21 Jul: WA AG B Ferguson: Follow-up Correspondence Re: Justice Reform

* Washington Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, LaDona Jensen
* 21 Jul: WA AG B Ferguson: Follow-up Correspondence Re: Justice Reform
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From: Jensen, LaDona R (ATG) [mailto:ladona.jensen@atg.wa.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:51 AM
Delivery-date: Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:51:39 +020
Delivered-To: mcveigh2020@tygae.org.za
Subject: Follow-Up Correspondence Re: Justice Reform

Dear Citizen –

Thank you again for reaching out to us previously with your important feedback on justice reform. My name is Sahar Fathi and I am the Policy Director for the Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Ferguson asked me to follow up with updates on some of the work we have done since our last email to you.

[1] Our office announced a statewide inquiry into 2020 law enforcement deadly force investigations on June 23, which you can find more about here. The purpose of this inquiry is to determine whether investigations into the use of deadly force by law enforcement that occurred since January 6, 2020 are complying with Initiative 940’s independent investigation criteria. Those criteria went into effect on January 6. We have concerns that at least one investigation launched since that time did not comply with the law. Whatever we find, we will be transparent with the public.

[2] Our office released a report on Use of Force data recommendations on June 30, which you can find more information about here. Currently, there is no single location where the public and lawmakers can obtain information about the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers in Washington “The public expects and deserves access to this information,” Attorney General Ferguson said. “These common-sense, broadly supported policies are long overdue.”

[3] In 2019, Attorney General Ferguson convened a Hate Crimes Task Force to improve our state’s response to hate crimes and other bias incidents. After a year of work, our office released a Hate Crimes recommendations report on July 1, which you can find more information about here.

Of course, the work is ongoing, and we don’t intend to stop with just these reports. Your feedback is incredibly important and we look forward to continuing the work of advancing racial equity in partnership with you.

We encourage you to follow the work of our office, including our work promoting criminal justice reform, by signing up to receive our newsletter with this link.

Sincerely,
Office of the Attorney General

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