About Community Justice Centers (CJCs)
The Department of Corrections (DOC) has established six Community Justice Centers (CJCs) throughout the state for the purpose of providing comprehensive services and monitoring for offenders who are reentering the community. Per RCW 72.09.280, a community justice center is a nonresidential facility staffed primarily by the department in which recently released offenders may access services necessary to improve their successful reentry into the community. Such services may include but are not limited to, those listed in the individual reentry plan, mental health, chemical dependency, sex offender treatment, anger management, parenting education, financial literacy, housing assistance, and employment assistance.
The goal of these CJC's is to help promote community safety by holding formerly incarcerated persons accountable by helping them reenter society in a responsible way. This is done through programs to address inmate deficits, strengthen family and community relationships, and provide an array of appropriate interventions or sanctions when formerly incarcerated persons do not comply with conditions of supervision.
CJCs are an integral part of DOC's Reentry Program. Reentry begins on the first day of an inmate's incarceration and continues through community supervision. Working with communities, DOC employs proven, research-based and sound correctional programs that address inmate attitudes, behaviors and personal deficits that can lead to recidivism.
Frequently Asked Questions
What services are offered at a Community Justice Center?
Program availability varies by location. Some CJCs offer research-based programs that teach incarcerated people who are transitioning back into the community to:
- Understand the effects of their crimes on victims
- Make responsible choices and take responsibility for their behavior
- Avoid relapses back to criminal lifestyles
- Manage stress and anger
- Improve parenting and partnering skills
Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse Treatment is a program offered at some CJCs, and it includes assessments, outpatient care, and relapse prevention, and monitoring for drug usage.
Employment Services include employment readiness assessments, resumé assistance, job hunter workshops and job referrals.
Additional services available offer apprenticeship programs, vocational training, life skill classes, and bonding and licensing assistance through partnerships with correctional and jail industries, labor unions, local and community government and the business community.
Mental Health Services
Qualified mental health professionals provide assistance and refer formerly incarcerated persons to community-based private and/or public mental health services.
Continuing education is offered to formerly incarcerated persons who have not completed GED certification or are pursuing higher-level educational or vocational goals within the community.
Currently, program availability can vary depending on location. To see what programming each CJC offers, visit the Community Justice Center Locations webpage.
What sanctions are offered at a Community Justice Center?
In response to violations of supervision conditions, sanctions can be imposed to get the formerly incarcerated person back on track as an alternative to confinement.
Sanctions allow formerly incarcerated person(s) to participate in programs that continue to hold them accountable and may include:
- Daily monitoring and reporting, including urine analysis and polygraph tests.
- Community service hours where formerly incarcerated person(s) assist community organizations, such as food banks and other non-profit organizations.
- Work crew service, such as road litter cleanup, park maintenance, and debris removal.
Reporting to the CJC provides accountability and an intensive monitoring program that allows formerly incarcerated person(s) to reside in the community while providing strong support services and coordinating with community resources in one location.
How does the DOC's Reentry Initiative include Community Justice Centers?
DOC's Reentry Initiative provides programs that have proven effective in reducing recidivism. Reentry involves preparing inmates and formerly incarcerated person(s) to become contributing and law-abiding citizens.
CJCs are among the most effective places to deliver reentry programming and services to formerly incarcerated person(s) in reentry services begin in the prisons and continue after their release. Reentry programs are also available for inmates who are incarcerated in local jails and returned to the community or sentenced directly from the court to complete their sentence under community supervision. CJCs will continue to provide training and treatment after prison or jail.