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Learning & Working Programs

The Department of Corrections (DOC) provides educational, vocational and work opportunities at each prison facility. Providing incarcerated individuals with education and job training is part of the broader DOC effort to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. Some of the learning and working program opportunities for incarcerated individuals include:

Impact & Outcomes

Incarcerated individuals education is an important tool in the successful operation of the agency. For incarcerated individuals with low levels of literacy (less than sixth grade), these programs provide the skills to understand Department policies and rules and enable participation in other programming areas. Incarcerated individuals education accomplishes two major objectives:

  1. Prepares incarcerated individuals for reentry into the community with basic academic education, job skills, and vocational training.
  2. Reduces idleness, lowers infractions, and improves behavior of incarcerated individuals while incarcerated.



Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to Learning & Working Programs.

Laws & Regulations

Below are the federal laws, state laws (RCWs) and regulations (WACs) that apply to and/or relate to Learning & Working Programs.

Federal Laws

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

Washington Administrative Code (WAC)


Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) publications that apply to Learning & Working Programs.

Fact & Data Sheets
Reports & Strategic Plans

Resource Links

Online Publications