We’re currently supporting Senate Bill 5122 in the state legislature, targeting the King County Prosecutor’s office, and advocating a moratorium to abolish Decline & Auto-Decline from both the legislature and Governor Jay Inslee.
Jay Inslee: Statewide Decline & Auto-Decline Moratorium
State Legislature: Pass SB5122, limiting Decline & Auto-Decline
State Legislature: Pass Legislation Abolishing Decline & Auto Decline
Dan Satterberg: Return the current Decline & Auto-Declined youth to juvenile court
Dan Satterberg: Discontinue Decline & Auto-Decline and send all juvenile cases to juvenile court
Decline & Auto Decline
Decline & Automatic decline are Washington state laws that send juvenile defendants to adult court under certain criteria. Young people are prosecuted as adults without any consideration of juvenile brain development, the unique developmental process of young people, and untreated mental health issues. They are cruel and racist practices that we are working to abolish for good. practice we are working to abolish for good.
Senate Bill 5122
We are supporting the reintroduction of Senate Bill 5122 for passage in the 2022 session. SB5122 limits the use of Decline & Auto-Decline, and would make kids’ cases currently sent to adult court under the exclusive jurisdiction of the juvenile court going forward. We are mobilizing to support its passage need wide community support to hold lawmakers accountable.
We are demanding King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s office permanently discontinue Decline & Auto-Decline, and return the 13 current King County Declined & Auto-Declined youth cases back to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. And, we demand KCPO expedite re-sentencing for all youth in accordance with Houston Sconners, Ali & Domingo case decisions.