Dear friends and neighbors,
Thank you to everyone in Northeast Tacoma who attended the first of our “conversation hours” across the district. We had good conversations centered on tough issues including: education funding, a transportation package with a gas tax, the impact of Pierce Transit cuts, the importance of mental health care, areas that might be prone to slide risks, fiscal responsibility, and the general makeup of our state Legislature.
Another important issue we discussed was the possibility of a Liquid Natural Gas Plant in Tacoma. Please watch for my next email that will focus on this issue.
Please join me during our next “conversation hours” in the district – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 at International Place, 1701 E 44th St., Tacoma, WA 98404. The full list of scheduled “conversation hours” may be found here on my website.
|Updating our juvenile justice system to reflect research in brain development
Scientific research has proven that brains of juveniles are not the same as brains of adults; there are pockets that do not fully develop until the age of 25. In light of this research, we are taking a look at what we can do to make sure our state’s juvenile justice system echoes what science is teaching us about brain development and what the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
In May, the Washington State Supreme Court held a symposium titled, “Looking to the Future: Adolescent Brain Development and the Juvenile Justice System.” (the full 3-hour program may be viewed here).
The findings of Dr. B.J. Casey, the director of the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, (presented in the first hour of the symposium) illustrate the decision-making processes of adolescents and how they are less risk averse than adults but have the capacity to learn from the choices they make. Below are a few of the presentations:
As co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Sentencing Reform Task Force, I am pleased to report that we are moving ahead quickly to ensure that the task force will have it’s recommendations ready to submit to the Governor and the Legislature before the Dec. 1 deadline.
I hope to see you at our next “conversation hours.” Please feel free to contact me or my office if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
At the 5th Annual Advocacy Awards Celebration of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, I was humbled and honored to accept a Hero for Homes award. As the original prime sponsor of the Senate version of the Document Filing Fee bill (SB 6313) to secure funding dedicated to homelessness programs. I am proud of the efforts in communities across the state to reduce homelessness and help provide vulnerable families and individuals safe places to call home.