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Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to research and data analytics.


Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) forms which are applicable to research and data analytics.

Laws & Regulations

Below are federal and state laws (RCWs) that apply to and/or relate to research and data analytics.

Federal Laws

  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46 (45 CFR 46)
    CFR Title 45 Public Welfare, Part 46 Protection of Human Subjects, provides the United States Department of Health & Human Services' basic policy for the protection of human research subjects, as well as additional protections for other special groups including but not limited to biomedical and behavior research involving prisoners as subjects.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

  • RCW 42.48.020 – Access to personal records.
    A state agency may authorize or provide access to or provide copies of an individually identifiable personal record for research purposes.
  • RCW 42.48.040 – Disclosure by research professional.
    No research professional who has established an individually identifiable research record from personal record information for the explicit purpose of research, may disclose such a record in individually identifiable form unless certain stipulations are met.


Reports & Studies

The following studies include data related to all inmates under the jurisdiction of Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), including those inmates who are incarcerated or serving a sentence that requires community supervision. Depending on sentencing guidelines and legislated policies, data will vary in years of available data and reporting limits. The reports and studies are intended for educational and informational purposes.

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