State of Washington v. Hubbard

This court case is completed

We have filed several amicus briefs in the court of appeals and in the Supreme Court, in support of Mr. Hubbard, who was granted a Certificate of Discharge (COD) that was backdated to February 23, 2013, the date on which he completed the terms of his sentence. Our briefs argue that the court’s decision to backdate the COD is in keeping with the legislative history and intent of Washington law, which seeks to avoid increasing the collateral consequences of arrest. Because a COD is needed to vacate a prior criminal conviction, it is essential for many people to gain access to housing and employment— key factors in combating recidivism. The Supreme Court accepted this case for review and heard oral arguments on June 28, 2018