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Old 01-12-2018, 12:01 AM
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This was in the latest email from Disability Rights Washington.

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HB 1889, a bill that would create an independent corrections ombuds in Washington, is on the calendar for a hearing in the House Public Safety Committee on January 15, 2018 at 1:30. If you are in Olympia, please come sign in support of this important legislation. HB 1889 is sponsored by Rep. Pettigrew but it had bipartisan support last year and we are hopeful we will see it pass this session!

The full text of the bill can be found at: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/bienni...lls/1889-S.pdf

If you cannot make it to Olympia but want to sign in support, you can submit your online comments here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//1889
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So now the suggestion is to contract out a heavily biased group who has the ability to cherry pick cases. Meanwhile, the state struggles to fund officer safety programs.
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The actual ombudsman office will have to be neutral to keep their credibility as mediators. It's a critical, defining part of the job.

"Heavily biased" could arguably apply to the advisory council. Last year the makeup of the advisory council got changed to lessen the perceived slant in favor of inmate families.

But that's not the interesting thing. This year, the House just amended the ombudsman bill to remove the advisory council completely.

But it's still in the Senate version! Not clear how this is going to turn out.

Interestingly the most friction came from having legislators on the advisory council.

This is what used to be the proposed makeup of the advisory council:
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(2) The council initially consists of one legislative member from the largest caucus of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and one legislative member from the largest caucus of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate. The legislative members shall select the following additional members:
(a) Two former inmates who have successfully reintegrated into the community and are no longer in the custody of the department;
(b) Two family members of a current inmate;
(c) One expert with significant criminal justice or correctional experience who is not an employee or contractor with the state of Washington;
(d) A community member with extensive knowledge and experience in issues related to racial, ethnic, or religious diversity within the correctional system;
(e) A community member with extensive knowledge and experience in the accommodation needs of individuals with disabilities; and
(f) A community member with dispute resolution training who has experience working in the criminal justice or corrections field.
(3) The council also includes:
(a) The department staff serving as the internal ombuds, if any; (b) A bargaining unit representative, as selected by the
membership of the bargaining unit; and
(c) A representative of the governor's office.
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