America’s juvenile justice system was established more than 100 years ago with the goal of rehabilitating youth who break the law. It reflects the belief that children who commit offenses should have an opportunity to account for their wrongdoing, change their behavior, and become productive members of society. But since 1997 Washington courts have treated some youth differently under a law called "automatic decline."
The Washington Legislature has passed a bill (E2SHB 1783) which will ensure that poor people are not unfairly jailed or tied for years to the criminal justice system because they are unable to pay court-imposed debts known as Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs).
The Immigration Ordinance preserves the privacy and civil liberties of our County’s residents by barring the use of King County employees’ time and resources facilitating immigration detention and deportation.
The ACLU of Washington today filed a lawsuit to uphold the free speech rights of an immigrant detainee at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma who has suffered severe retaliation from NWDC authorities because he participated in a hunger strike at the facility.
Hoy, la Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles de Washington (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés) entabló una demanda para defender el derecho a la libertad de expresión de un inmigrante detenido en el Centro de Detención del Noroeste (NWDC, por sus siglas en inglés) en Tacoma quien ha sido víctima de severas represalias por parte de las autoridades del NWDC por haber participado en una huelga de hambre en dicho centro.
The death penalty has failed Washington. It is very costly, is not applied fairly, and fails either to provide swift and certain justice or to deter crime. Instead of trying to fix an unfixable system, the legislature should repeal the death penalty.