OUR MISSION:  Prison Voice Washington exists to help redesign and update Washington’s broken prison system by introducing common sense, humanity, and the latest scientific research into policy discussions. Our goal is to improve both the safety of our communities and the lives of prisoners by expanding opportunities for rehabilitation. We also seek to update our laws and policies to reflect what works, based on the last 30 years of social science research. We carry out prison policy research and propose topics and research questions for university students and professors to take on.

WHO WE ARE: We are men and women from varied economic, geographic, and ethnic backgrounds who have experienced the prison system firsthand — as directors of prison programs, prison teachers and volunteers, or as prisoners and their families. As a result of what we have seen, we are convinced that Washington’s criminal justice system and Department of Corrections are failing our communities. Prison Voice Washington works to provide research-based solutions to the many problems and sticking points in this outdated system.

OUR CORE CONVICTION: We believe that people can and do change. We believe that incarcerated people deserve the opportunity to work and learn meaningful skills. We believe that education and hope for a better life are fundamental drivers of successful outcomes for prisoners and the communities they will be released into one day.We know that people can change, often in amazing ways, when they are given opportunity and hope for a better future. Our job is to create that opportunity and hope.


Prison Voice Washington
PO Box 463
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

For additional info, send an email to info@prisonvoicewa.org

If you are a family member of a person incarcerated in Washington State, the best way to get involved is to connect with the Washington Statewide Family Council.