Proposal to dissolve Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council would silence voices for reform, multiple members say

Carmen Pacheco-Jones has been fighting for criminal justice reform in Spokane for years.

The region has made a lot of progress toward addressing racial inequities in her time here, she says. And Pacheco-Jones doesn’t want to see the criminal justice system take a step backward.

But she fears a new proposal to dissolve the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council would do exactly that.

Reform advocates are bashing a proposal from Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell to eliminate the 25-member Law and Justice Council and replace it with a 13-member Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. The concept is under consideration by the Spokane County Commission.

Haskell’s proposal draws heavily from

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