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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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Tacoma legislators commend Point Ruston resolution

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 Fey all supported legislation this year that opened fresh dialogue on the waterfront development. “After being engaged with all parties on this ...

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

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 has served as the minority-ranking democratic member on the committee. “I am honored to be elected chair of the committee ...

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

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, 2012. Houston-Sconiers was 17 years old at the time of the robbery. The incident involving Houston-Sconiers helped Sen. Jeannie Darneille, ...

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Darneille: Viewing the budget with a human services lens

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 public hearing later that afternoon in the Ways & Means Committee. While I appreciate the difficult decisions that go into constructing a ...

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

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 many kids, going to school brings stability and normalcy to their lives. I am pleased that we are taking ...

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

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 this case from the very beginning. Following the announcement of the ruling, she issued the following statement: “Today’s Supreme Court ...

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