Status Summary

First reading, referred to Public Safety on 1.15.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety on 2.3.2020. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Public Safety on 2.6.2020; 1st substitute bill passed. Referred to Appropriations on 2.7.2020. Committee relieved of further consideration and referred to Rules 2 Review on 2.10.2020. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 2.16.2020. 1st substitute bill substituted Floor amendment(s) adopted. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 2.17.2020. IN THE SENATE: First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.20.2020. Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.25.202; majority pass. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.27.2020. Placed on second reading consent calendar on 3.2.2020. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 3.3.2020. IN THE HOUSE: Speaker signed on 3.6.2020. IN THE SENATE: President signed on 3.7.2020. (updated 3.13.2020) 

Legislative Session





Rep. Ortiz-Self

It is the intent of the legislature to ensure the safety and welfare of people in Washington state by ending the operation of private detention facilities. The legislature finds that there are numerous documented abuses of people held in private detention facilities in Washington state and elsewhere. The legislature further finds that incarcerating persons in private detention facilities leads to cutting operational costs, which is dangerous and detrimental to Washingtonians. Therefore, it is the purpose of this act to eliminate the use of private detention operations in this state. 

This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately. 


Companion Bill