Washington's "Persistent Offenders Accountability Act" was enacted after the passage of Initiative 593 in 1993. It is often referred to as the "3-Strikes" law. Washington was the first state in the nation to pass a 3-Strikes law.

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
  • American Friends Service Committee (Quakers, USA)
  • Amnesty International Group 492 Everett, WA
  • A. Philip Randolph Institute - Seattle Chapter
  • Black Policy Foundation
  • Black Prisoners Caucus
  • Center for Social Justice
  • Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites
  • Church Council of Greater Seattle
  • Concerned Lifers Organization
  • First African Methodist Episcopal Church - Seattle
  • Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy (Quakers, Washington)
  • Justice Works!
  • King County Kinship Collaboration
  • League of Women Voters of Washington
  • Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington State
  • Minority Executive Director's Coalition of King County
  • NAACP - Alaska, Oregon and Washington State - Area Conference
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness - Greater Seattle
  • Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane
  • Real Change
  • Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • Seattle - Martin Luther King Jr. County NAACP
  • Seattle University School of Law Criminal Justice Society
  • SEIU Healthcare 775NW
  • Statewide Poverty Action Network
  • S.T.E.P.S.: Steps to Ethically Profiling Stability
  • The Birth Attendants: Prison Doula Project
  • United Black Christian Clergy Association of Washington State
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Washington Christian Leaders Coalition
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice
  • Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation





WHEREAS approximately 73% of the convictions under Washington's 3-Strikes law are for crimes in the mid to low range of Washington's criminal seriousness scale at RCW 9.94A.515 (1);

WHEREAS Robbery 2, the most common 3-Strikes conviction, and Assault 2, another common 3-Strikes crime, are classified in the least serious quarter of criminal offenses at RCW 9.94A.515, carrying standard sentences of 3 months to 7 years;

WHEREAS Washington's 3-Strikes population is approximately 40% African American in comparison with a state population that is less than 4% African American; (1)

WHEREAS Washington's Sentencing Guidelines Commission recommended in 2001 removing Robbery 2 from the 3-Strikes list and examining under what circumstances, if any, should Assault 2 be treated as a strike, as the range of behaviors associated with Robbery 2 and, "probably" some instances of Assault 2 do not rise to the level of most serious offenses and that, specifically, in the case of Robbery 2, these behaviors pose "little risk of physical injury"; (2)

WHEREAS bills responding to the recommendations of the Sentencing Guidelines Commission have been in the state legislature since 2001;

THEREFORE we call for reform or repeal of Washington's 3-Strikes law.

  1. Persistent Offenders, Through June 2008, State of Washington, Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
  2. Sentencing Reform Act Review, 2000/2001, State of Washington, Sentencing Guidelines Commission.


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