Monthly Archives: January 2019

Update #3 on Post-Conviction Review

Friends–Excellent hearing today! Thank you for your written testimony, and for coming to Olympia. Sen. Darneille told me she had gotten lots of emails and testimony. I’m sure we were able to communicate that there’s great deal of support for this bill. Almost all testimony today was favorable. Prosecutors sounded generally sympathetic with the proposal… Read More »

Prisoner testimony for Post-Conviction Review

Quotes from prisoner testimony regarding Post-Conviction Review* From members of the Concerned Lifers Organization and the Black Prisoners Caucus at WSR, Jan 28, 2019 * These excerpts are verbatim except that a few punctuation marks were added where necessary for understanding and a few spelling mistakes corrected 1. I was sentenced to Life Without Parole… Read More »

Parole Legislation Update #2

It’s better than we could have wished for!  Senator Jeannie Darneille has introduced an excellent bill that would establish a Post Conviction Review Process for everyone who has served 15 years in prison, with possible release depending on a person’s behavior in prison. It also creates the board that would conduct the reviews by changing the name… Read More »

Parole Legislation Update #1

 We’re off to the strongest start ever, in a decade of work on the issue of sentence review. (Sentence review leading to the possibility of early release is essentially parole.) From what we’re hearing, the bills listed below are in the works.  In the House: Eric Pettigrew is the prime sponsor of a bill that will provide sentence… Read More »