Crime evidently pays in Seattle, where a judge has reportedly ordered a state agency to pay a man $250 for each day that authorities fail to render mental health treatment to him.
The man, age 40, whom Fox News has described as a homeless career criminal, is reportedly a suspect in two violent incidents earlier this year and appears set to collect perhaps as much as $17,000, with the taxpayer footing the bill, by the time a bed might open up later this summer under the court ruling that designates the accrual date as commencing on May 9.
“Alexander Jay was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly throwing a woman down several flights of stairs at the light rail station in the Chinatown-International District. He was also charged with first-degree assault after a stabbing at a nearby bus stop that same day as the alleged light rail attack,” Fox 13 Seattle reported.
“In April, Jay was deemed incompetent to stand trial and he was ordered to spend the next three months in an inpatient facility until he understands the charges made against him,” the news outlet added. “Prosecutors said they will not drop the charges and both cases remain ongoing. ”
The presiding judge held the Department of Social and Health Services in contempt for not admitting him to a facility within 100 days in violation of his constitutional due process rights. DSHS says that there currently is a waiting list of about 400 in-custody suspects who are awaiting transfer to a healthcare setting.
The suspect, who is currently jailed, allegedly has an extensive rap sheet that dates back about 20 years.
“Jay has been convicted 22 times in Washington state and California, including on charges of burglary, theft, selling stolen property, drug possession, auto theft and multiple counts of domestic violence. He was most recently convicted in 2021 of a residential burglary,” the Daily Mail claimed. “Additionally, since 2016, Washington state courts have issued more than 15 bench warrants for the defendant for failing to attend hearings.”
King County Judge Johanna Bender, who presumably is a Democrat because she was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee, said that “The only reason it has stalled this long is that the government has not provided [Jay] a bed to get well in. That’s barbaric. That is not the behavior of a civilized society, and I find it extraordinarily offensive and heartbreaking,” NBC Seattle affiliate KING5 reported.
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“We are hopeful that the addition of 58 forensic beds at the new wing of Western State Hospital opening in a few months will help play a role in cutting wait times for those who need mental health services in the criminal court system,” DSHS said, in part, in a statement about the judge’s decision.
In general, critics have argued that Democrat-controlled, crime-ridden cities like Seattle and elsewhere tend to treat criminals like victims and treat actual victims, or potential victims, of crime like they don’t matter.
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