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Bill expanding anti-recidivism program passes Washington State Senate

Bill expanding anti-recidivism program passes Washington State Senate

OLYMPIA, Wash.- A bill which would increase the number of people eligible to receive financial assistance after being released by the Department of Corrections (DOC) has passed the Washington State Senate. SB 5893 would expand a 2023 policy which increased the amount of money that individuals being discharged by the DOC receive when they leave government custody. Referred to as “gate money,” ...

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MEDIA: A closer look at the sealing of juvenile crime records

MEDIA: A closer look at the sealing of juvenile crime records

In an opinion piece in the Federal Way Mirror, Federal Way resident Keith Livingston shares some thoughts on SB 5644 and how the sealing of juvenile criminal records relates to public safety and recidivism.   https://www.federalwaymirror.com/opinion/a-closer-look-at-the-sealing-of-juvenile-crime-records-livingston/

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Imprint: Western States Wrestle With a Child Welfare Response to Addictive Drugs

Imprint: Western States Wrestle With a Child Welfare Response to Addictive Drugs

On Jan. 19, The Imprint published this story on Sen. Claire Wilson's SB 6109: Western States Wrestle With a Child Welfare Response to Addictive Drugs  

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WA lawmakers eye expanding foster care to 18 to 21-year olds

WA lawmakers eye expanding foster care to 18 to 21-year olds

The Columbia Basin Herald reported on Sen. Claire Wilson's SB 5908 to extend foster support services for people leaving foster homes upon adulthood.

WA lawmakers eye expanding foster care to 18 to 21-year olds

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Washington may avoid child care cliff, but many providers are still struggling

Washington may avoid child care cliff, but many providers are still struggling

Washington is unlikely to see a huge drop in child care services even as federal pandemic aid supporting providers dries up.

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Federal Way raises Juneteenth flag, celebrates anniversary of emancipation

Federal Way raises Juneteenth flag, celebrates anniversary of emancipation

Federal Way raised the Juneteenth flag on June 16, commemorating both the emancipation of enslaved people and the work that remains to achieve equality in the U.S.

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New Law Creates Centers To Support Adults With Lived Experiences Of Sex Trafficking

New Law Creates Centers To Support Adults With Lived Experiences Of Sex Trafficking

Adults with lived experiences of sex trafficking will get support and transition services to reduce the trauma, violence and impact as part of a new law that goes into effect on July 23.

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Gov. Inslee signs affordable childcare access bill

Gov. Inslee signs affordable childcare access bill

A new law simultaneously increasing access to affordable childcare and strengthening Washington’s childcare workforce is now on the books.  Senate Bill 5225 aims to allow more families to qualify for state-subsidized childcare through the Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) program — which is set to expand its eligibility.

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Gov. Inslee signs bill to help survivors of sex trafficking in WA

Gov. Inslee signs bill to help survivors of sex trafficking in WA

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed a bill intended to help survivors of sex trafficking access housing, health services and more in Washington. “This is important because many survivors don’t know that services exist and there are people available to support them through their journey to healing,” said Jeri Moomaw, executive director of Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative and co-founder of Washington Against ...

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The state’s child care gap proves tough to solve

The state’s child care gap proves tough to solve

Growing up, Shannon Edwards watched as her mom, a child care provider, was often forced to choose between maintaining her own income and keeping her center affordable for families. Now a preschool teacher herself, Edwards understands how unfair that choice is. Still, providers make it everyday.

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