30 Years Strong and Counting at Clallam Bay Corrections Center| WACorrections
June 9, 2016
Department of Corrections
CLALLAM BAY - On April 28, 2016 Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Ronald Haynes, current Superintendent at CBCC, opened the ceremonies and spoke of the reasoning behind the building of the prison at Clallam Bay.
35 years ago the Clallam Bay/Sekiu community suffered an economic and social blow due to 340 jobs lost when Crown Zellerbach closed their logging divisions in 1981. Crown Zellerbach prior to closing had been in production since 1921. Logging restrictions due to protecting the spotted owl habitat hurt the economy further and to top it all off the region also experienced shortened fishing seasons as the salmon runs declined. By 1984 Clallam county unemployment rate reached 14.1% and timing was just right for the construction of the Clallam Bay Corrections Center.
January 6, 1986 Clallam Bay Corrections Center opened with 84 employees and 66 medium custody offenders. In 1991 the facility converted to a closed custody facility followed by a 1992 expansion to house an additional 400 medium custody offenders.
Today CBCC can house 900 offenders and has 400 full time professional correctional employees to include Correctional Industries employees who manage the on-site garment industry, and members of the staff and faculty from Peninsula College who provide adult offender education. Many volunteers are also active in programs throughout the facility. Volunteers participate in religious studies, worship services, cultural groups, self-help groups and recreational opportunities.
Ronald Fraker and Michael Obenland, both past CBCC Superintendents, attended the celebration and talked about their years at the facility, and the changes that have taken place throughout the years. Other former staff also joined in the celebration with current employees and enjoyed the camaraderie of the day.
A slide show presentation was created with photos taken over the past 30 years, which was enjoyed by everyone. There were also videos of staff to view, newspaper articles from past events, and a timeline created to help follow the changes of the prison. Attendees were treated to a lunch of homemade pizza and desserts donated by staff.
Many thanks go out to all who participated in the organization of this event and to those employees, both past and present, who have served at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.
Working Together for SAFE Communities 30 years strong, and counting.