Governor Inslee appoints two members to the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board
April 16, 2015
Department of Corrections
Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed two new members to the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB). Lori Ramsdell-Gilkey, previously the program manager for the Department of Corrections’ Law Enforcement Notification Unit, joins three other full-time members and Dick Morgan, former DOC prisons director, serves as an on-call member to help in the event of a tie among full-time members since ISRB decisions require a majority vote.
“Lori and Dick both possess great skills that will serve them well as members of the board,” said ISRB Chair Lynne DeLano, who has served in her current capacity since 2009.
A 25-year veteran of the agency, Ramsdell-Gilkey began her DOC career as a community corrections officer in Tacoma. She carried a specialized caseload of sex inmates for a period of time and interacted with many treatment providers, facilitated cognitive-behavioral change programs and conducted statewide risk assessment training. She briefly transferred to work release before beginning work in the hearings unit, where for 10 years she worked diligently conducting hearings and training staff to ensure the agency had a fair and impartial hearings process. She is a certified instructor and taught at the Adult Services Academy for many years. Since becoming the Law Enforcement Notification Unit program manager, she has been a participant in the Sex Offender Policy Board, End of Sentence Review Committee, Gender Responsive Initiative, PREA implementation and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Sex Offender Notification and Registration Committee.
Morgan retired from the Department of Corrections in 2010 after a 35-year career with the agency, where he started as a correctional officer at the Washington State Penitentiary – the third generation of his family to do so – and rose through the ranks to become the prison’s superintendent. He went on to become prisons director for the agency, the position from which he retired. Morgan also serves as a member of the Walla Walla City Council, so his ISRB work is often done over the telephone. However, he does come for in-person hearings and board meetings and still must research cases and keep up to speed in the event a tiebreaker is needed.
The ISRB is responsible for roughly 3,000 inmates who are incarcerated or in the community (less than 10 percent of all DOC inmates). This includes inmates convicted of felonies and sentenced to prison prior to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984; a select group of sex inmates who committed crimes after August 31, 2001; and, most recently, juveniles who were convicted as adults and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. The board consists of a chair and four other members. A minimum of two board members are required to attend each in-prison hearing, but all full-time board members vote on ISRB decisions.