Civil Survival organizes system-impacted people, provides legal representation, and advocates for policy reform to restore opportunity to communities harmed by the criminal legal system. In 2024, we are supporting these priority bills.

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Restoring voting rights: HB 2030

HB 2030 will expand voting rights to people that are currently incarcerated in the Department of Corrections. Criminal disenfranchisement does nothing to increase public safety, further dehumanizes incarcerated people, and has its American roots traced back to the 19th century Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. We hope that Washington State can become the first state to pass legislation ending criminal disenfranchisement.

Reducing the use of solitary confinement: HB 1087

HB 1087 will reduce the use of solitary confinement by the Department of Corrections by 90% in 5 years. It defines solitary confinement as being locked in a cell for more than 20 hours a day, irrespective of status or custody level. The time out of cell would include access to meaningful programming, as well as recreation and wellness opportunities. It would also limit administrative segregation to 15 days and require escalating approval for extensions beyond 15 days.  

Judicial discretion to modify sentences: HB 2001

HB 2001 allows people who have served ten or seven years of their sentence, depending on the age they committed the crime, to petition the sentencing court and request that the sentence be modified because it no longer serves the interests of justice. The bill recognizes that long-term incarceration disproportionately impacts poor communities and communities of color, and that it is necessary for courts to review sentences that harm rather than promote the individual and public safety. 

Juvenile legal financial obligations (LFOs): SB 5974

SB 5974 ensures that juvenile non-restitution LFO debt is considered waived. After the reforms passed during the 2023 legislative session via HB 1169 (ensuring that old juvenile LFO debt is uncollectible), it is critically important that people who were juveniles at the time their debt was imposed can have this debt taken off their ledgers, and it is essential to ensure that juveniles can move forward with their lives unencumbered by the debts of their youthful past.

Nothing about us without us: HB 1541

HB 1541 places people with lived experience at the center of policy change and ensures that people who are historically excluded from policy decision-making are instead guiding the decision-making of governing bodies.

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