OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation today that requires a fatality review following any unexpected death in a Washington jail or prison. Senate Bill 5119, sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma), requires prisons and local jails across Washington to conduct a fatality review any time an individual who is incarcerated dies unexpectedly or when the Office of Corrections Ombuds flags a case for review. The new law establishes a process for convening a fatality review, including a requirement that the team carrying out the review be made up of people with specific expertise and no involvement in the case. These reviews will be used to develop recommendations for changes in policies and practices to prevent deaths and strengthen health and ...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
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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