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SELECTED 3-STRIKES LEGISLATION 1999-2013

Bill # Title/Purpose Sponsors Outcome Testifying
2013-14
SB 5708
Providing a minimum term sentence for certain persistent offenders.

 

3-Strikers who have no convictions for Class A felonies, Assault 2 or sex offenses may apply for conditional release to the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board after serving a minimum of 15 years

Kline, Hargrove, Danielle, Kohl-Welles, Nelson, Keiser Assigned to the Law and Justice Committee  

2013-14
HB 2316
Addressing Earned Second Chances

 

Any person sentenced in Washington State, with the exception of those sentenced for Aggravated Murder or under RCW 9.94A.507 (sex offenses) may, after serving a minimum of 15 years in prison, apply for conditional release to the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board.

Roberts, Goodman, Clibborn, Haigh, Freeman, Green, Pettigrew, Ormsby, Seaquist, Jinkins, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Tharinger, Ryu Received a public hearing before the House Committee on Public Safety
In Favor
  1. Representative Mary Helen Roberts
  2. Former Washington State Representative and Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, John L. O'Brien
  3. Former Washington State Representative, Doug Sayan
  4. Sean Hopwood, Board member of Post Prison Education Program
  5. Vance Bartley, former 3-Striker
  6. Delilah Bruskas, Founder, Pacific Northwest Alumni of Foster Care
  7. Kim Ambrose, Senior Law Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law
  8. Carol Estes, Director, University Beyond Bars on behalf of that organization, Faith Action Network, and Interfaith Council of Bainbridge Island
  9. Laurie Dawson, Volunteer Representative, Family Council, Washington Corrections Center for Women
  10. Darel Grothaus, Volunteer sponsor for Concerned Lifers Organization at Monroe Corrections Center
  11. Tom Ewell, Friends Committee on Public Policy (Quakers)
  12. Jeff Coats, former prisoner
  13. Bob Cooper (could not testify due to time limitations)
  14. Shankar Narayan, Legislative Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (could not testify due to time limitations)

In Opposition

  1. John Tumhein, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  2. Mark Roe, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney
  3. Terry Noble, Regional Director, Violent Crime Victim Services, Washington Coalition of Crime Victims
  4. Jack (Sheloika?)
2012
SB 5053
persistent offenders.

 

3-Strikers who have no convictions for Class A felonies or sex offenses may apply for conditional release to the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board after serving a minimum of 15 years

Kline, Hargrove, Nelson, Chase Assigned to the Committee on Human Services and Corrections and referred to the Judiciary Committee  

2011
SB 5236
Providing a minimum term sentence for certain persistent offenders.

 

3-Strikers who have no convictions for Class A felonies, weapons enhancements, or sex offenses may apply for parole after serving a minimum of 15 years

Kline, Kohl-Welles Hearing in Judiciary 1/20/11.

Bill did not receive a vote in the Senate in 2011.

In favor
Testifying:
  • John Turner, Chief of Police for the City of Snohomish and Vice Chair of the state's Clemency and Pardons Board
  • Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Lynne DeLano, Chair of the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board
  • Former State Representative Seth Armstrong (formerly Chair of the House Judiciary Committee in the 1980s and a principal author of Washington's Sentencing Reform Act of 1984)
  • Tom McBride, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
  • Stevan Dozier, former 3-Striker released under clemency in 2009.

Signing in support:

  • The League of Women Voters of Washington
  • Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates
  • Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington State
  • Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy (Quakers)
  • Columbia Legal Services
  • Justice Works!

Opposed

John Carlson, radio talk show host

2009-10
SB 5292
Concerning Persistent Offenders. Removing robbery 2 from the "three strikes" list. Kline, Hargrove, Pridemore, Kohl-Welles, Regala, McDermott Hearing in Judiciary 2/4/09. Passed in committee. Did not pass in Rules.

Deadline for passage in Rules was extended when the bill was included in the Senate Proposed Substitute operating budget bill, PSSB 5600 as "NTIB" - or "necessary to implement budget".

Link to TVW coverage of 2/4/09 hearing on Senate Bill 5292

In favor
Earl Ford, Commissioner, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs; Dr. Larry Hoover, citizen and father of 3-Striker; Noemie Maxwell, Justice Works!; Tony Orange, Political Action Chair, Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County NAACP; Amy Bates, Chair, Black Policy Foundation; Ramona Brandes, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Washington Defender Association; Virginia Faller, defense attorney; Beth Colgan, Managing Attorney of the Institutions Project, Columbia Legal Services

Opposed
Tom McBride, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys; Dave Johnson, Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates.

2007-08
SB 5349
Removing Robbery 2 from the list of most serious offenses Kline, Franklin, Kohl-Welles, Weinstein Introduced in Judiciary. No hearing. No testimony.
2007-08
SB 5502
Adding out of state sexual offenses with sentences of 10 years or more to the PO list. Benton, Eide, Holmquist, Weinstein, Roach, Tom, Rasmussen, Swecker, Franklin, Zarelli, McCaslin, Hewitt, Regala Introduced in Judiciary. Passed as SB 6184 No testimony.
2007-08
SB 5964
Revising the definition of "most serious offense" and creating a task force to study crimes included in "most serious offense." Kline, Hargrove Introduced in Judiciary. Hearing in House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness. Passed in Rules. Then passed unanimously in the Senate. No hearing in House. In favor
Kline, Carol Estes, Friends Committee; Sharon Scherer, Sharon Dozier Moffet, Lillian Alexander, Jonathan Nelson, Pastor Emeritus Central Lutheran Church of Seattle; C. Wesley Richards, WDA, WAC
Opposed
Tom McBride, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
2007-08
SB 6184
Adding out of state sexual offenses with sentences of 10 years or more to the PO list. Benton, Eide, Weinstein, McCaslin, Hargrove, Regala, Hatfield, Carrell, Tom, Franklin, Zarelli, Kline, Haugen, Keiser, Fairley, Hobbs, Marr, Kastama, Berkey, Delvin, Brandland, Spanel, Murray, Prentice, Holmquist, Hewitt, Rasmussen, Jacobsen, Sheldon, Oemig, Morton, Pflug, Roach, Pridemore, McAuliffe, Rockefeller, Parlette, Kauffman, Shin, Kohl-Welles, Stevens, Kilmer, Swecker, Honeyford, Schoesler, King McDermott Signed by Governor. Sen. Don Benton (Prime), Sylvia Johnson; Jean Soliz Conklin, Sentencing Guidelines Committee; Tom McBride, WAPA; Evelyn Larsen, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.
2005-06
HB 1803
Removing Second Degree Robbery Representatives Darneille, Kagi, Lantz, Pettigrew, Simpson, Chase, Santos, McDermott, Hasegawa, Moeller First reading - Referred to Criminal Justice and Corrections  
2005-06
SB 5284
Removing Second Degree Robbery Kline, Thibaudeau, Fairley Public hearing Senator Kline, prime sponsor; Sharon Dozier; Wes Richards, WDA, WACDL; Ramona Brandes, WDA, WACDL; Rev. Paul Benz, Lutheran Public Policy, Jill Stephens.
2005-06
SB 5760
Persistent offenders who have no Class A Felonies can be considered for release after 15 years. Substitute bill amended to 20 years. Kline Public hearing In favor
Senator Kline, prime sponsor; Justice Sanders; Sharon Dozier; Wes Richards, WDA, WACDL; Ramona Brandes, WDA, WACDL; Rev. Paul Benz, Lutheran Public Policy Office; Jill Stephens.
Other
Tom McBride, WAPA; Russ Hauge, WAPA.
2003-04
HB 1881
Removing R2 from the list of most serious offenses. Certain elements of assault in the If the perpetrator: (a) intentionally assaults a person and thereby recklessly inflicts substantial bodily harm upon him or her; or (b) with intent to commit a felony, happens to assault another, then those two specific second degree assault offenses will no longer be considered a most serious offense. O'Brien, Lovick, Kagi, Kenney, Darneille, Hunt, G. Simpson Public hearing. Passed in Criminal Justice and Corrections committee. Referred to and held in Rules X file. Justice Sanders, Washington Supreme Court; Larry Gosset,; Dan Merkle, KCBA Drug Policy Project; Russell V. Leonard, Public Defenders, WACDL and WDA; Julius Debro, UW; Jon Nelson, Lifer Spondon Lutheran Pastor; Edward Prince, Commission on African-American Affairs; Lloyd May, Justice Passage; Anne Harper, King County Office of Public Defenders; Adwyna Griffin, Snohomish County; Della Montgomery-Riggins, citizen; Don Alexander, Multi-Culture Council; and Goldie Holmes; Donauon Cruzey
Neutral
Paul Guppy, Washington Policy Center
2003-04
SB 5911
Removing Robbery 2 from the list of most serious offenses Kline, Fairley, Thibaudeau Public hearing. Passed in Judiciary in substitute form, held in Rules. Darrel Grothaus; Julius Debro, UW; Russell Leonard, WACDL, WDA.
2001-02
SB 6120
Removing Robbery 2 and Assault 2 Kline Hochstatter. Introduced in Criminal Justice and Corrections. No hearing. No testimony.
2001-02
HB 1957
Reduce sentence to a minimum of 25 years for persistent offender - can be increased by judge Kagi, Lambert, Keiser and O'Brien No hearing No testimony.
2001-02
HB 2511
Made robbery of a bank by note (no gun) a Robbery 1 O'Brien, Ballasiotes, Schoesler, Kessler, Kirby, Santos, Benson, Edwards, Kenney, Chase, Lovick, Wood, Casada Signed by governor.  
1999-00
HB 1860
Removing robbery 2 from the "three strikes" list. Koster, Constantine, Cairnes, Hurst, Hatfield, Lovick, Barlean, Dickerson, Lantz, Quall, Veloria, Wood, Kagi and Thomas