LOBBY DAY 2018 is tomorrow Thursday January 25th! Registrations are now closed.

The bill to abolish the death penalty in Washington State is, like last year's bill, by Attorney General Request. The bill numbers are SB 6052 and HB 1935.

This short 60 day session began on January 8th, and there was a Senate Law & Justice Committee hearing on SB 6052 on Monday 1/22. We will attend the committee vote on SB 6052 before our meetings with legislators!

Lobby Day - We will meet in the Washington Room (Basement) of the Pritchard Building (415 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA  98504).

8:30-9am       Registration - there will coffee & a continental breakfast so come early and mingle!
9-9:15            Welcome & introductions
9:15-9:30       Political landscape
9:30-9:45       Messaging training
9:45-10          Walk over to Senate Hearing Room 4 
10-11:15        Law & Justice Committee
11:15-11:30   How to speak with Lawmakers
11:30-11:45   Meeting logistics
12-3:30          Lawmaker meetings

We will continue to run the postcard action until we know the fate of the bills. We'll deliver additional postcards at key points through the legislative session.

Let's make 2018 the year we abolish!


An honorably discharged former Marine, Kirk Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States exonerated from death row by DNA testing. In 1984 he was arrested for the rape and murder of nine-year-old Dawn Hamilton. He was sentenced to death in 1985. In 1992, Kirk read about a new forensic breakthrough called DNA fingerprinting, and lobbied successfully for prosecutors approval for its use in his case. The tests established Kirk’s innocence, and he was released in June 1993. 

In addition to his work for Witness to Innocence, Kirk has been an ardent supporter of the Innocence Protection Act (IPA) since its passage by Congress in February 2000. The IPA established the "Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program", a program that helps states defray the costs of post-conviction DNA testing. He previously served as a program officer for the Justice Project in Washington, DC. Kirk is the subject of the book "Bloodsworth: the True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA" by Tim Junkin and the 2016 documentary directed by Gregory Bayne titled "Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man." 

Free and open to the public.

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Contact Us

Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
6512 12th Ave NW

Seattle, Washington 98117

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