals but implied the potential for helping people was worth the risk. "You must remove these people from the streets," Fortunato said. "If it takes more incarceration, that's what it takes."
Source: Redmond Reporter on 2020 Washington gubernatorial race
, Feb 28, 2020
Only "criminal homeless" should be incarcerated
Fortunato said he will make his formal announcement 1 p.m. Wednesday at Seattle City Hall, a location picked because he wants to spotlight the homelessness crisis in Seattle, especially what he calls the "criminal homeless." "They're criminals, you got
to get these people off the street, they've got to be incarcerated," he said, adding that they also need treatment for issues like drug addiction.
Source: Seattle Times on 2020 Washington gubernatorial race
, Sep 16, 2019
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