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Blaze Vincent

Blaze Vincent was tried as an adult and convicted of Attempted Murder and Assault at the age of 17. He was sentenced to 30 years and six months. He would have received no more than 4 years had he been tried as a juvenile.

In light of the Washington state supreme court’s decision in State v. Blake, Blaze was resentenced and immediately released from incarceration after serving 18 years in 2022. The sentencing judge held that Blaze was more valuable to society outside of prison than inside because of his leadership and commitment to service. 

Despite prison conditions that were unsuitable for youth, Blaze grew to become a peer mentor and community advocate. While incarcerated, he earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Management from GraysHarbor College with a 3.8 GPA, a paralegal diploma from Blackstone Career Institute, and Competent Communication and Competent Leadership Awards from Toastmasters International; as well as a myriad of other certificates for completing positive programs.

Also while incarcerated, Blaze was serving as Vice President of the Harbor Lights Toastmasters club and facilitator of the Black Prisoners Caucus legislative committee at Stafford Creek Corrections Center. He also continues to serve as a contributor to Kids are Kids, a grass roots community-based organization that seeks to abolish laws that cause juveniles to be tried as adults in Washington state.

Blaze is currently a paralegal at the Seattle Clemency Project.He also volunteers on the board of the Freedom Project, and continues to contribute to Kids Are Kids. 

Blaze pursues his lifelong commitment to service alongside his wife, Dyneeca, with massive support from family, friends, and his community. 

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