OLYMPIA – Gov. 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, ...Read More
About Sen. Darneille
I am proud and honored to represent the 27th Legislative District in the Senate, building upon the experience I gained during 12 years in the House of Representatives.
I understand the needs and concerns of families struggling to make ends meet. In the House, I worked to increase education funding for all learners; expanded health care for children, families, and the disabled; developed a safe environment for children and adults to learn, grow, and thrive; safeguarded civil liberties; and promoted economic opportunities to create living-wage jobs that improve the well-being of families.
This work is not finished and I intend to continue as Senator to be the voice of those in need.
Read my full biography here.
Sen. Darneille In The News
The Seattle Times: Legislature moves to resentence up to 114 people serving life without parole under Washington’s three-strikes law
A decadeslong effort came to fruition Wednesday when the Legislature passed a ...Read More
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By Laurel Demkovich OLYMPIA – A state bill that would expand the ...Read More
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by Charlotte West Washington detains more children for status offenses such as ...Read More