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Mission, Strategic Measures & Budgets

Each state agency shall define its mission and establish measurable goals for achieving desirable results for those who receive its services and the taxpayers who pay for those services. For the purposes of assessing activity performance, each agency shall also establish quality and productivity objectives for each major activity in its budget (RCW 43.88.090 ).

Mission & Vision

The Department of Corrections (DOC) was established to ensure public safety with a comprehensive system of corrections for convicted law violators within the state of Washington (RCW 72.09.010 ).


To improve public safety


Working together for safe communities

Statement of Values

  • Staff as our greatest asset: We are committed to the personal and professional development of our staff, and actively seek staff involvement and a shared sense of commitment and service at all levels.
  • Professionalism and quality of service: As correctional professionals, we demonstrate our commitment through competency, accountability, ethics and pride in work.
  • A safe, healthy work environment: We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and offenders.
  • Respect for individuals: We recognize the diversity of individuals and their contributions, and we strive to treat all people — offenders, staff and public — with dignity and understanding.
  • Clear, open, honest communication: We encourage communication that promotes unity, productivity and understanding.
  • People's ability to grow and change: We acknowledge that people – offenders and staff – have the need and ability to grow and change and we support their endeavors.
  • Community interaction: We encourage positive interaction with the community as we strive to promote public safety, community protection and public understanding.

Strategic Plan & Measures

Department Strategic Plan

State agencies are responsible for the development of strategic plans that include the mission of the agency and its programs, measurable goals, strategies, and performance measurement systems (RCW 43.88.090(3) ).

Department Strategic Objectives & Measures

For the purpose of assessing activity performance, each state agency shall establish quality and productivity objectives for each major activity in its budget. The objectives must be consistent with the missions and goals, be expressed to the extent practicable in outcome-based, objective, and measurable form, and specifically address the statutory purpose or intent of the program or activity and focus on data that measure whether the agency is achieving or making progress toward the purpose of the activity and toward statewide priorities (RCW 43.88.090(3) ).

Additionally, each agency must adopt procedures for, and perform, continuous self-assessment of each activity, using the mission, goals, objectives and measurements (RCW 43.88.090(4) ).

Results Washington

Results Washington is Governor Inslee's data-driven initiative to make government more effective, efficient, and customer-focused. Launched in 2013, Results Washington is helping drive improvements on dozens of key goals.

Reducing Recidivism

The Department of Corrections' (DOC) key goal is to reduce the number of inmates who return to institutions as a result of new felony convictions (i.e., reduce recidivism). Lower return rates translate to increased public safety and reduced cost to the taxpayer for the state's criminal justice system. The Department's outcome measure of reducing recidivism is located in the Safe People topic area of Goal 4: Healthy And Safe Communities , and is supported by three leading indicators.

Operating & Capital Budgets

The governor shall communicate statewide priorities to agencies for use in developing biennial budget recommendations for their agency, and shall require from proper agency officials detailed estimates that include statements or tables which indicate the state funds which are required for the receipt of federal matching revenues, and must reflect that the agency considered any alternatives to reduce costs or improve service delivery (RCW 43.88.090(1) ).

It is the policy of the legislature that each agency's budget recommendations must be directly linked to the agency's stated mission and productivity goals and objectives, and budget proposals must include integration of performance measures to allow for objective determination of an activity's success in achieving its goals (RCW 43.88.090(5) ).

Department Biennial Budget Development

Every even numbered calendar year the Department of Corrections (DOC) compiles a biennial budget request according to the Secretary's priorities and based on input from supervisors and managers, including Superintendents and Field Administrators. The biennial budget request includes a 10 year capital budget plan that details statewide facility preservation and project needs (DOC Policy 200.060 Strategic Planning & Financial ManagementAdobe PDF document file).

The Department's proposed budget request is submitted to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) in accordance with deadlines each year. See the Washington State Budget ProcessAdobe PDF document file to learn more about state budget development.

Average Cost per Incarcerated Individual Per Day ReportAdobe PDF document file

2017-2019 Budget Request