The computer classes are pretty much standardized throughout the state. He can continue the IT program wherever he goes. The other specialized computer classes are not taught at every prison. If it looks like he will not finish some of his classes he can take a Y grade to continue elsewhere. He should check with his instructor and counselor to make sure there will be the same program at his next institution.
Pierce College runs the school at McNeil, Edmonds Comm. College at Monroe, and Spokane CC at Airway Heights. DOC had been looking at having one college operate the school in all the prisons but it was not a popular idea with the colleges.
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CLOSE MCNEIL ISLAND CORRECTIONS CENTER - $16MILLION GENERAL FUND-STATE SAVINGS
With the declining prison population as a result of sentencing legislation, the Department
of Corrections is able to close a major institution. Because of its isolation and high cost
the budget assumes closure of McNeil Island Corrections Center on July 1, 2010. The
Special Commitment Center will remain on the Island and the Department of Health and
Social Services will assume responsibility for Island operations, including security at the
Steilacoom dock, operation of the wastewater treatment plant and fire department, and
transport of staff and visitors. The proposed Senate capital budget includes $7.5 million
in state bond funding and $15 million in borrowing authority to move correctional
industries operations from McNeil Island to other correctional institutions.
(this is what the budget says and we are suppose to know what is going to happen by the end of April 2009, the end of the fiscal year (where the new budget would come into play) is June 2009)
The state House wants to release up 1,300 inmates early, while the Senate wants to release up to 1,900 inmates.
At this point, the closing of McNeil Island is not a done deal. In fact, it only appears in the Senate version of the budget
But Senate Democrats say McNeil Island is the most expensive prison to run, and they need to release inmates early to help meet that $9 billion deficit.
About 500 correctional officers work at McNeil Island. Some could be transferred to other prisons, but there's concern by the union that a few hundred will be laid off.
DOC spokesman Chad Lewis said the prison has about 1,300 inmates, making it the sixth largest of the state's 15 prisons.
(Supposedly if the govenor (greg however you spell her name,) has any say in it, it shouldn't pass she through a shit fit when 90 inmates got released before there time was up and someone in her office said there wasn't a lot of support for closing the prison down, especially with the economy the way it is with jobs it's hard to imagine that they would knowingly put 500 families out of work. However it may be good news too because 1300 to 1900 guys would have the chance of being released early cause they just wont have the room. And they don't have the money to move 1300 inmates to different locations, and they would be screwing over DSHS with the sexual offender unit there on mcneil island. ) Basically we just have to wait and see what the months events lead too.
(Side note of possible good news)
They are also looking to change the CHANGES IN SENTENCING LEGISLATION - $60. 5MILLION GENERAL FUND-STATE SAVINGS at the same time as deciding to close mcneil, meaning possible to guarenteed sentence reductions if it passes....
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The Senate budget proposal recommends closing McNeil Island due to declining prison populations by July 1, 2010. "Special Commitment Center will remain on the island and DSHS will assume responsibility for Island Operations. Correctional Industries will move their operations to WCCV (laundry), Stafford Creek (furniture) and CRCC (meat plant)."
It is projected to save $15,903,000. We'll see if it passes....
The prison populations will only be decreasing if the CHANGES IN SENTENCING LEGISLATION - $60. 5MILLION GENERAL FUND-STATE SAVINGS passes first. if this passes they won't be putting as many people into prison and or won't be sentencing for as long so they think they won't need as many beds for offenders and they can close down a prison for good, and since mcneil is the one the cost the most to operate they are going after that one first. But before they can close mcneil they have to consider how much it will cost to transfer everyone to different facilities (which they already know they don't have money for) and they have to consider how much the state is going to end up paying out in unemployment when they lay off almost 500 people. I'd say at this point it's a 50/50 shot that they close it but like I said we just have to wait and see.
Right now there are still inmates 'Out Of State' because there were not enough beds to house our own prisoners. So if our Governer doesnt approve early release for some than believe that she will send more 'Out of State'. Remember that when it comes time for the senate changes prisons, schools,health care and a few others are on the chopping block every time. Sometimes they just say stuff to keep the public happy until all else fails and they say they didnt have anything to do with it.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
What everyone needs to remember is that nothing has been finalized yet, nothing is set in stone and the closure of any prison in Washington would make things harder for families not just of the people in that prison but all of them around the state and for those whose men are still out of state. There is something we can do and that is write to our legislators or even ones who are not ours. We need to put faces and names to the people who are affected by these changes and let the legislators know that if they plan on having any progress made we need the prison population to be educated, programming, and able to keep contact with their families. If we do not start doing this better than what we are doing now we will continue to see the prison population growing, recidivism growing, broken families growing, and more economic distress. All of us have a responsiblity to our men and women who are incarcerated, our other family members, and to society and that is to create the best possible chances that upon release our loved ones will be prepared as much as possible to come into society and not repeat the choices they made to get locked up. While that is our responsibility our incarcerated loved one has the huge responsibility to reconsider his or her way of thinking and to keep the family together and start focusing more on them than him or herself.
Please write to any legislators and let them know that we have all been dealing with a rough road and that there are ways that they can make the lives of the people who voted for them better and that we are people who will speak out about what we need them to do. If you don't know who your representatives are or need more information about how to contact them you can find it all here: