Washington Statewide Reentry Council
The Legislature created the Statewide Reentry Council in 2016 to improve public safety and outcomes for individuals reentering the community (43.380 RCW). The council is also guided by Gov. Inslee’s Executive Order 16-05: Building Safe and Strong Communities Through Successful Reentry.
Janel McFeat named Executive Director of Washington Statewide Re-entry Council
Human rights champion Janel McFeat will lead Washington’s Statewide Re-entry Council beginning Jan. 3. McFeat, who started her social work career in Tacoma and currently serves as a strategic planner/program manager for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s re-entry program, created a nationally-recognized re-entry program using evidence-based practices and a people-first human dignity model. She is a White House Champion for Change nominee and recipient of the Linda Gabriel Human Rights Award, among numerous other honors, for her leading work with formerly incarcerated young people, adults and their families.
In Dec. 2020, the Council published its Biennial Report of the Statewide Reentry Council (PDF), including a summary of legislative recommendations regarding policy topics members are committed to supporting:
- End housing discrimination and homelessness following reentry by passing the Housing Justice Act, expanding and fully funding the Department of Corrections (DOC) Housing Voucher Program, and using vacant public land to provide reentry housing.
- Center community and family in reentry by funding community organizations and supporting any associated DOC and county staffing needs to provide services inside prisons and jails following release.
- Expand the use of technology to increase access to support, including family communication, community-led groups and programs, DOC programs, education and vocational training.
- Provide comprehensive, individualized reentry plans.
- Address systemic racial disparities and COVID-19 risks by reducing prison and jail populations.
Reports and Publications
The council gathers at least four times a year and currently meets bi-monthly. Due to Gov. Inslee lifting the COVID-19 restrictions, the council will host hybrid meetings in-person and online options on a virtual platform. All Reentry Council meetings are open to the public.