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2024 Legislative Priorities

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. 

Latest Legislative Updates

  • 2024 Legislative Summary
    We are very proud of the hard work put in this session that will bring relief to some of those who most need it. We wanted to thank all of you for your support, and offer a brief review of the session. 
  • 2024 Legislative Priorities
    We are very proud of the hard work put in this session that will bring relief to some of those who most need it. We wanted to thank all of you for your support, and offer a brief review of the session.