Category Archives: News Release

A judge's gavel lies on its side.
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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Statue of lady justice holding scales of justice and sword, deep blue sky in background with wispy clouds.
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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This photo shows the view of a prison corridor from behind a barred door. Secure doors are seen lining the walls, and one door is open.
17 Feb
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Senate approves expansion of sentencing alternatives

OLYMPIA – Today the Senate passed legislation that would expand access to alternatives to incarceration for parents convicted of certain crimes and who have minor children.  Existing programs allow eligible persons to receive intensive community supervision and services in lieu ...

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Graphic showing headshots with names of Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Sen. Jeannie Darneille, and Rep. Jake Fey
17 Feb
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MEDIA ADVISORY: 27th Legislative District town hall meeting on Feb. 22

Sen. Jeannie Darneille will join her House of Representatives seatmates on Feb. 22, 2020. See below for more details. WHOSen. Jeannie DarneilleSpeaker Laurie Jinkins and Rep. Jake Fey, the legislators from the 27th Legislative District representing part of Pierce County, ...

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12 Feb
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Washington Senate passes reforms to reduce recidivism and racial disparities in juvenile justice system

The Washington state Senate today passed groundbreaking legislation extending juvenile justice jurisdiction for some youthful offenders to age 25. Current Washington law requires that 16-17 year olds who commit certain crimes are automatically tried as adults without any consideration of ...

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07 Feb
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Legislation phasing out youth detention for non-criminal offenses passes Senate

Landmark legislation to phase out detention of minors for status offenses such as truancy, running away from home, and other non-criminal behavior today passed out of the Washington state Senate. Washington currently incarcerates more youth than any other state in ...

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07 Feb
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Tacoma legislators commend Point Ruston resolution

Three Tacoma legislators are commending the resolution of the years-long Point Ruston development dispute following the approval of an interlocal agreement forged between the cities of Tacoma and Ruston. Tacoma Democrats Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, and Rep. Jake ...

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