The Legislature created the Statewide Reentry Council in 2016 to improve public safety and outcomes for individuals reentering the community (43.380 RCW). The council is also guided by Gov. Inslee’s Executive Order 16-05: Building Safe and Strong Communities Through Successful Reentry. Services and activities include:
- Increase collaboration between local and state programs relevant to reentering the community.
- Improve safety for victims and their families.
- Improve outcomes for individuals reentering the community.
- Develop and monitor statewide goals relevant to reentry.
- Recommend system and policy changes to reentry systems and supports.
- Report to the Legislature.
What we propose to do
In January 2019, the Council published their biennial Report on Reentry From Confinement (PDF) including policy topics members were committed to supporting this year:
- Expand access to safe, stable and affordable housing.
- Expand the ability to vacate criminal convictions to provide people with a genuine fresh start once their debt to society has been paid.
- Remove remaining barriers to successful reintegration caused by criminal records, including barriers to civic engagement, employment, education, housing and volunteering.
- Expand access to educational opportunities both inside correctional facilities and following release.
- Issue state identification prior to exiting incarceration.
- Support the Civil Justice Reinvestment Plan and other legal aid support efforts.
- Expand access to educational opportunities related to job placement for youth in Juvenile Rehabilitation facilities.
- Continue to reform legal financial obligation laws.
The Reentry Council will meet with legislators at the capitol campus on Feb. 19, 2019 to raise awareness around reentry and the Council’s priorities. Please contact Christopher Poulos if you are interested in attending.
Council Meeting Documents
The Council gathers at least four times a year, often in Pierce County – and at least once at a state correctional facility. All Reentry Council meetings are open to the public. To access current and archived council documents, click the link below.