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WEEK 3: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: INCARCERATION IN WASHINGTON STATE


Washington has an incarceration rate of 480 per 100,000 people (including prisons, jails, immigration detention, and juvenile justice facilities), meaning that it locks up a higher percentage of its people than some wealthy democracies do.Today we will look into the multitude of policies that keep Washingtonians tied up in the criminal justice system at an alarming rate and disproportionately harms its Black and Latinx residents.
 
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37,000 of Washington State's residents are locked up in various facilities. Check out these infographics to see how many Washington residents are locked up and where.  Scroll down a few screens to see information about racial disparities.
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In December 2010, 35 community organizations wrote U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to request investigation of excessive use of force, particularly against people of color, by Seattle Police Department (SPD). Here's a timeline of the SPD's progress (and a few setbacks) since this push for greater accountability began.
 
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If your doctor charged a $500 co-pay for every visit, how bad would your health have to get before you made an appointment? Compare Washington State's $4 prison copay (a typical prison wage is only cents per hour) with a minimum-wage employee outside of prison and you'll start to expose a hidden reality of prison life.
 
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM WEEK ACTION ALERT
 
LEVEL 1:  Check out the classes, resources, and programs offered by the Walla Walla-based Star Project  that gives people being released from incarceration the essential tools to successfully re-enter the community as productive, contributing members. You can listen to testimonials from former clients on their website and learn how to help by becoming a mentor.

LEVEL 2:   Since 2014, The Marshall Project has been curating some of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web. In these records, you will find the most recent and the most authoritative articles on the topics, people and events that are shaping the criminal justice conversation. Explore this page full of videos, articles, etc., from various viewpoints on the prison system.
 
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