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Mon., Jan. 6, 2014

Costs don’t add up

Let me get this straight. Cops use intelligence gathering, directed patrols, quick response and an anti-crime team to catch a guy with 29 felony convictions.

This must cost well over $2,000. Then, we find out this same guy got out of jail, paying $2,000 on a $20,000 bond. He has this (money) in his pocket from one of his other 29 crimes.

By the way, whatever happened to three strikes and you’re out? Is it now 30 strikes and you’re out?

Why can’t we up the costs of the bonds on these guys and use the money raised to help Spokane police Chief Frank Straub and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich enhance the computer-aided dispatch and records management program? That $6 million is a lot for me to pay when I’m the one obeying the law.

Bill Hachman


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