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Organization

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve public safety. Employees work in a variety of specialties and programs to administer a comprehensive system of corrections for convicted law violators in the state of Washington (RCW.72.09.010).

See the list below for more information about the organization delegated to accomplish certain function or duties necessary to operating the department.

Office of the Secretary

The Secretary manages the Department and is responsible for the administration of adult correctional programs. The Secretary may employ persons to aid in performing the functions and duties of the Department, and also delegate any of his or her functions or duties to Department employees (RCW.72.09.050).

Chief Medical Officer

The science of reentry is clear; community-based services such as housing, healthcare, care management, mental health and substance use treatment, as well as education and employment, are needed to reduce the likelihood of returning to prison. To successfully reduce recidivism, we must improve access to these fundamental services, not only in our facilities, but also in the community. The Chief Medical Officer is positioned to work more effectively with other human service agency medical directors to help direct resources for those in our community supervision program and work releases.

Communications

The Communications Office is responsible for supporting the department's transparency by ensuring the agency shares accurate, clear, and consistent information with the public and staff.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Respect (EDIR)

The department is committed to promoting a diverse workforce and providing a work environment free from discrimination. Corrections recognizes, respects, and appreciates all races, cultures, and backgrounds and promotes the inclusion of all people, regardless of their differences.

Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB)

The ISRB is a quasi-judicial board within the department that retains independent decision making, and has jurisdiction over three types of cases. The Board reviews cases, conducts hearings, oversees supervision violation hearings, and provides services to victims of inmates under the Board's jurisdiction.

Office of Indian Policy

The Department of Corrections makes a reasonable effort to collaborate with Indian tribes in the development of policies, agreements, and program implementation that directly affects tribes.

Office of the Deputy Secretary

The Deputy Secretary oversees the following operational areas.

Community Corrections Division

Per RCW.72.09.060, the Department's organization shall include a division for probation, parole, community restitution, and other nonincarcerative sanctions.

The Community Corrections Division supervises an active caseload of people in communities across Washington. The division is also responsible for administering the community justice centers, victim services program, interstate compact, End of Sentence Review Committee, and cost of supervision and legal financial obligations.

Health Services Division

It is the intent of the legislature that inmates receive such basic health medical services as may be mandated by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the state of Washington, and that the department may contract directly with any persons, firms, agencies, or corporations qualified to provide such services (RCW.72.10).

The Health Services Division is responsible for enacting this legislation by providing basic primary care to individuals incarcerated in department prison facilities. Limited services are also provided to individuals on active community supervision and in work release. Health services include medical, dental, and mental health care, as provided by on-site health care staff and licensed and/or certified health care providers and counselors. As part of a behavioral health continuum of care, sex offender treatment and substance abuse treatment is also provided.

Prisons Division

Per RCW.72.09.060, the department's organization shall include a division for prisons and other custodial institutions.

The Prisons Division oversees the state's twelve correctional prison facilities which house adult male and female felons. The division is also responsible for security and emergency management, investigations, statewide transportation and extradition, and the visitation program.

Reentry & Correctional Industries Division

Per RCW 72.09.270, the department shall develop an individual reentry plan for every individual under its jurisdiction by:
  • using standardized and comprehensive tools to identify the criminogenic risks, programmatic needs, and educational and vocational skill levels;
  • connecting the individual with existing services and resources that meet those needs; and,
  • establishing mechanisms for sharing information from individual reentry plans to those involved with the offender's treatment, programming, and reentry.

The department has established the Reentry Division to administer a comprehensive reentry design and holistic approach to successfully reintegrate people back into the community.

The Reentry Division is responsible for providing transition resources such as case management, including classification and cognitive interventions, educational and vocational programming, housing voucher program, work release facilities, Strength in Families program, graduated reentry, the Parenting Sentencing Alternative (PSA) programs, and Correctional Industries, per RCW 72.09.060.

Per legislative action, Correctional Industries assumed responsibility of all McNeil Island maintenance in 2013, including marine operations, wastewater treatment, water treatment, road maintenance, and other general island maintenance. The industries program equips incarcerated participants with job skills while providing the minimum maintenance and preservation necessary for the state to remain in compliance with the federal deed for McNeil Island.

Office of the Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff oversees the following operational areas.

Administrative Operations Division

The Administrative Operations Division provides services that support the continued business operations of the agency, including audit/ethics, business services, capital planning & development, information technology, hearings, policy office, public records, regulatory & litigation unit, and statewide records.

Budget

The Budget Office develops and coordinates the department’s operating and capital budgets and is the central agency contact and resource for budget information. The Budget staff conducts analyses regarding financial, caseload, and workload impacts that new policies, projects, legislation, and other administrative changes will have on the department’s operations and expenditures.

Executive Policy

Executive Policy is responsible for reviewing, monitoring, and tracking legislative proposals that are crafted and considered by the Washington State Legislature. Further responsibilities include liaison work with the elected member of the state legislature as well as staff, and leading the department’s efforts to encourage positive interaction with the community as the agency strives to promote public safety, community protection, and public understanding. Closely aligned with the Tribal Relations program and serves to enhance the department’s relationship with the native communities.

Human Resources

The Human Resources Office is responsible for those business activities relating to Department employees, including recruitment and hiring of new employees, training and development of current employees, and labor relations. Human Resources also provides workplace diversity, staff psychologists, and occupational health and wellness services to employees.

Office of Strategy & Innovation

Where innovative initiatives are conceived, developed, and coordinated within the department as well as those that require coordination with other internal and external partner agencies. This think tank without walls will bring together staff from all parts of the agency to design, think through and plan for implementation of key initiatives in the department. This unit is also responsible for administering the development of strategic objectives and performance measures for each major activity in the department's budget. The unit is also responsible for continuous self-assessment activities and ensuring accountability to strategic objectives and Results Washington public performance measures.

Risk Management

Risk Management proactively identifies, assesses, and manages risks that may affect the department’s ability to achieve its mission, goals, and strategic objectives.

Research & Data Analytics

The Department of Corrections is committed to improving public safety by facilitating transparency through data driven decisions using data analytics, operational business intelligence and research.