We’re currently targeting the King County Prosecutor’s office, Governor Jay Inslee, and supporting Senate Bill 5122 in the state legislature to end sending kids to prison
Dan Satterberg: Return the 13 current King County Auto-Declined Youth to Juvenile Court
Jay Inslee: Statewide Auto-Decline Moratorium
State Legislature 2021: Pass SB5122 on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
State Legislature 2022: Pass Legislation Abolishing Auto Decline
Dan Satterberg: Drop the US Supreme Court Lawsuit
Automatic decline are Washington state laws that send juvenile defendants to adult court under certain criteria. Young people continue to be prosecuted as adults without any consideration of juvenile brain development, and the unique developmental process of young people. It is a cruel and racist practice we are working to abolish for good.
Senate Bill 5122
Senate Bill 5122 addresses youth in adult courts and seeks to restrict the number of children sent to adult courts and prison. Our campaign successfully advocated to strike problematic language from the original bill, and while it does not abolish auto-decline and further legislation is necessary next session, we are supporting this bill, while demanding a bill to end auto decline in 2022.
Prosecutor Satterberg filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging the rulings over the past three years regarding juvenile sentencing laws, which ruled in favor of taking youth age into consideration in charging and sentencing. Satterberg is arguing for mandatory sentencing for youth, despite overwhelming public acknowledgement of the failure of these polices, and support for rehabilitative solutions for youth.