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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: National group aims to cut crime and prison rates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10/22/2015  2:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602


Reducing crime and incarceration rates simultaneously is the focus of a new national organization, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration that includes City Attorney Pete Holmes as a founding member.

The group, which also counts as original members Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, unites more than 130 police chiefs, federal and state prosecutors, and attorneys general from all 50 states.

Members will lend support to changes in federal and state laws as well as practices to reduce incarceration rates, which are at a crisis point. The United States has just 5% of the world’s population but 25% of its prisoners. Unnecessary incarceration not only wastes taxpayer dollars -- $80 billion annually to imprison people – but also harms local communities in a myriad of ways.

Learn more at the group’s website, www.lawenforcementleaders.org

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