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Terms Starting with S

Sacred Item
An item that is greatly revered by a particular religious/cultural tradition as intrinsicly connected to the supernatural or divinity. For this reason, restricted handling is required.
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Safety-Sensitive Function
An employee is considered to be performing a safety-sensitive function during any period in which he or she is actually performing, ready to perform, or immediately available to perform any safety-sensitive function. For the Department, the typical safety-sensitive function is operating a commercial motor vehicle. It also includes all time loading or unloading a vehicle, supervising or assisting in the loading or unloading, repairing, obtaining assistance, waiting to be dispatched, or remaining in attendance with disabled vehicle by the CDL driver or as otherwise set forth in 49 CFR 395.2, Paragraphs 1 through 6.
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Satellite Law Library
An abbreviated collection of legal reference materials located at designated minimum security facilities, intensive management units, long-term segregation units, and/or special housing units.
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Security Level 5
By virtue of design and operational procedures, the unit(s) can ensure all offender movement is highly restricted and under continuous observation and escort. The unit is capable of containing offenders who are extreme escape risks or who present chronic management and control problems. Program availability is limited due to the risk level of offenders.
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Serious Bodily Injury
Bodily injury which creates a probability of death; causes significant, serious, permanent disfigurement; or causes a significant, permanent loss or impairment of the function of any bodily part or organ.
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Serious Health Condition
1. In-patient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility, including any period of incapacity or subsequent treatment in connection with or consequent to the inpatient care. 2. A serious health condition involving continuing treatment by a health care provider, including a period of incapacity of more than three consecutive calendar days, and any subsequent treatment or period of incapacity relating to the same condition that also involves treatment two or more times by a health care provider on at least one occasion which results in a regimen of continuing treatment under the supervision of a health care provider. 3. An period of incapacity due to pregnancy or for prenatal care. 4. Any period of incapacity or treatment for a chronic condition which requires periodic visits for treatment by a health care provider and continues over an extended period of time, including recurring episodes of a single underlying condition, and which may cause an episodic rather than continuing period of incapacity. 5. A period of incapacity which is permanent or long term due to a condition for which treatment may not be effective. The employee or family member must be under the continuing supervision of, but need not be receiving active treatment by, a health care provider. 6. Any period of absence to receive multiple treatments, including any period of recovery therefrom, by a health care provider either for restorative surgery after an accident or injury, or for a condition that would likely result in a period of incapacity of more than three consecutive calendar days in the absence of medical intervention or treatment such as cancer, severe arthritis, kidney disease.
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Seriously Mentally Ill
A substantial disorder of thought or mood which significantly impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognize reality or cope with the ordinary demands of life within the prison environment and is manifested by substantial pain or disability. Serious mental illness requires a mental health diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, as appropriate, by mental health staff. It is expressly understood that this definition does not include inmates who are substance abusers, substance dependent, including alcoholics and narcotics addicts, or persons convicted of any sex offense, who are not otherwise diagnosed as seriously mentally ill.
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Service Agent
Any person or entity, other than an employee of the employer, who provides services specified under the US DOT regulations to employers and/or employees in connection with US DOT drug and alcohol testing requirements.
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Sex Offense
Those crimes defined by RCW 9A.44, RCW 9A.64.020, RCW 9.68A.090, or under RCW 9A.28, a criminal attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit such crimes.
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Sexual Harassment
Behavior of a sexual nature which is unwelcome and personally offensive to the recipient of the action. Sexual harassment is defined and prohibited, by state law and federal anti-discrimination laws where: 1) Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment; 2) Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such conduct by an individual; and or 3) Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to sexually offensive language, comments, slurs, jokes, innuendoes, pictures, and cartoons; pranks of a sexual nature; unwelcome and repeated requests for dates; whistling and catcalls; telling lies or spreading rumors about a person's sex life or preference; giving unwanted gifts; and/or standing close or brushing up against a person and other unwelcome physical contact.
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Sexually Explicit Materials
Consist of any item displaying, portraying, depicting, or describing: (a) Nudity, which includes exposed/visible (in whole or part, including under or through translucent/thin materials providing intimate physical detail) genitals/genitalia, anus, and/or female/transgender breast nipple(s); (b) A sex act(s) which includes, but is not limited to, genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal contact/penetration, genital or anal contact/penetration with an inanimate object, masturbation, sadistic/masochistic abuse, bondage, bestiality, and/or bodily excretory behavior which appears to be sexual in nature; (c) A participant(s) who appears to be nonconsenting, dominated, degraded, humiliated, or in a submissive role, and/or acting in a forceful, threatening, dominating, or violent manner which appears to be sexual in nature; and/or (d) Minor(s), or models depicting minors, in a sexually suggestive setting/pose/attire.
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Sexually Transmitted Disease
A bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic disease that are transmitted through sexual acts that are determined to be a threat to the health and welfare of staff and offenders.
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Significant Violation
An offender's failure to comply with the terms or conditions of supervision that , if occurring in the receiving state would result in a request for revocation of supervision.
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Spouse
Husband or wife as defined or recognized under state law for purposes of marriage in the state where the employee resides.
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Standard Mail
A mailing service (class of mail) that comprises the subclasses of Regular Standard Mail, Nonprofit Standard Mail, Enhanced Carrier Route Standard Mail, and Nonprofit Enhanced Carrier Route Standard Mail. Circulars, printed matter, pamphlets, catalogs, newsletters, direct mail, and merchandise can be sent as Standard mail.
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Strategic Plan
Describes an organization's mission, goals, objectives, and performance measures. The expected strategies developed to achieve the objectives for the next 6 years create the context for the current budget request.
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Substance Abuse Professional
A licensed physician (medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy) or a licensed or certified psychologist, social worker, employee assistance professional, or addiction counselor (certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Certification Commission) with knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and controlled substance-related disorders. Employees who have tested positive for alcohol and/or controlled substances will be referred for evaluation to a Substance Abuse Professional designated by the Department.
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Substantial Compliance
The offender should not be in a position where his/her supervision can be revoked by the sending state.
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Supplemental Budget
A revision to a biennial budget already approved by legislature. The supplemental budget is generally limited to correcting technical problems in the enacted budget or addressing shortfalls or changes in caseload or workload. The supplemental budget request must be approved by legislature.
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