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Washington Department of Corrections collaborates with external and internal researchers to conduct research. The Department supports and engages in research activities relevant to its programs, services, and operations.

Research: a systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes (45 CFR 46 §46.102 ).

There is a “pause” on new data share and research requests until March 1, 2017.

The Research and Data Analytics Division is in a transition state following some staff changes and working to manage its research and data shares within limited resources. In an effort to support the research and data shares to which we have already committed and make necessary process improvements to better serve future needs, the Department has instituted a “pause” on all new data share and research requests, effective until March 1, 2017.

This pause allows us to:

  • Improve Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and streamline data production
  • Ensure data share and Memo of Understanding (MOU) templates address agency needs
  • Redesign our review process and documents to enhance clarity and transparency
  • Improve tracking mechanisms
  • Engage leadership to determine research priorities to assist us in allocating limited Department resources to partnerships that are mutually beneficial.

While this pause is not ideal, it will substantially enhance our future abilities to support research and data sharing requests. There are exceptions to the pause such as legal mandate, executive order, and/or immediate public safety needs. If you feel your request meets this exception criteria, please contact Carly Kujath, Acting Senior Research Manager, at .

Please check back on this site after the first of the year for updates. We appreciate your patience during this time.



Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to research.


Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) forms which are applicable to research.

  • Research Application FormThe research application form is coming soon. It will be updated in the coming months as part of the process improvement work associated with the pause.


Below are state laws (RCWs) that apply to and/or relate to research.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)


Reports & Studies

The following studies include data related to all inmates under the jurisdiction of Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC); including those inmates who are incarcerated or serving a sentence that requires community supervision. Depending on sentencing guidelines and legislated policies data will vary in years of available data and reporting limits. The reports and studies are intended for educational and informational purposes.

Resource Links

Online Publications: Reports & Studies