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Secretary's Warrants for Arrest

Per RCW 9.94A.716 , the Secretary of the Department of Corrections (DOC) may issue a warrant for the arrest of any individual who violates a condition of community custody. Pursuant of RCW 9.94A.6331 and RCW 9.94A.716 , a Secretary's Warrant authorizes any law enforcement or peace officer or Community Corrections Officer to arrest the individual and place them in confinement.

Secretary's Warrants List

After 60 days of the warrant's issuance, an individual is categorized as unavailable for supervision in the community, moved to inactive status, and listed on the agency's website (DOC Policy 380.200 Community Supervision of OffendersAdobe PDF document file).

The Secretary's Warrants List and Photo Gallery are updated on a monthly basis.

The Photo Gallery is in-progress. You may Contact Us to request a photo of an individual on the Secretary's Warrants List. Please note photos may be many years old and not a current representation of the individual.

See the Inmate Search Resources webpage for a list of other types of information the Department can immediately provide upon request.

WACorrections Tips and Leads

Please do not attempt to contact any wanted person as they may be armed and/or dangerous. If you have information about an individual who is eluding supervision by failing to report to their Community Corrections Officer, or an inmate who has escaped from a prison or work release facility, please call 911.

You may contact the Department of Corrections by calling (866) 359-1939 or submitting a tip using the WACorrections Tips and Leads form.



Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to and/or relate to Secretary's Warrants.

Laws & Regulations

Below are state laws (RCWs) and regulations (WACs) that apply to and/or relate to Secretary's Warrants.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
  • RCW 9.94A Sentencing Reform Act of 1981
    The purpose of this RCW chapter is to make the criminal justice system accountable to the public by developing a system for the sentencing of felony offenders.
  • RCW 9.94A.633 Violation of condition or requirement–Offender charged with new offense–Sanctions–Procedures.
    Clarifies the sanctions of confinement for an individual who was under community custody that violated a condition or requirement, and specifies that "the department shall have authority to issue a warrant for the arrest of an offender who violates a condition of community custody as provided by RCW 9.94A.716. Any sactions shall be imposed by the department pursuant to RCW 9.94A.737."
  • RCW 9.94A.6331 Sanctions–Where served.
    Specifies that an individual will be confined in a state facility if the sanction was imposed pursuant to RCW 9.94A.633(1.b)(2)(3), or if the sanction is imposed by the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board.
  • RCW 9.94A.737 Community custody–Violations–Disciplinary proceedings–Structured violation process–Sanctions.
    Defines Department procedures and disciplinary processes for individuals who are accused of violating any condition or requirement of community custody.
  • RCW 9.94A.716 Community custody–Violations–Arrest.
    Specifies the legal capacity of the Secretary of the Department of Corrections to issue warrants for the arrest of individuals who violate a condition of community custody, and that such warrants authorize any law enforcement or peace officer or Community Corrections Officer in this state or any other state where the individual may be located, to perform an arrest and place the individual in total confinement.
  • RCW 72.09.015 Definitions.
    RCW 9.94A.331(2) specifies confinement sanctions for individuals who are inmates as defined by 72.09.015, which is "a person committed to the custody of the department, including but not limited to persons residing in a correctional institution or facility and persons released from such facility on furlough, work release, or community custody, and persons received from another state, state agency, county, or federal jurisdiction."
  • RCW 72.09.310 Community custody violator.
    "An inmate in community custody who willfully discontinues making himself or herself available to the department for supervision by making his or her whereabouts unknown or by failing to maintain contact with the department as directed by the community corrections officer shall be deemed an escapee and fugitive from justice, and upon conviction shall be guilty of a class C felony under chapter 9A.20 RCW ."
Washington Administrative Code (WAC)