Independent Corrections Ombuds

The Need for Oversight in Corrections

Washington’s state prisons confine almost 17,000 people and are largely closed to the public, with very few outsiders permitted behind the prison walls. This lack of oversight and transparency means that people in prison are often overlooked, neglected, or even placed in dangerous conditions.

With more than 95% of the state’s prison population expected to release back to our communities, monitoring and improving prison conditions and services protects inmates’ rights, reduces recidivism, avoids costly litigation, and ultimately makes our communities safer.  

It is time to create an independent corrections ombuds.

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Coalition for an Independent Corrections Ombuds

DRW has joined with other stakeholders to create a Coalition for an Independent Corrections Ombuds, to push for legislation in the 2017 session that would establish a corrections ombuds office in our state. Read more about the Guiding Principles for the Coalition and get a list of Coalition Members, here.

If you would like to show your support and become a Coalition member, follow this link.

Act Now

  • SB 5465, Creating an office of the corrections ombuds, has been introduced in the Senate, sponsored by Senators Miloscia, Hasegawa, Rolfes, O'Ban Darneille, Angel and Frockt. HB 1889, the companion house bill is sponsored by Reps. Pettigrew, Appleton, Peterson, Stanford and Pollet. 
  • Check back here during the 2017 legislative session for information about upcoming committee hearing dates, lobby days, and other opportunities for action as we push for independent oversight in Washington.
  • You can receive emails with news about this legislative initiative, as well as DRW's other projects, sent to you directly by signing up for DRW's Action Alerts here.


Contact Rachael Seevers, Staff Attorney with DRW's AVID Prison Project:

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