Commuted Sentences for People Convicted Under Drug Law that was Struck Down in February
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Governor Jay Inslee has signed commutations for 13 people convicted for drug possession charges under a law that was recently struck down by the Washington State Supreme Court. Those individuals have been released from jail.
In February, the court struck down a part of state law that makes simple drug possession a crime. They said the law was unconstitutional because it did not require prosecutors prove a suspect intentionally possessed contraband.
More commutations are expected in response to petitions from jailed individuals, with the governor planning to sign at least two more on Tuesday, April 13.