In Washington, whenever a person is convicted in superior court, the court may order the payment of a legal financial obligation (LFO) as part of the sentence. The 2021 Washington State Legislature directed WSIPP to study legal financial obligations in Washington State. WSIPP’s reports must explore the following:
A preliminary report is due to the legislature by December 1, 2021, with a final report due December 1, 2022.
The 2021 Legislature passed 2SHB 1044 expanding the types of postsecondary education programs eligible for state funding in the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) incarceration facilities. The bill directs WSIPP to study recidivism, enrollment, and completion rates of incarcerated persons in the postsecondary education system after release from incarceration. The study will use data from DOC, the Washington Student Achievement Council, and the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. The study must include the following:
A preliminary report is due to the Legislature on October 1, 2024, and a final report is due October 1, 2027.
In 2021, WSIPP’s Board of Directors approved a contract with the Department of Corrections (DOC) to validate the DOC’s Washington ONE dynamic risk assessment instrument. The purpose of the study is to examine different components of the Washington ONE and to validate the predictive validity of the instrument for demographic subgroups. The study will assess the relative frequency of risk level classifications for the incarcerated populations, the distributions of actual risk scores, varying risk and need characteristics by risk group, and the probability of recidivism by risk level classification. The analyses will examine differences in the outcomes by gender and race as well as changes in risk level classifications for those who have completed multiple assessments. Finally, the report will include an overview of different classification methods for correctional risk assessment instruments.
A preliminary report is due to the Department of Corrections on October 31, 2021.
The 2021 Legislature passed E2SSB 5304 which modified the state’s Reentry Community Services (RCS) program. The bill includes an assignment for WSIPP to update its evaluation of the RCS program and to broaden its benefit-cost analysis to include impacts on the use of public services and other factors. In addition, the bill directs WSIPP to examine the potential cost, benefit, and risks involved in expanding or replicating the RCS program. Finally, the bill asks WSIPP to examine what modifications to the program are most likely to improve outcomes associated with program participation based on current knowledge about evidence-based, research-based, and promising programs. WSIPP will consult with the Reentry Services Work Group (administered by the Health Care Association) in 2022 to determine any additional research parameters for the final report.
A preliminary report is due to the Legislature on July 1, 2022, and a final report is due November 1, 2023.
The 2021 Legislature directed WSIPP to examine Washington State’s Operation Net Nanny and similar fictitious victim sting operations. Operation Net Nanny is a collaborative undercover operation that includes local, state, and federal law enforcement targeting the arrest and prosecution of individuals involved in child abuse and exploitation using the Internet by using a fictitious victim. The study must include the following:
A final report was originally due to the Legislature by June 30, 2022. In June 2021, the WSIPP Board of Directors voted to shift the deadline to December 1, 2022.
The 2021 Washington State Legislature directed WSIPP to conduct a systematic review of the research literature on mandatory arrest in domestic violence cases. If possible, the study shall report the effects of mandatory arrest on domestic violence recidivism, general recidivism, domestic violence reporting, rates of domestic violence treatment, intimate partner homicide, or other reported outcomes. If possible, the study shall also report the research on alternatives to mandatory arrest.The review will be distributed to the legislature by June 30, 2022.
The 2021 Washington State Legislature directed WSIPP to review the standardized juvenile court assessment tool to determine if the eligibility criteria for juvenile rehabilitation programs are appropriate and accurately assign youth to programs that meet their needs. This study will evaluate differences in program effectiveness based on scales and classifications of risk and need. The legislature directed WSIPP to work in collaboration with the juvenile block grant proviso committee.The final report is due June 30, 2022.