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WHAT WE DO: Prison Voice Washington exists to help redesign and update Washington’s broken prison system by introducing common sense, humanity, and the latest scientific research into policy discussions. Our goal is to improve both the lives of our prisoners and the safety of our communities.

WHY WE DO IT: We are men and women from varied economic, geographic, and ethnic backgrounds who have experienced the prison system firsthand–as directors of prison programs, prison teachers and volunteers, or as prisoners and their families. As a result of what we have seen, we are convinced that Washington’s criminal justice system and Department of Corrections are failing our communities. Prison Voice Washington works to provide research-based solutions to the many problems and sticking points in this outdated system.

OUR CORE CONVICTION: We know that people can change, often in amazing ways, when they are given opportunity and hope for a better future. Our job is to create that opportunity and hope.

OUR 2019-2020 LEGISLATIVE FOCUS

1. Bring back a parole-like system of sentence review for prisoners over age 50 who have served 20 years.

2. Raise the age limit for juvenile sentence review from 18 to 25.

DISABILITY RIGHTS WASHINGTON’S GERIATRIC REVIEW SHORT

Disability Rights Washington (with their Rooted in Rights project) has an excellent short film highlighting the need for sentence review for older prisoners. Be sure to watch it!

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If you would like to receive periodic updates on the progress of parole bills in the 2019 legislature, please subscribe to our “Parole” list by clicking below.

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