The Statewide Reentry Council was created in 2016 to improve public safety and outcomes for individuals reentering the community (43.380 RCW). Services include:

  • Increase collaboration between local and state programs relevant to reentering the community.
  • Improve safety for victims and their families.
  • Improve outcomes for individuals reentering the community.
  • Develop and monitor statewide goals relevant to reentry.
  • Recommend system and policy changes to reentry systems and supports.
  • Report to the Legislature.

The Governor appointed 15 members from the community that represent a variety of constituencies and organizations.

What we propose to do

In December 2016 the Council published their first Report on Reentry From Confinement including policy topics most members were committed to supporting this year.

  • Expand access to housing supports.
  • Expand access to educational opportunities.
  • Issue state identification prior to exiting incarceration.
  • ‘Ban the box’ for employment.
  • Continue to reform legal financial obligation laws.
  • Support the Civil Justice Reinvestment Plan and other legal aid support efforts.
  • Expand access to educational opportunities related to job placement for youth in Juvenile Rehabilitation facilities.
  • Consider expansion of the Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP).
  • Remove employment, housing and other barriers based on criminal records.

Reentry News and Events

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Resources

Meeting Agendas

The Council gathers at least four times a year, often in Pierce County – and at least once at a state correctional facility. All Reentry Council meetings are open to the public.

July 12, 2016 (PDF)
October 18, 2016 (PDF)
November 29, 2016 (PDF)
January 25, 2017 (PDF)
March 15, 2017 (PDF)
June 15, 2017 (PDF)
September 28, 2017 (PDF): Statewide Reentry Council Meeting. King County Courthouse.

November 14, 2017: Statewide Reentry Council meeting. Washington State Reformatory (Monroe Correctional Complex).

December 5, 2017: Statewide Reentry Council meeting will be held in the Solutions Room of the King County Courthouse. The Solutions Room is located on the 4th floor of the courthouse. 12:30-3:30 PM.
516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA. The main topic will be finalizing the Council’s legislative agenda for the upcoming session. 
Agenda
 (PDF), Minutes (PDF) 

January 17, 2018: Legislative Lunch. 12:00-1:00 PM. Temple of Justice Reception Room, Olympia.

January 17, 2018: Statewide Reentry Council meeting. 1:30 PM. Commerce offices, Olympia (following the Legislative Lunch). 
Agenda 
(PDF), Minutes (PDF)

April 25, 2018 (PDF)

August 24, 2018 (PDF)
October 10, 2018 (PDF)

Program Contact

Christopher Poulos
Executive Director
christopher.poulos@commerce.wa.gov
360-725-2852