OLYMPIA – Spokane could be the site of a new program to keep better tabs on convicted car thieves after they get released from prison.
The Senate approved Monday legislation that would set up a pilot program in Spokane that would put a new level of supervision on people convicted of motor-vehicle felonies after they are released. If the program is successful in cutting down the community’s high rate of vehicle thefts and car prowling incidents, that supervision by the Department of Corrections could be expanded to the rest of the state.
Sen. Andy Billing, D-Spokane, said the program would target a small number of felons who are responsible for a high number of vehicle thefts and burglaries. Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said police estimate that 25 individuals were responsible for 1,500 vehicle crimes.
The bill was sent to the House on a 46-1 vote.