PRESS RELEASE: Jeneva Cotton Named Correctional Program Administrator
Released June 20, 2019
Correctional Program Administrator Jeneva Cotton (DOC Communications)
TUMWATER – Jeneva Cotton has been named by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog as the agency-wide correctional program administrator as of July 1, 2019. Cotton is responsible for overseeing interpretation/translation, grievance, gender responsivity, and volunteer programs, and coordinating services such as religious, mail, and visitation.
Cotton began her career in the Community Protection Unit at Corrections’ headquarters and then moved to Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Cotton has held many positions during her tenure, including records specialist, correctional counselor, community corrections officer, correctional unit supervisor, community corrections specialist, program specialist, and psychology associate.
Cotton was involved in helping the agency move forward in evidence- and research-based practices to include Thinking for a Change, core correctional practices, motivational interviewing, and gender-responsive programming such as Beyond Trauma and Moving On. She piloted Thinking for a Change in the Chehalis field office, and Moving On at Washington Corrections Center for Women. In 2015, she returned to Stafford Creek Corrections Center as the associate superintendent of programs. Since January 2019, she has been working in a project position as the agency’s gender responsive manager, focusing on the agency’s dedication to gender-responsive and trauma-informed practices.
Cotton has been an instructor for over 15 years with mentally ill incarcerated individuals, risk assessments, classification, programs, suicide prevention, evidence-based practices, and Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). She is certified as a domestic violence/sexual assault advocate for the State of Washington, and is certified by the U.S. Department of Justice as a PREA auditor.
Cotton takes over from Belinda Stewart, who will be joining the National Institute of Corrections.