Does the state have mandatory minimum sentences? Yes. Click here to learn more.
Does the state have a sentencing commission? Yes, the Washington Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
Does the state have sentencing guidelines? Yes, the “Washington Adult Sentencing Manual.”
If yes, are the sentencing guidelines voluntary/advisory or mandatory? Departures from guideline ranges are permitted when justified by “substantial and compelling reasons.”
Does the state have drug courts? Yes.
Does the state have one or more safety valve/exceptions? Yes. Click here to learn more. To learn more about safety valves, read our factsheet, Safety Valves in a Nutshell.
Governor Chris Gregoire
Washington Department of Corrections
Washington Indeterminate Sentence Review Board
Washington Executive Clemency (pardons and commutations): Contact the Clemency and Pardons Board, located in Governor’s Office.
Washington State Legislature
Washington Court System
Washington Drug Courts: No website available.
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Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in the State
ACLU of Washington
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