In this May 9 photo, Devon Laird poses for a photo in the Washington Correctional Center in Shelton. Laird is among a small group of inmates who are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life who were left out of the latest in a multi-year wave of reforms easing tough-on-crime “three strikes” laws around the U.S. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

In this May 9 photo, Devon Laird poses for a photo in the Washington Correctional Center in Shelton. Laird is among a small group of inmates who are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life who were left out of the latest in a multi-year wave of reforms easing tough-on-crime “three strikes” laws around the U.S. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington lifers stay jailed despite ‘3 strikes’ law change

An amendment cut out the retroactivity that would have applied to those already behind bars.

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