Department of Corrections

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 8,513.1 2,005,579 102,559 2,108,138

2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes

Leased Vehicles 0.0 585 0 585
Leased Computers 0.0 204 0 204
E-Vault Storage Increases 0.0 236 0 236
Lease Adjustments < 20,000 sq. ft. 0.0 1,624 0 1,624
Utility Rate Adjustments 0.0 64 0 64
Medical Inflation 0.0 1,965 0 1,965
Equipment Maintenance and Software 0.0 1,279 0 1,279
Prisons: Male Offender Caseload 0.0 (55) 0 (55)
Prisons: Female Offender Caseload 0.0 149 0 149
Community: Violator Caseload 0.0 3,281 0 3,281
Community: Supervision Caseload 38.2 7,746 0 7,746
Food Service Provider Costs 0.0 749 0 749
PERC Approved Petitions 0.0 178 0 178
McNeil Island Stewardship Shortfall (1.0) 929 0 929
Technical Correction: HB 2638 4.9 1,514 0 1,514
Workers' Compensation Premiums 0.0 2,416 0 2,416
2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes Total 42.1 22,864 0 22,864
Total Maintenance Changes 42.1 22,864 0 22,864
2017-19 Maintenance Level 8,555.2 2,028,443 102,559 2,131,002

2017-19 Policy Other Changes

Capital Project Operating Costs 2.3 552 0 552
Direct Patient Care: DVC Adjustment 0.0 2,909 0 2,909
Custody Staff: Health Care Delivery 53.8 9,499 0 9,499
Vendor Rate 0.0 520 0 520
Yakima Jail Women's TC 0.70 697 0 697
Unit W WCCW 3.0 490 0 490
SCAAP Grant Backfill 0.0 987 0 987
2017-19 Policy Other Changes Total 59.8 15,654 0 15,654

2017-19 Policy Comp Changes

Inversion & Compression 952 0 952
2017-19 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 952 0 952
Total Policy Changes 59.8 16,606 0 16,606
2017-19 Policy Level 8,615.0 2,045,049 102,559 2,147,608

Policy Changes

Leased Vehicles

Funding is provided to replace the Department of Corrections' (DOC) aged fleet vehicles with leased vehicles through the Department of Enterprise Services (DES).

Leased Computers

Funding is provided for increased costs related to leasing computers from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES).

E-Vault Storage Increases

Funding is provided to pay the Consolidated Technology Services agency (WaTech) for the state electronic records vault service for email archiving.

Lease Adjustments < 20,000 sq. ft.

Funding is provided for contractual lease rate adjustments and one-time tenant improvements at community field offices and community justice centers serving individuals under DOC supervision.

Utility Rate Adjustments

Funding is provided to meet the rising cost of utilities at prisons, community corrections and headquarters offices due to rate hikes for electricity, natural gas, water, and recycling services.

Medical Inflation

Funding is provided to manage the increase in prescription drug costs caused by inflation. The major cost drivers include antivirals used to treat viral infections, antirheumatic agents used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and antidiabetics for diabetes treatment. This does not include Hepatitis C prescription costs.

Equipment Maintenance and Software

Funding is provided for contractual hardware and software maintenance increases critical to the department's operations, such as computer access, maintenance costs for security cameras, and repairs of the Offender Management Network Information (OMNI) application.

Prisons: Male Offender Caseload

An adjustment is made to reflect the expected adult male prison population based on the November 2018 caseload forecast. This includes impacts from legislative changes like the graduated reentry program and drug grid sunset.

Prisons: Female Offender Caseload

An adjustment is made to reflect the expected adult female prison population based on the November 2018 caseload forecast. This includes impacts from legislative changes like the graduated reentry program and drug grid sunset.

Community: Violator Caseload

An adjustment is made to reflect the expected growth in the community custody violator caseload based on the November 2018 caseload forecast. Funding is provided for contractual agreements with local jurisdictions to detain community custody violators and for medical costs associated with these individuals.

Community: Supervision Caseload

An adjustment is made to reflect the expected growth to the community supervision caseload based on the November 2018 caseload forecast.

Food Service Provider Costs

The cost per meal rate paid by the Prisons Division to Correctional Industries (CI) is increased to cover the actual costs to run the closed loop food program. Cost drivers include raw food costs, increased offender gratuity rates and CI administrative costs that were not assumed in the prison's traditional food service base budget.

PERC Approved Petitions

Funding is provided for salary increases for multiple job classes that elected to become members of the Teamsters Union 117, after the passing of the collective bargaining agreement and with the approval of the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).

McNeil Island Stewardship Shortfall

Funding is provided to cover the costs of non-budgeted incidents related to the stewardship of McNeil Island. These unanticipated expenditures include costs related to outsourcing of tugboat services, equipment replacement at the shipyard and general grounds maintenance.

Technical Correction: HB 2638

A step adjustment was included in the November 2018 prison caseload forecast pursuant to the passage of House Bill 2638, related to graduated reentry. A technical correction is made to remove the savings assumed in the 2018 supplemental budget, so the average daily population impacts are not double counted.

Workers' Compensation Premiums

A billing data error in workers' compensation premiums for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 resulted in an incorrect reduction in funding for the Department of Corrections (DOC). Funding is provided to reflect the actual workers' compensation premiums owed to the Department of Labor and Industries.

Capital Project Operating Costs

Funding is provided for the operating costs related to several capital projects that were funded in the 2017-19 capital budget and anticipated to be completed during fiscal year 2019. These are critical capacity projects needed to reduce overcrowding in prisons and include the 128-bed minimum security prison at Maple Lane (#30001168) and the Ahtanum View work release 41-bed expansion (#30001166).

Direct Patient Care: DVC Adjustment

In fiscal year 2016, the Department of Corrections (DOC) implemented a process for funding direct patient health care for incarcerated individuals utilizing a direct variable cost (DVC) rate. The DVC rate is calculated using prior fiscal year expenditures divided by the average daily population (ADP) and the number of calendar days in the fiscal year. DOC's annual caseload funding request then became the funding mechanism for direct patient health care services. While the DVC rate model provides new funding based on ADP changes, it does not provide funding for the rest of the DOC prison population as costs change. As a result, over the past three fiscal years, a growing variance between the funded level of direct patient care and expenses has arisen. The model has been revised to account for this flaw and funding is provided to adjust DOC's base budget for health services up to actual expenditure levels.

Custody Staff: Health Care Delivery

The department has been impacted by an aging population, hospital closures, and an increased need for on-site mental health observation and supervision. Funding is provided for critical security positions in prison facilities that are driven by the medical and mental health needs of incarcerated individuals. These positions are not sufficiently included in the current staffing model.

Vendor Rate

Funding is provided to pay for targeted vendor rate increases for contracted services including chemical dependency treatment providers, health care professionals and psychological evaluators.

Yakima Jail Women's TC

Due to capacity levels for the incarcerated female population, the Department of Corrections (DOC) contracted for 60 beds with the Yakima County Jail. Women previously housed in the old jail were moved to a new space in mid-November 2018. The move provides an improved housing environment, separation from the jail population, increased staff interaction and access to an indoor recreation area that has direct sunlight and fresh air. Funding is provided to cover the increased contract costs and to establish a substance abuse recovery therapeutic community (TC) and on-site case management.


The Department of Corrections (DOC) opened up Unit W at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) to reduce overcrowding and address the problem of individuals sleeping on the floor in the reception unit. Funding is temporarily provided for the operating costs of this unit until a more suitable and cost-effective alternative is available.

SCAAP Grant Backfill

DOC received federal funds, through the State Crime Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), to assist in paying for the cost of incarceration for undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the state of Washington. This past year the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance instituted several changes that resulted in the complete elimination of federal SCAAP funding distributed to the state. Funding is provided to replace the loss of these funds with General Fund-State dollars.

Inversion & Compression

Funding is provided to reduce inversion and compression between non-represented management positions and subordinate staff. These salary inequities are the direct result of the 2017-19 interest arbitration and collective bargaining agreements.