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Organizational Departments

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve public safety. Employees work in a variety of specialties and programs to administer a comprehensive system of corrections for convicted law violators in the state of Washington (RCW.72.09.010 ).

See the list below for more information about the organizational departments delegated to accomplish certain function or duties necessary to operating the Department.

Office of the Secretary

The Secretary manages the Department and is responsible for the administration of adult correctional programs. The Secretary may employ persons to aid in performing the functions and duties of the Department, and also delegate any of his or her functions or duties to Department employees (RCW.72.09.050 ).

Office of the Deputy Secretary

Administrative Operations Division

The Administrative Operations Division provides services that support the continued business operations of the agency, including risk management, litigation, statewide records, public disclosure, information technology, capital programs, and internal audits.

Communications Division

The Communications Division is responsible for supporting the Department's transparency by ensuring the agency shares accurate, clear, and consistent information with the public and staff. Functions include increasing public awareness, understanding, and support of the Department's operations and strategies to increase public safety, managing the agency's websites, and managing Department social media presences.

Family Services Program

Family-centered programming is intended to reduce the likelihood of committing new crimes (i.e., reduce recidivism), encourage positive social interactions, unify families, strengthen family bonds, and assist families in breaking the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. It is the goal of the Family Services Program to identify the challenges faced by families impacted by incarceration, and to provide support and services relative to family needs.

Financial Services Division

The Financial Services Division is responsible for overseeing the financial planning and management activities that contribute to the continued business operations of the Department, including the budget development, contracts, grants, payroll, general disbursements and purchasing, and business services.

Human Resources Division

The Human Resources Division is responsible for those business activities relating to Department employees, including recruitment and hiring of new employees, training and development of current employees, and labor relations. Human Resources also provides workplace diversity, staff psychologist, and occupational health and wellness services to employees.

Performance Management Division

The Performance Management Division is responsible for administering the development of strategic objectives and performance measures for each major activity in the Department's budget, the adoption and performance of procedures to conduct continuous self-assessment activities, and ensuring accountability to the Department's strategic objectives and Results Washington public performance measures.

Research & Data Analytics Division

The Research and Data Analytics Division is responsible for coordinating internal and external research, and using data analytics, to assist decision makers and other interested parties with making better decisions and identifying new opportunities with the goal of improving public safety.

Community Corrections Division

Per RCW.72.09.060 , the Department's organization shall include a division for probation, parole, community restitution, and other nonincarcerative sanctions.

The Community Corrections Division supervises an active caseload of approximately 18,000 people in communities across Washington. The division is also responsible for administering the community justice centers, victim services program, interstate compact, cost of supervision and legal financial obligations, and the Parenting Sentencing Alternative (PSA) programs.

The division's goal is to increase successful reentry of inmates to communities by utilizing a variety of supervision tools, services, strategies, evidence based programs, and meaningful incentives and sanctions to hold those under Department custody accountable, and maintain public safety.

Correctional Industries Division

Per RCW.72.09.060 , the Department's organization shall include a division for correctional industries. It is the intent of the legislature to vest in the department the power to provide for a comprehensive inmate work program that does not unfairly compete with Washington businesses (RCW.72.09.100 ).

Correctional Industries (CI) a unique blend of business and government, using private industry tools and techniques to provide a public service. The division's goal is to transform lives and increase successful reentry through training and mentoring by maintaining and expanding inmate work training programs which develop marketable job skills, instill and promote positive work ethics, and reduce the tax burden of corrections.

Health Services Division

It is the intent of the legislature that inmates receive such basic health medical services as may be mandated by the federal Constitution and the Constitution of the state of Washington, and that the Department may contract directly with any persons, firms, agencies, or corporations qualified to provide such services (RCW.72.10 ).

The Health Services Division is responsible for enacting this legislation by providing basic primary care to individuals incarcerated in Department prison facilities. Limited services are also provided to individuals on active community supervision and in work release. Care includes medical, dental, and mental health care, which is provided by on-site health care staff and licensed and/or certified health care providers and counselors.

Offender Change Division

The Offender Change Division is responsible for the implementation and oversight of evidence and research based practices and programs whose mission is to reduce recidivism and increase staff, inmate, and public safety.

The division oversees inmate classification, statewide transportation and extradition, and quality assurance. Programming includes the sex offender treatment and assessment, substance abuse treatment, educational and vocational programming, and cognitive behavioral interventions.

Prisons Division

Per RCW.72.09.060 , the Department's organization shall include a division for prisons and other custodial institutions.

The Prisons Division oversees the state's 12 correctional prison facilities which house over 16,000 adult male and female felons . These institutions also employ 5,016 employees, and their operating costs represent $897 million of the Department's' biennial budget. The division is also responsible for security and emergency management, investigations, environmental planning, and the visitation program.

The Prisons Division is a diverse team of correctional professionals dedicated to improving public safety by providing opportunities for staff development, family reunification, and positive inmate change in a safe and secure environment.

Reentry Division

The Department's primary strategic goal is to reduce recidivism to improve public safety. The Department has established the Reentry Division because successful reentry reduces the likelihood an individual will return to prison as a result of new felony convictions, which leads to safer communities.

The Reentry Division is responsible for providing transition resources such as the housing voucher program, overseeing work release facilities, and implementing the Strength in Families program.