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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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Senate passes bill to reform youth sentencing guidelines

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 decisions for a juvenile who has been tried in adult courts for a felony committed while under the age of ...

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Senate approves expansion of sentencing alternatives

Senate approves expansion of sentencing alternatives

OLYMPIAToday 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 of incarceration. Senate Bill 5291, sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma), would expand eligibility and add more types of ...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 27th Legislative District town hall meeting on Feb. 22

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, including Tacoma, Ruston, Browns Point and Dash Point. WHAT:Town hall meeting with 27th District constituents WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon ...

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

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 brain development, criminal history, upbringing or other potentially mitigating circumstances. Some of these crimes include: first degree robbery, first-degree burglary (if ...

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

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 the country by a significant margin. Senate Bill 5596 would phase out the use of juvenile detention for status offenders ...

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