OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) will regain a seat on the Senate Law & Justice Committee for the upcoming legislative session after a two-year hiatus, and was reelected yesterday to chair the Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee*. “With my return to the Law & Justice Committee, I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to bring about criminal justice reform and reduce racial disproportionality in our justice system,” said Darneille. “My work on these two committees will allow me to be involved with the entire arc of the justice system, from the establishment of new crimes, to the conditions of incarceration and preparation for return to the community following justice system involvement.” The Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee will continue to address an array of issues affecting the state’s more vulnerable populations:
- Strengthening the social safety net, to ensure benefits such as food assistance, cash assistance, and disability benefits are available to those in need, even in the face of increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ensuring child welfare and well-being by protecting children from abuse and providing services to families in crisis, as well as prioritizing the needs of children with disabilities and their families.
- Working to reform the juvenile justice system by providing therapeutic services to youth in a safe rehabilitative environment to reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
- Keeping communities safe by providing the tools for safe and successful reentry to the community after incarceration.
Darneille will also continue to serve on the Senate Ways & Means committee in the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 11, 2021. *Committee assignments are determined by each caucus and are effective for two years. Committee assignments are not official until they receive a confirmation vote by the full Senate, which will take place at the start of the 2021 legislative session.