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The Seattle Times: Legislature moves to resentence up to 114 people serving life without parole under Washington’s three-strikes law

The Seattle Times: Legislature moves to resentence up to 114 people serving life without parole under Washington’s three-strikes law

A decadeslong effort came to fruition Wednesday when the Legislature passed a bill to resentence as many as 114 people serving life without parole under Washington’s three-strikes law.

Headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk after a close vote in the House, Senate Bill 5164 affects those who “struck out” at least in part because of a second-degree robbery conviction, relating to ...

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KUOW: The end of for-profit prisons in Washington state is in sight

KUOW: The end of for-profit prisons in Washington state is in sight

The Washington Legislature passed a bill Tuesday, effectively blocking for-profit private prisons from operating in the state.

The bill would impact only one facility: the Northwest Immigrant Detention Center in Tacoma.

The facility holds immigrants on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on federal civil charges, and is run by The GEO Group, a private prison company headquartered in Florida. The contract ...

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Columbia Basin Herald: Senate bill on juvenile court jurisdiction passes

Columbia Basin Herald: Senate bill on juvenile court jurisdiction passes

By Angelica Relente, Herald Legislative Writer

A bill brought to the Washington Senate would establish a task force that might consider raising the maximum age for juvenile court jurisdiction.

The bill passed in a 27-21 vote during a debate held online Thursday.

Senate Bill 5122 would establish the Raise the Age Juvenile Justice Task Force to consider adding 18- ...

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South Seattle Emerald: Legislation Looks To Change Youth Sentencing, Offer Retroactive Relief

South Seattle Emerald: Legislation Looks To Change Youth Sentencing, Offer Retroactive Relief

A collection of proposed legislation working its way through the Washington State Legislature could substantially change sentencing of young offenders, as well as revise sentences for those currently incarcerated. The bills include:

  • HB 1413, which proposes to eliminate the use of prior juvenile felony convictions in calculating adult sentences and allows for resentencing
  • SB 5164, which makes a 2019 law removing ...

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The Spokesman-Review: Bill to expand state’s reentry program for prisoners passes Washington Senate

The Spokesman-Review: Bill to expand state’s reentry program for prisoners passes Washington Senate

By Laurel Demkovich

OLYMPIA – A state bill that would expand the prison system’s graduated reentry program to allow for more eligibility passed the Senate on Wednesday after a lengthy floor debate.

The bill, requested by the Department of Corrections, would create two participation tracks for the program, which was established in 2018 and allows for inmates to complete the last ...

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Crosscut: Deaths in WA prisons draw scrutiny from state Legislature

Crosscut: Deaths in WA prisons draw scrutiny from state Legislature

A series of deaths at one Washington prison has prompted lawmakers to reconsider how the Legislature monitors state prisons, despite Department of Corrections suggestions that more oversight is unnecessary.

While the Department of Corrections contends it investigates every inmate death, those inquiries aren't regularly shared outside the department. State Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, said she and other legislators receive little insight ...

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Crosscut: Washington state's other epidemic: Mass incarceration

Crosscut: Washington state's other epidemic: Mass incarceration

by Marcus Harrison Green

In all, the decadeslong epidemic has devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands and counting. The diagnosis was handed down in a report released last month by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and researchers at the University of Washington.

Detailing the disease of mass ...

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The Appeal: When running away from home means getting locked up

The Appeal: When running away from home means getting locked up

by Charlotte West

Washington detains more children for status offenses such as truancy and running away than any other state in the country. State lawmakers want to change that.

Tabitha was on the run from her foster family when she celebrated her 17th birthday. She had been on the streets for ...

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