Senate unanimously passes Angel measure to get women inmates ‘started on the right foot’

Moved by the need of women released from the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) located in Purdy in her district, Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, advanced a measure to provide transitional housing support for women released from incarceration. Last night, the Senate passed the bill unanimously.

“This bill will help those women who have served their time to get started on the right foot,” said Angel, member of the Senate Law and Justice Committee. “Many women exit incarceration without stable housing, which leads to homelessness and can lead them back into incarceration again. If they’re getting a fresh start, we need to give them a stable start that can lead them into future success.”

Angel’s legislation, Senate Bill 5077, authorizes the Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide rental vouchers for individuals released from the WCCW and the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women within existing resources.

DOC has reported that many women from these facilities have been released into homelessness.

“We can help reduce recidivism while staying within existing revenue by making this change,” said Angel. “Most importantly, we can help make a real difference as these women move forward with their lives.”

The bill proceeds to the House for consideration.