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Task force calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms, better mental health treatment, less incarceration

A task force of attorneys and state officials is making progress on a collaborative effort to advance lasting reforms in the state’s criminal justice system.

Their work stems the 2015 Trueblood v. DSHS ruling ordering Washington State to fix a broken system that unconstitutionally denies mentally ill inmates access to timely evaluations of their competency to stand trial.

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Federal lawsuit seeks justice for woman assaulted by ex-cop

A woman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a former Seattle police officer used excessive force when he repeatedly slammed her head on the ground while arresting her without any probable cause during a concert. Read more »

Woman who gave birth in jail toilet sues Snohomish County

A Lake Stevens woman who gave birth in a jail toilet claims that Snohomish County jail staff — who knew she was pregnant — ignored her desperate pleas for help while she labored. In a federal lawsuit that settled out of court before trial, the woman accused jail staff of violating her constitutional rights by denying her medical care.
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