FAMM is continuing its work in Washington state during the 2024 legislative session. FAMM has been active in Washington since 2022. FAMM has worked to educate lawmakers and the public on second look sentencing and retroactive sentencing reform. Our work has focused on issues related to people who were young (under the age of 25) at the time of their offense and the impact that had on their decision making at the time of their offense and what that means for their sentencing.
2024 Legislative Priorities
In 2014, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Miller, the Washington legislature passed legislation that gave people under the age of 18 the opportunity for release after serving 20 years. The brain science that informed both the Supreme Court’s decision in Miller and the Washington legislature’s adoption of this policy tells us that people don’t fully develop until they are around 25 years old. FAMM has joined local organizations to educate the public and lawmakers on the need to rethink sentences for people 18 – 25 years old in the context of our understanding of brain development.
In 2023, the Washington Legislature passed a bill that would ended the practice of using most juvenile adjudications to automatically enhance future sentences in the adult courts. This passed because the Legislature understood that people should not be punished twice for mistakes they made as kids. Unfortunately, this change only applied prospectively. FAMM has joined local organizations to educate the public and lawmakers on the importance of retroactive sentencing reform.