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Reform the Department of Corrections!

I began working for the Department of Corrections just before our last economic downfall. Since that time I have learned more about this one department and how it uses state funding. Correctional Industries is a "cash cow" for the DOC that is hidden from the public's eyes in order to provide incentives for its executive staff. This is only possible by omitting information when requesting funding our Senators and Representatives. Hundreds of millions of dollars are generated through Correctional Industries and yet the DOC continues to ask our elected officials for more money every year for this cognitive behavior program or new reception center while small businesses are forced to close and school children go without educational programs. Legislation needs to be written in order force DOC to be more transparent with all funds that are brought in through Correctional Industries. Where do the profits go? Who gets paid from the money? Does all of the revenue stay in Washington? Are there local communities/ businesses that already provide this service and if so why not let them provide the service during economic situations like the one we are currently in? Who is making the money off of the designs for the products like the Atlas Series chairs that are "built" by the inmates working for Correctional Industries? How many inmates work for Correctional Industries?

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      • Diane HernandezDiane Hernandez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree, where is the money going? Who is profiting out of this? Why work the inmates and they get pennies for the work that DOC pockets.

      • Anonymous Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Director of the Prisons Division and his circle of cronies are a prime example of the ineffective leadership. Appointing people to leadership positions (Superintendent, Correctional Program Manager, Captain, and Correctional Unit Supervisors) without even having the minimal college level requirement for the positions they hold. The New Superintendent at Mission Creek, The CPM at WCCW are just a couple of examples But that is probaly more due to the personal relationships they have with their Supervisor Deputy Director of Command B. Completing a degree audit on those staff would be a good start to make sure the "right fit" for the job was there and will eventually save tax dollars by less law suits on the department.

      • Anonymous Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is what the comment posted by anonymous Oct 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm should have read.

        With all of these issues with the Department of Corrections it is not surprising the this is yet another year the its Secretary for the department has gone without being confirmed. Here is a thought.........instead of giving department executives raises comparable to Governor Inslee's cabinet only give those that have been confirmed by the legislature the raise so that department executives that have yet to be appointed by the governor can actually earn it.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        With all of these issues with the Department of Corrections it is not surprising the this is yet another year the its Secretary for the department has gone without being confirmed. Here is a thought.........instead of giving g all of the executives in the cabinet a raise only give those that have been confirmed the raise so that they can actually earn it.

      • LTLT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think the idea of a DOC performance audit is OUTSTANDING !!! There is not a program that has been kept going at DOC nor an idea that was panned out ..despite millions and millions of dollars that are invested. Do you know that the 20% that is taken from offenders spendable accounts also goes to CI !! DO you know that all CI profits are to remain in CI with the exception of an amount that the Secretary may put into the General Fund should he choose !! What happened to staff cuts ..DOC staffing is at it highest level ever and not in proportion to increased offender population. Top heavy .. compare other agencies upper level management and DOC is a Christmas tree with a bowling ball as it topper !!! DOC claims 27% recidivism .. show proof .. WSIPP said 47% for an agency with a billion $ budget that has 18,000 in prison and 15,000 on supervision the recidivism rates should be in the single digits !!!

      • Dr. Timothy MullnerDr. Timothy Mullner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Tap former DOC Secretary, Deacon Joe Lehman. His insights can help us move from a criminogenic model to a therapeutic model of corrections. His "inside -out" experience is a great resource.

      • ConcernedConcerned commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Annual dilemma of overcrowded and underfunded for DOC where their solution lies in cutting necessary programs for inmates and transferring those funds to a mostly under-qualified Mgmt.
        How about affordable internet HS/College courses, authentic counseling/evaluations/treatment, sustainable facilities, jobs, training etc. Ultimately this would cost the state less as most would not need to re-offend as it would offer pride and ownership of their future. Less $$$, less population, less recidivism = Win/Win

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The few inmates that are working for Correctional Industries don't really "make" a lot of the furniture, or at least they no more make the furniture than I make the stuff I buy from IKEA. Assemble would be a better choice of words.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Governor Inslee, this is your opportunity to clean up all state agencies. Start with the Dept. Of Corrections. Its clear their top leadership has credibility issues by the handling of the Belinda Stewart case. This person has been found guilty of numerous ethics violations and still has a top level postion at DOC. Any line staff would have been terminated on the spot. Clearly the "protect managers at all cost" mentality still thrives at DOC. This is an injustice to not only DOC employees and teh tax payers of our great state.

        Governor, you have the chance to be the hero by cleaning up this dept and its top managers. Past Governors turned a blind eye to the fraud, waste and abuse occuring at DOC. Step up to the plate and send a message to Bernie Warner, Dan Pacholke, Donna Haley and the other corrupt managers at DOC.

      • Ginger WiremanGinger Wireman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, this is a very interesting question. Also, the furniture is boring. Can they add some more colors and nicer fabric if they are going to keep making stuff that we then must use in state offices?

      • Cathy freyCathy frey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with the above statement and comments thus far. We need to take a good hard look at this.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with the above statement. I have heard similar stories from DOC staff from across the state and from all voting districts.. Our state law makers must ask the tough questions of the top managers in both of these divisions. We must demand that the politics are removed from this issue in order to get to the truth. Correctional Industries and the Dept. of Corrections are in desperate need of a Performance Audit. This audit should be conducted by an outside agency selected by our legislators. If any of what is written above is remotely true, then there are millions of tax payer dollars being issued. In light of our economic problems in the state can we really afford not to get to the bottom of this?

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