2020 Pro Bono & Social Impact Report

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People Are So Much More Than the Worst Thing They’ve Done” Children who commit crimes are uniquely capable of transforming their lives as they mature. Recognizing that fact, Washington is one of the few states to offer the possibility of early release to individuals who were convicted of crimes in adult court before their 18th birthday. Securing that clemency is more likely with a legal advocate at your side. A team led by our Seattle partner-in-charge, Pete Johnson, and DWT’s pro bono program manager, Rachel Brown, was honored last year to help win release for a client who was incarcerated at age 14. Pete and Rachel share what inspired them to take the case and it has transformed them as well.

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