Per DOC 300.380 Classification and Custody Facility Plan Review, custody level and appropriate facility placement of incarcerated individuals are determined using an objective scoring tool that measures individual progress, while evaluating risks to the community, staff, other incarcerated individuals, visitors, the orderly operations of facilities and agency needs. The primary goal of classification is to minimize community and institutional risks, while providing opportunities for the productivity and development of the individual and assisting them in understanding how their conduct and program efforts affect their custody designation and facility placement.
Custody level designation is determined by the Custody Review Score. The Custody Review Score is based on current custody level, infraction behavior, program behavior, detainers, and escape history.
Security Level 4 – Close
More supervision, less freedom of movement, limits on property and programs:
- Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC)
- Washington Corrections Center (WCC) – Reception Center for Men
- Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) – Reception Center for Women
- Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)
Security Level 3 – Medium and Minimum 3
Less supervision, more freedom of movement, more program opportunities:
- Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC)
- Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) – Medium Security Complex
- Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC)
- Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) – Twin Rivers Unit
- Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) – Washington State Reformatory
- Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC)
- Washington Corrections Center (WCC) – Training Center
- Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)
- Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) – Medium Security Complex
Security Level 2 – Minimum 2 or Minimum 1
Less supervision than level 3, may participate in outside work crews, within four years to release:
- Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) – Minimum Security Unit
- Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC)
- Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC) – Minimum Security Unit
- Larch Corrections Center (LCC)
- Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW)
- Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) – Minimum Security Unit
- Olympic Corrections Center (OCC)
- Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) – Minimum Security Camp
- Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) – Minimum Security Unit
Security Level 1 – Work Release
Partial confinement, participate in work or training programs
- Various work release facilities throughout the state. Learn more about the Department of Corrections' work release facilities.
An individual may be temporarily removed from the general population and assigned to an administrative segregation or intensive management unit (IMU) when his or her presence in the general population would create any of the following conditions:
- A threat to the safety of staff, visitors or other incarcerated individuals.
- A threat to their own safety.
- The probability of an escape.
- A significant threat to the orderly operation of the prison.
Screening and Testing
Initial classification at the reception center includes:
- An orientation to the department
- A comprehensive, in-depth interview
- Medical, mental health, and dental screenings
- Educational assessments and screening services
Upon the completion of the initial reception center screening, incarcerated individuals are transferred to the appropriate facility for their custody level and needs. For more information about this process, visit "Where inmates live."
Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to classification.
- DOC Policy 300.380 Classification and Custody Facility Plan Review
- DOC Policy 300.500 Work Release Screening
- DOC Policy 310.000 Orientation for Offenders
- DOC Policy 310.150 Reception, Initial Classification, and Custody Facility Plan
- DOC Policy 320.105 Pre-Sentencing Reform Act (PAR) Hearings
- DOC Policy 320.180 Separatee & Facility Prohibition Management
- DOC Policy 320.200 Administrative Segregation
- DOC Policy 320.250 Intensive Management, Treatment Status Placement, Transfer & Release
- DOC Policy 320.255 Restrictive Housing
- DOC Policy 320.400 Risk & Needs Assessment Process
- DOC Policy 320.500 Youthful Offender Program
- DOC Policy 330.600 Prisons Compact
- DOC Policy 350.100 Earned Release Time
- DOC Policy 350.200 Offender Transition & Release
- DOC Policy 350.240 Ten Day Release
- DOC Policy 350.270 Extraordinary Medical Placement
- DOC Policy 350.300 Mutual Re-Entry Program
- DOC Policy 350.500 End of Sentence Review, Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment
- DOC Policy 460.050 Disciplinary Sanctions
- DOC Policy 490.820 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Risk Assessments and Assignments
- DOC Policy 610.040 Health Screenings Appraisals, and Status
- DOC Policy 610.110 Transfer of Offenders for Health Reasons
- DOC Policy 670.500 Chemical Dependency Treatment Services
Laws & Regulations
- RCW 9.94A Sentencing Reform Act of 1981
- RCW 10.95.170 Imprisonment of defendant.
- RCW 71.24 Community Mental Health Services Act
- RCW 72.09 Department of Corrections
- RCW 72.09.270 Individual reentry plan.
Publications & Job Aids
- Case Manager Custody Facility Plan Job Aid
- Facility Risk Management Team (FRMT) Multi–Disciplinary Team (MDT) Job Aid
- Prison Facilities
- Work Release Facilities
- Washington State Patrol Request for Conviction Criminal History Record
- Where Inmates Live