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Prison education bill seeks to provide second — and first — chances to Washington’s incarcerated

Washington could soon be introducing new education for incarcerated populations.

House Bill 1044, sponsored by Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place), is the latest in a series of measures seeking to expand education access for imprisoned Washingtonians. “Ninety-five percent of incarcerated folks are released, and it’s critical that they have a skill in order to get back,” Leavitt said. “The data shows that educational programs are one of the proven ways to reduce recidivism rates.”

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