Flights & Rights - Sentencing Reform in Washington

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Flights & Rights is our monthly community series featuring important civil rights issues and great beer in the KEXP Studios Gathering Space! ACLU - WA Executive Director Michele Storms will moderate a panel on sentencing reform in Washington.

Across the country, the already staggering number of people locked up in jail and prison more than quadrupled during the last four decades. In Washington State, the imprisonment rate and total incarceration rate have more than doubled since 1978. Despite plummeting crime rates, our government is locking people up for longer and longer. Learn about how the proliferation of long and life sentences has been a key driver in growing Washington’s prison population. If laws aren’t reformed soon, a growing number of people will die behind bars. 

Jaime Hawk (ACLU’s Legal Strategy Director for Smart Justice), Nick Allen (Columiba Legal Services), and DeVitta Briscoe (Collective Justice) discuss what their organizations are doing to advance sentencing reform and end mass incarceration right now.

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