Tarra Simmons Graduated from Law School and Earned the Dean's Medal, But a Barrier Prevents Her from Becoming an Attorney
Date:  05-17-2017

As a member of the Washington Governor's Reentry Council Simmons is working to tear down barriers to successful reintegration
From NW News Network:

Saturday a former Washington state prison inmate will graduate magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law. But her criminal record may prevent her from practicing law as a licensed attorney.

Tarra Simmons’ story could be a movie. She was a nurse, a mom and a wife. Then in 2010 her father, whom she was caring for, died suddenly. After his death, she said, she started using meth and abusing prescription drugs.

“Within 10 months of using, I was arrested three times and eventually sent to prison,” Simmons said in an interview about prison reentry on TVW’s “Inside Olympia” program.

Her final arrest was for delivery of Oxycodone, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm. Simmons spent 20 months behind bars and went through a drug treatment program. She was released in 2013 and her life was in tatters. Continue reaing >>