Check out this flyer I just read on the bulletin board:
RESTORE PAROLE IN WASHINGTON STATE
Who are we? We are former and current legislators, friends and families of former and current prisoners, survivors of crime, volunteers in the prison system, representatives of impacted organizations, and community members. We are diverse in cultural and political values, and united in our concern that our justice system be just to all parties and elevate wise compassion over vengeance.
When Washington abolished parole in 1984, it was from a sense of defeat. A belief that nothing works except to lock them up and throw away the key. We have learned a lot since then. NATIONALLY, we have reduced crime and incarceration with the help of:
* Education and other therapeutic interventions for people in prison.
* Better tools for parole boards to evaluate who is safe to release.
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