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Published: 
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Every person in America has a right to be free from invasive searches by the government, and that right does not disappear simply because one is accused of a crime.

Voting Rights Restoration in Washington State

Document, Published: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Voting Restoration in Washington

Document, Published: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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).
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Washington has joined the 3DaysCount initiative that highlights the harmful consequences that result when people who can’t afford to pay bail are forced to await their trial behind bars, and develops commonsense solutions.

Is My Client Eligible to Vacate an Adult Criminal Conviction?

Document, Published: 
Friday, May 5, 2017
Many people with a criminal record want to “expunge” or “clear” their criminal histories. While Washington law does not permit the destruction of adult, conviction records, some people may be eligible to “vacate” a conviction record, which allows them to legally claim that they were never convicted.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, April 24, 2017
Students, Not Suspects Highlights How School Policing Funnels Youth into School-to-Prison Pipeline
Published: 
Monday, April 24, 2017
A new ACLU report exposes how police in Washington's schools funnel youth into the school-to-prison pipeline.

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