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Inmate Credits DOC Course for Changing his Behavior

October 7, 2015

By Will Mader, DOC Communications

(Will Mader, Digital Communications Specialist)

Brandon Edinger knows life behind bars. He’s spent most of his life behind them.

Edinger, 45, has found himself in adult prison seven different times for a variety of property and drug crimes. “Each time I got out, I was going to go back to the same old lifestyle because it was fun and I enjoyed it,” he said.

The cycle continued, until his Washington state community corrections officer enrolled him in Thinking for a Change, a 25- lesson course where inmates learn how to deal with stressful life situations in a way that does not land them back in prison.

The program is part of a broader “re-engineering” of DOC’s community corrections division to be more proactive in changing inmate behavior and helping them transition back into society. The division has more than 650 officers who supervise roughly 17,000 inmates.

Now a graduate of Thinking for a Change, Edinger has completed his community supervision and hopes to never see a prison cell again.

In this video, Edinger shares his story of how Thinking for a Change made a difference in his life. Also, meet two Eastern Washington community corrections officers who believe programs like Thinking for a Change have a positive effect on inmates on their caseload.

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