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2017

November

11/22/2017 | Celebrating Heritage at Monroe Correctional ComplexYouTube video
Close to 150 inmates and staff packed the Monroe Correctional Complex Twin Rivers Unit visitation room for the Native American Heritage Celebration Event.

October

10/27/2017 | Washington’s One Thousand Mile ClubYouTube video
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.
10/13/2017 | Yoga Behind BarsYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Incarcerated individuals in the Washington State Department of Corrections’ custody have various programs available in the correctional facilities. A relatively new one is yoga.

September

09/22/2017 | KUBI Camp Lets Children of Incarcerated Parents ‘Just Be a Kid’YouTube video
A quick profile on KUBI (Kids United by Incarceration) camp at the Washington State Department of Corrections.
09/15/2017 | Mission Creek Hosts Women of Faith ConferenceYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
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.

August

08/11/2017 | Inmates Alleviate Hunger by Building Little PantriesYouTube video
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.

July

07/14/2017 | Speech and Debate at Washington State PenitentiaryYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
For 15 weeks this spring, students from Whitman College had a unique opportunity to share a classroom with inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.

June

06/30/2017 | Bakery Cooks up Skills, Motivation for InmatesYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The best food in Clallam County might just be made in the bakery at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center. In 2011, Dayle Lee was looking for something a little more hands-on than the culinary job he was working. His wife saw an ad in The Seattle Times and, after applying for the position, he was hired to start from scratch the bakery program at Clallam Bay.
06/23/2017 | Reentry Fair Prepares Inmates for Successful ReleaseYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
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.
06/16/2017 | Families Visit Cedar Creek for Father’s DayYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Father’s Day is a day known for family gatherings and at Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC), families are brought in to celebrate the holiday. The facility hosted its annual Father’s Day fishing derby at their recreation yard prior to Father’s Day.
06/06/2017 | Strength in Families at Washington State Department of CorrectionsYouTube video
The Strength in Families program at the Washington State Department of Corrections is profiled with perspectives from staff and incarcerated fathers, who will be returning to their children and families. This video was produced by Kylie Juggert and Whitney Bradshaw, Jean Kjellstrand, College of Education/ University of Oregon, and Torsten Kjellstrand, College of Journalism/University of Oregon.
06/06/2017 | Mason County Torch RunYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The first annual Mason County Law Enforcement Torch Run supporting Special Olympics Washington took place June 1, 2017. Law enforcement from around the county took part in this event including Department of Corrections staff from Washington Corrections Center in Shelton. More information is available at masoncountysheriff.us.

April

04/28/2017 | Inspiring Veterans Through Community ServiceYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
When Stephen Gonczi got out of the military after 24 years of dedicated service, he was still looking to contribute by helping fellow veterans. A career led him to the Washington Corrections Center but his service led him to volunteering with incarcerated veterans, which led him to becoming the recipient of the agency's 2017 Community Service Award.
04/07/2017 | Art Illustrates Positive ChangeYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
One of the most interesting art galleries you will find is at a location the public can't easily visit. It's in the K-Unit at Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane.

March

03/30/2017 | Careers in Corrections: PhysiciansYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The provision of healthcare and essential medical practices to the incarcerated population is a necessary and fundamental responsibility of a state correctional system. he Washington State Department of Corrections is looking for physicians who have a strong interest in making a difference in the lives of others.
03/21/2017 | Randy van Zandt Embraces ChangeYouTube video
Randy van Zandt explains his procedural justice analogy on the importance of reinforcement, “To affect a change in behavior we really need to think of reinforcement as a tool and consider the frequency of its use."
03/07/2017 | Pallet Portable Shelter Ribbon Cutting at Stafford CreekYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
With the cut of a ribbon, Pallet Shelter LLC and the Washington State Department of Corrections celebrated the completion of the first portable shelters in their micro housing project.

February

02/10/2017 | OmbudsYouTube video
The Ombuds serves as the Washington State Department of Corrections resource for concerned citizens, individuals under the Department's jurisdiction, and their families.

January

01/11/2017 | Careers in Corrections: Information Technology (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The Washington State Department of Corrections is looking for information technology professionals to work in a variety of work settings who have a strong interest in making a difference in the lives of others while being provided the opportunity to make use of their technology skills and training.
01/05/2017 | Expressing Emotion Through Glass ArtYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
A profile on Washington State Department of Corrections Psychologist, Dr. Rain Carei.

2016

December

12/15/2016 | Inmates Decorate Governor’s Mansion For The HolidaysYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
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.
12/13/2016 | Careers in Corrections: Community Corrections Officer (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The Washington State Department of Corrections is looking for corrections professionals to work in our community field offices across the state who have a strong interest in making a difference in the lives and communities of Washington.
12/12/2016 | Holiday Ballet Classic Features Corrections’ StaffYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
"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."
12/02/2016 | Washington State Department of Corrections Narcotics DogsYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
A profile on the narcotics dogs that work for the Washington State Department of Corrections.

November

11/15/2016 | Detective Cookie's Chess Club Receives Handcrafted Boards from Stafford CreekYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Inmates working for Correctional Industries at Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) donated chess boards made from scraps of discarded wood in the furniture factory to Detective Cookie's Chess Club for youth in Rainier Valley.
11/10/2016 | 22 Pushup Challenge to Honor Our VeteransYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
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.

October

10/13/2016 | Hispanic Heritage Month: Aztec Tribal Dance at Airway Heights Corrections CenterYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Inmates at Airway Heights Corrections Center perform an Aztec Tribal Dance during the facilities Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

September

09/25/2016 | Careers in Corrections: DentistryYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The Department of Corrections is looking for dentistry professionals who have a strong interest in making a difference in the lives of others while practicing the full scope of their dentistry training and skills in state correctional facilities.
09/18/2016 | Monroe Walk of Remembrance CeremonyYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Along with the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation , the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) honored staff who have passed away through a Walk of Remembrance. Even though members of our corrections family are gone, we will never forget them.
09/12/2016 | Re-Programming Futures: A Community Partner ProfileYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Prison is not a place you would expect to find computers but, for the past four years, Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) has worked with Peninsula College to teach inmates how to code.
09/02/2016 | Wheels for the WorldYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Recycled wheelchairs and bicycles are getting a second chance at life from an unlikely source - prison. Each year, 250 wheelchairs are restored at Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) and 500 wheelchairs Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC).

August

08/08/2016 | Careers in Corrections: Corrections OfficerYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The Department of Corrections (DOC) is looking for corrections professionals to work in our 12 prison facilities across the state of Washington.
08/08/2016 | Carreras en el ramo correccional: Oficiales correccionales 
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El Departamento Correccional del Estado de Washington busca a profesionales del ramo correccional para trabajar en las 12 instalaciones correccionales que tenemos a través del estado.
08/03/2016 | Careers in Corrections: NurseYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is looking for nurses and healthcare professionals to work in our 12 correctional facilities across the state.

July

07/25/2016 | Farming at the WSPYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
A look at the farming program at Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) in Walla Walla.
07/15/2016 | Therapeutic Community at Coyote RidgeYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
For 125 men struggling with drug addiction at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC), community is the agent of change.
07/15/2016 | SPP Profile: Sadie GilliomYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
A profile on the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) Western Pond Turtle Program Coordinator Sadie Gilliom.

June

06/23/2016 | Community Partner Profile: FareStartYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
A look at Department of Corrections (DOC) community partner, FareStart .
06/15/2016 | Living Stones Pastor Brings Worship to PrisonYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Pastor Norm Arnold of the Living Stones Prison Congregation Living Stones Ministry .
06/02/2016 | Endangered Western Pond Turtles Rehabilitate in PrisonYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
In December, nine engangered Western Pond Turtles were brought in to Larch Corrections Center's (LCC) Sustainability Project.

May

05/25/2016 | Seattle Symphony visits Monroe Correctional ComplexYouTube video
Members of The Seattle Symphony performs for inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC).
05/20/2016 | Department of Corrections Results DOC-Driving Results with Staff FeedbackYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The Department of Corrections is utilizing a Results DOCAdobe PDF document file pilot program.
05/06/2016 | Correctional Officer of the Year Dan HettmanYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Correctional Officer of the Year Dan Hettman from Larch Corrections Center (LCC).
05/04/2016 | Community Corrections Officer of the Year: Marko AndersonYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Marko Anderson wins Community Corrections Officer of the Year for Section 3.
05/03/2016 | Teaching Social Skills to InmatesYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
When inmates release from prison they are often missing the skills they need to land a job.
05/02/2016 | Corrections Officer Supervisor Wins Valor AwardYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Tony Boyle was headed into work early when a grim sight came into view.

April

04/11/2016 | Poetry Helps Inmates at the Washington Corrections CenterYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Last year, poetry wasn't on the mind of many inmates at the Washington Corrections Center (WCC).

March

03/04/2016 | Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women Inmates Help Raise and Release Endangered ButterfliesYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The 1,000 larvae of the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly .

2015

October

10/15/2015 | Coyote Ridge Corrections Center Inmates Cultivate SagebrushYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Since April, inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC) have been cultivating 20,000 sagebrush plants .
10/12/2015 | Service Dogs Trained in Prison Help Veterans Adjust to Civilian LifeYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Brian Henry had trouble readjusting to civilian life.
10/07/2015 | Former Inmate credits Department of Corrections for Changing His BehaviorYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Brandon Edinger knows life behind bars.

September

09/28/2015 | Fallen Correctional Officer Medals Presented at the Washington State PenitentiaryYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Family members of fallen officers attended a Medal of Honor ceremony.
09/16/2015 | Correctional Industries Hosts Western Region ConferenceYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
In September 2015, Correctional Industries (CI) hosted the Western NCIA Training Conference.
09/11/2015 | The Department of Corrections Helps Provide School Supplies for ChildrenYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The start of school can pose a financial challenge to the families of inmates.
09/11/2015 | The Washington Corrections Center Creates a "Blue Room" to Calm Inmates YouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The Washington Corrections Center (WCC) is piloting an unconventional way to calm inmates.

August

08/28/2015 | Inmate Overcomes Drugs, Crime, To Become Professional FirefighterYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
In a partnership with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, inmates are helping to fight wildfires burning across the state. Inmate crews also operate kitchen and dining facilities at fire camps, feeding hundreds of firefighters daily at each camp.
08/18/2015 | Inmates Chart Path to Good Jobs with Computer Assisted Design Training YouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Dozens of inmates at Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) are earning Computer Assisted Design Certificates.
08/10/2015 | Experimental Housing for Veterans Changes Lives YouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
A prison unit at Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) houses around 130 veterans as part of a pilot project.
08/03/2015 | Inmates Hone Interview Skills with Help from Real Employers YouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
At mock interview sessions, inmates get a chance to practice their job interview skills.

May

05/26/2015 | Maintaining Family Engagement Improves Inmates' Chances of SuccessYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Research shows that it's important for inamtes to maintain family connections.
05/19/2015 | Six Million Worms... and CountingYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Millions of worms are steadily munching through 10,000 pounds of leftover food each month at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC), northeast of Seattle.

Archive

12/12/2014 | Inmates Adorn Governor's Residence with Handmade DecorationsYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Inmates in the horticulture program at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) decorate the Washington State Executive Residence.
10/13/2014 | Parenting in Prison: Inside-Out DadsYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Inside-Out Dads is a program offered at male prisons in Washington state.
10/09/2014 | Why Offer Gender-Specific Items in Commissary?YouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
In 2012, The Department of Corrections started a Gender Responsive Initiative
09/04/2014 | Parenting in Prison: I Don't Deserve My Child, But My Child Deserves MeYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The Residential Parenting Program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor.
09/04/2014 | Sustainable Practices at the Washington State Penitentiary Gives Back to the CommunityYouTube video
Using donated materials, equipment and resources, inmates who work in the Sustainable Practices Lab at the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) transform discarded items into treasures for people in need.
07/31/2014 | Responding to Inmate's Needs Motivates Behavior ChangesYouTube video
The Corrections looks at how the Responsivity principle is being applied in prisons.
07/16/2014 | Rural Community Corrections Officers Go the Extra MileYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
Challenges and opportunities Community Corrections Officers face in Washington state's most remote areas.
02/10/2014 | Dog Training Program Encourages Interaction, Changes Lives at the Washington State PenitentiaryYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
The West Complex at the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) houses some of the most dangerous and violent inmates in the state.
12/13/2013 | Five Years of Struggle and Success at the Washington State PenitentiaryYouTube video
Superintendent Stephen Sinclair discusses how the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) has overcome financial and operational challenges since 2008.
10/31/2013 | Department of Corrections Recruitment PromoYouTube video
The safety of our communities is the highest priority of the Washington State Department of Corrections.
10/21/2013 | Offender Change at Washington State Department of CorrectionsYouTube video
The Department of Corrections is addressing inmates' risk level, needs, and responsivity to interventions through evidence-based practices.
09/17/2013 | Inmate Crews Help Fight Wildfires in WashingtonYouTube video
See how Washington State Department of Corrections inmates, trained by the Department of Natural Resources, help fight wildfires across Washington.
08/15/2013 | Sustainability in PrisonsYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
A look at the past, present, and future of the Sustainability in Prisons Project in Washington State.
07/09/2013 | Education Opportunities in Washington State PrisonsYouTube video
Education programs play a key role in helping change inmate behavior by providing them with opportunities to learn current job skills as well as earn diplomas and certificates.
05/24/2013 | Health Services Changes in Washington State Department of CorrectionsYouTube video
Over the past few years, health care in prisons has seen significant change.
05/09/2013 | Motivating Offender Change: 'My Own Man'YouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
An inmate in Washington State Penitentiary's (WSP) Intensive Management Unit participated in a program called Motivating Offender Change from 2012 to 2013.
05/09/2013 | Motivating Offender Change: 'That's Not the Life I want to Live No More'YouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
An inmate in Washington State Penitentiary's (WSP) Intensive Management Unit participated in a program called Motivating Offender Change from 2012 to 2013.
04/25/2013 | Motivational Interviewing in Intensive Management UnitsYouTube video
Motivational Interviewing has been one of the newer techniques used by Washington State Department of Corrections staff in the four prison pilot projects and in Community Corrections.
04/05/2013 | Motivating Offender ChangeYouTube video
In one of the toughest places in the Washington state prison system, the Intensive Management Unit at Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) in Walla Walla.
12/21/2012 | Thinking for a Change Begins in Community ClassesYouTube video (Also available on Facebook pageFacebook)
A group of inmates near Chehalis were Washington State's first Thinking for a Change participants in a community setting.
12/17/2012 | Using Evidence Based Corrections in Washington State Department of CorrectionsYouTube video
The Washington State Department of Corrections is focusing on changing inmate behavior by ensuring that evidence-based programs and promising practices are targeted on the highest-risk and highest-needs inmates.