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 email@example.com .
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 Form – The 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.
- Correctional Industries Employment Recidivism (10/2011)
- Housing Voucher Study (R 03/2011)
- Identifying Traumatic Brain Injury and Developmental Disability in Prison (01/2013)
- Offender Demographic Characteristics by Release and Recidivism 2009 (06/2013)
- Operation Place Safety – First Year in Review (6/2014)
- Parenting Sentencing Alternative (PSA) Legislative Work Group Presentation (02/2012)
- Prison Violence Preliminary Study (10/2009)
- Racial Disparity Executive Summary (R 07/2014)
- Racial Disparity Loss of Liberty (02/2009)
- Recidivism Rate Outcomes for 2007 (09/2011)
- Recidivism Revisited (08/2010)
- Sex Offender Treatment Program Fact Sheet (R 11/2015)
- Tracking Washington State Offenders Pilot Study: Do Education Programs Affect Employment Outcomes? (03/2011)
- Washington State 3–Year Recidivism Rates (04/2012)
- Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
- Caseload Forecast Council (CFC)
- The Evergreen State College – Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP)
- The Pew Center on the States (PEW)
- Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice (WSICJ)
- Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Online Publications: Reports & Studies
- 20 Years in Sentencing (CFC, 2010)
- Caseload Forecast Council Sentencing Publications
- Does Participation in Washington’s Work Release Facilities Reduce Recidivism? (WSIPP, 2007)
- Evidence-Based Public Policy Options to Reduce Future Prison Construction, Criminal Justice Costs and Crime Rates (WSIPP, 2006)
- Increasing Earned Release from Prison: Impacts of 2003 Law on Recidivism and Criminal Justice Costs (WSIPP, 2009)
- Mandatory Minimum Confinement for Community Custody Violators (CFC, 2010)
- New Risk Instrument for Offenders Improves Classification Decisions (WSIPP, 2009)
- One in 100: Behind Bars in America (PEW, 2008)
- One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections (PEW, 2009)
- Sex Offender Policy Board Report (CFC, 2010)
- Strengthen Community Corrections (PEW, 2008)
- Statistical Summary of Adult Felony Sentencing (CFC, 2010)
- Washington State Recidivism Trends: Adult Offenders Released From Prison, 1990 – 2006 (WSIPP, 2011)