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Published on Friday, March 13, 2015

Justice reinvestment bills to-date – one dead, one on the move

HB 1885/SB 5755, Governor Inslee’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative, would create a new sentencing grid for property offenders. This grid would allow for smaller amounts of jail time for offenders, but greater community support and monitoring. To learn more about the Initiative see our previous Bulletin article on the subject.

AWC had concerns with the original bills, specifically, their impact to local government budgets. Both bills were amended, but the Senate version has been our preferred alternative. Post-cutoff HB 1885 died in the Rules Committee, while SB 5755 moved off of the Senate floor and was referred to the House Public Safety Committee.

AWC appreciates the sponsor’s willingness to work with local governments on amendments that work for local governments. We will continue to monitor its progress and update as things develop.

Categories: Law & justice