Updates on Prison Voice Efforts to Improve WA’s Prison Food System

It has been several months since Prison Voice Washington released its report on food policy in Washington prisons. In that time, we have had some success, though much more needs to be done. Prison Voice members and the incarcerated have worked with DOC’s Statewide Family Council, DOC’s dietician, Correctional Industries, DOC’s internal ombudsman, and Washington’s… Read More »

WA Sentencing Reform Needs Reform – Testimony by Carol Estes

Sentencing: The View from the Inside   Carol Estes, director of Prison Voice WA, testified before a Washington State Public Safety Committee hearing on sentencing on January 10, 2017.  This is the full text of her presentation.   I’m extremely honored to speak today. I’m not a paid professional within the criminal justice system. What… Read More »

A Complicated Life

Tom Jacobs has served for several years on the Washington Corrections Center for Women Local Family Council, and recently retired from representing his local council at the Washington Department of Corrections Statewide Family Council.  As his wife nears her release date, he is thinking back to what her incarceration has meant for him, his family,… Read More »

Washington’s DOC Ends the Use of the Word “Offender”

Yesterday (11/2/2016), Washington Department of Corrections Secretary Dick Morgan sent out the below email to all DOC staff, marking the official end of the use of the word “offender”.  DOC had already eliminated this word on its website a few months back (hence the many broken links now one encounters when Googling certain phrases from… Read More »