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Old 09-12-2008, 10:39 AM
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Default WA DOC Press Release: Work Release Work Group to Host Public Meeting in Longview 9/16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2008

DOC Work Release Work Group to Host Public Meeting in Longview

OLYMPIA – A Department of Corrections (DOC) work group is hosting a public meeting in Longview to discuss plans to convert work release facilities into reentry centers that offer additional offender programs.

The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 at Longview Work Release, 1821 First Ave., Longview, with a tour of the facility following the meeting.

Reentry is DOC’s broad effort to improve public safety by reducing the recidivism rate among offenders. A state law passed last year directs DOC to look at laws and practices to convert its 15 work release centers into reentry centers that will provide programs that have proven to be successful in helping offenders. Those programs include education, chemical dependency treatment and employment assistance.

Offenders at DOC’s existing work release facilities focus on finding employment while the majority of other treatment and programs are administered by providers in the community.

Anne Fiala, DOC Community Corrections Administrator, chairs the work group. The members of the work group are:

John Lane, from the Governor’s Office
Norman Hill, from the Department of Corrections, representing Washington Federation of State Employees
Ed Holm, from the Thurston County Prosecutor’s office, representing the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Ric Bishop, from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, representing the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
Judge John Hickman, from Pierce County Superior Court, representing the Superior Court Judges Association
Mark McClain, from Kittitas County, representing the Washington State Association of Counties
Nancy McLaughlin, from the Spokane City Council, representing the Association of Washington Cities
Annie Conant, from the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development
Larry Fehr, from Pioneer Human Services, representing contractors from work release facilities
Debra Prichard, from the Department of Corrections, representing Tri-Cities Work Release
Frank Boulet, from Rebuilding Families, Inc., representing non-profit organizations
Jim Huffman from Friends & Families of Violent Crime Victims, representing crime victim advocates

DOC currently has 15 work release facilities located in Yakima, Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Longview, Olympia, Tacoma, Kennewick, Port Orchard and Vancouver.

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Contact: Anne Fiala, Administrator, Community Corrections Division (360) 725-8315
Maria Peterson, Communications Department (360) 725-8804
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