Huy Urges Wash. State House Democrats: Vote On Private Prison Ban Now

Feb 14th, 2020

On Wednesday, Huy wrote this letter to the House Democratic Caucus:

February 12, 2020


Re:      SHB 2576

Dear Members of the House Democratic Caucus:

We support SHB 2576, which would ban private prisons in the State of Washington, and urge you to pass the bill out of House Rules and onto the House floor for a vote.

We are a Seattle-based non-profit that provides economic, educational, rehabilitative and religious support for Indigenous prisoners, including those incarcerated within the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC). In Coast Salish language, Huy, pronounced “hoyt,” means: “See you again/we never say goodbye.”

We with Huy have seen how private prisons in other states, like Arizona, do not honor Indigenous life or traditional spiritual practices of rehabilitation. That is primarily why we have worked with stakeholders and the DOC to support and vet SHB 2576.

Please act now.

Please join us by urging House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, [email protected], to get SHB 2576 onto the House floor for a vote now.