WA Senate passes bill to change community custody



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate has passed a measure to overhaul community custody in Washington state.

The measure would put in place what backers call “swift and certain” sanctions for offenders under Department of Corrections supervision.

Senate Bill 6204 passed Friday by a 43-2 vote. The measure passed the Senate in February during the regular session but died in the House.

Under the bill, minor offenses would lead to up to three days in jail. More serious offenses would result in up to 30 days in jail. Outright criminal activity would be dealt with by the courts.

Currently, offenders receive anything from no punishment to 60 days behind bars for violating the terms of their community custody.

Some House Republicans oppose the bill because ex-convicts would face reduced penalties.