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Old 02-16-2018, 03:00 PM
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Default Criminal justice bills in the legislature now

To track where any of these is in the process, type the number into the search box at http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ .

6566 would protect teens from getting prosecuted as child pornographers if they send sexy pictures to their significant others.

6445 is about postsecondary education for prisoners.

6052 would end the death penalty.

6281 would give some offenders the chance for "positive achievement time".

If you have an opinion on any of these, the legislature's switchboard can find out who represents you and connect you. They're at 1.800.562.6000
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Default Reform of Legal Financial Obligations

I'll let the Quakers describe it.
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Reform of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) for persons released from prison

Support HB 1783 (Passed the House 86‐12; now in Senate Ways and Means). LFOs refer to restitution, fines, public defender costs, incarceration costs, drug treatment, etc., owed by persons who have been released.
 Provisions of the bill:
(1) Accrual of interest (now 12%) on the non‐restitution portion is eliminated, (2) A court may not impose non‐restitution LFOs on a person found indigent at the time of sentencing, and
(3) Payments go to restitution as highest priority.
 Relief from LFOs would help persons released from prison reconstruct their lives, reduce recidivism, and thus enhance public safety.
Oh, that 12%? It continues to accrue while someone's in prison. So if a court decides you owe them $10,000, you get hit with another $1200 every year you're inside and you get to figure out how to pay that with your prison job at 42 cents per hour.

That 12% interest is something that's attracted negative attention as far away as Texas.
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Third-degree driving with a suspended license is the least serious of the DWLS charges. First- and second-degree driving with a suspended license are charges aimed at habitual offenders and those who lost their licenses due to drunken-driving or reckless-driving convictions.
That's the level of offense targeted by Senate bill 6189, which would change it from a misdemeanor with jail time to a fine.

http://www.chronline.com/crime/state...084d58384.html

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...ile-suspended/

So they would punish someone for not paying fines by fining them.

It's bipartisan.
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5312 is a "ban the box" bill. It has not gotten out of committee. Its status is "By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status. Senate Rules 'X' file." I do not have a clue what this means.
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