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Washington

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Legislation

  • Bill Number: 5746 – WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Transfer Reform - Eliminated the “once an adult” rule where the youth was found not guilty. In the same year, the legislature also amended the automatic transfer provision to allow a youth to be transferred back to juvenile court upon agreement of the defense and prosecution without requiring a reduction of the charge.

    Year: 2009

  • Bill Number: 1187

    Type of Reform

    Sentencing Reform - eliminates the application of mandatory minimum sentences to youth tried as adults

    Year: 2005

  • Bill Number: SB 5064

    Type of Reform

    Sentencing Reform - Abolished JLWOP

    Year: 2014


Reports

  • The Effectiveness of Declining Juvenile Court Jurisdiction of Youth

    The Effectiveness of Declining Juvenile Court Jurisdiction of Youth (2013) by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy examines the effectiveness of the law that prevents youths from being held in juvenile institutions. This is proclaimed through a cost-benefit analysis to help understand what long-term financial impacts of programs and policies to society and others.

  • Educating Juveniles in Adult Jails

    Educating Juveniles in Adult Jails (2013)  by Katherine A. Carlson and Michelle M. Maike offers suggestions and guidelines for the development and operation of education programs for youth under 18 who are in adult jails.