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2017

February

02/24/2017 | Penitentiary Inmates, Simpli Home Donate Furniture to Charities
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.
02/10/2017 | Former Stuntman, Army Ranger Improves Public Safety On Special Emergency Response Team
McNEIL ISLAND – A dark-haired, slender man leaps from an aircraft 10,000 feet in the air. He tumbles through the sky and lands in a red Cadillac. Millions of Americans remember the dazzling aerial sequence in 1994's Terminal Velocity, starring Charlie Sheen.
02/08/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: May 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) May 2017 meeting list.

January

01/30/2017 | Incarcerated Veterans Give Back to Kids
As a way of giving back to the community, 174 incarcerated men at Washington Corrections Center (WCC) participated in a three-day walkathon raising nearly $2,000.
01/26/2017 | Honor Guard Does 'Whatever It Takes' to Pay Tribute to Fallen Officers
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.
01/19/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Nancy Dufraine Named as Tribal Relations Director
TUMWATER – Acting Secretary Dr. Jody Becker-Green has announced Nancy Dufraine as the Tribal Relations Director for the Washington Department of Corrections, effective January 18, 2017.
01/12/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: April 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) April 2017 meeting list.
01/10/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Jody Becker-Green Named Acting Secretary of Corrections
TUMWATER – Governor Jay Inslee has announced Dr. Jody Becker-Green as the Acting Secretary of Corrections for the State of Washington, effective January 17, 2017.
01/06/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Secretary’s Warrants for Arrest Added to Agency Website
TUMWATER – The Washington Department of Corrections (DOC), in its mission to improve public safety has added a new feature to the agency’s website, which debuted in September.
01/05/2017 | Expressing Emotions Through Glass: Art is Therapy for Prison Psychologist
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.
01/03/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Dwayne Woods, Sentenced to Capital Punishment in 1997, Dies of Cardiac Arrest
TUMWATER – Dwayne A. Woods, 46, passed away at approximately 11 p.m. on January 1, 2017 at the Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash.

2016

December

12/28/2016 | Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Visits State Penitentiary
WALLA WALLA – Pulitzer prize-winning author and scholar, Dr. Marilynne Robinson recently visited inmates and staff at the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP).
12/23/2016 | Family Winter Fest in Pierce County
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.
12/20/2016 | Monroe Crossroads Inmate Art Projects Win 12 Ribbons at Evergreen State Fair
MONROE – Seven Monroe Correctional Complex inmates won ribbons at the 2016 Evergreen State Fair in the open class division of the crafts and hobbies competition.
12/15/2016 | Inmates Decorate Governor’s Mansion For The Holidays
OLYMPIA – Hundreds of people visit the Governor’s mansion during December to get a glimpse of the residence adorned with twinkling lights, elaborate floral arrangements and larger-than-life wreaths.
12/12/2016 | Holiday Ballet Classic Features Corrections’ Staff
"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."
12/7/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: March 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) March 2017 meeting list.
12/02/2016 | Her Dogs Find Drugs
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.

November

11/21/2016 | WCCW Sends Quilts, Infant Clothes to Incarcerated Mothers in Thailand
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).
11/15/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: February 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) February 2017 meeting list.
11/15/2016 | Detective Cookie's Chess Club Receives Handcrafted Boards from Stafford Creek
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.
11/10/2016 | 22 Pushup Challenge to Honor Our Veterans
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.
11/07/2016 | DOC Corrections Staff Walk a Mile in High Heels for Domestic Violence Awareness
The Washington Department of Corrections was among approximately 60 participants at the YWCA of Walla Walla's annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march against domestic violence and sexual assault Oct. 19

October

10/27/2016 | 1975 Escapee Found
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.
10/21/2016 | Prison Basketball Game Changes Inmate's Life
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.
10/19/2016 | It’s the Great Pumpkin Donation
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.
10/17/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Inmate Who Escaped from Washington State Penitentiary Apprehended
WALLA WALLA – At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16th, Neal Millikan was safely apprehended without incident after being located in a vehicle in Kennewick, Wash.
10/14/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Searching for Inmate Who Escaped from Washington State Penitentiary
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.
10/13/2016 | Mexico's Deputy Consul Sylvia Cabrera Visits Airway Heights Corrections Center
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.
10/07/2016 | The Redemption Project: Ripple Effects of Doing Good
ABERDEEN – The words coming from Ismael Bucio were surprising, considering he was secured to a chair inside the Stafford Creek Corrections Center Intensive Management Unit.
10/04/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Daniel White Appointed as Interim Superintendent at Washington Corrections Center
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.
10/03/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: January 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) January 2017 meeting list.

September

09/30/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Monroe Correctional Complex Investigating Inmate Death
MONROE – The Department of Corrections is investigating the death of Michael D Bryant, 30, an inmate in confinement at the Special Offender Unit of Monroe Correctional Complex.
09/30/2016 | Hispanic Community Corrections Officers Are First Generation College Grads
SUNNYSIDE – The job of a community corrections officer isn’t glamorous.
09/22/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Forum to Teach Employers Benefits of Hiring Former Inmates
TUMWATER – Employers looking to fill jobs may be able to find well-trained and skilled candidates from an unlikely place: prison.
09/21/2016 | Buddhist Monk Visits Two Washington Prisons
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.
09/18/2016 | Monroe Walk of Remembrance Ceremony
Along with the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, the Monroe Correctional Complex honored staff who have passed away...
09/16/2016 | Correctional Education’s Turnaround in Washington – From the Trenches to Triumph
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.
09/07/2016 | DOC Community Corrections Officer Honors Law Enforcement on Summit of Mt. Rainier
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.
09/07/2016 | Day with Dad at Airway Heights Corrections Center
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Dads and kids played catch, caught Frisbees, kicked soccer balls or just sat on the grass and decorated the sidewalk with chalk.
09/06/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: December 2016 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) December meeting list.

August

08/31/2016 | Wheels for the World
ABERDEEN – Bree Forbish’s work station is surrounded by piles of upholstery, metal frames, seat cushions and rubber tires—stuff one might find in a landfill.
08/27/2016 | Prison Gardens: Roots of Change
WALLA WALLA – Flint Pulse never thought of farming as a career while growing up in the Tri-cities area, but a two-year prison sentence has changed all that.
08/19/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Appoints Carlos Lugo as Department Ombuds
OLYMPIA – The Department of Corrections (DOC) announced today the appointment of Carlos Lugo to the agency’s newly created Ombuds position within the agency’s Executive Policy Office.
08/15/2016 | Harleys in Prison: Unique Ministry for Inmates
A half-dozen, leather-clad motorcycle riders rumbled past the razor wire perimeter fence into the Airway Heights Corrections Center recently under the watchful eye of the tower.
08/10/2016 | Washington DOC Pays Respects to Fallen Texas Correctional Officer Mari Johnson
A delegation of Washington Department of Corrections employees paid tribute to Correctional Officer Mari Johnson, by participating in her memorial service.
08/9/2016 | Washington DOC will be accepting only Electronic Visit Applications starting 9/1/2016
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.
08/06/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Statement from Governor Jay Inslee regarding death of Lt. Col. Flando Jackson
"Trudi and I join all Washingtonians in mourning the loss of Lt. Col. Flando Jackson. Flando was a dedicated public servant who put his fellow Washingtonians first."
08/06/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: November 2016 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) November meeting list.
08/01/2016 | CRCC Instructor Leads Inmates to New Careers
CONNELL – When students tell Kara Caicedo they have no hope of getting a good job because the only thing they've done in life is sell drugs, she tries to find a silver lining.

July

07/27/2016 | Corrections Officer Discusses Race, Law Enforcement
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.
07/21/2016 | DOC Staff Help Rescue Injured Woman
CLALLAM BAY – It was about 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning when Norm Dauth and Jacki Ahrens got a call to rescue a woman who'd fallen on some rocks on the beach and injured herself.
07/19/2016 | She Brings Nature Inside Prisons
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.
07/15/2016 | New Program Helps Inmates Recover from Addiction
CONNELL - For 125 men struggling with drug addiction at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, community is the agent of change.
07/14/2016 | Reentry-focused Strength in Families Program Begins at Four Washington DOC Facilities
A program for incarcerated fathers that provides support for positive parenting, healthy relationships with partners and co-parents and economic stability
07/13/2016 | Airway Heights Abuzz with Beekeeping
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) has introduced honeybees to not only help the facility's gardens but to sustain a healthy bee population
07/11/2016 | Offender Reentry Community Safety Program Highlighted at Statewide Behavioral Health Conference
YAKIMA – Incarcerated people with significant mental health issues who pose a risk to public safety should be connected to community resources before they leave prison
07/08/2016 | Special Emergency Response Teams Test Skills at McNeil Island Competition
DUPONT – Over the course of two days last week, 20 corrections officers ran obstacle courses, assembled and fired weapons at targets
07/06/2016 | ISRB Press Release - October 2016 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) October meeting list...

June

06/30/2016 | Lakewood CCOs Assist Injured Woman
LAKEWOOD – Two community corrections officers with the Washington Department of Corrections recently helped rescue an injured woman on the side of a busy street in Lakewood.
06/28/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Officer Shot in the City of Auburn
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).
06/28/2016 | Kids United By Incarceration Camp
Twenty-eight children, who have a parent in prison, attended a summer camp this week hosted by the Washington state Department of Corrections.
06/24/2016 | From Prison to Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Seattle may have one of the hottest labor markets in the country, but Tim still feels lucky to have a job. Any job.
06/23/2016 | Federal Bureau of Land Management Official Visits Sagebrush Restoration Project at CRCC
CONNELL – The iconic greater sage-grouse, a species recently considered for federal endangered species listing, is getting a helping hand from a unique set of partners...
06/17/2016 | Living Stones Prison Congregation Provides Hope, Solace for WCC Inmates
SHELTON – The Rev. Norm Arnold used a shell to scoop water from a wooden font and gently poured it over the head of a tall, dark-haired man...
06/17/2016 | Former Inmate Helped Launch Living Stones
Pastor John Kenton O’Neal had a special understanding of the loneliness and anguish inmates can feel during their incarceration.
06/16/2016 | Airway Heights Corrections Center Celebrates Volunteers
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Seventy volunteers were recognized at Airway Heights Corrections Center, AHCC at an appreciation event May 19 for their hard work and dedication over the past year.
06/15/2016 | Pierce County CCOs Step in to Help Three-year-old Car Crash Victim
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.
06/15/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Washington Department of Corrections Releases Statement on Software Contracts with Assessments.com
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.
06/14/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Work Release Offender Jake Eakin Arrested in South Dakota
Wanted DOC work release resident Jake Eakin was apprehended this afternoon without incident at a bus stop in South Dakota.
06/13/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: DOC Issues Warrant for Work Release Resident Who Failed to Report to Scheduled Work Site
YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Corrections was notified by a local employer Sunday night, June 12, that Ahtanum View Work Release resident Jake Eakin had not reported to his scheduled shift.
06/09/2016 | 30 Years Strong and Counting at Clallam Bay Corrections Center
CLALLAM BAY – On April 28, 2016 Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
06/08/2016 | Founder of Prison Dog Training Program Visits Airway Heights
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.
06/07/2016 | Washington Corrections Center Site for First American Legion Post at Washington Prison
SHELTON – Incarcerated Veterans at the Washington Corrections Center have a place to call their own, thanks to the American Legion Post 11.
06/06/2016 | Moving On Program’s Successes Shared at Graduation Ceremony for Mission Creek Inmates
BELFAIR – Thirty-eight inmates graduated the Moving On program at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women at a ceremony May 18.
06/02/2016 | Endangered Western Pond Turtles Rehabilitate in Prison
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.

May

05/31/2016 | Memorial Day: Community Service and Remembrance
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.
05/25/2016 | Inmates Find Peace through Symphony Music
MONROE – A violinist from the Seattle Symphony swayed back and forth, his bow flying over the strings.
05/13/2016 | Fallen Penitentiary Lieutenant Recognized at Medal of Honor Ceremony
OLYMPIA – Leassa Rentz traveled more than 160 miles last week to honor a grandfather who died 45 years ago, after being assaulted by a prison inmate.
05/10/2016 | Being a DOC Nurse Requires Open Mind, Google Skills
ABERDEEN – Being a prison nurse isn't a career many people would put at the top of their wish list, but Damon Gordon thinks they should.
05/10/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Correctional Officers Assaulted by Offender at Monroe Correctional Complex
MONROE – Two correctional officers were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being assaulted this morning by an offender at the Monroe Correctional Complex-Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU).
05/06/2016 | Dan Hettman Named Larch Correctional Officer of the Year
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.
05/06/2016 | Governor's Proclamation: Correctional Officers & Employees Week 2016Adobe PDF document
OLYMPIA – Whereas, Washington Department of Corrections officers and employees contribute to public safety by exercising safe and effective control of approximately 19,000 incarcerated offenders and by managing approximately 17,000 offenders on post-incarceration supervision...
05/05/2016 | Helping People Stay Sober, Out of Prison
OLYMPIA – Marko Anderson spends most of his time trying to keep people out of trouble.He does so by helping drug addicts stay clean, by acting as a parental figure...
05/04/2016 | Teaching Social Skills to Prison Inmates
WALLA WALLA – It's the soft skills that often determine if inmates will find jobs and stay out of trouble after leaving prison.
05/03/2016 | Correctional Officer Supervisor Wins Valor Award For Helping Victim of Car Accident
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.
05/02/2016 | Prison Teaching Is Her Calling
GIG HARBOR – From the U.S. maps hung along the wall, to an overhead projector and rows of student desks, Mishelle Gillespie's classroom is like most others.

April

04/29/2016 | Fallen Penitentiary Lieutenant to Receive Medal of Honor
OLYMPIA – A correctional lieutenant who was killed in the line of duty at the Washington State Penitentiary will receive a Medal of Honor nearly 46 years after his death.
04/25/2016 | Technology Helps Inmates Maintain Family Ties
SHELTON – Darrick has a hard time imagining what life would be like if the Washington Corrections Center didn't have Internet kiosks that let him connect to the outside world.
04/20/2016 | One of DOC’s Two Female SERT Members Hopes Others Will Step Up to the Challenge
CLALLAM BAY – Jeri Boe was working as a correctional officer at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center when 38 inmates began fighting in the middle of the recreation yard.
04/18/2016 | Mission Creek Inmates Build Plan for Self-Employment after Release with the B.O.S.S. Program
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.
04/15/2016 | Victims Tell Inmates about Pain Crime Causes
MONROE – Two-dozen inmates sat in strained silence as they listened to a woman talk about her family, her teen years and the repeated sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of a church camp counselor.
04/15/2016 | Teaching Inmates Public Speaking, May Help Keep Them Out of Prison
MONROE – Jack Buce believes one reason some people end up in prison is because they have trouble communicating with others.
04/15/2016 | Volunteer Teaches Inmates Survival Skill: How to Budget Money, Save for the Future
MONROE – Linda Hegrenes remembers worrying about the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) when she first moved into a new home not far from the prison in 2005.
04/11/2016 | Poetry Helps Offenders Cope in Prison
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.
04/05/2016 | Math and Science Fair at Cedar Creek Corrections Center Unites Families and Communities
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.
04/04/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: ISRB July HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The following list of offenders are scheduled to meet with the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) during July 2016.
04/04/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: ISRB June HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The following list of offenders are scheduled to meet with the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) during June 2016.
04/1/2016 | Wood Furniture and Toys Made by Offenders Bring in More Than $10,000 for Forks Charity
FORKS – Band saws, hammers and electric drills aren’t tools prison inmates normally get access to, but a group of offenders at the Olympic Corrections Center use them to make toys, works of art and even furniture for a local charity auction.

March

03/29/2016 | Chickens at WCCW Lay Foundation For Offender Healing, Rehabilitation
GIG HARBOR – The nine chickens Teresa Settle cares for may be the most secure hens in the country.
03/25/2016 | Correctional Industries Offenders Less Likely to Commit New Crimes
Offenders who hold Correctional Industries (CI) jobs while in prison are significantly less likely to commit new crimes, according to a recent Washington State University (WSU) report.
03/22/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Agency Statement on State Auditor’s Office Performance Audit Regarding Safety Improvements and Audit Findings
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.
03/22/2016 | ‘Lost soul’ Finds New Purpose Through WCCW Braille Program
VANCOUVER – When Angela Vargas went to prison 13 years ago for theft and murder conspiracy charges, she never thought her time behind bars would lead to the job of her dreams.
03/17/2016 | Giant Pacific Octopus Made by DOC Specialist To Appear in Olympia’s Procession of the Species
OLYMPIA – A 25-foot-long giant Pacific octopus with dangling tentacles will take part in this year’s Procession of the Species, thanks to Kris Geringer, a long-time Department of Corrections employee.
03/16/2016 | Centralia College’s Graduating Class at Cedar Creek Corrections Center
LITTLEROCK – Hard work and dedicated studying paid off for 56 offenders who graduated from various courses at Cedar Creek Corrections Center February 17.
03/11/2016 | Dan Pacholke Earned Reputation as Trouble Shooter, Retires After 33-Years at Washington Corrections
OLYMPIA – Dan Pacholke earned a reputation early in his career for being the guy to call when there was trouble.
03/08/2016 | New Girl Scout Troop Boosts Confidence Among Daughters of Incarcerated Parents
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.
03/07/2016 | Mission Creek Offenders Help Raise, Release Endangered Butterfly
BELFAIR – Offenders 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.
03/07/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Governor Inslee Appoints Dick Morgan as Acting Secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee has announced Dick Morgan as the Acting Secretary of Corrections for the State of Washington, effective March 14, 2016.
03/04/2016 | Keri Waterland appointed Chair of Sex Offender Policy Board
TUMWATER – The Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board (SOPB), has appointed Dr. Keri Waterland as its chair. Her term, which began Jan. 22 is for two years.
03/02/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Pillars of Excellence for Incarcerated VeteransAdobe PDF document file
OLYMPIA — For the third consecutive year, Washington State has been recognized as a Pillar of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

February

02/28/2016 | Chipping Away at the Cultural Wall
CLALLAM BAY – Behind the concertina wire and concrete walls, dozens of inmates gather in classrooms each day to discuss math, politics, religion, history and even creative writing.
02/25/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Responds to Investigative Report on Sentencing Error
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 offenders.
02/19/2016 | Washington Corrections Center Offenders’ Art Draws Praise From Faculty, Community
OLYMPIA – A dozen offenders 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.
02/18/2016 | Girl Scouts Visit Cat Program at Mission Creek Corrections Center
BELFAIR – A girl scout troop recently visited Mission Creek Corrections Center’s cat adoption program to earn their pet badges.
02/06/2016 | Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding resignation of DOC Secretary Dan PacholkeAdobe PDF document file
"Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke submitted his resignation this morning, saying he hoped that his move would end the political blood thirst of Senate Republicans."
02/06/2016 | Secretary Pacholke resignation letter to Sen. PaddenAdobe PDF document file
Senator Padden – I have served this agency, this state, for 33 years. I am proud to have worked for and help build what I believe to be the best correctional system in the nation.

January

01/28/2016 | Making Sure Everyone Goes Home Safe
MONROE – Megan Abram is a gate-keeper in the true sense of the word – no one gets through the massive steel doors leading into the Washington State Reformatory during the day without her scrutiny.
01/27/2016 | Intelligence and Investigations Network Works to Keep DOC Facilities Safe
TUMWATER – If a fight breaks out behind prison walls, Christopher Newton tries to get to the bottom of it.
01/26/2016 | For Him, Safety Is Necessary
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.
01/25/2016 | Community Corrections Warrants Sweep Nets 41 Arrests in Cowlitz County
COWLITZ COUNTY – Community Response Unit and Community Corrections Officers participated in a Operation Ice Breaker during the week of January 11-15.
01/21/2016 | Corrections Officer Assists With Baby Delivery
GIG HARBOR – A correctional officer at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) recently assisted medical professionals with the delivery of a baby of an offender who had gone into labor.
01/20/2016 | Stafford Creek Corrections Center Offenders Train to Become Yoga Instructors
ABERDEEN – Dwayne Satterfield places one arm atop a colorful, Styrofoam block, while stretching the other arm behind his back.
01/15/2016 | $2,000 Grant Awarded to CRCC Native Regalia Program
CONNELL – Officials with the Big Bend Electric Cooperative’s Caring Neighbors program recently awarded a $2,000 grant to the Native American regalia program at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.
01/15/2016 | Airway Heights Offenders Provide Firewood to Families in Storm-Stricken Communities
AIRWAY HEIGHTS Offenders 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.
01/14/2016 | Washington Corrections Center Offenders’ Art Featured In Exhibition at The Evergreen State College
OLYMPIA – To outsiders, the word prison often conjures up images of sliding steel bars and concrete walls.
01/07/2016 | WCCW Offenders Donate Food, Hygiene Items to Gig Harbor Charities
GIG HARBOR – Offenders at Washington Corrections Center for Women recently donated food and hygiene items to two local charities for the holidays.
01/05/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Indeterminate Sentence Hearing for Timothy Pauley
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.

2015

December

12/31/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Secretary Contacts Victim's Mother
OLYMPIA – In reviewing records of offenders 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.
12/28/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Secretary Offers Apology
OLYMPIA – After further review of records, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) on Monday morning confirmed that two offenders released from prison prior to their earned release date allegedly committed new crimes during the time period they should have been incarcerated.
12/22/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Sentencing Error Information
OLYMPIA – Governor Inslee announces immediate actions to fix 13-year-old sentencing errors discovered at state prisons.
12/16/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Paige M. Harrison Appointed Director of Research and Data Analytics
OLYMPIA – The Department of Corrections has announced the appointment of Dr. Paige M. Harrison to the position of Director of Research and Data Analytics.

November

11/09/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Julie Martin Appointed Assistant Secretary of DOC Administrative Services Division
OLYMPIA – The Department of Corrections on Monday announced the appointment of Julie Martin as the Assistant Secretary for the Administrative Services Division.
11/05/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: More Than 1,500 State Employees Attend State Lean Conference
OLYMPIA, Wash. – People from nearly 60 Washington state agencies, boards and commissions attended last week’s Lean conference in Tacoma, including 49 from the Washington Department of Corrections.

October

10/30/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Offender Escapes from County Custody
LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. – Department of Corrections’ inmate recovery teams are working with local law enforcement to find an offender who escaped from the Lincoln County Jail this morning.
10/15/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Governor Inslee Appoints Dan Pacholke as Secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he's appointed Dan Pacholke to serve as the new Secretary of Corrections for the State of Washington, effective October 17, 2015.

September

09/22/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner to leave state service
OLYMPIA – State Department of Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner announced Tuesday that he is leaving state service on October 16 to start a new job in the private sector.
09/18/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Ridgway to Return to Washington Prison
OLYMPIA – The Department of Corrections on Friday told the Federal Bureau of Prisons that it wants serial killer Gary Ridgway returned to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
09/16/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Update Regarding Gary Ridgway Transfer
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.
09/08/2015 | Washington Prison Creates “Blue Room” To Calm Inmates with Nature Videos
SHELTON – The Washington Corrections Center is piloting an unconventional way to calm offenders when they show signs of stress – immerse them in the sights and sounds of nature.

August

08/31/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Units on Lockdown at Washington State Penitentiary after a Second Multi-Offender Fight
WALLA WALLA – All four West Complex living units at the Washington State Penitentiary were placed on lockdown after warning shots were fired during a fight involving multiple offenders.
08/24/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Units on Lockdown at Washington State Penitentiary after a Second Multi-Offender Fight
WALLA WALLA – All four West Complex living units at the Washington State Penitentiary were placed on lockdown after warning shots were fired during a fight involving multiple offenders.
08/19/2015 | Offenders Chart Path to Good Jobs with CAD Training
ABERDEEN – Dozens of inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center are earning certificates in computer assisted design that can help them land good jobs when they get out of prison.
08/17/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Multi-Offender Fight at Washington State Reformatory Unit of Monroe Correctional Complex
MONROE, Washington – The Monroe Correctional Complex has put the Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU) on lockdown after a multi-offender fight this evening.
08/13/2015 | Experimental Housing for Vets Changes Lives, Reduces Violence
ABERDEEN – Seven men stumbled out of their bunks at dawn, donned uniforms and white gloves, then lined up and marched past barbed-wire fences toward a distant set of flag poles.
08/12/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Background information on Nathen Ryan Teraultt
The Department has received media requests regarding Nathen Terault. Here's some background information:
08/11/2015 | Cats in Prison Attract Overseas Interest
YACOLT – Korean students travel to Larch to assess if program allowing offenders to care for kittens could help curb recidivism among juvenile offenders back home.
08/06/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Four DOC Wastewater Treatment Plants Recognized by Ecology for Perfect Performance
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.

July

07/08/2015 | Clallam Bay Corrections Center honored for ongoing generosity to Make-A-Wish®
CLALLAM BAY – For 15 years, offenders in the medium security complex of Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) have donated quarterly to Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington.
07/07/2015 | Offenders at Cedar Creek Corrections Center Make Dreamcatchers For Lincoln High School’s Native American Graduates
TACOMA - Dressed in caps and gowns, the Lincoln High School students stood proudly as their names were called during their graduation ceremony May 19.

June

06/29/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Second walk-away Larch inmate captured
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.
06/27/2015 | Washington Corrections Center for Women Superintendent Retires
GIG HARBOR – After more than 34 years with the Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington Corrections Center for Women Superintendent Jane Parnell is retiring.
06/24/2015 | DOC’s Community Response Unit Prevents Crime Before It Happens
SEATTLE — There’s something off about the man with buzz cut hair. Chad Winfrey senses it when he walks into Cascade Park.
06/24/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Offenders Involved in Fight at Washington State Penitentiary
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Multiple offenders at the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) were involved in a fight which led to all West Complex Units at the prison going into lockdown.
06/24/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Minimum-Security Inmate Remains at Large from Larch Corrections Center
YACOLT, Wash. – Randall Jacob Marlow, 45, inmate from Larch Corrections Center, remains at large after walking away from a work site on June 16, 2015.
06/23/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: DOC will suspend certain services starting July 1 in the unlikely event the Legislature does not enact state budgets by June 30.
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.
06/23/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: CONTINGENCY PLANNING FOR PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS.
AN IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTERS DURING BUDGET SHUTDOWN
06/19/2015 | Children of Incarcerated Parents Attend First Summer Camp Hosted by DOC
MONROE – Twenty-two children arrived at a remote wooded camp this week with a secret they’re often afraid to tell others.
06/16/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Two Minimum-Security Offenders Walked Off From A DOC Community Work Crew
YACOLT – Two Larch Corrections Center inmates walked off from a Department of Corrections (DOC) community work crew this afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m.
06/12/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Olympia community safety program honored for outstanding work with mentally ill offenders
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).
06/05/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: DOC Announces Annual Agency Award Winners
OLYMPIA – Each year, the Washington Department of Corrections recognizes the achievements of its employees with the Annual Agency Awards.

May

05/29/2015 | Offenders Land High-Paying Jobs at Wastewater Treatment Plants
MONROE – Keone Padilla’s path to redemption lies through sewage. Each day, he leaves his prison cell and heads down to the Monroe Correctional Complex’s wastewater lagoon.
05/28/2015 | Larch Corrections Center's Scarves for Nepal
YACOLT – Long, warm scarves made by offenders at Larch Corrections Center will soon be on their way to earthquake victims devastated by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.
05/27/2015 | Longview Field Office Staff Honored for Achieving DOC’s Vision of Working Together for Safe Communities
Longview Community Corrections Officers are reducing crime and making a positive impact on one of the highest crime neighborhoods in the state.
05/27/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Multiple Offenders Involved in Fight at Stafford Creek Corrections Center
ABERDEEN – Multiple offenders at Stafford Creek Corrections Center, located 6 miles west of Aberdeen, were involved in a fight which led to the prison going into lockdown.
05/26/2015 | Maintaining Family Engagement Improves Offenders’ Chances of Success
BELFAIR - Research shows it’s important for offenders to maintain family connections while in prison and that doing so reduces recidivism.
05/22/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Washington Department of Corrections, U.S. State Department Help Successful United Nations Push to Update Antiquated Standards for Treatment of Prisoners
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).
05/22/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Capacity Contingency Planning
As a contingency plan, the Washington Department of Corrections has had a contract in place for out-of-state beds for over 10 years.
05/19/2015 | Six Million Worms and Counting
MONROE - Millions of worms are steadily munching through 10,000 pounds of leftover food each month at the Monroe Correctional Complex, northeast of Seattle.
05/18/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Offender Dies after Sustaining Injuries during assault at Monroe Correctional Complex
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.
05/07/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
BELFAIR – Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW) celebrated its 10 year anniversary on April 14, 2015.

April

04/16/2015 | Governor Inslee appoints two members to the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board
OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed two new members to the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB).
04/09/2015 | Officer Awarded Purple Heart for Injuries Sustained While Arresting Violent Suspect
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.
04/09/2015 | Washington Corrections Center for Women Hosts TEDx Event
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.

March

03/31/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: New Superintendent Announced at Clallam Bay Corrections Center
CLALLAM BAY – Ron Haynes has been appointed as the new superintendent of Clallam Bay Corrections Center, effective April 13, 2015.
03/30/2015 | Offenders at Cedar Creek Corrections Center Celebrate Seattle Seahawks, Raise Funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital
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?
03/29/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Offender dies of apparent suicide at Larch Corrections Center
Yacolt, WASH. – The Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are investigating the death of Jason Williams, an offender at Larch Corrections Center, as an apparent suicide.
03/27/2015 | Combined Fund Drive Recognitions
Each year, dedicated staff throughout our agency volunteer their time and talents to help run the state’s Combined Fund Drive (CFD) through local–level campaigns.
03/19/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: Offender Dies at Washington State Penitentiary
WALLA WALLA – An offender unexpectedly died March 18 at the Washington State Penitentiary. As is standard procedure, the Department of Corrections is investigating the death.

January

01/20/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: – Deputy prisons director Scott Frakes named head of Nebraska corrections department
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 offenders.
01/05/2015 | PRESS RELEASE: – Offender Dies of Apparent Suicide at Washington State Penitentiary
WALLA WALLA – The Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are investigating the death of an offender this morning at the Washington State Penitentiary as an apparent suicide.