As a former architect, Farshid Mirzaei (pronounced FAR-sheed Meer-ZAY) designed houses, office buildings, and managed architectural projects. He never dreamed one day he would wind up in prison. And love it.
For many, the thought of going to prison can feel without hope. While looking at the rate of return to correctional institutions, former Deputy Secretary Jody Becker and Performance Manager Bryan Irwin wanted to seek out input from people who are directly impacted by incarceration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Ombuds serves as the Washington State Department of Corrections resource for concerned citizens, individuals under the Department's jurisdiction, and their families.
01/11/2017 | Careers in Corrections: Information Technology (Also available on Facebook)
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.
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)
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.