MONROE – Detective Sgt. Barry Hatch with the Monroe Police Department never knew Jayme Biendl in life. But he’s one of several hundred community members who come together each year to remember and honor the fallen correctional officer.
SHELTON – Inmates who are members of the Native American group known as the “Tribal Sons” at the Washington Corrections Center, recently knitted 21 hats for elder members of the Skokomish Indian Tribe.
VANCOUVER – Keeping the streets safe can be a daunting task, especially for a city with an approximate population of 175,000 people. Vancouver, Washington is home to an interagency gang unit that was just recognized for their outstanding work.
SHELTON – Inmates at Washington Corrections Center (WCC) recently raised 24,414 pounds of produce for food banks in Mason County. It’s all thanks to Harvest Now, a Connecticut-based organization that sends free fruit and vegetable seeds to prisons across America.
FORKS – Not all of Santa’s elves are in the North Pole. Some are making toys at Olympic Corrections Center (OCC) in Forks, Wash. Incarcerated maintenance workers at the facility spend some of their time working on projects in the facility’s woodshop.
BELLINGHAM – Community Corrections Officers from the Bellingham Field Office joined Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies for a special mission: make the holidays brighter for some of the county’s youngest residents.
OLYMPIA — Only in December do visitors get the treat of seeing the Governor's mansion decked out in holiday splendor. Not many know the fresh garlands, wreaths wrapped in brightly-colored bows, and elaborate florals are the work of prison inmates.
The ninth annual Women’s Conference: From Tragedy to Triumph and Still We Rise: Success Inside and Out, provided 150 incarcerated women at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW) with resources needed to be successful upon their release.
TUMWATER – Assistant Secretary Mac Pevey has named David Thomson as the Section 4 Field Administrator in the community corrections division within the Washington State Department of Corrections, effective November 16, 2017.
TUMWATER – Assistant Secretary Mac Pevey has named David Ganas as the Section 1 Field Administrator in the community corrections division within the Washington State Department of Corrections, effective November 16, 2017.
WALLA WALLA – More than 3.4 million people die each year from diseases caused by poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water, according to the World Health Organization. A group of inmates is doing their part to help change that.
SHELTON – After almost five years of planning, Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton, Wash. hosted their first ever 5K race. Thirty participants, which included inmates in the running club and staff, braved the early morning gray to take part in the event.
LITTLEROCK – John Lanell Fitzpatrick never went to high school. He got involved in the ‘gangster life’ when he was just a boy. In 2009, he was convicted of robbery, unlawful imprisonment with a firearm, and attempting to elude a police vehicle.
GIG HARBOR – Bridie Clevenger started using drugs when she was 9. It was the only way she knew how to mask the pain of abuse and sexual assault she endured from family members. As an adult, she stole money from people's bank accounts to pay for her addiction, which landed her in prison. She never guessed prison would save her life.
PIERCE COUNTY – The Correctional Peace Officers Foundation recently donated $500 to a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) community corrections officer to help pay for medical bills following an injury he sustained while on duty.
Working in the prison system has afforded me a rare glimpse into the lives and consequences of antisocial behavior. It has allowed me to put into perspective the many blessings I often overlooked as a child.
BELFAIR – Approximately 70 inmates at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, Washington, packed the facility's gymnasium during an August weekend for the Annual Women of Faith Conference.
SPOKANE – The Department of Corrections' section one field offices in Spokane, Wash. recently held their annual back to school event. It donated school supplies to children who have a parent under department supervision.
GOLDENDALE – Washington State Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for two inmates, Tyray Munter, 30, and Maksim Petrovskiy, 22, who escaped from the Goldendale Department of Natural Resources fire crew at approximately 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
SHELTON – People experiencing hunger in Bremerton who can’t easily get to a grocery store or food bank now have a place they can get those supplies, thanks to a group of inmates in a prison nearly 50 miles away.
KING COUNTY, Wash. – Jane, a 25-year-old woman from King County, sat in a room with her godmother. Also at the table were Department of Corrections’ Community Victim Liaison Angella Coker and a community corrections officer.
CLALLAM BAY – Joshua grips a small yellow spatula with gloved hands and spreads a bit of thick almond paste onto a halved croissant. Later, he sprinkles a generous handful of slivered almonds atop the croissants before placing them into the oven.
TUMWATER – As of June 26, the Washington State Legislature had not yet approved state operating and capital budgets for the 2017-19 biennium, which begins July 1. If the Legislature does not enact budgets before July 1, state agencies will have to implement full or partial shutdowns.
SHELTON – Close to 3,000 inmates in the state of Washington will finish their sentence in the next 24 months. To help that transition back into society, Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton recently hosted a reentry fair.
KILLEEN – It was an honor for the Washington State Department of Corrections to send two Honor Guard members from the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) to the funeral of Officer Shana Tedder of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
LITTLEROCK – Washington Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for two inmates, Richard Harvell, 30, and Sage Bear, 26, who escaped from Cedar Creek Corrections Center at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
GIG HARBOR – Stacks of folded blue jeans sit on shelves that stretch from wall to wall. Blouses of various colors, sizes, and textures drape from hangers. This clothing closet is like most others. Except, it's located inside a prison.
SPOKANE – Three of the female residents at the Department of Corrections' Eleanor Chase House Work Release graduated from a program aimed at preparing people to apply for construction trades apprenticeships.
OLYMPIA – Many people who have a physical or intellectual disability are often overlooked in sports, according to Dino Mayo, a community corrections supervisor for the Department of Corrections' Lacey field office.
TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Mac Pevey as the Interim Assistant Secretary of the community corrections division within the Washington State Department of Corrections, effective June 1, 2017.
TUMWATER – In collaboration with the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has named Anmarie Aylward as the reentry executive order project director, which will serve to bridge the services offered between the DOC and DSHS.
TUMWATER – Based on recent events involving the water supply in Airway Heights, Wash., and out of an abundance of caution, the Washington Department of Corrections has issued a voluntary recall of the food manufactured by the Airway Heights Corrections Center's Correctional Industries' food production facility.
GIG HARBOR – Inmate Candida Suarez described a sibling rivalry between her 17-month-old son, Ezra, and his new sibling. When she showered Ezra's younger brother with attention, Ezra would hit him. If his brother was on the bed, Ezra would push him off.
I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim May 7-13, 2017 as Correctional Officers and Employees Week in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this special observance.
MONROE – Ensuring a safe, inclusive environment is important to Maria Angel, who recently received an award for her work to educate staff and inmates about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) population.
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has named Stephen Sinclair secretary of the Department of Corrections (DOC). Sinclair will begin the position immediately. He takes over from Jody Becker, Ph.D, who has been serving as acting secretary since January.
TUMWATER – The Washington State Department of Corrections is pleased to announce the winners of its Annual Agency Awards. The awards recognize employees for their continuous, outstanding work to improve public safety.
OLYMPIA – Governor Inslee hereby proclaims April 2-8, 2017, as Crime Victims' Rights Week, reaffirming a commitment toward ensuring all victims of crime know they are respected, and to create a victim-service response that assists all victims of crime.
OLYMPIA, WA – The Department of Corrections and the Department of Early Learning joined together in a special partnership focusing on innovative programs working to engage parents transitioning from confinement to communities.
WALLA WALLA – Young homeless adults and a charity that provides items to low-income families recently received more than $7,000 in new furniture, thanks to inmate work efforts at the Washington State Penitentiary.
When an officer dies in the line of duty, the community is shaken to its core. Family members, friends and co-workers grieve. While everyone else mourns, the honor guard steps up to ensure the officer's tribute is flawless.
TACOMA – A prison psychologist's job can be emotionally exhausting. The stories Dr. Rain Carei hears can leave her feeling drained, but she's found a creative way to deal with the stress: glass blowing.
TACOMA – Thirty-six children whose families have been impacted by the criminal justice system celebrated holidays at the second annual “Winter Fest” hosted by the Pierce County staff of the Department of Corrections' (DOC) Community Corrections Division.
"Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone so you can be a role model," says Hilary Williams. "Such as encouraging the best in others and working toward a common goal as part of a fantastic team."
Barbara Davenport leads training sessions for dog handlers two or three times per year for Department of Corrections' officers and participants from other law enforcement agencies. Davenport estimates she's trained more than 450 dogs over the past 32 years.
GIG HARBOR – Incarcerated women and their babies inside Thailand prisons have a little extra warmth and comfort, thanks to a group of quilters from the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC).
A decade ago, Seattle Police Detective Denise "Cookie" Bouldin was trying to find a way to get the youth in Seattle's Rainier Valley engaged. After having a charity basketball game, the youth decided they wanted to learn the game of chess.
In honor of Veterans’ Day, staff at the Washington State Department of Corrections’ Headquarters in Tumwater, Wash. participated in the 22 Pushup Challenge to bring awareness to veteran suicide prevention.
GIG HARBOR – Unanswered questions bug Curtis Hoffman, like the case of an inmate who walked away from a Washington Department of Corrections work release site more than 40 years ago, and never returned.
YACOLT – Sterling Weirzalis, a former inmate at Larch Corrections Center, never knew that a chance meeting with a citizen at a prison basketball game during his incarceration would change his life forever.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – On a Thursday morning in mid-October, staff and inmates at Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) coordinated the distribution of over 1,700 pounds of pumpkins, harvested from the AHCC garden program, to be donated to underprivileged children in the local area in time for the fall season and Halloween holiday celebrations.
WALLA WALLA – Washington Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for inmate Neal Alan Millikan who escaped from a garden crew outside the secure perimeter at the Washington State Penitentiary on Friday, October 14, 2016.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Miniature flags of Honduras, Spain, Mexico, and other countries of Meso-America decorated Airway Heights Corrections Center for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Sat., Sept. 22, 2016.
OLYMPIA – Daniel White has been appointed as interim superintendent at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Washington, effective October 1, 2016. White replaces retiring superintendent Patrick Glebe.
FORKS – Buddhist Monk Tsering Motup recently visited two Washington Department of Corrections prisons. Motup traveled from International Bodhisattva Sangha in San Diego, California on Saturday, August 6 to meet with incarcerated Buddhist followers.
By a variety of definitions, Washington’s current correctional education system is a success. From national reports showing Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) leads the country in the number of GEDs earned by inmates in prisons.
Living a healthy life and recognizing the complex and often dangerous work of law enforcement are important to Community Corrections Officer Don Malo. Malo, who works in the DOC’s southeast Seattle field office, recently combined those two passions at a unique and majestic place: the summit of Mt. Rainier.
This change will help in ensuring timely processing of all visit applications (minors included). Visitors who have already applied do NOT need to submit new applications. All new visitors submitting NEW visit applications need to use the electronic visit application on this website.
Cynthia Softli has emerged as a reluctant voice on the sensitive topic of law enforcement and race in the aftermath of a sniper attack that killed five police officers in Dallas, and the fatal shootings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
LITTLEROCK – Sadie Gilliom is wild about nature. As a kid, she hunted for frogs and newts in the woods near her Shelton home. When she got older, she worked at Point Defiance Zoo to care for animals and give talks about wildlife.
AUBURN – Kristoffer Rongen, a Washington Department of Corrections' Community Response Unit (CRU) officer, was shot and injured at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 while working on a joint operation with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Upon leaving the scene of an arrest on May 24, Community Corrections Supervisor Angela Stanger and Community Corrections Officer John Faircloth drove past 84th and D Street in Tacoma, and saw a minivan crashed into a telephone pole.
TUMWATER – Secretary Richard Morgan today announced the Washington Department of Corrections will not renew a contract with Assessments.com, the information technology vendor that was developing software for the agency’s Advance Corrections Initiative.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Inmate dog handlers in the Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) Pawsitive Dogs program had a rare opportunity to meet the woman who helped bring animal training programs to prisons all over the nation.
YACOLT – In December, nine endangered Western Pond Turtles were brought in to Larch Corrections Center by the Sustainability in Prisons Project because of LCC's close proximity to wetlands the turtles inhabit.
SPOKANE – Approximately one month ago, the Spokane Criminal Justice Center began notifying those under community supervision of an opportunity to place flags in local cemeteries in honor of Memorial Day.
MONROE – Two correctional officers were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being assaulted this morning by an inmate at the Monroe Correctional Complex-Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU).
YACOLT – It takes quite a while to get to and from the Larch Corrections Center, located in a remote wooded area more than 20 miles from Vancouver. Dan Hettman's job is to get inmates where they need to go.
OLYMPIA – Whereas, Washington Department of Corrections officers and employees contribute to public safety by exercising safe and effective control of approximately 19,000 incarcerated inmates and by managing approximately 17,000 inmates on post-incarceration supervision...
WALLA WALLA – Tony Boyle was heading to his job as a corrections officer supervisor at the Washington State Penitentiary when he rounded a corner about 12:30 in the afternoon and saw a white Chevy Tahoe upside down on the side of the road.
BELFAIR – Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women has teamed up with the SCORE organization (Service Corps of Retired Executives) to offer an exciting new program for female inmates who have an entrepreneurial spirit.
SHELTON – Living in prison isn't easy. There's little privacy and a near-constant cacophony of people moving around, staff radios crackling, announcements blaring over the intercom and heavy metal doors clanging shut.
LITTLEROCK – Have you ever held a giant hissing cockroach in your hand or had a falcon on your arm? During the annual Math and Science Fair at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, children of incarcerated fathers were provided that unique experience and 24 other hands-on activities.
FORKS – Band saws, hammers and electric drills aren’t tools prison inmates normally get access to, but a group of inmates at the Olympic Corrections Center use them to make toys, works of art and even furniture for a local charity auction.
TUMWATER – Steve Sinclair, Assistant Secretary of Prisons for the Washington Department of Corrections today released the following statement regarding state audit findings related to staff safety and security.
TACOMA – Nine-year-old Patience sat at a table with three other girls and her stepmother, cutting out patches they could attach to brown Girl Scout sashes. They laughed, talked, recited the pledge and learned to fold a flag.
BELFAIR – Inmates from the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women released 1,000 Checkerspot Butterfly larvae outside Olympia last week as part of a program to restore the threatened species to its native habitat.
OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) is implementing a number of administrative improvements in response to a report issued today by Governor Inslee’s team of external investigators on the sentencing miscalculation that caused the early release of inmates.
OLYMPIA – A dozen inmates from the Washington Corrections Center (WCC) have their art work on display at The Evergreen State College as part of the “Prison Obscura” exhibition that runs through March 2.
GIG HARBOR – Bryan Necessary is proactive when it comes to safety. He walks the grounds of the Washington Corrections Center for Women, WCCW, constantly on the lookout for anything that could potentially be unsafe – cracks in the sidewalk or uneven elevation of walking areas that could cause slips and falls.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS - Inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center, AHCC, came to the rescue last month by providing families with firewood to keep their homes warm, after an epic windstorm left thousands of residents without power.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Timothy Pauley, DOC #273053, was seen by the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) for a parole eligibility hearing on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe.
OLYMPIA – In reviewing records of inmates released within the timeframe of January 1 and May 31, 2015, and prior to their sentence recalculation date, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) has confirmed that Jeremiah Smith, 26, allegedly committed first degree murder during the period of time in which he should have been incarcerated.
OLYMPIA – After further review of records, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) on Monday morning confirmed that two inmates released from prison prior to their earned release date allegedly committed new crimes during the time period they should have been incarcerated.
KALAMA– One of the important components of the DOC Community Restitution Program is serving the community. In December the Longview Work Crew responded to a natural disaster and proved vital to maintaining local government services
OLYMPIA – Candace Ralston helped hang up white lights, nearly a quarter-mile of garland, 22 wreaths and numerous planters and floral arrangements at the governor’s mansion last week in preparation for a series of annual public.
OLYMPIA – One of Rob Colley’s earliest memories as a child is running across wooden two-by-fours that his brother covered with dirt so that the action of stepping on them would make dirt fly in the air “like we were being chased by gunfire.”
BELFAIR – Shaneeka Opulencia has spent the past 10 years in and out of prison. She says the trauma of having an incarcerated father is what made her lash out at the world and fall into a path of crime.
As a child, Eric Jackson had no interest in following a long family tradition of working in corrections. He dreamed of being a policeman, and after joining the Army and serving a tour of duty during Desert Storm, he even applied for a job with the Tacoma Police Department.
ABERDEEN – Stafford Creek Corrections Center’s visit room hosted an evening of pumpkin painting fun October 16, to help inmates maintain contact and improve family relationships during their incarceration.
CONNELL – The greater sage grouse is a strange-looking bird. The males are short and chubby, with spikey tail feathers fanning out from their rears that make them look like a cross between a turkey and a quail.
TACOMA – A state Department of Corrections’ specialist, assigned to the FBI’s South Sound Task Force, arrested a wanted drug dealer and confiscated more than $100,000 in cash and five pounds of methamphetamine at a residential duplex last week.
FORKS – Ten inmates who are part of a community services crew at Olympic Corrections Center and two correctional officer supervisors repaired a deteriorating footbridge on September 15, 2015 on a public trail behind the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC).
OLYMPIA – While the Department of Corrections generally does not discuss the transfer of inmates for security reasons, there has been a great deal of inaccurate speculation regarding the recent move of Gary Ridgway to a maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado.
CONNELL – Coyote Ridge Corrections Center’s Honor Guard had the distinguished honor to represent the Washington State Department of Corrections and all Washingtonians at the funeral services for fallen Correctional Officer Timothy Davison of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDJC).
OLYMPIA – When Wright was in his early teens in New Orleans, La. he got in trouble a lot in school. He started hanging out with the wrong people, got into fights and eventually got kicked out. His principal once told his mother he would wind up in prison.
OLYMPIA — Four wastewater treatment plants at Washington State Department of Corrections facilities have received an Outstanding Performance Award from the state Department of Ecology for perfect performance in 2014.
BELFAIR — Law enforcement officers have apprehended the last of two Larch Corrections Center inmates who walked off from a Department of Corrections (DOC) community work crew Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Randall Jacob Marlow, 45, was captured without incident around 6:45 p.m. June 29.
The Washington State Legislature has not yet approved state operating and capital budgets for the 2015–17 biennium, which begins July 1. If the Legislature does not enact budgets by June 30, state agencies will have to implement full or partial shutdowns.
OLYMPIA — At a celebration to honor those who strive to rise from the ashes of mental illness and substance abuse, the Department of Corrections’ Olympia–based Offender Reentry and Community Safety Program (ORCSP) was presented the Phoenix Award by the Behavioral Health Resources Foundation (BHR).
With key players from the Washington, Colorado, and United States governments present, on May 22 in Vienna the UN Crime Commission — under the leadership of South Africa and with the support of Canada, Poland, Uruguay, the United States, and 50+ co-sponsoring nations – successfully adopted the first update in 60 years of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMRs).
MONROE – Gordon Powell, 45, has passed away this morning after sustaining injuries at the Special Offender Unit of Monroe Correctional Complex. Powell was serving a 60 month sentence for third degree assault and second degree burglary.
BREMERTON — Community Corrections Specialist Nick Weber figured there might be trouble when he rounded a corner at Forest Ridge Park and spotted a violent suspect wanted for stealing firearms sitting in a Chevy Blazer with his girlfriend.
GIG HARBOR — On March 14, more than 200 people gathered at Washington Corrections Center for Women to consider the question, “Does gender matter?” at a TEDx event hosted by the Washington State Department of Corrections.
CEDAR CREEK - All across the country, people devoured countless slices of pizza at Super Bowl parties on Feb. 1. But how many people ate pizza and donated to charity at the same time? How many did both while in prison?
OLYMPIA – After a 32-year career in Washington state prisons, Scott Frakes will become the next director of Nebraska’s Department of Corrections, effective Feb. 2, 2015. Frakes, who is currently a deputy director for prisons in Washington, takes with him decades of leadership in prison reform, including maximum-custody practices, labor relations and treatment of mentally ill inmates.