The Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) is a department of the government of the state of Washington. WADOC is responsible for administering adult corrections programs operated by the State of Washington. This includes state correctional institutions and programs for people supervised in the community. Its headquarters are in Tumwater
The modern Washington Department of Corrections is a relatively young state agency. Agency oversight of correctional institutions in Washington State went through several transitions during the 20th century before the WADOC’s creation in 1981.
Prior to the 1970s, state correctional facilities were managed by the Washington Department of Institutions.Governor Daniel J. Evans consolidated the Department of Institutions, Department of Public Assistance & Vocational Rehabilitation, and other related departments into the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in the 1970s.
On July 1, 1981, the Washington State Legislature transferred the administration of adult correctional institutions from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Adult Corrections (DSHS) to the newly created Washington State Department of Corrections as part of the 1981 Corrections Reform Act.
The Washington Department of Corrections organizational structure includes five major divisions:
- Community Corrections
- Administrative Services
- Health Services
- Offender Change
- Executive Policy
Each division has an Assistant Secretary who oversees the division’s operations.
The Secretary of Corrections is the executive head of the Department. The Secretary is appointed by the Governor with the consent of the state Senate.
|Washington State Department of Corrections|
Patch of the Washington State Department of Corrections
Logo of the Washington State Department of Corrections
Badge Patch of the Washington State Department of Corrections
|Motto||Working together for safe communities.|
|Formed||July 1, 1981|
|Preceding agency||Washington Department of Social and Health Services|
|Annual budget||$1.8 billion USD (2009)|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of Washington, USA|
|Map of Washington State Department of Corrections’s jurisdiction.|
|Size||71,300 square miles (185,000 km2)|
|Population||6,724,540 (2010 est.)|
|Agency executive||Stephen Sinclair, Secretary of Corrections|
|Washington State Department of Corrections Website|