Senate passes Darneille relief bill for 64 serving life sentences

  OLYMPIA Today the Senate passed legislation that would require resentencing of individuals sentenced to life without parole due to a conviction for robbery in the second degree. In 1993, Washington became the first state to adopt a three strikes law that required courts to sentence people to life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP) upon conviction of a third “most serious offense.” But in 2019, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 5288, which removed robbery in the second degree from the list of most serious offenses, meaning it was no longer a three-strikes offense. However, that bill did not apply to the 64 people in Washington already serving three strikes LWOP sentences for whom at least one strike ...

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