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Work Release Expansion

About

Work release facilities serve as a bridge between life in prison and life in the community. Incarcerated individuals who complete the work release program are more likely to be successful in maintaining employment, stable housing, and in paying legal financial obligations. Recent research conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy indicates that work release programs have a positive cost/benefit impact; for every dollar spent, $3.82 is returned to the state.

Public Hearings

In accordance with RCW 72.65.220 Facility siting process the Department of Corrections (DOC) formed a Local Advisory Committee in 2019 to provide early and continuous public participation in establishing a work release facility. The process included public meetings in the local communities affected, opportunities for written and oral comments, and wide dissemination of proposals and alternatives. DOC has made public notification and will conduct public hearings in the local communities to review the proposed site(s) and allow the public opportunities to provide comments.

King County

Nothing scheduled at this time.

North Central Counties (Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas)

Second Virtual Public Hearing – Oct. 27, 2021

The Department of Corrections held a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 to consider the potential siting of two properties in Chelan County for a work release facility. The hearing provided an overview of the Work Release Expansion program, proposals and alternatives of the potential sites, and an opportunity for the public to provide written and/or oral comments. The hearing was open to the public.

Meeting Materials: Presentation 10/27/2021 (pdf)

First Virtual Public Hearing – Aug. 11, 2021

The Department of Corrections held a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 to consider the potential siting of two properties in Chelan County for a work release facility. The hearing provided an overview of the Work Release Expansion program, proposals and alternatives of the potential sites, and an opportunity for the public to provide written and/or oral comments. The hearing was open to the public.

Meeting Materials: Presentation 08/11/2021 (pdf) | Recording 08/11/2021 (YouTube video)

Pierce County

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Snohomish County

Nothing scheduled at this time.

King County

For questions or concerns about the Work Release Expansion in King County, please email docwrexpandkc@doc1.wa.gov.

Community presentation materials will be added to the respective community section approximately two weeks after each community meeting.

Project Materials

Community Presentation

Meeting Minutes

North Central Counties (Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas)

For questions or concerns about the Work Release Expansion in North Central, please email docwrexpandnc@doc1.wa.gov.

Community presentation materials will be added to the respective community section approximately two weeks after each community meeting.

See Public Hearings for information about work release expansion public hearings in North Central Counties.

Project Materials

Community Presentation

Meeting Minutes

Pierce County

For questions or concerns about the Work Release Expansion in Pierce County, please email docwrexpandpc@doc1.wa.gov

Community presentation materials will be added to the respective community section approximately two weeks after each community meeting.

Project Materials

Community Presentation

Meeting Minutes

Snohomish County

For questions or concerns about the Work Release Expansion in Snohomish County, please email docwrexpandsc@doc1.wa.gov

Community presentation materials will be added to the respective community section approximately two weeks after each community meeting.

Project Materials

Community Presentation

Meeting Minutes

Resources

Publications & Job Aids

Publications

Job Aids

Videos