A parent’s right to a relationship with her child is vital, and the state cannot take that right away without first providing services to help the parent bond with the child, the State Supreme Court ruled.
A ruling by the Washington Supreme Court has undercut the effectiveness of a law intended to maintain the bonds between incarcerated parents and their children. The Legislature needs to act to make sure the law can still make a difference in the lives of children.
In the past several days we have seen intolerable violence around the country and we mourn the lives lost. We must all strive as never before to build a justice system that protects all of our community members.
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.
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.