Category Archives: News Release

Three men are seated side by side at a picnic table, with another person's arms showing on the other side of the table. Two people have notebooks and pencils.
17 May
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New laws expand services for safe and successful reentry

  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 ...

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26 Apr
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Darneille bill requiring investigation of in-custody deaths signed into law

  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 ...

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View of Washington State Capitol building with surrounding cherry trees in bloom with pink blossoms. The sky is clear and deep blue.
26 Apr
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Governor approves resentencing for life sentences given based on old law

OLYMPIA – Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation requiring resentencing for 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 requiring ...

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08 Mar
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Virtual Town Hall this Wednesday!

Please join us, your lawmakers from the 27th Legislative District, for a virtual town hall meeting this Wednesday at 5:30. This is our chance to report on major issues before the Legislature and hear your ideas, comments and questions so ...

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01 Mar
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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 ...

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08 Jan
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Darneille juvenile justice bill would decrease recidivism

  OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) introduced a bill today that would raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to ages 13-19, up from 8-17. Senate Bill 5122 was created to respond to research that shows teenagers benefit more ...

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Sen. Jeannie Darneille speaks on the Senate floor. She is holding a microphone with her right hand and gesturing with her left hand.
01 Dec
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Justice system reform top priority for Darneille in 2021 session

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 ...

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Sen. Darneille with Page Dana Hicks, March 3, 2020.
09 Mar
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Dana Hicks serves as page in Washington State Senate

Dana Hicks, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of March 6. Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) sponsored Hicks’s week in the Legislature.

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04 Mar
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Senate passes several criminal justice reform bills

OLYMPIASeveral criminal justice reform bills that moved out of the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee last week were passed in the Senate this week. “We are approving important legislation that puts people first by setting them ...

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18 Feb
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Senate passes bill to reform youth sentencing guidelines

OLYMPIALegislation passed today by the Senate would permit courts to consider the maturity of a defendant in sentencing decisions. Sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma), Senate Bill 5488 would allow judges to use discretion when making sentencing ...

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