Oct 19

Developing Programming In-Roads for Categorical Deniers in Sex Offender Treatment Program

“I didn’t do it, I’m innocent” are the words that end the path towards treatment for most sex offenders. Hearing these words during a program screening often means that an inmate is not eligible for treatment, which has meant that many offenders return to the community with no treatment to address their sexual criminogenic risk …

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Sep 03

Video: Correctional Officers on the Front Lines in Evidence–Based Programs

Correctional officers play a critical role with offenders both inside and outside the classroom. Watch officers at Airway Heights Corrections Center explain how they have adapted to the implementation of evidence–based programming in their unit and discuss whether it has improved safety for their fellow officers. (For DOC staff only: If you are in a …

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Aug 26

Washington leads nation in GED certificates awarded

  According to research conducted by the Ohio Correctional Institutional Inspection Committee, Washington state had the highest rate of GED certificates achieved per 1,000 inmates in United States in 2012.  The national average is 31.8 GED certificates per 1,000 inmates, compared to Washington’s rate of 74.7. “For many offenders, achieving a GED certificate or high …

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Jul 31

Video: Responding to Offenders’ Needs Motivates Behavior Change

Responsivity refers to considering individual characteristics such as culture, gender, motivational stage, developmental stage and learning style when matching offenders to services. These factors influence an offender’s responsiveness to different types of interventions. Certain treatment strategies, such as cognitive–behavioral methodologies, have consistently produced reductions in recidivism with offenders under rigorous research conditions. Matching an offender’s …

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Dec 30

Video: Offering Programs Earlier to Give Offenders More Time to Adjust Behavior

The Department of Corrections is doing more to provide programs and job opportunities earlier in an offender’s incarceration so that they are better able to try out the new skills before they return to their community. In this video, Amy Seidlitz, Director of the Offender Change Division, explains this shift in focus.       …

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Nov 05

The Seattle Times: A New Approach to Addressing Needs of Incarcerated Women

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The Seattle Times recently toured Washington Corrections Center for Women to see how the Department of Corrections is doing more to address the specific needs of female offenders. Click here to learn more about the initiative. Click here to read The Seattle Times’ coverage.

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Oct 24

Press Coverage: Prisons Step Up to Help Offenders Who Need Mental-Health Treatment

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The Department of Corrections recently invited reporters and photographers to Monroe Correctional Complex to show them how the staff now provides group programs in the maximum-custody unit. The new program is designed to help offenders who need mental-health treatment earn their way to lower custody levels. Here is coverage by KUOW Radio, The Seattle Times …

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Oct 11

Audio: Quality Assurance Integral to Success of Evidence-Based Programs


Offender Programs and Quality Assurance Manager Cheryl Sullivan-Colglazier, and Quality Assurance Specialist Justin Perry discuss how quality assurance is used to ensure fidelity in evidence-based programs. Listen to the interview.   (For DOC staff in facilities only: If you are unable to use the player above, you can also open another version of the podcast.)

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Oct 01

A New Approach to Delivering Education in Prisons Shows Positive Results

Airway Heights Corrections Center now offers a program that teaches offenders how to become aerospace composite technicians.

A new approach to delivering education programs in prisons has increased test scores, improved retention and is expected to help the state’s aerospace industry. The Department of Corrections now uses an integrated approach to education – developed by the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges – that simultaneously provides classroom learning and vocational …

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Sep 26

Helping those with mental illness earn their way to lower custody levels

The Department of Corrections is doing more to help offenders earn their way out of maximum-custody units, including those who need mental-health treatment. “The public – and the offenders – are safer when people in our system can complete their incarceration in the least-restrictive environment possible,” Deputy Prisons Director Scott Frakes said. “It’s a challenging …

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