At Washington Coalition for Parole, we’re focused. We’ve come together for ONE purpose only: to restore a parole system to Washington State prisons
As attorneys, former and current legislators, friends and families of prisoners, former and current prisoners, survivors of crime, volunteers in the prison system, representatives of impacted organizations, and community members we know that there are many urgent problems in our criminal justice system. We are diverse in cultural and political values, and united in our concern that our justice system be just to all parties and elevate wise compassion over vengeance.
We have carefully and strategically chosen to focus on bringing back parole because
- parole will do more than any other reform measure to make our prisons safer, leaner, and more effective by restoring hope and the motivation to change;
- parole will save taxpayers millions of dollars that are now wasted on keeping people in prison when they no longer need to be there, and long after they age out of crime;
- parole will allow us to abandon plans for a new $250 million prison and instead spend those tax dollars on public education or other public priorities;
- parole will make our communities safer by determining which individuals are safe to release. Our current system releases people without regard for their dangerousness.