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Friday, June 17, 2016
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a Washington man sentenced to 18 years in prison under excessively harsh guidelines from the War on Drugs is eligible to seek a reduction in his sentence.
Friday, June 10, 2016
The ACLU-WA and allies have filed briefs in two cases before the Washington Supreme Court urging it to support a law designed to maintain the relationship between incarcerated parents and their children.

Frequently Asked Questions About Voting Restoration in Washington

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The 2009 Washington Legislature passed a new law that restores the right to vote automatically to people with felony convictions when they have completed their time in prison and have served any required community custody supervised by the State Department of Corrections (DOC).

Voting Rights Restoration in Washington State

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Under Washington law, individuals convicted of felonies that have their right to vote automatically restored as soon as they have completed incarceration and any community custody required by the Department of Corrections. This brochure briefly explains the law and answers frequently asked questions.


News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The ACLU of Washington is glad that the U.S. Supreme Court today denied Nebraska and Oklahoma’s challenge to Colorado’s marijuana legalization and regulation law.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit A.B/Trueblood v. DSHS filed a motion last night in U.S. District Court seeking a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Youth are categorically different from adults. They are more impulsive, less able to fully comprehend the consequences of their actions, and hold greater promise for rehabilitation.