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Washington Inmate Labor Programs, SJR 8212 (2007)
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SJR 8212 authorized state-operated inmate labor programs and programs in which inmate labor is used by private entities through state contracts. It also prohibited privately operated programs from what it described as unfair competition with Washington businesses.
|Washington SJR 8212 (2007)|
Election Results via: Washington Secretary of State
Sponsors of the bill
Sponsors of the bill included: Senators Hargrove, Carrell, Regala, Stevens
Below are the voting results for the measure as it passed through the House and Senate.
Statement of support
Some of the arguments in support of the amendment include:
- Inmates should work to reduce their burden on taxpayers
- Similar programs have been shown to reduce recidivism
- This work was available until 2004 when a ruling by the court eliminated it. This amendment would restore the benefits to the legislature.
Drafted by: Jim Hargrove, State Senator, 24th Legislative District; Mike Carrell, State Senator, 28th Legislative District; AL O’BRIEN, State Representative, 1st Legislative District; Jeralita "Jeri" Costa, former Washington State Senator; Donald G. Pierce, Executive Director, Washington Association, Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Statement of opposition
Some of the arguments of opposition include:
- If imprisoned criminals are provided with private-sector jobs under this program, there are then fewer jobs for law-abiding citizens who are competing for jobs.
- Preparing felons to return to the community with job skills can already be accomplished through existing vocational training and educational programs that provide inmates future employment opportunities. Government should not compete with business.
Drafted by: Lynn Schindler, State Representative, 4th Legislative District; Larry Crouse, State Representative, 4th Legislative District.
- Text of Resolution 8212
- Ballot Summary Guide
- History of Resolution 8212
- SJR 8212 Election Results
- Blogger reaction to Washington Senate Joint Resolution 8212
- Official Election Results from State of Washington
- Case for Support
- Statement of Opposition
- Washington voters have a rare situation, The Daily Astorian, 10/29/07
- P-I Endorsement: Smarter prisoners, Seattle Post Intelligencer, 10/9/07
- Two ballot measures not flashy but necessary, Yakima Herald Republic, 10/19/07
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