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Terms Starting with C

Case Manager
A Counselor or Community Corrections Officer assigned to a caseload of individuals to address their risk and need factors while ensuring compliance with court and Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (Board) ordered conditions and Department requirements.
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Catchment Area
The geographic area served by a Field Office/unit
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Chain of Command
Areas of assigned responsibility within the Department of Corrections related by a hierarchy of employees including first line and subsequent supervisors, up to and including the appointing authority.
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Any person under 18 years of age.
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The act of the Governor extending mercy to a convicted individual. Clemency may be a pardon, shortening of a prison sentence, commutation of a sentence, or a reprieve.
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Commercial Motor Vehicle
A motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles which: 1) has a gross combination weight of 26,001 or more pounds inclusive of a towed until with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds; 2) has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds; 3) is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or 4) is used in the transport of hazardous material requiring placards.
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Community Custody
An individual's supervision status in the community under the authority of the Department where the Department has the legal responsibility for adjudicating violations. Community Custody applies as follows: 1) Community Placement-Community Custody: that portion of an individual's sentence served in the community in lieu of good time credit. 2) Individuals with a sex offense who committed their crimes on or after June 6, 1996, and are sentenced to Special Sex Offense Sentencing Alternative (SSOSA): the entire period of supervision is served on Community Custody status; supervision is for 3 years or for the duration of the suspended sentence, whichever is greater. 3) Individuals with a sex offense who committed their crimes on or after June 6, 1996, and are committed to Prison: the entire period of supervision is served on Community Custody status; supervision is for 3 years or for the duration of earned release time, whichever is greater. 4) Work Ethic Program (WEP) graduates who are on Community Custody: the portion of supervision up to the adjusted WEP maximum expiration date is served on Community Custody status; this is not in lieu of earned release time.
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The modification or reduction of a punishment.
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Compensatory Time
Time off in lieu of cash payment for overtime.
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Any organic or inorganic substances, dust, fume, mist, vapor, or gas. Their presence in the air may be harmful to human beings.
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Continuous Observation
Uninterrupted personal observation by an employee assigned exclusively to an incarcerated individual and in direct line of sight. Closed circuit television can be used as a supplement to, but not as a substitute for monitoring.
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Includes illegal items, explosives, deadly weapons, alcoholic beverages, drugs, tobacco products, controlled substances, and any item that is controlled, limited, or prohibited on the grounds or within the secure perimeter of a correctional facility as defined by Department and facility policy.
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A contraindication is a specific situation in which a drug, procedure, or surgery should not be used because it may be harmful to the person.
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Controlled Substances
Amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, marijuana, methaqualone, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), and any other substance, legal or illegal, that impairs or tends to impair an employee's physical or mental ability to perform his or her duties in a safe and competent manner.
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The act or process of finding a person guilty of a crime especially in a court of law.
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Criminogenic Needs
Dynamic (i.e., changeable) characteristics, traits, problems, or issues of an individual that directly relate to the individual's likelihood to commit new crimes.
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Critical Areas
Include the following areas and ecosystems: (a) wetlands; (b) areas with a critical recharging effect on aquifers used for potable water; (c) fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas; (d) frequently flooded areas; and (e) geologically hazardous areas. "Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas" does not include such artificial features or constructs as irrigation delivery systems, irrigation infrastructure, irrigation canals, or drainage ditches that lie within the boundaries of and are maintained by a port district or an irrigation district or company. RCW 36.70A.030
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