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Marijuana Justice Initiative

In Washington state, it is no longer considered criminal behavior for adults to possess a small amount of marijuana for personal use. The governor’s Marijuana Justice Initiative intends to recognize the evolution of the state’s beliefs about marijuana and, within existing capacity, provide clemency relief to some who have these convictions on their records. The Initiative will provide an expedited process to grant pardons to people with a single misdemeanor conviction on their criminal record for adult marijuana possession prosecuted under Washington state law.

Gov. Inslee statement on death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“We have lost one of the greatest American patriots to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was so much more than a judge; she was one of America’s greatest champions for justice, in the truest sense of the word. Trudi and I are devastated.

Joint response to the demobilization of federal agents in Seattle

Inslee announces new investigation into death of Manuel Ellis

“I have become convinced that the Pierce County Sheriff should not complete the investigation of the death of Manuel Ellis and the county prosecutor should not review the investigation and make charging decisions.

Inslee pledges independent review of Manuel Ellis' death

“Today, I committed to Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards that the State of Washington will conduct an independent review of the investigation and any charging decisions related to the death of Manuel Ellis.

Inslee statement on Monroe Correctional Complex disturbance

“Last night’s disturbance ended without injury and we recognize the grave concerns of the incarcerated individuals and their families about COVID-19 in correctional facilities all over the state.

Turning education into jobs for formerly incarcerated people

Two divided sides come together for historic change to state's deadly force law

Inslee announces initiative to pardon marijuana misdemeanors

Juvenile justice reform taking shape in Washington

Productive 2018 Legislature passes big wins for Washington

Inslee signs bill to ban bump stock devices like those used in the Las Vegas shooting

No longer ‘broken’: Pilot program helps incarcerated women overcome trauma

Inslee statement on passage of Senate bill to eliminate the death penalty

“I would like to thank Sens. Maureen Walsh and Reuven Carlyle, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who have been great allies in the fight to end the death penalty in Washington state.

Trained for success: Corrections program promotes rehabilitation, sustainability

LITTLEROCK — When Larry Vene went to prison 15 years ago for a drug conviction, he didn’t expect the path to his dream job would be through sewage.

Inslee names Stephen Sinclair secretary of the Department of Corrections

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Stephen Sinclair secretary of the Department of Corrections. Sinclair will begin the position immediately. He takes over from Jody Becker, Ph.D, who has been serving as acting secretary since January. She will continue at DOC as deputy secretary.

Inslee visits state crime lab, learns how Lean improvements decreased processing time for DNA tests by 20 percent

MARSYVILLE – Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste visited the Marysville Crime Lab today to learn more about Lean principles that resulted in a sharp reduction of processing times for forensic DNA tests.

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding capture of suspect in Burlington shooting

"As governor of the state of Washington, I can say that our entire state is united tonight. I’ve been across the state today from Tacoma to Othello to Burlington and I can say that all of our hearts are in Burlington tonight.

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding tonight's shooting in Burlington

"Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington where a shooter has taken the lives of at least four people. Many questions remain but our state patrol and local law enforcement are on the scene working swiftly to locate the shooter and clear the area.

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding this morning’s shooting in Mukilteo

"Trudi and I send our deepest condolences to the families of the three young victims of this morning's shooting in Mukilteo and join the community in praying for the recovery of the young person taken to Harborview. These victims were just starting the new chapter of their lives as young adults.

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