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?”

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?”