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Darneille to retire from Washington State Senate

Darneille to retire from Washington State Senate

  OLYMPIA – After over two decades of service in the Washington State Legislature, Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) announced her retirement today after giving notice to Gov. Jay Inslee of her resignation. Her resignation will be effective this fall on a date to be determined. Darneille departs the Legislature to serve in the newly created position of Assistant Secretary -- Women’s Prison ...

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New laws expand services for safe and successful reentry

New laws expand services for safe and successful reentry

  OLYMPIAGov. 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 and youth exiting juvenile rehabilitation settings succeed when they return to their communities. “It’s about improving the status of people leaving these settings ...

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

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 to conduct a fatality review any time an individual who is incarcerated dies unexpectedly or when the Office of Corrections Ombuds ...

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Governor approves resentencing for life sentences given based on old law

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 sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP) upon conviction of a third “most serious offense.” But robbery ...

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Virtual Town Hall this Wednesday!

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 that we can best represent you in Olympia. You can submit questions live in the comment sections or ahead of ...

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Senate passes Darneille relief bill for 64 serving life sentences

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 strikes law that required courts to sentence people to life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP) upon conviction of a ...

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Darneille juvenile justice bill would decrease recidivism

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 from the rehabilitative response available in the juvenile court system as compared to the adult criminal legal system. “There is very ...

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Justice system reform top priority for Darneille in 2021 session

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 my return to the Law & Justice Committee, I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to bring about criminal ...

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Dana Hicks serves as page in Washington State Senate

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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Senate passes several criminal justice reform bills

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 up to thrive in our communities when emerging from incarceration,” said Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma), chair of the Human Services, ...

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