New laws expand services for safe and successful reentry

  OLYMPIAGov. Jay Inslee signed two bills Wednesday that will allow more incarcerated individuals to access essential transition services proven to be effective at reducing recidivism. Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) sponsored this legislation to help adults leaving prison and youth exiting juvenile rehabilitation settings succeed when they return to their communities. “It’s about improving the status of people leaving these settings to give them a chance at making it,” said Darneille. “This means providing assistance for finding sources of income through jobs or education programs, as well as locating affordable housing, and obtaining access to health insurance and medical services, including possible behavioral health treatment.” Senate Bill 5121, requested by the Department of Corrections (DOC), involves expanding its graduated reentry program, ...

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