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Justice Equity and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Race, Equity, and Social Justice (RESJ) guides our work at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. RESJ is “how we do what we do.” We understand that all the inequities we see in the world are rooted in systems of oppression.

Every decision this office makes, from charging to sentencing, comes from an understanding of historical and systemic oppression, especially for communities of color. This means acknowledging the ways in which communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system and working to address those disparities. It also means actively seeking out ways to promote equity and justice, both by engaging with affected communities and by creating policies and practices that focus on fairness, transparency, and accountability. Ultimately, the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office seeks to be a leader in the ongoing movement for racial justice and equity, working to create a criminal justice system that is indeed just for all.

Our Justice Equity Vision Statement

At the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, our vision is to create a future rooted in equity and fairness. We strive to build a criminal justice system that recognizes and rectifies the historical and systemic inequities faced by marginalized communities, ensuring equity and social justice for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or any other defining characteristic.

We envision a justice system that actively addresses the disproportionate impact of criminalization on communities of color. We understand that systemic racism and biases have perpetuated injustices, resulting in disparities at every stage of the criminal justice process. Our vision is to dismantle these barriers and foster an environment where justice is truly fair. We believe that justice and safety are not mutually exclusive.

In pursuit of justice equity, we are committed to the following principles:

Eliminating disparities

We will work tirelessly to end racial and socioeconomic disparities within the criminal justice system. We recognize that communities of color have been disproportionately affected by systemic oppression, and we aim to address these disparities through deliberate actions and inclusive policies.

Restorative justice

We believe in the transformative power of restorative justice approaches. Instead of solely focusing on punishment, we seek to repair harm, promote healing, and restore relationships between victims, offenders, and the community. Through restorative practices, we aim to address the root causes of crime while prioritizing the well-being and rehabilitation of all involved.

Collaborative partnerships

We understand that achieving justice equity requires collaboration and partnership with affected communities, community organizations, and advocacy groups. We will actively engage in meaningful dialogues, listen to diverse perspectives, and co-create solutions that respond to the unique needs and experiences of those affected by the criminal justice system.

Proactive Reforms

We are dedicated to advocating for and implementing proactive reforms that challenge oppressive systems and promote equity. This includes supporting legislative changes, policy reforms, and initiatives that address systemic biases, reduce unnecessary incarceration, and promote alternatives to punitive measures.

Transparency and accountability

We believe in transparency and accountability as essential components of justice equity. We will regularly check and report on our progress in addressing disparities, collecting and analyzing data to identify areas for improvement, and taking corrective measures where necessary. We are committed to fostering a culture of accountability within our office and holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards.

By working towards our Justice Equity Vision, we strive to build a future where the color of one's skin, socioeconomic background, or any other factor does not determine the outcome of their interaction with the criminal justice system. We aim to create a system that values the inherent dignity and worth of every individual, where justice is not a privilege but a fundamental right. Together, with the communities we serve, we can achieve justice equity and build a more just and inclusive society for all.

Embracing race, equity, and social justice

In today's world, addressing racial inequities, promoting social justice, and upholding principles of equity are essential for fostering a fair and just society. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has embraced these values as core pillars in everything it does. By working through a lens of race, equity, and social justice, the office strives to dismantle systemic oppression and ensure equal treatment within the criminal justice system.

Recognizing the impact of historical injustices

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office acknowledges that many of the inequities prevalent today stem from a history of systemic racism and oppression. By understanding the far-reaching effects of these injustices, the office is better equipped to challenge and rectify them. Through its work, the office seeks to address the disparities and biases that have disproportionately affected marginalized communities, particularly communities of color.

Promoting equity in decisions

Central to the office's approach is the commitment to making fair and just decisions at every stage of the criminal justice process. This commitment extends to charging, plea negotiations, and sentencing. By actively examining the impact of historical and systemic racism, prosecutors can make informed choices that focus on equity and cut the perpetuation of racial disparities. The office aims to provide equal opportunities for justice, regardless of an individual's racial or ethnic background.

Engaging with affected communities

We understand that meaningful change cannot be achieved without the active participation and collaboration of affected communities. By engaging in open dialogue and listening to the voices of those affected by the criminal justice system, the office gains valuable insights and perspectives. This community-centered approach helps shape policies and initiatives that address the specific needs and concerns of marginalized communities.

Creating policies for transparency and accountability

Transparency and accountability are fundamental to the pursuit of racial justice and social equity. We are committed to creating policies and practices that are transparent, ensuring that decision-making processes are understandable and accessible to all. By holding itself accountable, the office continuously evaluates its actions and policies to ensure they align with principles of equity and social justice.

Driving systemic change

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office strives to be a catalyst for systemic change. Recognizing that achieving racial equity requires collaboration and a multi-faceted approach, the office actively works with other criminal justice agencies, community organizations, and advocates. By fostering partnerships, the office aims to leverage collective expertise and resources to put in place comprehensive reforms that address racial disparities within the criminal justice system.

Embracing a lens of race, equity, and social justice is at the heart of our mission. By recognizing the historical and ongoing impact of systemic oppression, engaging with impacted communities, promoting transparency and accountability, and driving systemic change, we work to create a criminal justice system that is fair, just, and fair for all. Through its unwavering commitment to racial justice, the office paves the way for a more inclusive society, where every individual is treated with dignity, respect, and fairness, irrespective of their race or ethnicity.

Leading the movement

We aspire to be a leader in the ongoing movement for racial justice and equity. By championing policies and practices that challenge systemic racism, we set an example for other jurisdictions and encourage a broader shift towards a more equitable criminal justice system. This leadership extends beyond the confines of the office, as we actively participate in public discourse, advocate for legislative reforms, and promote initiatives that address racial disparities within the criminal justice system.

Our commitment to race, equity, and social justice the core of our mission to transform the criminal justice system.

Our office strives to create a fair and just system for all individuals by:

  • Acknowledging historical and systemic racism
  • Actively promoting equity
  • Engaging with impacted communities
  • Leading the movement for racial justice

Through our ongoing efforts, we aim to dismantle oppressive systems and create lasting change that fosters a society where racial equity and social justice are fundamental principles.