Mosbrucker Seeks More Transparency For Plea Negotiations

Washington 14th District State Representative Gina Mosbrucker has introduced legislation asking the Sentencing Guideline Commission to research if there is a way to create more transparency for criminal plea negotiations.  The Goldendale Republican is a member of that panel.  She says while most of the criminal justice system in Washington is very transparent, 92 percent of cases are done in a plea bargain, and constituents ask her why that takes place behind closed doors.  Mosbrucker has another bill this session to add four voting members to the Sentencing Guideline Commission to provide more viewpoints, including a tribal member, a minority caucus judge, and an academic voice versed in data on the issues they are working on.

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