Washington’s Mass Incarceration Crisis
Since 1980 the state’s prison population has nearly quadrupled in size, even as crime rates have continuously dropped. In this time period the number of long and life sentences imposed by Washington’s Superior courts have also more than quadrupled.
Justice Demands More
- Washington is one of very few states that does not have parole.
- Washington’s sentencing practices are not evidence-based nor geared toward public safety.
- Washington disproportionately incarcerates and gives longer sentences to Black and Indigenous People of Color.