Divisions and Programs

Community Corrections Division

Community Corrections Division supervises about 18,000 offenders in communities and work release facilities across Washington State.

The division’s primary goals are to promote public safety by:

  • Providing guidance, support and program opportunities for all offenders returning to the community.
  • Holding offenders accountable to their imposed conditions, as they resume life within the community.
  • Collaborating and supporting community resources and parties with a vested interest in successful offender transition into the community.

Reengineering of Community Corrections

On June 1, 2012 a new law took effect that fundamentally changed community corrections in Washington. The law is designed to increase offender compliance and connect offenders with evidence–based programs that will reduce the likelihood they will commit new crimes once their supervision ends.

Read more about the reengineering of community corrections...

Supervising Offenders in the Community

The Community Corrections Division supervises offenders who have either been confined in a county jail or prison for felony convictions of more than a year, or were sentenced to direct supervision in the community. Offenders report to Community Corrections Officers who monitor each offender’s activities based on their sentence from the court. Most offenders are required to follow specific conditions of supervision which may include submitting to urinalysis testing and participating in substance abuse treatment programs, offender change programs, and family reunification programs. Failure to abide by the conditions will lead to penalties including jail time.

Programs in the Community

DOC operates Community Justice Centers where services and core programming are offered to offenders. Core programming includes employment assistance, continued education, chemical dependency treatment classes, counseling and other services proven to reduce the likelihood of re–offense. The goal is to reduce recidivism by strengthening individual support networks through a continuum of programming offered from prison into the community.

Work Release

The Community Corrections Division cooperatively manages 16 work release facilities. Work release is a form of partial confinement in which offenders live in residential facilities. During this time the offenders are expected to secure employment and focus on establishing positive support networks with family, friends, and the community.

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Health Services

Health Services is responsible for basic primary care for incarcerated offenders. Care includes medical, dental, and mental health care which are provided to offenders by on–site health care staff. The Department assures that health care providers and counselors have the necessary licenses or certifications to practice in Washington state. Emphasis is placed on early identification of health concerns, care for acute and chronic health problems, and preventive care. Providers offer medically necessary and quality care in accordance with the Department’s Offender Health Plan.

Limited services are also provided to offenders on active community supervision and in work release.

Frequently Asked Questions about Offender Health Services
Department of Corrections and the Affordable Care Act

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Offender Change Division

The Offender Change Division was established to ensure DOC gets the best outcomes from our programs and services in both Prisons and Community Corrections. The division is responsible for the classification of offenders, chemical dependency programs, sex offender treatment, cognitive behavioral interventions, family services, and education. These programs are administered by one division to ensure consistency throughout an offender’s time under our jurisdiction, from prison intake through the end of their community supervision.

The division also includes quality assurance and research staff members to ensure that the investment we make in offender change programs will be effectively applied and evaluated.

  • Find Reports and Statistics
  • Learn about sex offender treatment
  • Chemical dependency treatment for offenders

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Office of Executive Policy

The Office of Executive Policy was created to ensure DOC has strong partnerships with key stakeholders in the criminal justice community including law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. Other functions in the Office ensure the public has access to accurate information about the Department through media relations and public information.

The office also oversees the community corrections hearings process and the policy office.

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Administrative Services

The Administrative Services Division manages the business operations for the Department. The Division coordinates Human Resources, Information Technology and records management. It also oversees Capital programs, risk management and safety programs.

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Correctional Industries

Correctional Industries (CI) responsible for offender work training programs by supplying products to state agencies, county and local governments, and not–for–profit organizations.

The idea of putting offenders to work in the state of Washington is as old as the first territorial penitentiary built in Walla Walla in 1886. More than 100 years later, Correctional Industries’ businesses produce quality goods and services and provide offenders with job experience.

Ninety–seven percent of offenders incarcerated in Washington State will be released. CI provides offenders educational training and an opportunity to gain marketable skills necessary for a successful transition from prison to the community. In addition to the job skills offenders acquire through CI, they also learn valuable life skills: pride in accomplishment, understanding of quality, and proper work ethics. Offenders working for CI will not only have money to help them survive once they are released; they will also have skills to assist them in finding a job.

Visit the CI website for more information or to order products.

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Office of Performance Management and Accountability

The Office of Performance Management and Accountability ensures the Department employs effective strategies to improve public safety by using quality data and performance measures. The office also oversees legislative affairs, prison capacity strategies, and audits and compliance.

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