Melanie sponsored HB 2906 which reforms the juvenile justice system, providing stronger reintegration efforts for youth. This bi-partisan policy was signed into law by Gov. Inslee during the 2016 Legislative Session.
Juvenile Justice Reform
Melanie believes that the decision a young person makes should not ruin their future. Young people must be accountable for their actions and be given every opportunity to succeed.
Prior to the passage of HB 2906, reintegration was not a priority of Washington State’s juvenile justice system. Our youth must be given the tools to recover from their mistakes and live strong, healthy lives.
Reintegration efforts reduce recidivism and increase the likelikhood that youth will be able to secure employment and housing.