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In Washington, as in all states, sentencing is prescribed by the judicial court system after an individual has either been found guilty or pled to a charge. For more information, visit the Washington Courts website. See below for sentencing information provided by the Department.

The State of Washington utilizes a determinate sentencing grid for the majority of crimes but has indeterminate sentencing reserved for a few crime types. Capital punishment remains a sentencing possibility for a select few crime types. There are also several sentencing alternatives available to the judicial system in lieu of, or in addition to, a period of confinement for a convicted individual. These sentencing alternatives are Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA), Parenting Sentencing Alternative (PSA), and Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative (SSOSA).



Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to sentencing.


Below are Department of Corrections (DOC), Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Health Care Authority (HCA) forms which are applicable to sentencing.

Parenting Sentencing Alternatives (FOSA & CPA)

Laws & Regulations

Below are state laws (RCWs) that apply to and/or relate to sentencing.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

Washington Administrative Code (WAC)


Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) publications that apply to sentencing.

Fact Sheets

Resource Links

Parenting Sentencing Alternatives (FOSA & CPA)
Online Publications: Reports & Studies