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Sentencing Guidelines Commission

Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission

Originally established under Sentencing Reform Act of 1981, the Sentencing Guidelines Commission (Commission) was eliminated as an independent agency by ESSB 5891 effective July 1, 2011. On that date:

  • The Caseload Forecast Council assumed responsibility for the adult felony conviction and juvenile disposition databases, the annual sentencing statistical summary, the adult sentencing manuals and the juvenile disposition manual.
  • The Commission and the Sex Offender Policy Board (SOPB) were established within the Office of Financial Management. The Commission will serve to advise the Governor and the Legislature on issues relating to adult and juvenile sentencing. The SOPB will serve to advise the Governor and the Legislature on issues relating to sex offender management.

What's new

  • Under Chapter 299, Laws 2018, the Legislature directed the SGC to conduct a review of the Sentencing Reform Act. The report is a culmination of the SGC's work over the past year and includes background information, where applicable or available, and the SGC's recommendations. You can read the SGC's report here. The SGC contracted with the Council of State Government Justice Center during their review of the SRA. The CSG's three presentations and final report can be found on the publications web page.
  • Sentencing Provisions Timeline, 1990–2018 (Apr. 2019)
  • Legislative Session

Legal Financial Obligations Calculator in now live!

A free online calculator developed by the Minority and Justice Commission in partnership with Microsoft to help Washington judges set appropriate levels of LFOs based on a defendant’s ability to pay is now available to the public. The calculator was developed as part of the Commission’s U.S. Department of Justice Price of Justice Grant and designed to include recent changes in the law. The LFO Calculator is compatible with the most current versions of the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. For more information on the calculator, please read this news release.