- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Senate has passed a series of criminal-justice reforms supported by Gov. Jay Inslee to reduce property crime.

In a 40-9 vote on Thursday, Senators supported by a wide bipartisan margin a bill containing several proposals by a group Inslee convened to solve why Washington has the nation’s worst statewide rate of property crime. The bill would require many property-crime offenders to serve 12 months on supervision after they get out of jail or prison and reduce time in prison for some offenses where supervision would be added.

A companion bill is working its way through the House. Inslee spokesman David Postman said the governor is glad the Senate has passed its version of the bill and is waiting to see how the House version fares.

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