Advisory committee members needed for Correctional Industries

Advisory committee members are needed to make recommendations on work done by prisoners.

Correctional Industries(CI), the Washington Department of Corrections’ division focused on vocational education and job readiness of the incarcerated population, is seeking six new representatives on its advisory committee.

CI is located at correctional facilities across Washington, including Stafford Creek Corrections Center. The Aberdeen location provides furniture manufacturing, administrative support and customer service, laundry, and warehouse jobs.

In a release, CI states that they are looking for new members for the Correctional Industries Advisory Committee.

The committee would make recommendations to the Secretary of Corrections regarding the program.

“The Department of Corrections is statutorily mandated to positively impact incarcerated individuals by stressing personal responsibility and accountability, establishing work ethic, and providing opportunities for self-improvement, including chances for growing and expanding skills and abilities to fulfill their role in the community post-release.”

Members of the advisory committee serve three-year staggered terms, with the nine total members evenly representing labor, business, and the general public, respectively.

Currently there is currently one member from labor, one from business, and one from the general public. The Department is looking for two additional members from labor, two from business, and two from the general public.

To apply for membership on the committee, please complete the Correctional Industries Advisory Committee Application prior to the close of the business day on Monday, July 1, 2019.

At the first meeting of the committee, which will occur at the Correctional Industries’ headquarters in Tumwater, Wash., the location and frequency of meetings will be determined.

Members of the committee shall serve with compensation, pursuant to RCW 43.03.240, and shall be reimbursed by the Department for travel expenses and per diem, pursuant to RCW 43.03.050 and RCW 43.03.060.