The state Department of Corrections (DOC) is no stranger to controversy, particularly concerning the agency’s lack of transparency and accountability. The public only recently learned that the DOC knew, since at least 2012, that it was mistakenly releasing up to 3,700 inmates early, in violation of state law, but didn’t fix the problem. The deaths of two innocent people have been linked to men who should have still been in prison.
This week, the DOC’s transparency issues took a turn for the tragic. According to reports, a correctional officer at Clallam Bay Corrections Center “suffered a brain injury after being seriously attacked by an inmate.” The correctional officer has been hospitalized for several days. The DOC, for unknown reasons, did not send out a public notification about the attack.
The serious lack of transparency in the DOC is more proof that it’s time for a serious change in Washington State — and that change has to begin with replacing ineffective leaders.