Washington Law Review


Any proposals for reform of Washington's correctional process must be evaluated in the context of factual information concerning the present system. This comment will familiarize those interested in correctional issues with the legal and institutional framework of the Washington system. The first section of the comment describes the course of events experienced by an adult offender immediately after conviction of a felony, whether upon a guilty plea or by a verdict of guilty following a trial. It examines the probation decision, the sentencing process, the institutions, and the parole considerations for those offenders subject to the correctional system. The second section of the comment analyzes available statistical information on certain aspects of the Washington correctional process, including the increased use of probation, the nature of institutional populations, and the likelihood of a paroled offender returning to the correctional system.

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