2024: Expanding Accountability

Memo of Support for WA HB 1445

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Tue, 02/06/2024 - 16:34

Memo of support for Washington House Bill 1445, which would provide critical tools to remedy—and prevent—violations of Washingtonians’ statutory and constitutional rights by clarifying and strengthening the Washington Attorney General’s (“AG”) authority to investigate and correct pervasive patterns and practices of misconduct within state law enforcement agencies.

Virginia SB 88

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 17:12

Transfers authority over police and jail officer decertification, changes procedures and standards for decertification and appeal.

Missouri SB 798

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 17:05

This act establishes within the Department of Corrections the "Office of State Ombudsman for Inmates in the Custody of the Department of Corrections" for the purpose of helping to ensure the adequacy of care received by inmates and to improve the quality of life experienced by them. The Office shall establish and implement procedures for receiving, processing, responding to, and resolving complaints made by or on behalf of inmates in the custody of the Department as well as establish procedures for the resolution of complaints.

Washington HB 1062

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 17:03

Statements made after a police officer intentionally engaged in deception would be presumed inadmissible unless the prosecution shows clear and convincing evidence that the statement was voluntary.

Florida S0710

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 16:57

Deleting provisions relating to complaint review boards; authorizing law enforcement officers and correctional officers to pursue appropriate administrative relief or file a civil action if the officer is disciplined for certain violations; deleting the requirement that certain violations by agencies or investigators be intentional; deleting the requirement for an agency head to initiate an investigation against an investigator, etc.

Virginia HB 250

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 16:43

Establishes uniform guidelines and training on police interrogations for juveniles and adults, including when an officer can use false statements.