Key Players

The Washington Department of Corrections might best be understood as a complex web of sub-departments and special interest groups advocating for their own needs, often at the expense of other sub-departments and special interest groups. There are markéd power and resource imbalances among these groups, and the detrimental effects of the disconnects and antagonism among them has been documented in the Office of Corrections Ombuds 2019 Annual Report, among other places. We provide a list of these groups (proper hyperlinking coming soon!) in hopes that a saint of some sort can come along and help these stakeholders identify and constructively achieve shared goals.

Know of a group we are missing? Contact us here.

WA DOC Teams & Divisions

  • Executive Strategy Team
  • Prisons Division
  • Reentry Division

Prisoner Groups

  • Tier reps, OCLs, and food reps
  • Black Prisoners Caucus
  • Asian Pacific Islander groups
  • Religious groups

Correctional Industries

Teamsters 117 Union

Family Councils

Education Contractors & Non-Profits

  • Edmonds Community College
  • Post Prison Education Program
  • Sustainability in Prisons Project (Evergreen College)
  • T.E.A.C.H
  • Tacoma Community College
  • University Beyond Bars
  • Walla Walla Community College

See here for WA DOC’s education contract with Washington State community and technical colleges.

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