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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.”

Initial Report: The Task Force will submit an initial report to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the Legislature by December 31, 2019. View Initial Report (pdf).

Final Report: The Task Force will submit a final report by December 31, 2020.



Click here to visit the Criminal Sentencing Task Force information page to see a schedule and Task Force materials.

Please note, in response to the recent health orders and recommendations regarding COVID 19 in King County we have decided to cancel the March 19th Criminal Sentencing Task Force meeting.

Last updated: October 16, 2019.

Additional Resources:

For more information, contact:

Amanda Murphy
Senior Project Lead

Chris Page
Senior Project and Development Lead

Molly Stenovec
Project and Program Manager