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.
- The SGC was recently asked to 1) examine unranked offenses to determine which could be repealed and which should be ranked, 2) recommend ways to reduce reliance on punitive sanctions and prioritize therapeutic models for drug offenses, and 3) develop a proposal to move statutes found outside the Sentencing Reform Act that prescribe felony criminal penalties into the Sentencing Reform Act. You can read the SGC’s report here.
- 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.