Tools for Advocating...

Tools for Advocating for Release & Other Relief During COVID 19 Health Crisis including motions, briefing and more

Selected Proclamations and Directives of the Governor 

Washington Supreme Court Orders (Most recent)

WA State Court Closures & Modified Operations (Alphabetical order)

Media Coverage of Jail Releases


Sample Motions for Defenders

Sample Motion for Pretrial Release in Superior Court  

Sample Motion for Pretrial Release District/City Court

Sample Defense Firm Letter to Jails re COVID Emergency

Sample Motion to challenge continued pre-trial confinement

Sample Motion to Continue Trial and other dates with COVID Facts -Federal or State Court 

Sample Motion for Relief from Judgment- Misdemeanor Sentenced Defendant in Jail CrRLJ 7.8(b)

Sample Motion for Relief from Judgment for Felony Defendant in Jail or Prison CrR 7.b(5)


 Release Pending Appeal

Preserving the Bond During COVID in Child Welfare Cases

Federal Resources


Sample Motions By County

King                                         Pierce                                              Snohomish


Practice Advisories & Guidance

WDA Practice Advisory: Bail Reform Policy and Pretrial Release

WDA Practice Advisory:  Conditions of Pretrial Release in Superior Court and Courts of Limited Jurisdiction

WDA Practice Advisory Supreme Court Order Limiting Courts re COVID 19 (4.1.20)

WDAIP Noncitizen Defendants & COVID 19: Best Practice Updates (4.3.2020)

WA Judge’s Bench Book for Public Health Crisis

Justice Collaborative COVID-19 Resource Page

Juvenile Defense Resources for COVID 19

Report Calling for Youth and Juvenile Release from Detention

NAPD COVID 19 Resources

NACDL COVID 19 Resource Page


WHO Preparedness, Prevention, and Control of COVID-19 in Prisons

Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform: Risks for Incarcerated Youth

Persuasive Info Sheet for Bail Argument

Explainer: Prisons and jails are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks

Policy & Public Health Recommendations for Preventing & Containing a COVID-19 Pandemic in Jails and Prisons

WSBA COVID 19 Resource Page

WSBA COVID-19 Equity Analysis and Resources

Interstate Commission for Juveniles Emergency Guidelines 

SSI Practice Tip – Herder

Public Defender COVID-19 Sample Talking Points — Zealous

Defender Checklist Remote Hearings COVID

Juvenile Court Guidance Remote Hearings COVID

COVID-19 Guidance for ITA Video Evaluations

Brennan Center Courts’ Response to the COVID 19 Crisis

CARES Guidance for Defender Agencies

COVID-19 King County Jail Letter, 3.20.20

Columbia Law School Law in the Time of COVID-19


Washington CITA – Resources for Family Time in the COVID 19 era

Constitutional Adequacy of Distanced Trial and Jury Pools during COVID (Oregon)

Jury Trial during a Pandemic: Guidance and Objections (Oregon)

WAPA Mask Memo


Administrative Orders & Other Resources By County

Cowlitz County  King County Kittitas County
Kitsap County Mason County Snohomish County
Spokane County Thurston County Whatcom County


Oversight, Litigation, & Advocacy


Weekly Check-In (Thursdays)  Call for DOC Issues-Governor’s Office of Corrections Ombuds 

The resource above allows loved ones and concerned citizens to report information and receive answers from WA DOC about state of facility response

OCO Monitoring Report for Airway Heights Corrections Center (5.7.20)

OCO Monitoring Report for Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (5.15.20)

Office of the Corrections Ombuds (OCO) Monitoring Report 4.10.20

DRW files complaint with Department of Health Human Services Office Of Civil Rights

DRW COVID 19 Updates


Litigation-Related Information

State Litigation

Columbia Legal Services files Writ of Mandamus to Washington Supreme Court Against Gov. Inslee and DOC Secretary Sinclair & Denial of Petition by Washington Supreme Court

Disability Rights Washington files Office of Civil Rights Complaint over COVID-19 Response

ACLU files federal law suit on behalf of civil detainees at NW Detention Center

Nagel v. DOC-WDA’s Amicus Curiae Letter in Support of Petitioner

Nagel v. DOC-NLG’s Motion to File Amicus BriefNagel v. DOC NLG’s Amicus Brief

Nagel v. DOC-Pierce County Superior Court’s Ruling

National Litigation

Pensylvania-PA Immigration Release Memo and Order


Release of Hawaii inmates nears amid coronavirus crisis

MD Petition for Immediate and Extraordinary Relief re Incarcerated Youth

PA Petition for Immediate and Extraordinary Relief re Incarcerated Youth

NACDL News Release: COVID-19 and California’s Carceral System: NACDL Sues California Governor and Attorney General in California Supreme Court

Court Access & Organizational Advocacy Letters

WDA Involved

Family Defense Attorneys’ Concerns Regarding Proclamation 20-33

WDA/WACDL Proposed Order re 71.09

WDA/WACDL Proposed Motion for Consideration re Dependency & WDA/WACDL Proposed Order re Dependency

WACDL and WDA COVID 19 Taskforce Letter to Supreme Court 3.17.2020Proposed Order regarding Courtroom Closure and Pretrial release

Letter Concerning Parent-Child Contact & Proposed Order on Joint Shelter Care and Dependency Proceedings

WDA/WACDL Proposed ITA Order March 26 2020

WDA/WACDL and WAPA Agreed Proposed Signature Order 4.1.20

WDA/WACDL Revised Proposed Juvenile Order and Court Rules

Incarcerated Youth Letter to Court Admin & Incarcerated Youth Letter to Sec Hunter

Letter to the Governor Requesting Clarification Regarding Family Visitation for Children Involved in Washington’s Foster Care System

Request to DSHS to Reduce WSH ESH Population 4.2.20

Letter to Governor Regarding Older Youth in Care

Free to Drive AAMVA COVID19 Letter

Letter to Governor re Residential Parenting Program and Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals



Revised OPD/OCLA Emergency Order

WASPC Letter by Dr. Marc Stern, Suggestions for Jails 3.13.20

Declaration of Dr Marc Stern – without contingency

WAPA Response to Proposed Juvenile Order

Declaration from Marybeth Queral regarding Juvenile Rehabilitation

DPD’s Response to ITA Proposed Order (4.2.20)

ACLU HI + LEJ Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief Supporting PD’s Release Petition

ACLU HI + LEJ Proposed Amicus Brief Supporting PD’s Release Petition

Snohomish County PAO- Temporary Health Emergency Policy / Presumptive Pre-Trial Agreed Release for Some Non-Violent and Non-Sexual Assault Offense Inmates

ACLU-DRW Letter to Inslee re Proposed Executive Order 3.27.20Proposed Executive Order re Correctional Facilities 3.27.20

Children’s Bureau Advocacy Letter

UTA-LBJ School – Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

National Juvenile Defender Center Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

NJP Letter DSHS Strange WSH ESH COVID-19 4-3-20

DSHS Patient Discharge Response Letter 4.4.20

Mutual Aid Solidarity Network Letter to the Governor in Support of Incarcerated Communities

Mutual Aid Solidarity Network Letter to Mayor Durkan in Support of Incarcerated Communities

Mutual Aid Solidarity Network Letter to King County in Support of Incarcerated Communities


Government COVID 19 Websites

Centers for Disease Control COVID 19 page

CDC COVID 19 Screening Tool page

Washington State Official COVID-19 page

Washington Courts COVID 19 Response

WA State Department of Health COVID 19 page

WA State Department of Social & Health Services Behavioral Health COVID 19 Response

WA State DOC COVID 19 Information Page

WA State Department of Licensing COVID 19 Recommendations 

WA State Office of Corrections Ombuds COVID 19 Resource Page

Seattle Office of the Mayor: COVID-19: Resources for Community

Bureau of Prisons COVID 19 Page


Community Resources

For Children, Parents, & Caregivers

NACC COVID-19 Resource Hub

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Familiars Cope with Coronavirus

Successful Video Visits with Young Children

Using Tech to Keep Kids & Parents Connected


Resources for Immigrants/Noncitizens

WAISN Resource Finder

One America COVID 19 Resources for Immigrants

COVID 19 and Immigrant Workers Fact Sheet

Apply for COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Community

Benefits Information for People without Immigration Status (English) & Información sobre las prestaciones de asistencia pública para personas sin estatus migratorio (Español)

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies COVID 19 Resource Page


Social Safety Net resources

Low or No Technology Options for Socializing at a Distance

Temporary Suspension of Civil Evictions in King County

Emergency Unemployment Rule: Job Search Optional

COVID 19 Mutual Aid Resources – Seattle

COVID-19 Moratorium on Evictions Extension

Legal Voice COVID-19 Resource List 

Federal Eviction Moratoriums


Healthcare Resources

COVID 19: Manage Anxiety and Stress

Teladoc COVID 19 Flyer

CCW Telehealth Flyer Bilingual

ADIS Online

Northwest Health Law Advocates: COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Access


Civil Legal Aid services

National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center

Unemployment Law Project: Unemployment Benefits and COVID 19

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

COVID-19 Updates on Non-LSC Federal Funding that can Support Legal Service Providers and Courts


Community Resources for Incarcerated Individuals

CLS COVID-19 Prison Lawsuit FAQs

CLS COVID 19 Resource Page

Unofficial WA State Inmate and Family Covid-19 Support Group

DSHS DOC COVID-19 Rapid Reentry Public Assistance Process

Re-entry Planning Resources for Incarcerated Individuals