Documentation of Issues

Here we provide various types of documentation (audits, reports, internal documents, news stories, litigation, prisoner essays, etc.) for many areas of systemic concern, as well as some DOC forms to help members of the public navigate this vast bureaucracy. Additional legal documents relevant to WA DOC can be found in the Prison Legal News legal brief repository and by using Google Scholar’s case law search.

Please note that WA DOC policies, forms, memoranda, and agency goals are constantly being renewed, revised, and superseded. Where known, we provide the year when a specific document was created, but visitors to our website should be mindful that the documents compiled here may not reflect the most updated WA DOC policies, stances, or progress. The department website provides many of its current publications and forms, as well as current policy revisions and WA DOC press releases announcing updated information.

See something we are missing? Have a public records document to share with us? Contact us here.


Agency Leadership and Department Secretaries


Cell Searches


Clothing for Prisoners and Staff Uniforms


Contraband


Contracts


Correctional Culture and Reform


Correctional Industries


COVID-19 Pandemic


Deaths


Equipment/Infrastructure Loss and Misuse


Expert Witness and Consulting Activities of WA DOC Officials


Facility Operations Reviews and Agency Performance Reports

The Operations Reviews that follow are report cards WA DOC gives its facilities in two areas: (1) operations review (IT, security, disciplinary processes, food services, “offender” management, secured housing, searches & evidence, staff safety & accountability) and (2) health services (general, infirmary, medications, health records, restricted housing)


Gender Responsiveness


Graduated Reentry


Immigrant Prisoners and Visitors


Infractions and Hearings


Leadership and Line Staff Relationship


Legal Resources


Legislature and Legislation


Lifers and Life Without Parole Sentences


Medical


Ombudsmen


Overtime


PREA and Women’s Prison Staffing


Prison Food


Prison Mail & Books


Prisoner Grievances


Prisoner Marriages


Prisoner Writing, Publishing, and Freedom of Speech


Programming for Prisoners


Property for Prisoners

  • Washington State Department of Corrections Office of the Ombuds (defunct) 2017 Annual Report


Public Records

Retaliation


Sentence Calculation


Solitary Confinement


Staff Misconduct, Dereliction, and Disciplinary Process


Staff Safety and Morale


Staff Unions


Tort Claims


Visitation


WA One Risk Assessment, Data, and Algorithms


Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)

WSIPP Reports on Adult Corrections

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