New Unit Announcement
On March 12, 2020, the Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 6164, giving elected prosecutors the authority to petition a court to resentence felony convictions when it would serve the interest of justice. If a court finds that the interest of justice is served by resentencing, such a finding could result in the sentence reduction or early release of an individual incarcerated due to a felony conviction.
We, at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) are excited at the enactment of this law and to announce the creation of a new unit, the Sentence Review Unit, to manage this work in our office. This new law allows us to continue and strengthen our existing criminal justice reform efforts. For the past thirteen years, the KCPAO has reviewed old cases with an emphasis on “Three Strikes” cases where a person was sentenced to life for committing a robbery in the 2nd degree. The purpose of the review of old cases is to determine if the sentence is consistent with current principles of justice. For example, 2nd degree robbery is no longer counted as a strike under Washington law.
The Sentence Review Unit is hard at work finalizing standards to help guide the expansion of our sentence review efforts. While we prepare for the increase in petition requests, feel free to email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.