Similar to what we heard Allison Holcomb, National Director of the ACLU’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration, state at the Beyond Bars conference, Prof. Tonry states that 3 Strikes, Truth in Sentencing and Mandatory Minimum legislation need to be repealed. He goes further and states that every state needs to have Parole Board and LWOP needs to be eliminated. Below is the complete summary of his 10-Step Blueprint. The WA Coalition for Parole will create the political will for the legislators to take action and bring a Parole Board back. It is through our efforts that this will manifest. Are you with us? “When and if the will to roll back mass incarceration and to create just, fair, and effective sentencing systems becomes manifest, the way forward is clear.
First, three-strikes, mandatory minimum sentence, and comparable laws should be repealed. Second, any three-strikes, mandatory minimum sentence, and comparable laws that are not repealed should be substantially narrowed in scope and severity. Third, any three-strikes, mandatory minimum sentence, and comparable laws that are not repealed should be amended to include provisions authorizing judges to impose some other sentence “in the interest of justice.” Fourth, life-without-possibility-of-parole laws should be repealed or substantially narrowed. Fifth, truth-in-sentencing laws should be repealed. Sixth, criminal codes should be amended to set substantially lower maximum sentences scaled to the seriousness of crimes. Seventh, every state that does not already have one should establish a sentencing commission and promulgate presumptive sentencing guidelines. Eighth, every state that does not already have one should establish a parole board and every state should establish a parole guidelines system. Ninth, every state and the federal government should reduce its combined rate of jail and prison confinement to half its 2014 level by 2020. Tenth, every state should enact legislation making all prisoners serving fixed terms longer than 5 years, or indeterminate terms, eligible for consideration for release at the expiration of 5 years, and making all prisoners 35 years of age or older eligible for consideration for release after serving 3 years.” (Tonry, 2014)