PRESS RELEASE: Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
Released May 7, 2015
Department of Corrections
BELFAIR – Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW) celebrated its 10 year anniversary on April 14, 2015. The original employees, volunteers, and retiree who opened MCCCW shared their stories about when the first female inmates arrived at MCCCW at a ceremony to recognize the date.
MCCCW officially opened on April 13, 2005, with 80 inmates and approximately 50 employees. Today, The facility houses 320 inmates, approximately 108 employees and 21 contract staff members along with many volunteers.
- May 24, 2005 – Inmate Susan Cummings was pardoned by Governor Gary Locke from serving a life sentence for murder. She was released from MCCCW.
- 2008 – Bear Creek Unit was opened and added 104 inmates to MCCCW’s population.
- July 29, 2008 – MCCCW’s first escape, Inmate Karen Endecott. She was found the next day.
- August 13, 2008 – MCCCW’s second escape, Inmate Melanie Kirkendall. She was found five days later.
- 2010 – Gold Creek Unit was opened and added 120 Inmates to MCCCW’s population.
- November 2011 – MCCCW received the Silver LEED award for Gold Creek Unit.
- Economic impact to Belfair, WA, by providing jobs.
- Community Service Crews provide assistance on the clean-up of the Knotweeds that were threatening the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Project as well as assisting many other non-profit businesses.
- Sustainability in Prisons Projects, such as helping with the endangered Taylor’s Checkerspots Butterfly, recycling, composting and gardening.