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2018

December

12/18/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Mary Jo Currey Appointed as Interim Assistant Secretary for Health Services
TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Mary Jo Currey as the interim assistant secretary of the health services division within the Washington Department of Corrections, effective January 5, 2019.
12/14/2018 | Thinking Outside the Shoebox
SHELTON – The holidays will be a little brighter for some foster children, thanks to some shoe boxes and a group of incarcerated individuals at Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton.
12/07/2018 | Symphony Spreads Holiday Cheer (video story)
Live music filled the gym at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor in early December, thanks to the Seattle Symphony.
12/01/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: March 2019 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) March 2019 meeting list.

November

11/30/2018 | Constructing a Solid Foundation (video story)
LITTLEROCK – With homelessness increasing, finding shelter is becoming an issue for some in Washington State.
11/27/2018 | Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women Hosts 10th Annual Reentry Conference
BELFAIR – A nutrition assistant at a local hospital. A college student. A business owner and published author.
11/16/2018 | Veteran Voices
Department of Corrections (DOC) seems to have a knack for recruiting veterans.
11/13/2018 | Corrections Takes Steps to Help Curb State’s Opioid Epidemic
TUMWATER – Aliza Mooney knows the pain and anguish of watching a loved one struggle with opioid addiction.
11/09/2018 | Hiring Vets: Service Doesn’t End After the Military
Often, veterans leaving the military encounter challenges finding work when they return to civilian life.
11/02/2018 | Changing the World From Behind Bars
When disaster strikes or armed conflict breaks out overseas, it can hit communities hard.
11/01/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: February 2019 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) February 2019 meeting list.

October

10/26/2018 | ‘Lost Soul’ Finds New Purpose Through Corrections’ Braille Program
VANCOUVER, Wash. – When Angela Vargas went to prison 15 years ago for theft and murder conspiracy charges, she never thought her time behind bars would lead to the job of her dreams.
10/19/2018 | Corrections Team Helps with Hurricane Disaster Relief
Florence was a powerful hurricane that caused severe and extensive damage throughout the Carolinas in September 2018.
10/12/2018 | Walk to Understand (video story)
Department leaders have adopted a Japanese business practice called gemba walks.
10/08/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Searching for Inmate Who Escaped From Facility Work Crew
LITTLEROCK – Washington Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for an inmate, Chad Michael Ramsey, 45, who escaped from a facility work crew working outside of the facility’s secure perimeter, at approximately 2:53 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018.
10/05/2018 | Take Your Children to Work Day
GIG HARBOR – The pilot program for the original take your child to work day was in April 1993 and began as an opportunity for girls to see a parent in a career pathway.
10/04/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: January 2019 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) January 2019 meeting list.

September

09/28/2018 | Four DOC Employees Receive Governor’s Awards for Lifesaving Measures
SPOKANE – Four Department of Corrections (DOC) employees received Governor’s Lifesaving Awards on September 27, 2018 during a luncheon at the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference hosted at the Spokane Convention Center.
09/21/2018 | Summer Institute Focuses on Reentry (video story)
For over 10 years, the Community Partners for Transition Solutions' Summer Institute has brought together reentry professionals focused on learning more about evidence-based practices and programs.
09/18/2018 | Stay PAWsitive
Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women and Monroe Correctional Complex are two examples of correctional facilities that provide incarcerated individuals an incentive program to work with the training and socialization of kittens.
09/14/2018 | Celebrating Island Culture (video story)
SHELTON – Washington Corrections Center (WCC) hosted its Fourth Annual Asian Pacific Islander (API) event.
09/11/2018 | Groundbreaking at Mission Creek
BELFAIR – Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new building to house the Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) program.
09/10/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: December 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) December 2018 meeting list.
09/07/2018 | Supplying a New School Year (video story)
TACOMA – Back to school is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful for families.

August

08/31/2018 | A Second Chance at Education
BELFAIR – Millions of students across America will be going back to school in the coming weeks.
08/24/2018 | Changes From Within
KING COUNTY, Wash. – When Franklyn Smith left prison in 2000, he was faced with the challenge of returning to the same neighborhood where he had committed his crime.
08/21/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Karen Johnson Named Equity and Inclusion Administrator
TUMWATER – Dr. Karen Johnson has been named as the Equity and Inclusion Administrator by Human Resources Director Melia Olsen within the Washington Department of Corrections effective August 8, 2018.
08/17/2018 | Reducing Waste Behind Bars
The Washington State Department of Corrections is helping to conserve the environment—one spoon at a time.
08/14/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: November 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) November 2018 meeting list.
08/10/2018 | Corrections Engages through National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes a partnership between public safety and the community.
08/03/2018 | Making Over Their Lives: WCCW Cosmetology
GIG HARBOR – Rollers, nail polish, and hair spray aren’t things Susana Gonzalez thought would save her life during her prison stay.
08/03/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Dennis Tabb Named Superintendent at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women
TUMWATER – Dennis Tabb has been appointed by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog as the superintendent of Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, Wash. effective Saturday, August 4, 2018.

July

07/27/2018 | A Ful-Filling Occupation (video story)
YACOLT – The Department of Corrections has a mandate to provide necessary health care to the incarcerated population. This includes dentistry.
07/20/2018 | Olympic Corrections Center: Memories Spanning 50 Years (video story)
FORKS – The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Olympic Corrections Center (OCC). The minimum-custody level prison, located in southern Clallam County, houses 381 male inmates.
07/13/2018 | Training Skills Through Training Wheels (video story)
GIG HARBOR – For 15 years, unwanted bicycles have found a new home thanks to the ladies at Washington Corrections Center for Women.
07/10/2018 | Praise in an Unexpected Place
SPOKANE – It is not often on a Sunday, outside of the work environment, people are recognized for the impact they have in the community while performing their job.
07/09/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: October 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) October 2018 meeting list.
07/06/2018 | Reel in the Smiles
FORKS – For the twelfth year, Puget Sound Anglers-North Olympic Peninsula Chapter has provided a live fishing event for incarcerated fathers and their children on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend.

June

06/29/2018 | The Power of Engaged Leadership (video story)
SULTAN – Healthy competition among staff caused Community Corrections Field Administrator Kelly Miller to work outside of her office, in the field, as part of a community work crew.
06/22/2018 | On the Right TRAC (video story)
OLYMPIA – The process of learning a new skill, acquiring knowledge, and continuing one’s education can continue even while incarcerated.
06/21/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Jeannie Miller Named Assistant Secretary of Administrative Operations
TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Jeannie Miller as the assistant secretary of the administrative operations division within the Washington Department of Corrections, effective July 16, 2018.
06/15/2018 | Remembering Those Who Served (video story)
MONROE – During May's National Correctional Officers & Employees Week, Monroe Correctional Complex held a memorial lane dedication ceremony in remembrance of two of their own who lost their lives in the line of duty.
06/12/2018 | Department of Corrections Represented at Special Olympics Torch Run
Dozens of Washington State Department of Corrections employees along with local police, sheriffs, firefighters, and others who work within law enforcement and first responder agencies participated in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run.
06/08/2018 | Breaking Barriers and Creating Opportunities (video story)
WENATCHEE – Having someone who believes in you can hugely impact how well you succeed in life. It’s a philosophy Abel Andrade employs in work and in life.
06/07/2018 | Waiver of Non-Restitution Legal Financial ObligationAdobe PDF document file
Any previously incarcerated, supervised, or unsupervised individual who has unpaid Washington State Superior Court non-restitution (i.e. court costs, fines, public defender fees, etc.) interest may petition their sentencing court to have any unpaid non-restitution interest waived.
06/05/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: September 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) September 2018 meeting list.
06/01/2018 | Shelton Superheroes
SHELTON – A little thanks goes a long way. The administration and staff at Washington Corrections Center (WCC) acknowledge their employees annually with a recognition ceremony in May, designated as Corrections Pride Month.

May

05/25/2018 | Interagency Partnerships Help Recognize Employee Accomplishments
TUMWATER – The room was packed and every seat occupied. Representatives from the Department of Corrections were there to acknowledge the winners’ outstanding effort and commitment to fulfilling the agency’s mission, to improve public safety.
05/18/2018 | They Can Count on Her
TUMWATER – If there’s anything that needs to be done efficiently and effectively, staff can always count on Kris Geringer.
05/11/2018 | Recognition Well Deserved (video story)
SHELTON – Washington Corrections Center in Shelton is the intake and receiving facility for incarcerated males in the Washington state correctional system, leading to multiple transports arriving every day.
05/09/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: August 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) August 2018 meeting list.
05/08/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Melia Olsen Named Human Resources Director
TUMWATER – Melia Olsen has been named by Secretary Stephen Sinclair as the human resources director for the Washington Department of Corrections, effective immediately.
05/04/2018 | Two Correctional Officers Win Valor Award for Rescuing Co-Worker
CLALLAM BAY – Two State of Washington Department of Corrections officers recently received a valor award for rescuing a co-worker.

April

04/27/2018 | DSHS and DOC Partnership
TUMWATER – Previous Department of Corrections Assistant Secretary of Community Corrections Anmarie “Anna” Aylward has joined the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) as of June 1, 2017.
04/27/2018 | A Slice of Success (video story)
AUBURN – After successfully graduating from a rehabilitation program in November 2015, Megan Veenhuizen was determined to change her life. Something as simple as pizza was the catalyst for that change.
04/20/2018 | Waltz Around Larch Corrections Center
YACOLT – Streamers & music filled the Larch Corrections Center (LCC) gym as it was transformed into a formal dance hall for 22 incarcerated fathers and their daughters on March 17, 2018. This year marked the fourth annual Father/Daughter event and dance.
04/20/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Washington State DOC Announces Agency Award Winners
TUMWATER – The Washington State Department of Corrections is pleased to announce the winners of its Annual Agency Awards. The awards recognize employees for their continuous, outstanding work to improve public safety.
04/13/2018 | Designing Their Future (video story)
ABERDEEN – As a former architect, Farshid Mirzaei (pronounced FAR-sheed Meer-ZAY) designed houses, office buildings, and managed architectural projects. He never dreamed one day he would wind up in prison. And love it.
04/09/2018 | Governor's Proclamation: Crime Victims' Rights WeekAdobe PDF document
OLYMPIA – Governor Inslee hereby proclaims April 8-14, 2018, as Crime Victims' Rights Week, reaffirming a commitment toward ensuring all victims of crime know they are respected, and to create a victim-service response that assists all victims of crime.
04/06/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: July 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) July 2018 meeting list.
04/06/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Julie Martin Named Deputy Secretary
TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Julie Martin as the new deputy secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections, effectively immediately.
04/06/2018 | Checking Out Books in Prison
TUMWATER – National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018. The Washington State Department of Corrections has nine institutional libraries delivered through an interagency agreement with the Washington State Library, a division of the Secretary of State's Office.

March

03/30/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: David Flynn Named Superintendent at Cedar Creek Corrections Center
TUMWATER – David Flynn has been appointed by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog as the superintendent of Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock, Washington effective Monday, April 2, 2018.
03/30/2018 | Hope Café (video story)
TUMWATER – For many, the thought of going to prison can feel without hope. While looking at the rate of return to correctional institutions, former Deputy Secretary Jody Becker and Performance Manager Bryan Irwin wanted to seek out input from people who are directly impacted by incarceration.
03/23/2018 | Inmates Raise Over $11K for Hurricane Relief (video story)
TACOMA – An organization offering aid to areas devastated by last year’s deadly hurricanes is receiving thousands of dollars in donations, thanks to inmates in Washington state.
03/16/2018 | Corrections Lends Hand to Hurricane Relief
TUMWATER – Dr. Bart Abplanalp, chief psychologist of Western Washington for the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), was one of seven members from varying Washington state agencies, including the Department of Health (DOH), to lend a hand in the recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) during January and February 2018.
03/09/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: June 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) June 2018 meeting list.
03/09/2018 | Interagency Committee of State Employed Women Enriches Lives through Advocacy, Outreach, and Opportunity
TUMWATER – Shelly MacKinder credits her former Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) supervisor, Norm Goodenough, for helping her advance her career in state service.
03/06/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Deputy Secretary Announced as New Deputy Secretary of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families
TUMWATER – Jody Becker has been named as the deputy secretary of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) by DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter, effective March 16, 2018.
03/02/2018 | Vocational Program Promotes Rehabilitation, Sustainability (video story)
LITTLEROCK  – When Larry Vene went to prison 15 years ago for a drug conviction, he didn’t expect the path to his dream job would be through sewage.

February

02/23/2018 | Black Prisoners Caucus Youth Summit
SHELTON – The Black Prisoners Caucus (BPC) at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton hosted a Youth Summit. The panel was comprised of 11 incarcerated men who shared their stories of what led to their incarceration.
02/20/2018 | Community Corrections Officer Kasey Ulin Inducted into Spartan Hall of Fame
FORKS – The Forks High School Basketball program has inducted Kasey Ulin into its Spartan Basketball Hall of Fame. Ulin, who is also a community corrections officer at the Department’s Port Angeles Field Office, played for the Spartans at Forks High School.
02/16/2018 | Accountability Letters Kindle Remorse, Healing
Judy Dutcher spent years in a dark place after a neighbor murdered her 13-year-old daughter in 1989. She never thought receiving a letter from the person who killed her daughter would be the key to helping her feel whole again.
02/09/2018 | Incarcerated Artists Art Auction for Hurricane Relief
TACOMA – Inmates from across the state are helping hurricane victims, one brush stroke at a time. The Department of Corrections (DOC), in partnership with Bates Technical College and Numbers2Names volunteers, is hosting an art auction Friday, February 16, 2018 to raise money for hurricane relief.
02/06/2018 | Success Story: “Dennis” Overcoming Addiction and Incarceration to Become a Better Father
A year is not a very long time to change your life. Dennis started smoking and doing drugs when he was under the age of 10 and began using harder drugs in 6th grade.
02/02/2018 | Sarge’s Place Supports Veterans
FORKS – In 2011, North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network, a nonprofit focused on homeless issues, opened Sarge’s Place. Sarge’s Place has 12 beds to serve those who have served honorably in the military, are homeless and have specific financial needs.

January

01/30/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: DOC Searching for Inmate Who Escaped from Capitol State Forest Work Crew
LITTLEROCK – Washington Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for an inmate, Javier Lopez-Esteves, 28, who escaped from the Capitol State Forest work crew at approximately 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
01/30/2018 | Growing Plants and Healthy Futures
FORKS – At Olympic Corrections Center (OCC) in Forks, Washington, incarcerated individuals are learning about sustainable horticulture. Currently there are 18 students enrolled through education classes offered by Peninsula College.
01/26/2018 | Dressing Chickens in Prison
GIG HARBOR – Human Resources Consultant Paula Andrew is the self-proclaimed “Chicken Lady” of Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW). When she saw a picture of a chicken in a sweater vest online, an idea popped into her head: Why not do something similar for the chickens at WCCW?
01/23/2018 | Promoting Towards a Sober Life
BELFAIR – The room was decorated with Seahawks gear from top to bottom. It wasn’t until later that the connection between the 12th man and the 12 steps of recovery was made.
01/19/2018 | Remembering Jayme Biendl: Annual Memorial Run is January 28
MONROE – Detective Sgt. Barry Hatch with the Monroe Police Department never knew Jayme Biendl in life. But he’s one of several hundred community members who come together each year to remember and honor the fallen correctional officer.
01/16/2018 | Washington Corrections Center ‘Tribal Sons’ Knit Hats for Members of Skokomish Tribe
SHELTON – Inmates who are members of the Native American group known as the “Tribal Sons” at the Washington Corrections Center, recently knitted 21 hats for elder members of the Skokomish Indian Tribe.
01/12/2018 | Vancouver Community Corrections Officers Honored for Accomplishments in Gang Unit
VANCOUVER – Keeping the streets safe can be a daunting task, especially for a city with an approximate population of 175,000 people. Vancouver, Washington is home to an interagency gang unit that was just recognized for their outstanding work.
01/06/2018 | PRESS RELEASE: Escaped Inmate from Fire Crew Apprehended in Oregon
TUMWATER – At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, Maksim Petrovskiy, 22, was safely apprehended without incident after being located near Grants Pass, Ore. in Josephine County, Ore.
01/05/2018 | Building Bridges between Inmates and the Victims Community
SHELTON – Aro Williams-Walker, an inmate at the Washington Corrections Center (WCC), was the 38,000th graduate of the Bridges to Life program.
01/05/2018 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: April 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) April 2018 meeting list.

2017

December

12/29/2017 | Inmates at Washington Corrections Center are Fighting Hunger, One Seed at a Time
SHELTON – Inmates at Washington Corrections Center (WCC) recently raised 24,414 pounds of produce for food banks in Mason County. It’s all thanks to Harvest Now, a Connecticut-based organization that sends free fruit and vegetable seeds to prisons across America.
12/22/2017 | Toys Benefiting the Community (video story)
FORKS – Not all of Santa’s elves are in the North Pole. Some are making toys at Olympic Corrections Center (OCC) in Forks, Wash. Incarcerated maintenance workers at the facility spend some of their time working on projects in the facility’s woodshop.
12/21/2017 | Project Santa Brings Smiles, Toys to Whatcom County Kids
BELLINGHAM – Community Corrections Officers from the Bellingham Field Office joined Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies for a special mission: make the holidays brighter for some of the county’s youngest residents.
12/15/2017 | Sending Dogs to Prison for Grooming and Boarding (video story)
GIG HARBOR — Alyssa Knight uses a pair of sheers to trim the curly white fur around the snout of a one a 1-year-old Bichon Frise named Gracie Sue.
12/08/2017 | Inmates Deck the Halls at the Governor’s Mansion
OLYMPIA — Only in December do visitors get the treat of seeing the Governor's mansion decked out in holiday splendor. Not many know the fresh garlands, wreaths wrapped in brightly-colored bows, and elaborate florals are the work of prison inmates.
12/01/2017 | Mission Creek Hosts Ninth Annual Women's Conference
The ninth annual Women’s Conference: From Tragedy to Triumph and Still We Rise: Success Inside and Out, provided 150 incarcerated women at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW) with resources needed to be successful upon their release.

November

11/30/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Devon Schrum Named Superintendent at Mission Creek Corrections Center
TUMWATER – Devon Schrum has been appointed as the superintendent of the Mission Creek Corrections Center in Belfair, Wash. by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog, effective December 1, 2017.
11/30/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Jo Wofford Named Superintendent at Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor
TUMWATER – Jo Wofford has been named as the superintendent of the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, Wash. by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog, effective December 1, 2017.
11/30/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: March 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) March 2018 meeting list.
11/28/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Danielle Armbruster Named Assistant Secretary of Reentry
TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Danielle Armbruster as the assistant secretary of the reentry division within the Washington Department of Corrections, effective December 1, 2017.
11/22/2017 | Celebrating Heritage at Monroe Correctional Complex (video story)
MONROE – Close to 150 inmates and staff packed the Monroe Correctional Complex Twin Rivers Unit visitation room for the Native American Heritage Celebration Event.
11/20/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Inmate Dies after Sustaining Injuries at Washington Corrections Center
SHELTON – Bryan Emmal, a medium-custody inmate at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash., has passed away after sustaining injuries in his two-person cell.
11/14/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: David Thomson Named Community Corrections Section 4 Field Administrator
TUMWATER – Assistant Secretary Mac Pevey has named David Thomson as the Section 4 Field Administrator in the community corrections division within the Washington State Department of Corrections, effective November 16, 2017.
11/14/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: David Ganas Named Community Corrections Section 1 Field Administrator
TUMWATER – Assistant Secretary Mac Pevey has named David Ganas as the Section 1 Field Administrator in the community corrections division within the Washington State Department of Corrections, effective November 16, 2017.
11/09/2017 | Inmates Assemble Life-Saving Clean Drinking Water Systems
WALLA WALLA – More than 3.4 million people die each year from diseases caused by poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water, according to the World Health Organization. A group of inmates is doing their part to help change that.

October

10/31/2017 | Pumpkin Patch Kids
WALLA WALLA – There are approximately 3,200 pumpkins grown at the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) and each year the inmate work crews take great pride in the WSP Pumpkin Patch.
10/30/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: February 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) February 2018 meeting list.
10/27/2017 | Washington’s One Thousand Mile Club (video story)
SHELTON – After almost five years of planning, Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton, Wash. hosted their first ever 5K race. Thirty participants, which included inmates in the running club and staff, braved the early morning gray to take part in the event.
10/20/2017 | ‘Dirty Jobs’ Foundation Awards Scholarship to Cedar Creek Inmate
LITTLEROCK – John Lanell Fitzpatrick never went to high school. He got involved in the ‘gangster life’ when he was just a boy. In 2009, he was convicted of robbery, unlawful imprisonment with a firearm, and attempting to elude a police vehicle.
10/13/2017 | Yoga Behind Bars (video story)
Incarcerated individuals in the Washington State Department of Corrections’ custody have various programs available in the correctional facilities. A relatively new one is yoga.
10/10/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: January 2018 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) January 2018 meeting list.
10/06/2017 | Reentry Team Wins Award
SEATTLE – A Department of Corrections Reentry Transition Specialist Team has earned an award for its work to help and support incarcerated individuals successfully transition back into the community.

September

09/29/2017 | Therapeutic Communities: 20 Years of Breaking the Cycle of Addiction
GIG HARBOR – Bridie Clevenger started using drugs when she was 9. It was the only way she knew how to mask the pain of abuse and sexual assault she endured from family members. As an adult, she stole money from people's bank accounts to pay for her addiction, which landed her in prison. She never guessed prison would save her life.
09/28/2017 | Community Corrections Officer Gets Donation From Correctional Peace Officers Foundation After Injury
PIERCE COUNTY – The Correctional Peace Officers Foundation recently donated $500 to a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) community corrections officer to help pay for medical bills following an injury he sustained while on duty.
09/28/2017 | Commentary: KUBI More Than Just a Summer Camp
Working in the prison system has afforded me a rare glimpse into the lives and consequences of antisocial behavior. It has allowed me to put into perspective the many blessings I often overlooked as a child.
09/22/2017 | KUBI Camp Lets Children of Incarcerated Parents ‘Just Be a Kid’ (video story)
TAHUYA – Twenty-two children hiked through the woods, swam in a lake, ate sloppy joes and sat around a campfire.
09/15/2017 | Mission Creek Hosts Women of Faith Conference (video story)
BELFAIR – Approximately 70 inmates at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, Washington, packed the facility's gymnasium during an August weekend for the Annual Women of Faith Conference.
09/08/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: December 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) December 2017 meeting list.
09/08/2017 | Spokane Corrections Employees Give School Supplies to Families Impacted by Incarceration
SPOKANE – The Department of Corrections' section one field offices in Spokane, Wash. recently held their annual back to school event. It donated school supplies to children who have a parent under department supervision.

August

08/28/2017 | Roselie Gus 'Just Ducky' After 30 Years in Corrections
TUMWATER – If you ask Roselie Gus to describe what her 30 year career in corrections was like, she'll always say, "just ducky."
08/18/2017 | Deputy Secretary Jody Becker Panelist for Women Transforming Government
LACEY – Jody Becker's mantra has always been "to instill hope and promote humanity in all that I do."
08/15/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Searching for Two Escaped Inmates from Goldendale Fire Crew
GOLDENDALE – Washington State Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for two inmates, Tyray Munter, 30, and Maksim Petrovskiy, 22, who escaped from the Goldendale Department of Natural Resources fire crew at approximately 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
08/11/2017 | Inmates Alleviate Hunger by Building Little Pantries (video story)
SHELTON – People experiencing hunger in Bremerton who can’t easily get to a grocery store or food bank now have a place they can get those supplies, thanks to a group of inmates in a prison nearly 50 miles away.
08/07/2017 | Commentary: Adult Basic Education Achieves High Pass Rate in Washington State Prisons
Increasing literacy in prisons is the foundation for improving the lives of incarcerated people. The Department of Corrections is achieving this objective.

July

07/31/2017 | Larch Superintendent Receives Award for Supporting Needs of Employees in Military
YACOLT – A Larch Corrections Center senior manager has been recognized for her work in supporting the needs of employees who have served in the military.
07/18/2017 | One Year Later, Strength in Families Supports Incarcerated Men Becoming Better Fathers
TUMWATER – Fathers behind bars say they have better relationships with their children, thanks to a new Washington Department of Corrections program.
07/14/2017 | Speech and Debate at Washington State Penitentiary (video story)
WALLA WALLA – For 15 weeks this spring, students from Whitman College had a unique opportunity to share a classroom with inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.
07/11/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: October 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) October 2017 meeting list.
07/07/2017 | Wrap Around Meetings Give Victims a Voice
KING COUNTY, Wash. – Jane, a 25-year-old woman from King County, sat in a room with her godmother. Also at the table were Department of Corrections’ Community Victim Liaison Angella Coker and a community corrections officer.

June

06/30/2017 | Bakery Cooks up Skills, Motivation for Inmates (video story)
CLALLAM BAY – Joshua grips a small yellow spatula with gloved hands and spreads a bit of thick almond paste onto a halved croissant. Later, he sprinkles a generous handful of slivered almonds atop the croissants before placing them into the oven.
06/29/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Jason Bennett Named Superintendent at Olympic Corrections Center
TUMWATER – Jason Bennett has been named as the permanent superintendent of the Olympic Corrections Center (OCC) in Forks, Wash. by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog, effective July 1, 2017.
06/26/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Government Partial Shutdown Department of Corrections Service Impacts
TUMWATER – As of June 26, the Washington State Legislature had not yet approved state operating and capital budgets for the 2017-19 biennium, which begins July 1. If the Legislature does not enact budgets before July 1, state agencies will have to implement full or partial shutdowns.
06/23/2017 | Reentry Fair Prepares Inmates for Successful Release (video story)
SHELTON – Close to 3,000 inmates in the state of Washington will finish their sentence in the next 24 months. To help that transition back into society, Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton recently hosted a reentry fair.
06/23/2017 | Washington State Corrections Honors Fallen Officer in Texas
KILLEEN – It was an honor for the Washington State Department of Corrections to send two Honor Guard members from the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) to the funeral of Officer Shana Tedder of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
06/21/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Jo Wofford Named Superintendent at Mission Creek Corrections Center
TUMWATER – Jo Wofford has been named as the superintendent of the Mission Creek Corrections Center (MCCCW) in Belfair, Wash. by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog, effective July 1, 2017.
06/16/2017 | Families Visit Cedar Creek for Father’s Day (video story)
LITTLEROCK – Father’s Day is a day known for family gatherings and at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, families are brought in to celebrate the holiday.
06/15/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: September 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) September 2017 meeting list. The original press release dated June 12, 2017 was amended. Amendments are highlighted in yellow.
06/11/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Searching for Two Inmates Who Escaped From Cedar Creek Corrections Center
LITTLEROCK – Washington Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for two inmates, Richard Harvell, 30, and Sage Bear, 26, who escaped from Cedar Creek Corrections Center at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
06/09/2017 | Volunteers Provide Fresh Clothes and A Fresh Start
GIG HARBOR – Stacks of folded blue jeans sit on shelves that stretch from wall to wall. Blouses of various colors, sizes, and textures drape from hangers. This clothing closet is like most others. Except, it's located inside a prison.
06/02/2017 | Work Release Residents Graduate from Pre-Apprenticeship Program
SPOKANE – Three of the female residents at the Department of Corrections' Eleanor Chase House Work Release graduated from a program aimed at preparing people to apply for construction trades apprenticeships.

May

05/26/2017 | Corrections to Join Other Guardians of the Flame for Special Olympics Torch Run
OLYMPIA – Many people who have a physical or intellectual disability are often overlooked in sports, according to Dino Mayo, a community corrections supervisor for the Department of Corrections' Lacey field office.
05/24/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Eleanor Vernell Named Deputy Prisons Director
TUMWATER – Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog has named Eleanor Vernell as the Deputy Prisons Director within the Washington State Department of Corrections, effective July 1, 2017.
05/24/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Mac Pevey Named Interim Assistant Secretary of Community Corrections
TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Mac Pevey as the Interim Assistant Secretary of the community corrections division within the Washington State Department of Corrections, effective June 1, 2017.
05/23/2017 | Two Corrections Professionals Receive Awards for Public Service
OLYMPIA – Two Washington State Department of Corrections employees have received awards as part of the annual Public Service Recognition Week celebration held the second week of May.
05/22/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Anmarie Aylward Named as Reentry Executive Order Project Director
TUMWATER – In collaboration with the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has named Anmarie Aylward as the reentry executive order project director, which will serve to bridge the services offered between the DOC and DSHS.
05/19/2017 | Community Support Key to Reentry
GIG HARBOR – Ahnetta Fields stood at the podium wearing thick glasses and a blue-and-white-striped sweater. Not many people know the 72-year-old grandmother is a former inmate.
05/18/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Recall of Food Produced at Airway Heights Corrections Center
TUMWATER – Based on recent events involving the water supply in Airway Heights, Wash., and out of an abundance of caution, the Washington Department of Corrections has issued a voluntary recall of the food manufactured by the Airway Heights Corrections Center's Correctional Industries' food production facility.
05/12/2017 | New Program Helps Incarcerated Parents Connect with Their Children
GIG HARBOR – Inmate Candida Suarez described a sibling rivalry between her 17-month-old son, Ezra, and his new sibling. When she showered Ezra's younger brother with attention, Ezra would hit him. If his brother was on the bed, Ezra would push him off.
05/09/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: August 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) August 2017 meeting list.
05/08/2017 | Governor's Proclamation: Correctional Officers & Employees Week 2017Adobe PDF document file
I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim May 7-13, 2017 as Correctional Officers and Employees Week in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this special observance.
05/05/2017 | Maria Angel Recipient of DOC Diversity Award
MONROE – Ensuring a safe, inclusive environment is important to Maria Angel, who recently received an award for her work to educate staff and inmates about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) population.

April

04/28/2017 | Stephen Gonczi Receives DOC Community Service Award (video story)
SHELTON – When Stephen Gonczi retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of active duty, he didn't know what to do. Like many veterans, he struggled to figure out what his next career move would be.
04/26/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Robert Herzog Named Interim Assistant Secretary of Corrections
TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Robert Herzog as the Interim Assistant Secretary of the prisons division within the Washington Department of Corrections, effective immediately.
04/25/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Inslee Names Stephen Sinclair Secretary of the Department of Corrections
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has named Stephen Sinclair secretary of the Department of Corrections (DOC). Sinclair will begin the position immediately. He takes over from Jody Becker, Ph.D, who has been serving as acting secretary since January.
04/21/2017 | Mike Paris Receives Petrine Marciniak Inspirational Award
TUMWATER – Mike Paris believes education is the key to keep people from returning to prison, and has dedicated his career in corrections to bringing education into the lives of the incarcerated.
04/14/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Washington State DOC Announces Agency Award Winners
TUMWATER – The Washington State Department of Corrections is pleased to announce the winners of its Annual Agency Awards. The awards recognize employees for their continuous, outstanding work to improve public safety.
04/14/2017 | Corrections Highlights Services at Crime Victims' Rights Week Ceremony
TUMWATER – Though no two crimes are identical, those who experience crime can suffer from trauma long after it happens, according to Jeralita Costa.
04/07/2017 | Art Illustrates Positive Change at Airway Heights (video story)
One of the most interesting art galleries you will find is at a location that can't be visited easily – the walls of the Senior Living K-Unit at Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) near Spokane.
04/06/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: July 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) July 2017 meeting list.
04/03/2017 | Governor's Proclamation: Crime Victims' Rights WeekAdobe PDF document
OLYMPIA – Governor Inslee hereby proclaims April 2-8, 2017, as Crime Victims' Rights Week, reaffirming a commitment toward ensuring all victims of crime know they are respected, and to create a victim-service response that assists all victims of crime.

March

03/31/2017 | Airway Heights' Inmates Recognize Honored Guests at "Celebrating Women" Event
SPOKANE – Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) commemorated Women's History Month by hosting its first "Celebrating Women" event on March 9th.
03/29/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Washington Partnership Bolsters Parental Resilience, Documented in National Film
OLYMPIA, WA – The Department of Corrections and the Department of Early Learning joined together in a special partnership focusing on innovative programs working to engage parents transitioning from confinement to communities.
03/24/2017 | Sentence Review Board Member Tom Sahlberg Retires
TUMWATER – Tom Sahlberg, a longtime member of the Department of Corrections' Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB), has announced his retirement, effective April 15.
03/17/2017 | Easy As Pi: Inmates Find Motivation Through Mathematics
MONROE – When Christopher Havens began serving a 25-year sentence on murder charges in 2011, he never thought he would find knowledge and enlightenment from behind prison walls.
03/10/2017 | Inmate Art Featured in Studio Show in Forks
FORKS — When most people think of prison, they envision steel bars and razor wire. It's not often thought of as a place that inspires creativity.
03/10/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: June 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) June 2017 meeting list.
03/07/2017 | Inmates Partner with Community to Build a Better Future (video story)
ABERDEEN - Of all the unlikely places to find temporary shelter units being built, Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) in Aberdeen might be at the top of the list.

February

02/24/2017 | Penitentiary Inmates, Simpli Home Donate Furniture to Charities
WALLA WALLA – Young homeless adults and a charity that provides items to low-income families recently received more than $7,000 in new furniture, thanks to inmate work efforts at the Washington State Penitentiary.
02/08/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: May 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) May 2017 meeting list.

January

01/30/2017 | Incarcerated Veterans Give Back to Kids
As a way of giving back to the community, 174 incarcerated men at Washington Corrections Center (WCC) participated in a three-day walkathon raising nearly $2,000.
01/26/2017 | Honor Guard Does 'Whatever It Takes' to Pay Tribute to Fallen Officers
When an officer dies in the line of duty, the community is shaken to its core. Family members, friends and co-workers grieve. While everyone else mourns, the honor guard steps up to ensure the officer's tribute is flawless.
01/19/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Nancy Dufraine Named as Tribal Relations Director
TUMWATER – Acting Secretary Dr. Jody Becker-Green has announced Nancy Dufraine as the Tribal Relations Director for the Washington Department of Corrections, effective January 18, 2017.
01/12/2017 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: April 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) April 2017 meeting list.
01/10/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Jody Becker-Green Named Acting Secretary of Corrections
TUMWATER – Governor Jay Inslee has announced Dr. Jody Becker-Green as the Acting Secretary of Corrections for the State of Washington, effective January 17, 2017.
01/06/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Secretary’s Warrants for Arrest Added to Agency Website
TUMWATER – The Washington Department of Corrections (DOC), in its mission to improve public safety has added a new feature to the agency’s website, which debuted in September.
01/05/2017 | Expressing Emotions Through Glass: Art is Therapy for Prison Psychologist
TACOMA – A prison psychologist's job can be emotionally exhausting. The stories Dr. Rain Carei hears can leave her feeling drained, but she's found a creative way to deal with the stress: glass blowing.
01/03/2017 | PRESS RELEASE: Dwayne Woods, Sentenced to Capital Punishment in 1997, Dies of Cardiac Arrest
TUMWATER – Dwayne A. Woods, 46, passed away at approximately 11 p.m. on January 1, 2017 at the Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash.

2016

December

12/28/2016 | Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Visits State Penitentiary
WALLA WALLA – Pulitzer prize-winning author and scholar, Dr. Marilynne Robinson recently visited inmates and staff at the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP).
12/23/2016 | Family Winter Fest in Pierce County
TACOMA – Thirty-six children whose families have been impacted by the criminal justice system celebrated holidays at the second annual “Winter Fest” hosted by the Pierce County staff of the Department of Corrections' (DOC) Community Corrections Division.
12/20/2016 | Monroe Crossroads Inmate Art Projects Win 12 Ribbons at Evergreen State Fair
MONROE – Seven Monroe Correctional Complex inmates won ribbons at the 2016 Evergreen State Fair in the open class division of the crafts and hobbies competition.
12/15/2016 | Inmates Decorate Governor’s Mansion For The Holidays
OLYMPIA – Hundreds of people visit the Governor’s mansion during December to get a glimpse of the residence adorned with twinkling lights, elaborate floral arrangements and larger-than-life wreaths.
12/12/2016 | Holiday Ballet Classic Features Corrections’ Staff
"Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone so you can be a role model," says Hilary Williams. "Such as encouraging the best in others and working toward a common goal as part of a fantastic team."
12/7/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: March 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) March 2017 meeting list.
12/02/2016 | Her Dogs Find Drugs
Barbara Davenport leads training sessions for dog handlers two or three times per year for Department of Corrections' officers and participants from other law enforcement agencies. Davenport estimates she's trained more than 450 dogs over the past 32 years.

November

11/21/2016 | WCCW Sends Quilts, Infant Clothes to Incarcerated Mothers in Thailand
GIG HARBOR – Incarcerated women and their babies inside Thailand prisons have a little extra warmth and comfort, thanks to a group of quilters from the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC).
11/15/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: February 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) February 2017 meeting list.
11/15/2016 | Detective Cookie's Chess Club Receives Handcrafted Boards from Stafford Creek
A decade ago, Seattle Police Detective Denise "Cookie" Bouldin was trying to find a way to get the youth in Seattle's Rainier Valley engaged. After having a charity basketball game, the youth decided they wanted to learn the game of chess.
11/10/2016 | 22 Pushup Challenge to Honor Our Veterans
In honor of Veterans’ Day, staff at the Washington State Department of Corrections’ Headquarters in Tumwater, Wash. participated in the 22 Pushup Challenge to bring awareness to veteran suicide prevention.
11/07/2016 | DOC Corrections Staff Walk a Mile in High Heels for Domestic Violence Awareness
The Washington Department of Corrections was among approximately 60 participants at the YWCA of Walla Walla's annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march against domestic violence and sexual assault Oct. 19

October

10/27/2016 | 1975 Escapee Found
GIG HARBOR – Unanswered questions bug Curtis Hoffman, like the case of an inmate who walked away from a Washington Department of Corrections work release site more than 40 years ago, and never returned.
10/21/2016 | Prison Basketball Game Changes Inmate's Life
YACOLT – Sterling Weirzalis, a former inmate at Larch Corrections Center, never knew that a chance meeting with a citizen at a prison basketball game during his incarceration would change his life forever.
10/19/2016 | It’s the Great Pumpkin Donation
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – On a Thursday morning in mid-October, staff and inmates at Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) coordinated the distribution of over 1,700 pounds of pumpkins, harvested from the AHCC garden program, to be donated to underprivileged children in the local area in time for the fall season and Halloween holiday celebrations.
10/17/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Inmate Who Escaped from Washington State Penitentiary Apprehended
WALLA WALLA – At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16th, Neal Millikan was safely apprehended without incident after being located in a vehicle in Kennewick, Wash.
10/14/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Searching for Inmate Who Escaped from Washington State Penitentiary
WALLA WALLA – Washington Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for inmate Neal Alan Millikan who escaped from a garden crew outside the secure perimeter at the Washington State Penitentiary on Friday, October 14, 2016.
10/13/2016 | Mexico's Deputy Consul Sylvia Cabrera Visits Airway Heights Corrections Center
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Miniature flags of Honduras, Spain, Mexico, and other countries of Meso-America decorated Airway Heights Corrections Center for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Sat., Sept. 22, 2016.
10/07/2016 | The Redemption Project: Ripple Effects of Doing Good
ABERDEEN – The words coming from Ismael Bucio were surprising, considering he was secured to a chair inside the Stafford Creek Corrections Center Intensive Management Unit.
10/04/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Daniel White Appointed as Interim Superintendent at Washington Corrections Center
OLYMPIA – Daniel White has been appointed as interim superintendent at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Washington, effective October 1, 2016. White replaces retiring superintendent Patrick Glebe.
10/03/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: January 2017 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) January 2017 meeting list.

September

09/30/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Monroe Correctional Complex Investigating Inmate Death
MONROE – The Department of Corrections is investigating the death of Michael D Bryant, 30, an inmate in confinement at the Special Offender Unit of Monroe Correctional Complex.
09/30/2016 | Hispanic Community Corrections Officers Are First Generation College Grads
SUNNYSIDE – The job of a community corrections officer isn’t glamorous.
09/22/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Forum to Teach Employers Benefits of Hiring Former Inmates
TUMWATER – Employers looking to fill jobs may be able to find well-trained and skilled candidates from an unlikely place: prison.
09/21/2016 | Buddhist Monk Visits Two Washington Prisons
FORKS – Buddhist Monk Tsering Motup recently visited two Washington Department of Corrections prisons. Motup traveled from International Bodhisattva Sangha in San Diego, California on Saturday, August 6 to meet with incarcerated Buddhist followers.
09/18/2016 | Monroe Walk of Remembrance Ceremony
Along with the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, the Monroe Correctional Complex honored staff who have passed away...
09/16/2016 | Correctional Education’s Turnaround in Washington – From the Trenches to Triumph
By a variety of definitions, Washington’s current correctional education system is a success. From national reports showing Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) leads the country in the number of GEDs earned by inmates in prisons.
09/07/2016 | DOC Community Corrections Officer Honors Law Enforcement on Summit of Mt. Rainier
Living a healthy life and recognizing the complex and often dangerous work of law enforcement are important to Community Corrections Officer Don Malo. Malo, who works in the DOC’s southeast Seattle field office, recently combined those two passions at a unique and majestic place: the summit of Mt. Rainier.
09/07/2016 | Day with Dad at Airway Heights Corrections Center
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Dads and kids played catch, caught Frisbees, kicked soccer balls or just sat on the grass and decorated the sidewalk with chalk.
09/06/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: December 2016 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) December meeting list.

August

08/31/2016 | Wheels for the World
ABERDEEN – Bree Forbish’s work station is surrounded by piles of upholstery, metal frames, seat cushions and rubber tires—stuff one might find in a landfill.
08/27/2016 | Prison Gardens: Roots of Change
WALLA WALLA – Flint Pulse never thought of farming as a career while growing up in the Tri-cities area, but a two-year prison sentence has changed all that.
08/19/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Appoints Carlos Lugo as Department Ombuds
OLYMPIA – The Department of Corrections (DOC) announced today the appointment of Carlos Lugo to the agency’s newly created Ombuds position within the agency’s Executive Policy Office.
08/15/2016 | Harleys in Prison: Unique Ministry for Inmates
A half-dozen, leather-clad motorcycle riders rumbled past the razor wire perimeter fence into the Airway Heights Corrections Center recently under the watchful eye of the tower.
08/10/2016 | Washington DOC Pays Respects to Fallen Texas Correctional Officer Mari Johnson
A delegation of Washington Department of Corrections employees paid tribute to Correctional Officer Mari Johnson, by participating in her memorial service.
08/09/2016 | Washington DOC will be accepting only Electronic Visit Applications starting 9/1/2016
This change will help in ensuring timely processing of all visit applications (minors included). Visitors who have already applied do NOT need to submit new applications. All new visitors submitting NEW visit applications need to use the electronic visit application on this website.
08/06/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Statement from Governor Jay Inslee regarding death of Lt. Col. Flando Jackson
"Trudi and I join all Washingtonians in mourning the loss of Lt. Col. Flando Jackson. Flando was a dedicated public servant who put his fellow Washingtonians first."
08/06/2016 | ISRB PRESS RELEASE: November 2016 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) November meeting list.
08/01/2016 | CRCC Instructor Leads Inmates to New Careers
CONNELL – When students tell Kara Caicedo they have no hope of getting a good job because the only thing they've done in life is sell drugs, she tries to find a silver lining.

July

07/27/2016 | Corrections Officer Discusses Race, Law Enforcement
Cynthia Softli has emerged as a reluctant voice on the sensitive topic of law enforcement and race in the aftermath of a sniper attack that killed five police officers in Dallas, and the fatal shootings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
07/21/2016 | DOC Staff Help Rescue Injured Woman
CLALLAM BAY – It was about 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning when Norm Dauth and Jacki Ahrens got a call to rescue a woman who'd fallen on some rocks on the beach and injured herself.
07/19/2016 | She Brings Nature Inside Prisons
LITTLEROCK – Sadie Gilliom is wild about nature. As a kid, she hunted for frogs and newts in the woods near her Shelton home. When she got older, she worked at Point Defiance Zoo to care for animals and give talks about wildlife.
07/15/2016 | New Program Helps Inmates Recover from Addiction
CONNELL - For 125 men struggling with drug addiction at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, community is the agent of change.
07/14/2016 | Reentry-focused Strength in Families Program Begins at Four Washington DOC Facilities
A program for incarcerated fathers that provides support for positive parenting, healthy relationships with partners and co-parents and economic stability
07/13/2016 | Airway Heights Abuzz with Beekeeping
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) has introduced honeybees to not only help the facility's gardens but to sustain a healthy bee population
07/11/2016 | Offender Reentry Community Safety Program Highlighted at Statewide Behavioral Health Conference
YAKIMA – Incarcerated people with significant mental health issues who pose a risk to public safety should be connected to community resources before they leave prison
07/08/2016 | Special Emergency Response Teams Test Skills at McNeil Island Competition
DUPONT – Over the course of two days last week, 20 corrections officers ran obstacle courses, assembled and fired weapons at targets
07/07/2016 | Special Emergency Response Teams Test Skills at McNeil Island Competition
DUPONT – Over the course of two days last week, 20 corrections officers ran obstacle courses, assembled and fired weapons at targets
07/06/2016 | ISRB Press Release - October 2016 HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) October meeting list...

June

06/30/2016 | Lakewood CCOs Assist Injured Woman
LAKEWOOD – Two community corrections officers with the Washington Department of Corrections recently helped rescue an injured woman on the side of a busy street in Lakewood.
06/28/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Officer Shot in the City of Auburn
AUBURN – Kristoffer Rongen, a Washington Department of Corrections' Community Response Unit (CRU) officer, was shot and injured at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 while working on a joint operation with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
06/28/2016 | Kids United By Incarceration Camp
Twenty-eight children, who have a parent in prison, attended a summer camp this week hosted by the Washington state Department of Corrections.
06/24/2016 | From Prison to Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Seattle may have one of the hottest labor markets in the country, but Tim still feels lucky to have a job. Any job.
06/23/2016 | Federal Bureau of Land Management Official Visits Sagebrush Restoration Project at CRCC
CONNELL – The iconic greater sage-grouse, a species recently considered for federal endangered species listing, is getting a helping hand from a unique set of partners...
06/17/2016 | Living Stones Prison Congregation Provides Hope, Solace for WCC Inmates
SHELTON – The Rev. Norm Arnold used a shell to scoop water from a wooden font and gently poured it over the head of a tall, dark-haired man...
06/17/2016 | Former Inmate Helped Launch Living Stones
Pastor John Kenton O’Neal had a special understanding of the loneliness and anguish inmates can feel during their incarceration.
06/16/2016 | Airway Heights Corrections Center Celebrates Volunteers
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Seventy volunteers were recognized at Airway Heights Corrections Center, AHCC at an appreciation event May 19 for their hard work and dedication over the past year.
06/15/2016 | Pierce County CCOs Step in to Help Three-year-old Car Crash Victim
Upon leaving the scene of an arrest on May 24, Community Corrections Supervisor Angela Stanger and Community Corrections Officer John Faircloth drove past 84th and D Street in Tacoma, and saw a minivan crashed into a telephone pole.
06/15/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Washington Department of Corrections Releases Statement on Software Contracts with Assessments.com
TUMWATER – Secretary Richard Morgan today announced the Washington Department of Corrections will not renew a contract with Assessments.com, the information technology vendor that was developing software for the agency’s Advance Corrections Initiative.
06/14/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Work Release Inmate Jake Eakin Arrested in South Dakota
Wanted DOC work release resident Jake Eakin was apprehended this afternoon without incident at a bus stop in South Dakota.
06/13/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: DOC Issues Warrant for Work Release Resident Who Failed to Report to Scheduled Work Site
YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Corrections was notified by a local employer Sunday night, June 12, that Ahtanum View Work Release resident Jake Eakin had not reported to his scheduled shift.
06/09/2016 | 30 Years Strong and Counting at Clallam Bay Corrections Center
CLALLAM BAY – On April 28, 2016 Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
06/08/2016 | Founder of Prison Dog Training Program Visits Airway Heights
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Inmate dog handlers in the Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) Pawsitive Dogs program had a rare opportunity to meet the woman who helped bring animal training programs to prisons all over the nation.
06/07/2016 | Washington Corrections Center Site for First American Legion Post at Washington Prison
SHELTON – Incarcerated Veterans at the Washington Corrections Center have a place to call their own, thanks to the American Legion Post 11.
06/06/2016 | Moving On Program’s Successes Shared at Graduation Ceremony for Mission Creek Inmates
BELFAIR – Thirty-eight inmates graduated the Moving On program at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women at a ceremony May 18.
06/02/2016 | Endangered Western Pond Turtles Rehabilitate in Prison
YACOLT – In December, nine endangered Western Pond Turtles were brought in to Larch Corrections Center by the Sustainability in Prisons Project because of LCC's close proximity to wetlands the turtles inhabit.

May

05/31/2016 | Memorial Day: Community Service and Remembrance
SPOKANE – Approximately one month ago, the Spokane Criminal Justice Center began notifying those under community supervision of an opportunity to place flags in local cemeteries in honor of Memorial Day.
05/25/2016 | Inmates Find Peace through Symphony Music
MONROE – A violinist from the Seattle Symphony swayed back and forth, his bow flying over the strings.
05/13/2016 | Fallen Penitentiary Lieutenant Recognized at Medal of Honor Ceremony
OLYMPIA – Leassa Rentz traveled more than 160 miles last week to honor a grandfather who died 45 years ago, after being assaulted by a prison inmate.
05/10/2016 | Being a DOC Nurse Requires Open Mind, Google Skills
ABERDEEN – Being a prison nurse isn't a career many people would put at the top of their wish list, but Damon Gordon thinks they should.
05/10/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Correctional Officers Assaulted by Inmate at Monroe Correctional Complex
MONROE – Two correctional officers were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being assaulted this morning by an inmate at the Monroe Correctional Complex-Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU).
05/06/2016 | Dan Hettman Named Larch Correctional Officer of the Year
YACOLT – It takes quite a while to get to and from the Larch Corrections Center, located in a remote wooded area more than 20 miles from Vancouver. Dan Hettman's job is to get inmates where they need to go.
05/06/2016 | Governor's Proclamation: Correctional Officers & Employees Week 2016Adobe PDF document
OLYMPIA – Whereas, Washington Department of Corrections officers and employees contribute to public safety by exercising safe and effective control of approximately 19,000 incarcerated inmates and by managing approximately 17,000 inmates on post-incarceration supervision...
05/05/2016 | Helping People Stay Sober, Out of Prison
OLYMPIA – Marko Anderson spends most of his time trying to keep people out of trouble. He does so by helping drug addicts stay clean, by acting as a parental figure...
05/04/2016 | Teaching Social Skills to Prison Inmates
WALLA WALLA – It's the soft skills that often determine if inmates will find jobs and stay out of trouble after leaving prison.
05/03/2016 | Correctional Officer Supervisor Wins Valor Award For Helping Victim of Car Accident
WALLA WALLA – Tony Boyle was heading to his job as a corrections officer supervisor at the Washington State Penitentiary when he rounded a corner about 12:30 in the afternoon and saw a white Chevy Tahoe upside down on the side of the road.
05/02/2016 | Prison Teaching Is Her Calling
GIG HARBOR – From the U.S. maps hung along the wall, to an overhead projector and rows of student desks, Mishelle Gillespie's classroom is like most others.

April

04/29/2016 | Fallen Penitentiary Lieutenant to Receive Medal of Honor
OLYMPIA – A correctional lieutenant who was killed in the line of duty at the Washington State Penitentiary will receive a Medal of Honor nearly 46 years after his death.
04/25/2016 | Technology Helps Inmates Maintain Family Ties
SHELTON – Darrick has a hard time imagining what life would be like if the Washington Corrections Center didn't have Internet kiosks that let him connect to the outside world.
04/20/2016 | One of DOC’s Two Female SERT Members Hopes Others Will Step Up to the Challenge
CLALLAM BAY – Jeri Boe was working as a correctional officer at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center when 38 inmates began fighting in the middle of the recreation yard.
04/18/2016 | Mission Creek Inmates Build Plan for Self-Employment after Release with the B.O.S.S. Program
BELFAIR – Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women has teamed up with the SCORE organization (Service Corps of Retired Executives) to offer an exciting new program for female inmates who have an entrepreneurial spirit.
04/15/2016 | Victims Tell Inmates about Pain Crime Causes
MONROE – Two-dozen inmates sat in strained silence as they listened to a woman talk about her family, her teen years and the repeated sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of a church camp counselor.
04/15/2016 | Teaching Inmates Public Speaking, May Help Keep Them Out of Prison
MONROE – Jack Buce believes one reason some people end up in prison is because they have trouble communicating with others.
04/15/2016 | Volunteer Teaches Inmates Survival Skill: How to Budget Money, Save for the Future
MONROE – Linda Hegrenes remembers worrying about the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) when she first moved into a new home not far from the prison in 2005.
04/11/2016 | Poetry Helps Inmates Cope in Prison
SHELTON – Living in prison isn't easy. There's little privacy and a near-constant cacophony of people moving around, staff radios crackling, announcements blaring over the intercom and heavy metal doors clanging shut.
04/05/2016 | Math and Science Fair at Cedar Creek Corrections Center Unites Families and Communities
LITTLEROCK – Have you ever held a giant hissing cockroach in your hand or had a falcon on your arm? During the annual Math and Science Fair at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, children of incarcerated fathers were provided that unique experience and 24 other hands-on activities.
04/04/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: ISRB July HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The following list of inmates are scheduled to meet with the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) during July 2016.
04/04/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: ISRB June HearingsAdobe PDF document file
The following list of inmates are scheduled to meet with the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) during June 2016.
04/1/2016 | Wood Furniture and Toys Made by Inmates Bring in More Than $10,000 for Forks Charity
FORKS – Band saws, hammers and electric drills aren’t tools prison inmates normally get access to, but a group of inmates at the Olympic Corrections Center use them to make toys, works of art and even furniture for a local charity auction.

March

03/29/2016 | Chickens at WCCW Lay Foundation For Inmate Healing, Rehabilitation
GIG HARBOR – The nine chickens Teresa Settle cares for may be the most secure hens in the country.
03/25/2016 | Correctional Industries Inmates Less Likely to Commit New Crimes
Inmates who hold Correctional Industries (CI) jobs while in prison are significantly less likely to commit new crimes, according to a recent Washington State University (WSU) report.
03/22/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Agency Statement on State Auditor’s Office Performance Audit Regarding Safety Improvements and Audit Findings
TUMWATER – Steve Sinclair, Assistant Secretary of Prisons for the Washington Department of Corrections today released the following statement regarding state audit findings related to staff safety and security.
03/22/2016 | ‘Lost soul’ Finds New Purpose Through WCCW Braille Program
VANCOUVER – When Angela Vargas went to prison 13 years ago for theft and murder conspiracy charges, she never thought her time behind bars would lead to the job of her dreams.
03/17/2016 | Giant Pacific Octopus Made by DOC Specialist To Appear in Olympia’s Procession of the Species
OLYMPIA – A 25-foot-long giant Pacific octopus with dangling tentacles will take part in this year’s Procession of the Species, thanks to Kris Geringer, a long-time Department of Corrections employee.
03/16/2016 | Centralia College’s Graduating Class at Cedar Creek Corrections Center
LITTLEROCK – Hard work and dedicated studying paid off for 56 inmates who graduated from various courses at Cedar Creek Corrections Center February 17.
03/11/2016 | Dan Pacholke Earned Reputation as Trouble Shooter, Retires After 33-Years at Washington Corrections
OLYMPIA – Dan Pacholke earned a reputation early in his career for being the guy to call when there was trouble.
03/08/2016 | New Girl Scout Troop Boosts Confidence Among Daughters of Incarcerated Parents
TACOMA – Nine-year-old Patience sat at a table with three other girls and her stepmother, cutting out patches they could attach to brown Girl Scout sashes. They laughed, talked, recited the pledge and learned to fold a flag.
03/07/2016 | Mission Creek Inmates Help Raise, Release Endangered Butterfly
BELFAIR – Inmates from the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women released 1,000 Checkerspot Butterfly larvae outside Olympia last week as part of a program to restore the threatened species to its native habitat.
03/07/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Governor Inslee Appoints Dick Morgan as Acting Secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee has announced Dick Morgan as the Acting Secretary of Corrections for the State of Washington, effective March 14, 2016.
03/04/2016 | Keri Waterland appointed Chair of Sex Offender Policy Board
TUMWATER – The Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board (SOPB), has appointed Dr. Keri Waterland as its chair. Her term, which began Jan. 22 is for two years.
03/02/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Pillars of Excellence for Incarcerated VeteransAdobe PDF document file
OLYMPIA — For the third consecutive year, Washington State has been recognized as a Pillar of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

February

02/28/2016 | Chipping Away at the Cultural Wall
CLALLAM BAY – Behind the concertina wire and concrete walls, dozens of inmates gather in classrooms each day to discuss math, politics, religion, history and even creative writing.
02/25/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Responds to Investigative Report on Sentencing Error
OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) is implementing a number of administrative improvements in response to a report issued today by Governor Inslee’s team of external investigators on the sentencing miscalculation that caused the early release of inmates.
02/19/2016 | Washington Corrections Center Inmates’ Art Draws Praise From Faculty, Community
OLYMPIA – A dozen inmates from the Washington Corrections Center (WCC) have their art work on display at The Evergreen State College as part of the “Prison Obscura” exhibition that runs through March 2.
02/18/2016 | Girl Scouts Visit Cat Program at Mission Creek Corrections Center
BELFAIR – A girl scout troop recently visited Mission Creek Corrections Center’s cat adoption program to earn their pet badges.
02/06/2016 | Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding resignation of DOC Secretary Dan PacholkeAdobe PDF document file
"Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke submitted his resignation this morning, saying he hoped that his move would end the political blood thirst of Senate Republicans."
02/06/2016 | Secretary Pacholke resignation letter to Sen. PaddenAdobe PDF document file
Senator Padden – I have served this agency, this state, for 33 years. I am proud to have worked for and help build what I believe to be the best correctional system in the nation.

January

01/28/2016 | Making Sure Everyone Goes Home Safe
MONROE – Megan Abram is a gate-keeper in the true sense of the word – no one gets through the massive steel doors leading into the Washington State Reformatory during the day without her scrutiny.
01/27/2016 | Intelligence and Investigations Network Works to Keep DOC Facilities Safe
TUMWATER – If a fight breaks out behind prison walls, Christopher Newton tries to get to the bottom of it.
01/26/2016 | For Him, Safety Is Necessary
GIG HARBOR – Bryan Necessary is proactive when it comes to safety. He walks the grounds of the Washington Corrections Center for Women, WCCW, constantly on the lookout for anything that could potentially be unsafe – cracks in the sidewalk or uneven elevation of walking areas that could cause slips and falls.
01/25/2016 | Community Corrections Warrants Sweep Nets 41 Arrests in Cowlitz County
COWLITZ COUNTY – Community Response Unit and Community Corrections Officers participated in a Operation Ice Breaker during the week of January 11-15.
01/21/2016 | Corrections Officer Assists With Baby Delivery
GIG HARBOR – A correctional officer at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) recently assisted medical professionals with the delivery of a baby of an inmate who had gone into labor.
01/20/2016 | Stafford Creek Corrections Center Inmates Train to Become Yoga Instructors
ABERDEEN – Dwayne Satterfield places one arm atop a colorful, Styrofoam block, while stretching the other arm behind his back.
01/15/2016 | $2,000 Grant Awarded to CRCC Native Regalia Program
CONNELL – Officials with the Big Bend Electric Cooperative’s Caring Neighbors program recently awarded a $2,000 grant to the Native American regalia program at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.
01/15/2016 | Airway Heights Inmates Provide Firewood to Families in Storm-Stricken Communities
AIRWAY HEIGHTS - Inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center, AHCC, came to the rescue last month by providing families with firewood to keep their homes warm, after an epic windstorm left thousands of residents without power.
01/14/2016 | Washington Corrections Center Inmates’ Art Featured In Exhibition at The Evergreen State College
OLYMPIA – To outsiders, the word prison often conjures up images of sliding steel bars and concrete walls.
01/07/2016 | WCCW Inmates Donate Food, Hygiene Items to Gig Harbor Charities
GIG HARBOR – Inmates at Washington Corrections Center for Women recently donated food and hygiene items to two local charities for the holidays.
01/05/2016 | PRESS RELEASE: Indeterminate Sentence Hearing for Timothy Pauley
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Timothy Pauley, DOC #273053, was seen by the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) for a parole eligibility hearing on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe.

Archive

11/30/2015 | Tribal Circle Provides Connections, Peace for Native American Inmates
LITTLEROCK – Aaron Abrahamson pounded out a powerful, upbeat tempo on a leather drum painted with the image of a bald eagle and was joined by three other tribal members.
10/06/2015 | DOC Officer Arrests Drug Dealer, Confiscates $100K in Cash and Pounds of Meth
TACOMA – A state Department of Corrections’ specialist, assigned to the FBI’s South Sound Task Force, arrested a wanted drug dealer and confiscated more than $100,000 in cash and five pounds of methamphetamine at a residential duplex last week.
10/05/2015 | Knock, Knock, Knocking on a Felon's Door
MASON COUNTY – It's early in the morning when Kathy Jonas walks up to a small, battered Airstream trailer surrounded by trash and makeshift storage sheds covered with tarps.
10/02/2015 | Inmates’ Bead Projects Win Four First Place Ribbons at Evergreen State Fair
MONROE — Three Monroe Correctional Complex inmates won blue ribbons at the 2015 Evergreen State Fair in the open class division of the crafts and hobbies competition.
09/29/2015 | Inmate Uses Crocheting Skills to Make Sweaters For Homeless Dogs
AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Brad Self, a burly, 6-foot-2, felon was standing in a snow-covered prison yard holding a small, shivering Cairn terrier in his arms when an idea popped into his head.
09/21/2015 | Former Inmates Share Success Stories at Correctional Industries Conference
SPOKANE – Tristian Frye remembers feeling terrified about her chances of finding a job after spending 12 years in prison for second-degree murder.
08/28/2015 | Inmate Overcomes Drugs, Crime, To Become Professional Firefighter
DOC inmates gain firefighting experience in prison that helps them find jobs after release. More than 200 inmates now on the fire lines in Washington.
06/24/2015 | DOC’s Community Response Unit Prevents Crime Before It Happens
SEATTLE — There’s something off about the man with buzz cut hair. Chad Winfrey senses it when he walks into Cascade Park.
06/19/2015 | Children of Incarcerated Parents Attend First Summer Camp Hosted by DOC
MONROE – Twenty-two children arrived at a remote wooded camp this week with a secret they’re often afraid to tell others.
05/29/2015 | Inmates Land High-Paying Jobs at Wastewater Treatment Plants
MONROE – Keone Padilla’s path to redemption lies through sewage. Each day, he leaves his prison cell and heads down to the Monroe Correctional Complex’s wastewater lagoon.
05/12/2015 | The Things Inmates Flush Down Toilets: Shoes, Pants, Sheets and Lots of Water
MONROE - Prison inmates use their toilets for lots of things they’re not intended, like drink coolers, washing machines and trash cans.
04/09/2015 | Officer Awarded Purple Heart for Injuries Sustained While Arresting Violent Suspect
BREMERTON — Community Corrections Specialist Nick Weber figured there might be trouble when he rounded a corner at Forest Ridge Park and spotted a violent suspect wanted for stealing firearms sitting in a Chevy Blazer with his girlfriend.