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Washington: Prison Resources

ACLU of Washington
P.O. Box 4115
Seattle, WA 98194
Phone: (206) 624-2184

  • The Bill of Rights would only be well-meaning promises if people did not fight to protect it. The ACLU is the nation's premier organization dedicated to defending and expanding all civil liberties and civil rights in America. Our job is to conserve America's original civic values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Columbia Legal Services Institutions Project
101 Yesler Way, #300
Seattle, WA 98104

  • IP represents people confined in Washington's jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, mental health facilities, and facilities for people with developmental disabilities.  This work has focused on conditions of our clients' confinement, discrimination, sentencing and placement, alternatives to institutionalization, and access to courts, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, re-entry, and reductions in recidivism.  We represent these clients to gain humane treatment and the protections our Constitution and laws require for them, and to assist them in creating strong, safe communities.

Crossways Ministries
P.O. Box 1954
Auburn, WA 98071

  • Crossways Ministries, a faith-based organization, provides a two year interactive program in 11 facilities promoting responsible living to achieve freedom. Services provided include housing placement, employment, counseling/mentoring and fellowship. Crossways Ministries collaborates with other agencies to better serve individuals with criminal histories.

Disability Rights Washington
(formerly Washington Protection and Advocacy System)
315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 324-1521 or (800) 562-2702

  • DRW provides information and referral, training and publications, legal representation, and abuse or neglect intervention for individuals with disabilities, including incarcerated individuals.

Goodwill Industries Inland Northwest
130 East 3rd Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone: (509) 444-4319 
Fax: (509) 444-4371 

  • Goodwill Industries Inland Northwest offers employment resources to individuals with a criminal history who have been released from custody within the past year. Services include resume writing, counseling in how to address one's conviction history, interview skills and job development. Goodwill Industries relies on employer incentives, including the Federal Bonding Program (bonds are purchased by the state of Washington) and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Clients are followed for a one-year period, including re-employment, if necessary, as well as upgrading job levels.

Jewish Prisoner Services International
P.O. Box 85840
Seattle, WA 98145-1840
Phone: (206) 985-0577 or (206) 528-0363 for emergencies

  •   Provides direct spiritual, outreach and advocacy services for Jewish prisoners and their loved ones; works in conjunction with several major Jewish organizations and social service agencies.

Northwest Justice Project
Main Office (Seattle)
401 Second Avenue South, Suite 407
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 464-1519, ext. 211
Toll-free: (888) 201-1012
Fax: (206) 624-7501

  • NJP is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that provides free civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people and communities throughout Washington.  Each year NJP handles approximately 18,000 cases benefiting more that 40,000 people in need of critical legal assistance in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.  

Office locations (15)

Northwest Justice Project
218 North Broadway, Suite 1
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: (360) 533-2282        
Toll free: (866) 402-5293        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014        
Fax: (360) 533-2932

Northwest Justice Project
1814 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 734-8680        
Toll free: (800) 562-8836        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014       
Fax: (360) 734-0121

Colville Satellite Office
Northwest Justice Project
132 West 1st Avenue
Colville, WA 99114
Phone: (509) 684-7652        
Toll free: (800) 303-7050        
Fax: (509) 684-4541

Northwest Justice Project
2731 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 410
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: (425) 252-8515        
Toll free: (888) 201-1017        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014      
Fax: (425) 252-5945

Northwest Justice Project
1338 Commerce Avenue, Suite 305
Longview, WA 98632
Phone: (360) 425-1537        
Toll free: (866) 402-7971        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014     
Fax: (360) 578-0241

Northwest Justice Project
711 Capitol Way South, Suite 704
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 753-3610        
Toll free: (888) 212-0380
Client intake: (888) 201-1014       
Fax: (360) 753-0174

Omak Satellite Office
Northwest Justice Project
28 North Main Street
P.O. Box 3569
Omak, WA 98841
Phone: (509) 422-2345        
Fax: (509) 422-2866

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Pasco Satellite Office 
Northwest Justice Project
1310 North 5th Avenue, Suite B
Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: (509) 547-2760        
Toll free: (800) 310-6076        
Fax: (509) 547-1612

Northwest Justice Project
816 East 8th Street
Pt. Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: (360) 452-9137        
Toll free: (866) 402-4452        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014        
Fax: (360) 452-4053

Northwest Justice Project
1702 West Broadway
Phone: (509) 324-9128        
Toll free: (888) 201-1019        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014
Fax: (509) 324-0065

Northwest Justice Project
715 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 272-7879        
Toll free: (888) 201-1015        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014        
Fax: (253) 272-8226

Northwest Justice Project
500 West 8th, Suite 275
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: (360) 693-6130        
Toll free: (888) 201-1020        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014      
Fax: (360) 693-6352

Northwest Justice Project
38 East Main, Suite 207
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 525-9760        
Toll free: (800) 289-0581        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014        
Fax: (509) 525-9895

Northwest Justice Project
300 Okanogan Avenue, Suite 3A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 664-5101        
Toll free: (888) 201-1021        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014        
Fax: (509) 665-6557

Northwest Justice Project
510 Larson Building
6 South Second Street
Yakima, WA 98901
Phone: (509) 574-4234        
Toll free: (888) 201-1018        
Client intake: (888) 201-1014        
Fax: (509) 574-4238

People for People
401 East Mt. View
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 925-5311
Fax:  (509) 925-1004 

  • People for People is a not-for-profit organization committed to serving people throughout Washington with employment and training needs.

Pine Lodge Pre-Release
P.O. Box 300
751 South Pine Street
Medical Lake, WA 99022
Phone: (509) 299-2300 

  • Male and female offenders who are transitioning from higher custody levels are eligible for the program 24 months before their Earned Release Date. Offenders can also be transferred to the facility when they have been in Community Custody or in work release and violate conditions of supervision.

Pioneer Human Services
7440 West Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: (206) 768-1990 
Fax: (206) 768-8910 

  • The mission of Pioneer Human services is to create opportunities for clients to realize personal, economic, and social development through participating in an integrated array of training, employment, housing, and rehabilitation services. Clients include alcoholics and other chemically dependent persons, prisoners, work release participants and persons on probation and under jurisdiction of the courts. Pioneer Human Services Programs operates three work release facilities for state and county prisoners within its Community Corrections Division. These programs take probation violators and individuals serving the last three- to-six months of their sentences and help them transition from an institution into the community. These facilities apply Pioneer's integrated approach by offering housing, on-the-job training, drug and alcohol counseling and social skills training. Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) personnel provide the training and counseling elements of these programs, with Pioneer staff running the custodial and job-training components. Pioneer work-release residents have access to the broad range of Pioneer-operated businesses, e.g., food services, manufacturing operations, sheet metal fabrication and finishing, printing, and packaging and distribution. Upon leaving work-release, residents have the opportunity to continue their Pioneer employment and move into Pioneer's alcohol and drug-free housing.
  • Services offered include: life skills training and "cognitive restructuring" that helps change thinking patterns that drive problematic behavior; drug and alcohol counseling and on-site and community 12-step meetings; job, career, and financial counseling; communication skills training and personal hygiene counseling; behavior modification and anger management; and sex offender treatment when applicable.
  • After work-release, women may move to one of Pioneer's housing options, including transitional housing for women with children, and may continue employment with Pioneer, providing these women with a long term, fully integrated support system. To address the special needs of these women, in addition to usual programming, residents also have: overnight visitation for children under 12; residential placement and parenting program for women with infants; parenting classes and support; women's issues focus groups

Seattle Goodwill
1400 South Lane Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Phone: (206) 860-5767 
General information: (206) 329- 1000 

  • Seattle Goodwill offers three programs: the Adult Basic Education Program (ABE), the Employment and Training Program (ETP), and STRIVE. ABE offers people aged 16 and over the opportunity to participate in classes to improve basic skills in subjects such as reading, writing, math, and computers. ABE also offers basic life skills, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Citizenship, and GED preparation courses, as well as specialized programs such as the External Diploma Program, the Workplace Education Program, and SoundWaves. These courses are free and open to anyone who wants to participate. Classes are small and are designed by and for students.
  • ETP is designed especially for individuals with barriers to employment such as a lack of education and work experience or limited English speaking ability. ETP combines classroom instruction with hands on job site experience, career planning, and job placement. ETP offers customized training for clients with special needs, and also works with employers to design specialized trainings. ETP participants, called trainees, are hired as temporary full time paid employees.
  • As part of the job readiness training process, trainees establish employment histories and gain valuable workplace experience. In addition, trainees take classes that teach vital workplace skills such as computer literacy, business communications, and job search strategies. Trainees also receive program services such as career counseling and information and referral and are offered job placement opportunities. ETP works with some of the region's largest employers to present customized employment training programs.
  •  STRIVE is a privately funded, not for profit employment training and placement program, serving local businesses and individuals seeking employment. STRIVE provides training and placement services for participants and on going support to employers and employees. STRIVE provides intensive training that focuses largely on developing and reinforcing the workplace behaviors, attitudes and skills that are necessary to get and keep a good job. STRIVE participants must commit to four, 40 hour weeks of training. The program is free to participants. Job development staff matches qualified candidates with job openings. However, all graduates must successfully apply for and obtain positions through standard procedures. STRIVE staff maintain regular contact with graduates and their employers for two years to assist in job retention and career advancement.

Tacoma Pre-Release
P.O. Box 881038
Steilacoom, WA 98388
Phone: (253) 761-7610 

  • Male and female offenders who are transitioning from higher custody levels are eligible for the program 24 months before their Earned Release Date. Offenders can also be transferred to the facility when they have been in Community Custody or in work release and violate conditions of supervision.

Washington Correctional Industries
Washington State Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41101
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 753-4001

  • Washington Correctional Industries' businesses produce goods and services and provide inmates with job experience. The work also provides the means for participating prisoners to pay court ordered financial obligations, victim restitution, a portion of the costs of incarceration, and support for their families. Manufactured goods include safety products such as emergency kits, food products, signage, textiles, furniture restoration and institutional products such as furniture and flat goods. Services include Computer Aided Design (CAD), institutional laundry, silk screening, and printing.

Washington Law Help

  • Helping Low-income People Find Solutions to Civil Legal Problems

Washington State Attorney General
1125 Washington Street, Southeast
P.O. Box 40100
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 753-6200 
Fax: (360) 586-7671 

  • Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Washington State Bar Association
2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206) 443-9722 
Fax: (206) 727-8320 

Washington State Department of Corrections
Work Release Program
410 West 5th Street
P.O. Box 41102
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 753-1573 

  • Washington State offers a number of work release programs throughout the state. A list of these facilities can be found at the following site:

Washington State Employment Security
212 Maple Park
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 902-9301 
Fax: (360) 902-9383

  • Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories, service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

Washington State Office of Public Defense
Building #4, 3rd Floor
925 Plum Street, Southeast
P.O. Box 40957
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 956-2106 
Fax: (360) 956-2112 

  • Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

Worksource Center
Phone: (877) 872-JOBS

  • WorkSource Center services are delivered to job seekers in a variety of ways, including: self directed efforts, such as kiosks or via the Internet; group programs and activities, such as workshops; one on one consultations; and training programs and business consultations. Services for job seekers include: free use of computers, copiers, phones, faxes and other career resources; internet access to jobs; job referral and placement; classes on how to get and keep a job; information on the fastest growing jobs and wages; referrals for training and other community services; access to unemployment insurance; and translation services.

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