Thank you to everyone who turned out for my campaign kickoff breakfast on October 3rd. I was honored to have the support of my friends Former King County Executive Ron Sims, Former Judge Ann Levinson, Pastor Doug Wheeler, Steven Dozier and Sheriff John Urquhart! Over 700 friends joined us as I launched my 2014 re-election campaign. I am honored to have earned the early endorsements of the King County Police Officers’ Guild, the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, the Seattle Police Management Association, Teamsters Local Union 117, Teamsters Local Union 174, Teamsters Local Union 763, Joint Council of Teamsters No. 28 and SEIU 775 Northwest as well as several of my fellow King County elected officials. Please look for future events around the county to support my campaign efforts.
Thank you for visiting my website. It is a great honor to serve as your King County Prosecuting Attorney, and to lead an outstanding team of dedicated deputy prosecutors, victim advocates, and legal professionals who tackle the many challenges we face each day to improve public safety in King County.
I believe that the highest compliment you can pay to a Prosecutor is to say that he or she is “fair.” It is our great tradition in the Prosecutor’s Office to serve the cause of justice, not just to win cases, and to strive to build a justice system that is fair to all involved. That was the mission established in 1970 by Christopher T. Bayley, and perfected under my friend and mentor Norm Maleng.
Each and every day deputy prosecutors and staff work to hold sex offenders, domestic violence abusers and violent felons accountable for their actions. We continue to pursue stiff prison sentences for offenders who prey on the most vulnerable in our society. Over the last 6 years we have created specialized units to prosecute elder abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of minor cases. Our “Cold Case” Team has worked with police throughout King County to solve murder cases that were once thought to be unsolvable. So far, 20 defendants have been charged or convicted of murders they thought they had gotten away with, thanks to modern forensic science and the determination of our team.
At the same time, we work to develop innovative and collaborative solutions for King County and the State of Washington within our Criminal Justice System. We have reformed the way we approach domestic violence through our Domestic Violence Initiative, and have improved the process for victims to obtain orders of protection from the court. We have elevated the seriousness with which courts treat dangerous stalkers by creating a unique stalking protection order for victims. We fought hard to increase prison sentences for drunk drivers who kill innocent citizens on our roadways. We continue to ask for more serious consequences for juveniles who are caught repeatedly carrying guns.
I am proud of our efforts to reduce crime in King County by aggressively pursuing repeat career offenders. Overall, the crime rate is down 43% over the last thirty years. We have helped keep the number down by decreasing car thefts nearly 60% in the last 7 years through our innovative Car Theft Initiative. In a similar manner, we are going after repeat burglars and identity thieves with renewed vigor by concentrating our efforts on the most prolific offenders. I am proud to partner with US Attorney Jenny Durkan on the Federal Armed Career Criminal program in which our offices jointly pursue armed felons who continue to commit crimes against our community.
Rest assured, we are tough when we need to be, and show mercy when it is appropriate. Getting tough on crime comes naturally to prosecutors, but I also know that not all solutions are found in a courtroom or a prison cell. I have worked hard to develop new approaches to old problems, diverting cases away from the courthouse and into programs run in partnership with the police, community organizations and local leaders.
These efforts include keeping kids in school through innovative truancy prevention workshops, our new 180 program, designed to intervene with juvenile criminal offenders on their first or second offense and show them a better path. We have also contributed to the groundbreaking Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program, which gives police officers on patrol the power to divert low level drug offenders into treatment and the Crisis Solutions Center, a one of its kind facility designed to take low level offenders suffering from mental illness out of the jail and get them the help they need.
I am proud to have been appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Sentencing Guidelines Commission, the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA), and the State Psychiatric Hospital Review Panel. I also serve as co-chair of King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) Committee, as board member for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and I am the incoming Vice President of the Washington State Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (WAPA).
But being a good Prosecutor is not enough; I must also be a good candidate. I am up for reelection in 2014 and need your help to reach the one million registered voters of King County.
Please take a moment to browse my campaign website. If you can donate to my campaign, please click on the “donate” link and give my effort a boost.
I am also happy to speak to groups and organizations about our work in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Send me a note if you have an invitation to speak to your group at SatterbergCampaign@hotmail.com.
Thanks for your help – together we can make King County safer and continue to reform our justice system to reflect our values.