20 People in King County are Serving a 3 Strikes Life Sentence — for A Crime No Longer Considered A Strike Offense

And now, the lack of retroactivity has left 64 people — 20 of them from King County — still with a life sentence even though the State no longer considers one of their strikes to be a strike. Now if that seems wrong to you, that’s because it is — and this is the way to fix it.

There isn’t a parole system; this isn’t kind of case to go before the clemency board because the clemency board can’t impose a new sentence, it can just recommend something for the Governor. So the only way to give a standard range sentence in these cases is to take it back to the county, take it back to the Superior Court where that sentence was issued for a persistent offense, and recalculate the standard range.

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King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

A blog from King County’s elected Prosecutor, Dan Satterberg.