King County Criminal justice leaders discuss ‘invisible issue’ of gun violence in communities

  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:12pm
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King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer hosted King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht at his May “Good Eggs” breakfast Wednesday.

The breakfast, attended by South King County civic and business leaders, was at Auburn’s Phoenix Rising Café, a Valley Cities program that helps homeless individuals learn vocational skills and assimilate back into the community.

Satterberg and Johanknecht discussed the “invisible issue” of gun violence in Seattle and South King County. While homelessness is visible, gun violence is often invisible to many, but still pervasive in communities. Half the victims of gun violence in King County are under the age of 25, they said.

Satterberg and Johanknecht discussed steps they’re taking to together to identify pockets of violence in King County and prevent the spread of violence, specifically among those under the age of 25. Both criminal justice leaders stressed that to address these issues there is a need for King County to find ways to intervene effectively and help lift young people away from gun violence.

Satterberg and Johanknecht also discussed the need for King County to build its capacity to partner with non-profits and fight homelessness in a holistic fashion.

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