House Passes Fosse Bill on Apprenticeship Opportunities for Incarcerated Individuals

OLYMPIA – House Bill 2084, sponsored by Rep. Mary Fosse (D-Everett), passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support yesterday. The legislation creates a committee to provide oversight of construction-trade apprenticeship-related training programs in state correctional facilities and collectively develop recommendations. By ensuring programs are operating effectively and these opportunities provided in Correctional Facilities are actual pathways to careers, individuals have a greater chance at a successful reentry into the community and economic stability.

HB 2084 further requires the Department of Corrections to collect data about the placement and efficacy of these programs. Doing so will help the legislature understand the current state of training opportunities within state correctional facilities and establish areas for needed improvements.

“Construction-trade apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity for those with justice-involved backgrounds seeking a second chance,” said Rep. Fosse. “This bill will help these individuals to successfully reenter society, build meaningful careers, and achieve economic stability.”

HB 2084 now advances to the Senate for further consideration. More information about HB 2084 is available here.

Click here or on the image below for Rep. Fosse’s floor remarks on final passage of her legislation by the House.