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Keeping Corrections Sanitized

July 22, 2020

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)

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With society’s supply of hand sanitizer extremely low in early March due to COVID-19, Washington State Department of Corrections' Correctional Industries (CI) decided to help people's safety by beginning to make hand sanitizer.

The Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash., produced over 2,900 gallons of hand sanitizer and distributed to state correctional facilities throughout Washington for usage by both staff and incarcerated individuals.

Along with the hand sanitizer, CI has been distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Military Department's Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

CI General Manager of Service and Delivery Ryan Sadler explains the importance of being able to help. “CI’s been doing a great job, not only with the department but also with the statewide response. Our service and delivery team actually started with the response before even the EOC was open,” Sadler said.

Being proactive in making and distributing hand sanitizer allows Corrections to preserve people's safety and create an environment that values security and well-being.

Once the supply chain from private manufacturers finally caught up with demand, CI ceased making the hand sanitizer.