Category Archives: News Release

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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13 Nov
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Darneille to serve as chair of Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee

OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, was today elected by her peers in the Senate Democratic Caucus to serve as the chair of the Human Services & Corrections committee for the 2018 Legislative Session. Over the last five years, Darneille ...

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30 Jun
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Darneille: Resentencing of Zyion Houston-Sconiers a win for juvenile justice system

OLYMPIA – Earlier today, Pierce County Superior Court Judge John Hickman held the resentencing hearing for Zyion Houston-Sconiers, a young man who received a 31-year sentence for an armed robbery of candy and a mask in Tacoma on Halloween night, ...

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24 Mar
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Darneille: Viewing the budget with a human services lens

Dear friends and neighbors, As the ranking member on the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, I have had a particularly busy week. Senate Republicans rolled out their budget proposal on Tuesday morning and the bill had a ...

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08 Mar
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Darneille: “Levy cliff averted, must shift focus to funding education and protecting social safety net”

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, issued the following statement after the Senate passed Senate Bill 5023, which addresses the issue of the levy cliff for school districts across the state: “Our schools are so much more than places of learning. For ...

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02 Mar
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Darneille: “Supreme Court ruling a major win for juvenile justice”

On Thursday, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that two teenagers who received unnecessarily harsh adult sentences should be resentenced. Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, is the ranking member on the Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee and has followed ...

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