Larry's Stance on Key Issues

Washington State, and Spokane in particular, continue to rank among the highest nationally in property crime

"We must step up our efforts in combatting this trend."

  I believe:

  • That lowering property crime must be among the highest priorities in our community.

  I have:

  • Strengthened chronic offender policies resulting in tougher penalties for repeat offenders.

  • Encouraged early identification and treatment of drug and mental health issues.

  • Supported legislation for meaningful post-incarceration supervision.

  • Encouraged local re-entry programming to decrease recidivist behaviors.

  • Staffed victim services to address physical, emotional and economic well-being of innocent victims of these crimes.

Reports of domestic violence are on the increase in our communities

"Much of this is driven by drug and mental health issues."

  I believe:

  • That aggressive prosecution and early intervention into dangerous relationships is essential.

  I have:

  • Increased the number of prosecutors in our office who are focused on domestic violence.

  • Worked towards establishing a new problem-solving court for misdemeanor-level domestic violence crimes.

Violent crime remains a significant issue in our community

"Prosecution of violent offenders continues to be an emphasis in my office."

  I believe:

  • Reduction of violent crimes is an important and achievable goal.

  I have:

  • Charged our major crimes prosecutors with seeing that justice is done and offenders punished.

  • Maintained close, effective working relationships with law enforcement agencies at all levels.

  • Personally promoted legislation that will increase our effectiveness by punishing where appropriate and promoting rehabilitation for those who prove amenable to change.

Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol continues to be a community safety threat

"Deterrence is the key to combatting this highly-preventable crime."

  I believe:

  • In policies and procedures that encourage drivers to consider readily-available alternatives to driving impaired.

  I have:

  • Stepped up our prosecution and toughened our standards on this senseless crime.

  • Promoted wise choices by our drivers through the appropriate use of both treatment and punishment.

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Larry Haskell