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Key Ballot Positions in Local Elections that Impact the Criminal Legal System

The offices up for election on November 2, 2021, will have wide-reaching impacts on day-to-day life in Washington. In a recent poll, Crosscut readers chose “Police and public safety” as one of the most important issues facing voters this year. Respondents specifically wanted to hear candidates’ positions on “criminal justice reform, defunding or...

Stalled Decarceration Efforts During Pandemic Place Citizens at Risk

To combat the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States, many jurisdictions responded by reducing incarceration in jails and prisons; however, these efforts have stalled in recent months. During the first half of 2020, the United States witnessed an unprecedented 14% decline in incarceration across prisons and jails, from 2.1 million to 1.8...

Breakdown: How Court-Ordered Fines Bury People in Debt

After a reform effort failed to reach the floor of the state Legislature this year, the fight continues to alleviate the burden that court-ordered fines and fees impose on indigent individuals. House Bill 1412 would have given courts discretion to eliminate all mandatory legal financial obligations levied against a person convicted of a crime if...

Criminalizing Poverty Won’t “Solve” Homelessness

Across the country, cities are increasingly choosing to incorporate fines and arrests as part of the “solution” to the systemic issue of homelessness. Washington is no exception—in the past year a string of measures to ban overnight camping on city property were proposed across the Puget Sound region, all with elevated criminal charges and fines....

Local Elections, Real Consequences: 2021 Election Guide

Last month we shared an overview of Juneteenth with a timeline of major events from the Civil War to present, and a post on two interrelated systems that propagate racism: voter suppression and mass incarceration. We encourage you to honor Juneteenth and the people that have fought for equal freedom, rights, and enfranchisement by exercising your...

Voting Rights Restored: Passage of HB 1078 A Step Forward for Democracy

The Washington state Legislature restored voting rights to up to 20,000 residents with the March passage of a bill that allows formerly incarcerated people to vote as soon as they leave prison. Effective 2022, people whose voting rights were revoked after being convicted of a felony no longer have to wait for their probation, known as “community...

Propagating Racism: Voter Suppression and Mass Incarceration

In last week’s blog post, we provided an overview of Juneteenth and featured a timeline showing major historical events from the Civil War to the present. While progress has been made since the original Juneteenth in 1865, the United States continues to witness structural racism and the suppression of political participation by Black and brown...

A History of Juneteenth: How Did We Get Here?

Juneteenth — originating in 1865 — celebrates the day that the last enslaved African Americans were declared free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation took effect over two years prior on January 1, 1863, not all African Americans were immediately liberated. Those in Confederate territories continued to be enslaved. It was not until June 19,...

Pandemic Exposes the Flaws of the Criminal Legal System

According to the National Center for State Courts, the five most common ways courts are responding to COVID-19 are:   Restricting or ending jury trials   Restricting entrance to courthouses   Encouraging or requiring teleconferences or video conferences in lieu of hearings   Generally suspending in-person proceedings   Granting extensions for...

Why donate to a Bail Fund?

Northwest Community Bail Fund has been honored and awed by the incredible amount of support that has financed our recent growth and our ability to post bail for more people than ever before. With a 600 percent increase in our funds last year we were able to expand our impact significantly as well as build upon initiatives to work toward longer...

VOTER AWARENESS

Off-year elections decide influential local positions and measures.  With historically low voter-turnout, some of these important decisions go unnoticed or uncontested. Register to vote here: https://vote.gov/ and learn more about how to vote responsibly in the 2021 election:

Local Elections, Real Consequences: 2021 Election Guide

Local Elections, Real Consequences: 2021 Election Guide

Last month we shared an overview of Juneteenth with a timeline of major events from the Civil War to present, and a post on two interrelated systems that propagate racism: voter suppression and mass incarceration. We encourage you to honor Juneteenth and the people...

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LEGISLATION

While posting bail is a large part of our efforts in the PNW area, we recognize that posting bail is only a temporary fix.  We are working toward long-term solutions with other local organizations and community leaders to raise awareness around the criminal punishment system and how it hurts people.

Breakdown: How Court-Ordered Fines Bury People in Debt

Breakdown: How Court-Ordered Fines Bury People in Debt

After a reform effort failed to reach the floor of the state Legislature this year, the fight continues to alleviate the burden that court-ordered fines and fees impose on indigent individuals. House Bill 1412 would have given courts discretion to eliminate all...

read more
Criminalizing Poverty Won’t “Solve” Homelessness

Criminalizing Poverty Won’t “Solve” Homelessness

Across the country, cities are increasingly choosing to incorporate fines and arrests as part of the “solution” to the systemic issue of homelessness. Washington is no exception—in the past year a string of measures to ban overnight camping on city property were...

read more

COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic showed us how broken America’s systems are, including the criminal punishment system.  From backlogged courts to dangerous situations for incarcerated people with insufficient resources and space to stay safe,  cities across the PNW and the nation struggled. Learn more about the flaws the pandemic exposed in the criminal punishment system:

Pandemic Exposes the Flaws of the Criminal Legal System

Pandemic Exposes the Flaws of the Criminal Legal System

According to the National Center for State Courts, the five most common ways courts are responding to COVID-19 are:   Restricting or ending jury trials   Restricting entrance to courthouses   Encouraging or requiring teleconferences or video conferences in lieu of...

read more

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT SYSTEM

Why donate to a Bail Fund?

Why donate to a Bail Fund?

Northwest Community Bail Fund has been honored and awed by the incredible amount of support that has financed our recent growth and our ability to post bail for more people than ever before. With a 600 percent increase in our funds last year we were able to expand our...

read more

Want to get involved in our Court Watch Program?

NCBF facilitates programs in King County and Pierce County to monitor court activity, gather data and help inform change to protect people from an abusive system.  You can get involved today to bring Court Watch to your county or join in current efforts.

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