Radio report: Graham bill would prohibit early release of criminals who commit gun violence


Legislation has been introduced in the state House of Representatives that would prohibit early release for criminal convicted of using firearms to commit violent crimes. John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

 Radio Report Transcript

SATTGAST: The bill's sponsor, Republican Representative Jenny Graham of Spokane, says recent legislation has been sending the wrong message to criminals that they can break the law, hurt people, and get away with it. Graham's legislation seeks to reverse that trend.

GRAHAM: “If we really are tired of the gun violence that's happening, we need to start holding the people accountable that are the ones that are committing these crimes.”

House Bill 2094 would prohibit convicted criminals from earning early release if the violent offense includes a firearm enhancement. Graham wants criminals to hear this message…

GRAHAM: “This is the line in the sand. You are forewarned. If you do this, you are going to pay the price, instead of the law-abiding people that are not the ones committing the crimes.”

SATTGAST: The bill is in the House Public Safety Committee. John Sattgast, the state Capitol.

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