The Washington State Prison System is built to foster community betterment. In addition, the system is accountable for making necessary amenities that might help reduce recidivism.
All inmate housing facilities in this state fall under the Department of Correction in Washington State(DOC) jurisdiction.
The department has 12 prison facilities and 12 work release facilities subdivided into four security levels based on the degree of supervision required for incarcerated persons.
DOC has 12 work release facilities that are supervised under Security Level 1:
- Ahtanum View Reentry Center
- Bellingham Reentry Center
- Bishop Lewis Reentry Center
- Brownstone Reentry Center
- Eleanor Chase House Reentry Center
- Helen B. Ratcliff Reentry Center
- Longview Reentry Center
- Olympia Reentry Center
- Peninsula Reentry Center
- Progress House Reentry Center
- Reynolds Reentry Center
- Tri-Cities Reentry Center
DOC has ten men and two women prison facilities subdivided into Security levels 2,3 and 4.
Note: Each prison facility might contain multiple units with different security levels.
- Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)
- Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC)
- Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC)
- Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)
- Olympic Corrections Center (OCC)
- Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC)
- Washington Corrections Center (WCC)
- Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC)
- Larch Corrections Center (LCC)
- Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC)
- Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW)
- Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)
Prison levels classification by Department of Corrections Washington State
DOC implements Enhanced Rehabilitation Housing(ERH) criteria to classify prison levels. The requirements are based on the violators' behavior history, institutional adjustment, the risk to the community, and escape history.
Level 1 Prison- Work Release Unit
Formally known as reentry centers, it offers partial confinement and training programs for a smoother transition outside the prison.
These units are called convicts with six months left in their release, have met conditions like appropriate behavior history, and are designated with minimum custody level.
Level 2 Prison-Minimum Security Level
The Washington State Level 2 prisons are housed with low-risk individuals.
The offenders with four years left in their release are incarcerated in these units. Inmates are provided with less supervision and are expected to participate as crew workers.
Level 3 Prison-Medium Security Level
Security Level 3 prisons are housed with offenders who need more extraordinary security measures.
As a result, higher staff-to-inmate ratios, restrictions on inmate movement, and other security controls are often used to maintain more excellent safety in level 3 prisons.
Level 4 Prison-Maximum Security Level
The prison functions under highly restrictive measures. Offenders kept under this security level have restricted movement within the facility and are constantly observed.
Maximum security prisons have limited programs and recreational possibilities for better security management.
Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 Prisons in the Department of Corrections Washington State
The following are some of the level 1 to Level 4 prisons in the Washington state:
Ahtanum View Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
The facility provides services to both males and females. In addition, individuals are provided with on-site computers, sober support groups through Zoom, medication-assisted treatment, chemical dependency treatments, medical and mental health treatment, employment aid, and Work Source support.
Bellingham Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
Residents of the facility have access to tools like a resident computer, Zoom and Skype video visits, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, local church services, and a binder of community information.
Bishop Lewis Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
Only male convicts are housed at the Bishop facility. Services offered by the center include the DAD's Program, Alcoholics Anonymous, Drug Counseling, psychiatric care, domestic violence treatment options, and vocational education programs.
Brownstone Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
BRC only caters to male inmates. The reentry center offers GED and higher education programs, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous counseling, medical treatment, and drug abuse therapy.
Eleanor Chase House Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
The Reentry Center houses female offenders. The center offers numerous community services and programs, including higher education, GED, and and skills training.
Helen B. Ratcliff Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
Only women are allowed to use this Center. Religious services, Narcotics Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous support groups are all offered on-site.
Additionally, the center provides access to educational courses, mainly at South Seattle Community College, Tacoma Community College, and Seattle Central College.
Longview Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
Longview Reentry Center is a facility for male and female inmates. Community support, such as substance abuse treatment, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, thinking for a change, Toastmasters, religious services, counseling, physical fitness, and parenting classes, are also offered.
Olympia Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
It offers a range of programs and resources for both male and female inmates.
Job search, college readiness, general education diploma, recreational programs, family-friendly activities, anger management counseling, mental health treatment, chemical dependency, religious services, and more.
Peninsula Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
Port Orchard Reentry Center houses both males and females and provides in-house programs such as Thinking for a Change and programs and resources, including Substance Abuse Treatment.
Progress House Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
Strength in Family, Sober Support Meetings, access to colleges such as Tacoma Community College and Bates Technical College, and religious services are offered in this center. The reentry center houses both males and females.
Reynolds Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
This center provides various in-house resources, including resident computers, work source and employment assistance through a laptop, and transition services classes and workgroups. This center accommodates only males.
Tri-Cities Reentry Center (Security Level 1)
The center houses both males and females and offers various programs and resources both in-house and in the community. In the community, there are options for Outpatient Treatment & Intensive Outpatient Treatment for substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Washington State Penitentiary (Security Level 2,3,4)
WSP is a maximum, close, medium, and minimum custody level facility for male inmates with a capacity of 2,439. It was opened in 1886 and offered various programs for its residents, including academic and partnership programs.
Airway Heights Corrections Center (Security Level 2,3)
AHCC building was built in 1992. Up to 2258 criminals can be imprisoned at the facility. Three security levels are available: Minimum, Minimum MI3, and Medium. The facility is designed to offer different amenities and rehabilitation programs to each housing unit.
Cedar Creek Corrections Center (Security Level 2)
The Centre is a minimum security prison for male inmates, with a capacity of 480. Established in 1954, the facility offers a range of programs and services to its residents. Superintendent Tim Thrasher oversees the center.
Monroe Correctional Complex (Security Level 2,3)
The Complex is a medium custody level prison for male inmates, with a capacity of 858. The inmates have access to primary adult education, small business entrepreneurship, and more.
Olympic Corrections Center (Security Level 2)
The Center is a minimum security prison for male inmates with a capacity of 272. It was established in 1968. The facility offers adult primary education, GED and high school diploma, English, Math, construction trades apprenticeship preparation, and more.
Stafford Creek Corrections Center (Security Level 3)
SCCC is a minimum, medium, and maximum custody level facility for male inmates with a capacity of 1,936.
The facility has partnerships with organizations to provide its residents with education, vocational training, and other opportunities.
Washington Corrections Center (Security Level 4,3)
WCC is a medium, close, and maximum custody-level facility for male inmates with a capacity of 1,268.
It was opened in 1964 and offers adult primary education (ABE), including horticulture, computer basics, job search, college readiness, general education diploma (GED), and youthful offender GED.
Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (Security Level 2,3)
CRCC is a male prison with a capacity of 2,468 inmates. It opened its minimum security unit in 1992 and its medium security unit in 2009.
The Correction Industries (CI) also employs offenders in their laundry operation, textiles factory, pillow/mattress factory, food factory, and pheasant farm.
Larch Corrections Center (Security Level 2)
LCC is a minimum custody level facility for male inmates with a capacity of 240. It was opened in 1956.
It has partnerships with various organizations to provide its residents with education, vocational training, and other opportunities.
Clallam Bay Corrections Center (Security Level 3,4)
CBCC is a medium to close and maximum custody level facility for male inmates with a capacity of 858.
The facility employs residents in various industries, including food service, clerks, electricians, groundskeepers, mechanics, warehouse workers, and welders.
Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (Security Level 2)
MCCCW is a minimum custody level facility for female inmates with a capacity of 321. It was opened in 2005 and aimed to provide rehabilitation for life outside prison.
Washington Corrections Center for Women (Security Level 2,3,4)
WCCW is a facility for female inmates with a capacity of 738. It has custody levels of Minimum, Medium, and Close and was opened in 1971.
The facility offers services to support women in its care, including academic and partnership programs.
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