WA DOC COVID-19 Response

For those wanting updates on DOC’s Corona virus response, here is DOC’s official (and evidently regularly updated) response info, as well as the Office of Corrections Ombuds COVID-19 resource page, which contains notes from a group phone meeting held with concerned families of prisoners on March 13, 2020. This WA Corrections Watch post was lastContinue reading “WA DOC COVID-19 Response”

Meeting With a State Legislator on Lobby Day? Quiz Them on WA DOC Leadership Expertise

Lobby Day is coming up on MLK Jr. Day and many constituents who would like to see reforms in WA DOC will be meeting with their legislators. It helps to have some key talking points planned out to make the best use of the brief appointments one might make with a Washington State senator orContinue reading “Meeting With a State Legislator on Lobby Day? Quiz Them on WA DOC Leadership Expertise”

When (and Why) Did WA DOC Prisoners Lose the Right to Wear Personal Clothing?

As documented in Greenhalgh v. Dep’t of Corr. (2014), WA DOC eliminated the right of prisoners to wear personal clothing in 2009. (See also DOC 440.000 and these early revisions of WA DOC 440.050 State-Issued Clothing/Linen.) As this Court of Appeals decisions states: “In January 2009, DOC informed its inmates that it amended DOC 440.000 to eliminate inmate possessionContinue reading “When (and Why) Did WA DOC Prisoners Lose the Right to Wear Personal Clothing?”

The Report Cards WA DOC Gives Itself

How would those who live, visit, and work at WA DOC prisons rate those facilities? And how would that compare to WA DOC headquarters report card ratings? Try your hand at it. Think of a WA DOC facility. Give it a grade in all of the following areas: (1) operations review (IT, security, disciplinary processes,Continue reading “The Report Cards WA DOC Gives Itself”

Does the Washington Department of Corrections Use Isolation or Solitary Confinement in Any Form? Deputy Prisons Director Says It Does Not

In a letter dated December 5, 2019, WA DOC Deputy Prisons Director Scott Russell stated the following: “…the Washington State DOC does not use ‘solitary confinement’ or ‘isolation’ in any form. As you noted, and thank you for doing so, the department is currently partnered with the Vera Institute for a project to reform the use ofContinue reading “Does the Washington Department of Corrections Use Isolation or Solitary Confinement in Any Form? Deputy Prisons Director Says It Does Not”

Can Correctional Industries be Removed as a Vendor?

Correctional Industries’ involvement in WA DOC prisoner mainline meal production began in the mid-90s and has expanded to full dominance in the years since. CI has become so entrenched in the Washington State prison food system—too big to fail, if you will—that many weary stakeholders, advocates, and oversight entities feel it would be impossible toContinue reading “Can Correctional Industries be Removed as a Vendor?”

Washington Corrections Watch Launches – Happy Holidays!

On this Christmas Day we at Washington Corrections Watch would like to give the gift of vigilant civic engagement. Let not the taxpayers and lawmakers of Washington State blindly defer to the expertise of state correctional officials. Where deference to correctional expertise is warranted, let us never be too complacent to verify that our trustContinue reading “Washington Corrections Watch Launches – Happy Holidays!”