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Going From ‘I Can’t’ to ‘I Can’: Larch Peer Mentoring Program is First Certified Prison Tutoring Program in the Nation

YACOLT – Steven Eichentopf shared his experience tutoring a student who was failing algebra. The student grew frustrated sitting at a desk, reading word problems...

September 8, 2021

Change of Seasons: Rebuilding the Sweat Lodge at Clallam Bay

CLALLAM BAY – Sweat lodges are an important ceremony for indigenous people, where participants give thanks, heal, seek wisdom, connect with their spirit guides, and purify mind, body and spirit...

August 25, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: DOC Secretary Strange announces the appointment of experienced prisons leader Mike Obenland to Top Prisons job

TUMWATER – The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Cheryl Strange announced today the appointment of Mike Obenland to the Assistant Secretary of Prisons effective September 1, 2021...

August 24, 2021

News Spotlight: Prison Bed Consolidation and Unit Closures

In May 2021, the Department of Corrections (DOC) shared a draft proposal for the closure of units within prison facilities. Several factors have contributed to the proposal...

Updated August 24, 2021