Prisons and Jails
A Guide to Accessing Psychiatric Medications for People at King County Correctional Facility and Regional Justice CenterThis guide, produced by the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Program, provides information about the rights of people to access psychiatric medication while incarcerated in King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) and the Regional Justice Center Detention Facility (RJC).
A Guide to the Grievance Process for Inmates at King County Correctional Facility and the Regional Justice CenterThis guide provides information about how inmates may use the grievance process at King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) and the Regional Justice Center Detention Facility (RJC).
Reentry Resources for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals with Disabilities in King CountyThis guide provides information about reentry resources in King County. The AVID Jail Project hopes this guide will help current inmates with disabilities plan for their release and former inmates with disabilities access reentry resources in the community.
Many Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) prison policies are publically available and may be accessed online.
This American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Prison Project publication discusses prisoner rights to medical, dental, and mental health care under the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The Columbia Legal Services (CLS), Institutions Project provides representation and advocacy on behalf of individuals confined in a number of Washington State facilities. Its advocacy focuses on institutional conditions of confinement, discrimination, sentencing and placement, alternatives to institutionalization, and access to courts, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, reentry, and reductions in recidivism. CLS does not provide representation in criminal cases.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington State handles civil liberties and civil rights matters, such as discrimination, police misconduct, and personal privacy, that happen in the state of Washington.
To initiate a federal civil rights action addressing prison conditions, inmates may find this form helpful.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division enforces civil rights laws. The Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division receives complaints and reports of potential civil rights violations in correctional facilities. The information on this page explains how and where to file a complaint or report a civil rights violation with the Special Litigation Section.
The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook, a guide by the Center for Constitutional Rights, provides limited general information about filing a federal lawsuit addressing prison conditions and staff conduct.
Published by the Columbia University School of Law, Human Rights Law Review, A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual is a thirty-six chapter resource designed to help inmates navigate the legal system and covers topics such as the rights of prisoners with disabilities, and issues for prisoners with mental illness.
The Offender Health Plan describes the medical and mental health care services available to Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates, explains services and medical necessity, and provides information about filing appeals and presenting cases to the Care Review Committee (CRC) for approval.
The Office of Corrections Ombuds (OCO) is an independent, impartial public office that serves the state of Washington by promoting positive change in corrections. OCO achieves this goal through investigating complaints related to incarcerated persons’ health, safety, welfare, and rights; Providing information to incarcerated persons and families regarding self-advocacy; Identifying system issues; Monitoring and ensuring compliance of the DOC with relevant statutes, rules, and policies regarding the treatment of incarcerated persons under the jurisdiction of the DOC; and, Producing public reports.
The Offender Grievance Program is an internal grievance and appeal system that provides inmates with a method for seeking resolution to specific complaints or concerns about prison conditions or treatment. This Department of Corrections (DOC) manual on the grievance program explains how the program works and how to access it.