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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: The Ruckelshaus Center is working to keep our communities safe. All programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 12, 2020, the Center’s office is closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference. Contact information can be found here.

Criminal Sentencing Task Force

The Washington State Legislature asked the William D. Ruckelshaus Center to facilitate a Task Force directed to ”…review state sentencing laws, including a consideration of the report of the Sentencing Guidelines Commission…[and] develop recommendations for the purpose of:

(a) Reducing sentencing implementation complexities and errors;

(b) Improving the effectiveness of the sentencing system; and

(c) Promoting and improving public safety.”

Final Report – 2020


Initial Report – 2019 (pdf)





2021 Meeting Schedule and Materials

2020 Meeting Materials

2019 Meeting Materials


Last updated: December 10, 2020.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Murphy
Senior Facilitator for Projects and Programs

Chris Page
Senior Facilitator for Projects and Strategic Initiatives

Molly Stenovec
Project and Program Manager