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Ombuds Passed

Friends, Quaker Voice's very high profile bill for an independent corrections ombuds has just passed the Public Safety Committee on a 9-2 vote and must be voted out of House Appropriations by Tuesday to remain alive this year. One of your representatives is on this Committee. Intense effort is now focused on this reform, one which we have worked on for ten years.Please follow the guide below to send (or better, personalize and send) the sample letter requesting that your legislator help get HB 1889 on the calendar in Appropriations for a vote. If possible, can you do this right now, as time is short? Thanks!   An independent ombuds position would provide transparency and oversight with the Department of Corrections. An Ombuds would address concerns arising from incarcerated people, their families, and staff in our state prisons. You can find your representative by using your address here. The full…

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Abolish the Death Penalty

Friends, This year we have the best chance in years to abolish the death penalty in Washington State. SB 6052 is in the Senate Rules Committee and needs to be brought to the floor for a vote in the full Senate by Wednesday, Feb. 14. Can you ask your state Senator to vote for abolishing the death penalty? You can find your senator using your address here. Although we urge all activists to contact their Senators, we especially ask this if your Senator is part of Senate leadership or one of the following who have not yet committed to supporting the bill: Uncommitted: Sen. Mark Mullet - 5th LD, mark.mullet@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-760 Sen. Guy Palumbo - 1st LD, guy.palumbo@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7600 Sen Steve Conway - 29th LD, steve.conway@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7656 Sen. Kevin Van De Wege - 24th LD, kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7646 Senate Leadership: Sharon Nelson, Majority Leader, Sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov, 360-786-7667 Andy…

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Quaker Voice Alert: Our Ombuds Legislation

 Friends, Our high-priority bill HB 1889 -- to establish an Independent Corrections ombuds -- is now poised for a final vote in the state Senate.  It has passed the House and been voted out of the Senate Rules Committee. If it passes the Senate then it will be brought to the governor for signature to finally be made law. Please email or phone your senator asking for a vote in support of HB 1889 in the full Senate. A sample message, which you can send as is, or preferably modify to be more personal, is given below. You can find your senator and their contact information using your address here. Thank you!Quaker Voice Criminal Justice Working Group   Sample message: I respectfully urge you to vote for HB 1889 for an Independent Corrections Ombuds, when it comes before the full Senate.  It has passed the House and been voted out…

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Quaker Voice Alert: Help Us Abolish the Death Penalty in WA!

Friends, Our long sought effort to abolish the Death Penalty in Washington State is now at its final hurdle before passage. It has already passed the Senate, and must pass through the House Rules Committee and be brought to a vote before the House. Please email or phone your Representatives to support the passage of SB 6052 to abolish the Death Penalty. A sample message, which you can send as is, or preferably modify to be more personal, is given below. You can find your representatives and their contact information by entering your address here. Thank you! Quaker Voice Criminal Justice Working Group To Representative [Their Name],I urge you to support SB 6052, the bill to abolish the Death Penalty in Washington State. It has passed the Senate and is now in the House Rules Committee. I ask you and your colleagues to bring SB 6052 to a vote in…

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Thank You for helping pass Criminal Justice Bills 2018

Friends,  We can all celebrate the passage in both houses of the state legislature of not one but two of the criminal justice bills that we have worked on for at least the past ten years An Independent Corrections Ombuds (HB 1889) passed the Senate last week on a 48 to 0 vote!  Because of some amendments in the Senate, this version will have to be returned to the House for final passage, and then sent to the Governor for his signature.  For the roll call in the Senate, see: http://apps2.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1889&Year=2017&BillNumber=1889&Year=2017#rollCallPopup Reform of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) for persons released from prison (HB 1783) also passed the Senate, with a 32 to 17 vote!  There were no amendments in the Senate, so the bill is expected to move directly to the Governor, for his signature.  For the roll call in the Senate, see: http://apps2.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1783&Year=2017&BillNumber=1783&Year=2017#rollCallPopup If your legislators voted for these…

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