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Community Parenting Alternative (CPA)

The Community Parenting Alternative (CPA) is a partial confinement program where eligible inmate participants reside in the community under electronic monitoring surveillance.

A sponsor is someone with whom the inmate resides at an approved address in the community. A Sponsor Support Guide (pdf) is available to assist the sponsor in understanding their important role, which is also available in Spanishdocumento PDF de Adobe. The Community Parenting Alternative Handbook (pdf) provides information for families to understand the Community Parenting Alternative and know what to expect from the inmate's participation. Each inmate participant is expected to follow the guidelines in the handbook (also available in Spanishdocumento PDF de Adobe).

CPA Transfers Can Be Terminated

Inmates under the CPA are bound by the infraction system rules and if there are violations of those rules, DOC Hearings Officers conduct hearings to adjudicate the behavior.

Inmates can be restricted to their home, required to participate in additional programs, or terminated from the program and returned to prison to serve the remainder of their sentence, in addition to any good conduct time lost as a result of the hearing. Good conduct time is afforded to each inmate at the time of incarceration to determine their early release date.

Eligibility Requirements

The Community Parenting Alternative (CPA) program authorizes the Department to transfer inmates who meet the eligibility requirements to the community under electronic monitoring to serve up to the last 12 months of his/her prison sentence. Eligible inmates are supervised by a Community Corrections Officer. These cases are approved by a multidisciplinary screening committee made up of DOC staff, welfare staff, and other stakeholders.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. Incarcerated inmates are eligible for the Community Parenting Alternative if they meet all of the following conditions:
    • The inmate must be serving a sentence in which the high end of the range is greater than one year
    • The inmate must not have any current convictions for a felony that is a sex or violent offense
    • The inmate must not have been found to be subject to a deportation order
    • The inmate must sign any release of information waiver required
    • The inmate must have:
      • Physical or legal custody of a minor child;
      • A proven, established, ongoing and substantial relationship with his or her child that existed prior to the commission of the current offense; or
      • Is a legal guardian of a child that was under the age of 18 at the time of the current offense; and
    • DOC determines that such a placement is in the best interest of the child
    • DOC will review additional consideration factors when considering placement in the program, as listed in the CPA Screening Criteria (pdf).
  2. All 7 forms listed below, must be completed and signed by the CPA inmate for further consideration.
  3. Submit your completed forms in one of the following ways:
    • Email completed forms to
    • Submit completed forms to the inmate's Classification Counselor. (If you do not know who the inmate's Classification Counselor is, you may contact the DOC Headquarters mainline to obtain contact information. Please have the inmate's name and DOC Number readily available.)
    • Mail completed forms and associated documents to the Parent Sentencing Alternative Department at:

      P.O. Box 41127
      Olympia, WA 98504-1127

      Write the Parenting Program Administrator's full name on the envelope to ensure it is routed properly.