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Katy Daley

  • Hosted by Seattle Clemency Project
  • Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Service location Kent, Washington
  • Law school Seattle University School of Law
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Katy (she/her/her) supports people serving life and long-term sentences to secure early release by encouraging prosecutors to initiate resentencing and connecting clients with representation and reentry services.

Needs Addressed by Project

Mass incarceration, in addition to Washington State’s abolition of parole, has created an urgent need for free legal representation for the review of cases that were prosecuted during the height of the tough-on-crime era, but the criminal court system is not designed to address this critical need.

In 2020, Washington State passed a new prosecutor-initiated resentencing law that provides a new pathway to early release for people serving life or long sentences. The reform gives prosecutors the explicit power to look back at old sentences and move for resentencing when the interests of justice are not served by the original term of confinement imposed. This important reform tool has been underused because there is no right to counsel for this early release pathway.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Katy will supply a minimum of 25 incarcerated people per year with a pro bono attorney to represent them through a discretionary review process, while simultaneously providing pre-release and post-release reentry support. She will screen and deliver eligible candidates for release to be reviewed by prosecutors for resentencing consideration and periodically report on her decarceration work.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to amplify the stories of individuals who have been incarcerated the longest in Washington State. I am inspired by my clients’ resilience in the face of countless obstacles presented by the criminal legal system.”

Katy Daley /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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