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Reentry into the Community

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) acknowledges that the first six to 12 months of post-release status are crucial for a releasing individual’s success back in the community. Because public safety is the statutory mission for the agency, and because successful community reentry for individuals leads to safer communities, the Department of Corrections focuses on such prosocial activities as employment, housing, and family connections for those releasing from incarceration. Successful planning for eventual release begins far in advance from the actual date of release and the Department is intent on providing the needed tools to be successful.