Bill to seal juvenile records unanimously passes Senate

March 7th, 2014|

Today, House Bill 1651, a bill that will seal most juvenile records by judicial action when the offender turns 18 years old unanimously passed in the Senate. The bill will now head to the House for concurrence on the agreed-to striking amendment, and will then head to the governor to be signed into law.

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, a Senate sponsor of the bill issued the following statement:

“This is a huge win for juvenile justice in our state.

“The passage of this bill today marks an end to the long struggle that nonviolent juvenile offenders have undergone as they begin to rebuild their lives. Now, the offense records of their juvenile mistakes will not follow them into and through adulthood.

“Washington state was one of eight states that did not seal juvenile records and was one of three states that sold those records, contrary to the goal of the juvenile justice system. Rehabilitation and second chances can now become reality. I would like to thank Rep. Ruth Kagi of Seattle for all her hard work and commitment to this issue.

“Today, the Senate unanimously agreed on this bill to begin addressing the cycle of disproportionality among minorities in our state’s justice system. Juvenile records sealing is the first major stride in addressing the needed changes to make our juvenile justice system better.”