PRESS RELEASE: Government Partial Shutdown Department of Corrections Service Impacts
Released June 26, 2017
Department of Corrections
UPDATED JUNE 30, 11:15 p.m. – Governor Inslee has signed the 2017-19 state operating budget. The partial state government shutdown has been averted. State government operations will not be suspended. See the Office of Financial Management (OFM) website for more information.
This serves as official notification to Department of Corrections employees that notices of temporary layoff, temporary reduction in work hours, emergency leave without pay or emergency reduction in work hours, are rescinded. Each employee's regular work schedule will continue effective July 1, 2017. The Legislature, however, has not yet approved the 2017-19 capital budget. Those funded by this budget should also report back to work and more information will be provided at a later time.
UPDATED JUNE 30, 5:10 p.m. – The Legislature has approved the 2017–19 operating budget and will soon transmit it to Gov. Inslee for his signature. The Department of Corrections contingency plan continues to be in effect until the governor has signed the operating budget. The Office of Financial Management (OFM) has stated the governor will sign the budget by midnight and the OFM website will be updated as new information becomes available. We are still awaiting legislative action on the 2017–19 capital budget.
UPDATED JUNE 28 – The Washington State Legislative budget leaders informed Gov. Inslee they have reached an agreement in principle on the 2017–19 operating budget and believe the Legislature can pass it in time for the governor to sign before midnight June 30. This would avoid a partial government shutdown and suspension of services funded by the operating budget. State agencies have been instructed by the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to continue executing contingency plans for operations in the event the budgets are not enacted by midnight June 30.
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.
While we still expect the budgets to be approved by July 1, the Department of Corrections (DOC) has worked to develop a contingency plan:
- Department of Corrections Contingency Plan
- All state agency contingency plan information (Office of Financial Management)
Service Impact Summary
In addition to the contingency plan, the Department of Corrections has prepared a summary of services that will be impacted starting July 1, 2017, in the event of a government shutdown.
This section will be updated as new information becomes available.
Community Custody Operations
- Community supervision will be significantly limited with limited staffing.
- The only supervised individuals will be those under the Interstate Compact, supervised individuals under the Less Restrictive Alternative, and those designated for Extraordinary Medical Placement.
- All other supervision will be suspended including contact standards, supervised individuals reporting, and the swift and certain response for violations.
Employees and Contracted Staff
- The agency's contigency plan for reduced operations will take effect, limiting the department's workforce by one-third.
- In the case of a partial government shutdown, staff will need to know when they may return to work. A list of contact resources has been prepared for staff to check for updates.
Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB)
- Review Board services that will be suspended include release hearings, community concerns meetings, violation hearings, and processing of inmate release plans.
- Services that will continue include potential conditional release of inmates in custody awaiting violation hearings if deemed appropriate.
Prison and Work Release Operations
- No new admissions will be accepted to department custody beginning July 1.
- Inmates who will be on community supervision, and must have an approved residence, will not release.
- All prison facilities will operate with restricted movement.
- Work Release will continue to operate as partial confinement, but with limited operations.
- Constitutionally protected services will continue in the event of a government shutdown, including food service, legal access, grievance process, recreation, mail, religious guidance, and health care services.
- There will be major impacts to all other programming and scheduled events.
- Access to Offender Trust Accounts will not be available, however, inmates who are employed will be paid.
- Money received for inmates through mail will not be processed after June 30, 2017. Money received through mail will be held at the facility for deposit once government operations resume. Money received via JPay and/or Western Union will continue to be processed after June 30, 2017.
- The only approved passes to leave work release facilities will be for existing work.
Public Records Requests
- Suspended services include activities related to responding to public records requests. We will be unable to process public records requests while the office is closed, and when the office re-opens, more time will be needed to process requests because we anticipate there will be a backlog of pending requests as well as new requests that may have been submitted. This notice also serves as the five business-day acknowledgment of requests. (RCW 42.56.520).
- Release notifications to law enforcement and/or victims will cease.
- Regular and special visiting will be cancelled at all Department of Corrections facilities beginning June 30, 2017 until a budget agreement is reached by the Legislature.
- All Extended Family Visits (EFV) must also be completed on or before June 30, 2017. No EFVs will begin on June 30, 2017.
- Any events scheduled during the government shutdown will be cancelled.
Volunteers and Chaplains
- Volunteers and chaplains will not have access to any facility during the government shutdown.
- Once the shutdown ends, please contact your local Community Partnership Program Coordinator (CPPC) before returning to the facility.
- The information available thru Inmate Search application will not be updated.
- As of July 1, 2017, this agency website, doc.wa.gov, will not be updated until a budget agreement is reached.