Category Archives: Criminal Justice

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Removing a Barrier to Reentry

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By: Tarra Simmons, 2016 Goldmark Fellow 
Northwest Justice Project

On June 24, 2016 I became the first person in our state to obtain a Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity. The Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP) became available to persons with a criminal conviction on June 9, 2016 after the unanimous passage of ESHB 1553 in the 2016 state legislative session.  The law allows people who have been convicted of certain crimes to petition a judge for a certificate that shows they have completed their sentence and have been law abiding citizens. In the words of King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg a CROP is “a receipt that says the person has paid their debt to society and can move forward.” Read More

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Innovations Funded to Improve Incarceration Outcomes

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By: Andrea Axel, Director of Grant Programs at the Legal Foundation of Washington

The Legal Foundation of Washington recently made four $25,000 grants for groundbreaking projects to ameliorate harmful effects of mass incarceration in our state. Each grant will support a novel approach or collaboration designed to tackle problems that overwhelm people and families trying to rebuild their lives after incarceration. The projects described below will be underway this fall.

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