WSR 07-08-082


[ Filed April 2, 2007, 11:11 a.m. , effective May 3, 2007 ]

Reviser's note: The following material has not been adopted under the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW, but has been filed in the office of the code reviser and is published in the Register exactly as filed.

Following are the department of corrections' amendments to WAC 137-52-010, escorted leave, WAC 137-96-020, prerelease programs and WAC 137-104-020 and 137-104-030, community custody violation hearings. These amendments are submitted for publication in the Washington State Register and the Washington Administrative Code. Pertinent information follows:

1. The amendments to the WAC sections identified above are adopted as of April 2, 2007.

2. The effective date of these rules shall be thirty-one days after filing.

3. I certify pursuant to RCW 34.05.030 that the rules as stated above are excluded from the Administrative Procedure Act.

H. W. Clarke



AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-04-001, filed 1/24/01, effective 2/22/01)

WAC 137-52-010   Definitions.   (1) "Escorted leave" is an approved leave of absence by an inmate from a correctional facility under the continuous supervision of trained correctional staff.

(2) "Immediate family" includes an inmate's parents, stepparents, parent surrogates, grandparents, legal guardians, spouse, brothers, sisters, half or step-brothers or sisters, children, stepchildren, and dependents whether or not in direct lineal relationship to the inmate.

(3) "Indigent" shall be understood to mean an inmate who has not been credited with five dollars or more total from any source(s) for deposit to the inmate's trust fund account during the thirty days preceding the request for an escorted leave and has less than a five dollar balance in his/her trust fund account on the day the escorted leave is requested, or together with his/her immediate family cannot post a five hundred dollar bond to secure the repayment of the expenses of the escorted leave on the day the escorted leave is requested. A declaration of indigency shall be signed by the inmate and the inmate's family on forms provided by the department.

(4) "Director" means the deputy secretary of the ((office of correctional operations)) prisons division or his/her designee(s).

(5) "Superintendent" means the superintendent of a state correctional institution, state honor camp, or other penal institutions as now or hereafter established under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections pursuant to law or his/her designee.

(6) "Department" means the department of corrections.

(7) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department of corrections or his/her designee(s).

(8) "Nonviolent offender" means any person convicted of a felony not classified as a violent offense under chapter 9.94A RCW.

[01-04-001, 137-52-010, filed 1/24/01, effective 2/22/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 72.01.380. 85-07-042 (Order 85-07), 137-52-010, filed 3/19/85. Formerly WAC 275-85-005.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-16-072, filed 8/4/03, effective 9/4/03)

WAC 137-96-020   Definitions.   (1) "Secretary" is the secretary of the department of corrections.

(2) "Deputy secretary" is the deputy secretary, ((office of correctional operations)) prisons division, department of corrections.

(3) "Assistant deputy secretary" is the assistant deputy secretary, ((office of correctional operations)) prisons division.

(4) "Superintendent" is the individual responsible for the planning, organizing, and implementation of programs at a prerelease facility.

(5) "Contract staff" is the staff member(s) of an agency under contract to the department of corrections to provide programming for offenders at prerelease.

(6) "Prerelease offender" is an offender who has been approved and placed in prerelease.

(7) "Volunteer escort" is a responsible citizen who has been screened, trained, and assigned to escort and supervise offenders during official and approved activities outside of the facility or to participate in approved activities inside the facility.

(8) "Prerelease" is a total confinement facility approved for housing and supervision of offenders under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections. The program provides the transitional services necessary to assist offenders in their successful return into the community.

[03-16-072, 137-96-020, filed 8/4/03, effective 9/4/03. 95-22-059, 137-96-020, filed 10/30/95, effective 12/1/95.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-16-072, filed 8/4/03, effective 9/4/03)

WAC 137-104-020   Definitions.   For purposes of this chapter, the following words have the following meanings:

(1) "Appeals panel" means three reviewing officers designated by the secretary with the authority to review hearing officers' decisions, and to affirm, reverse, or modify decisions and sanctions in accordance with RCW 9.94A.737.

(2) "Community corrections officer" means an employee of the department responsible for carrying out specific duties concerning the supervision of sentenced offenders and monitoring of sentence conditions.

(3) "Community custody" means that portion of an offender's sentence of confinement in lieu of earned release time served in the community subject to controls placed on the offender's movement and activities by the department. Offenders supervised on community custody include those subject to community placement (as defined in RCW 9.94A.030), drug offender sentencing alternative (as described in RCW 9.94A.505), community custody for a sex offense (as described in RCW 9.94A.505), community custody max, first-time offender waiver (as described in RCW 9.94A.505), or a work ethic camp program (as defined in RCW 9.94A.030), and those sentenced to community custody by the court for crimes committed on or after July 1, 2000, whose sentence is less than one year of confinement. For purposes of this subsection, "community custody max" means a term of community custody for certain sex offenders who have completed their maximum sentences of confinement.

(4) "Department" means the Washington state department of corrections.

(5) "Deputy secretary" means the deputy secretary of the ((office of correctional operations)) prisons division of the department, or the deputy secretary's designee.

(6) "Graduated sanction system" means structured incremental responses designed to reduce risk to the public, effectively intervene in noncompliant behavior, where possible, repair harm to the community, and make efficient use of limited state resources. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, partial or total confinement; home detention with electronic monitoring; work crew; community service; inpatient treatment; daily reporting; curfew; educational or counseling sessions; supervisions enhanced through electronic monitoring; or any other sanctions available in the community.

(7) "Hearing officer" means an employee of the department authorized to conduct department hearings.

(8) "Hearings program manager" means the manager of the hearings unit of the department, or the hearings program manager's designee.

(9) "Offender" means any person in the custody of or subject to the jurisdiction of the department.

(10) "Partial confinement" means confinement in a facility or institution operated or utilized under contract by the state or by any other unit of government, to include, but not be limited to, work release, treatment center, residential facility, or home detention with electronic monitoring.

(11) "Probable cause" means a determination, made by a hearing officer, that there is cause to believe a violation has occurred.

(12) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department, or the secretary's designee.

(13) "Stipulated agreement" means an agreement between the offender and the department in which the offender admits violations and agrees to comply with intermediate sanctions. For the purposes of this subsection, "intermediate sanction" means department-imposed sanctions that are served in the community rather than total confinement.

(14) "Total confinement" means confinement inside the physical boundaries of a facility or institution operated or utilized under contract by the state or any other unit of government for twenty-four hours a day, to include, but not be limited to, adult correctional facilities, camp and prerelease facilities or a county or municipal jail.

(15) "Working day" means Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, except for holidays observed by the state of Washington.

[03-16-072, 137-104-020, filed 8/4/03, effective 9/4/03. 01-04-044, 137-104-020, filed 2/1/01, effective 3/1/01.]

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-04-044, filed 2/1/01, effective 3/1/01)

WAC 137-104-030   Hearing officers.   (1) Hearing officers will report to and be supervised by the hearings program manager, within the department's ((office of correctional operations)) prisons division, through an independent chain of command.

(2) Hearing officers may not hear a case in which they have direct personal involvement in the incident under consideration and must formally disqualify themselves by notifying the hearings program manager. The hearings program manager will select a replacement hearing officer.

(3) Hearing officers shall disqualify themselves if they believe that they cannot render a fair judgment in the hearing. The hearings program manager may change the hearing officer assigned to hear a case upon a written request from an offender and a showing of good cause.

[01-04-044, 137-104-030, filed 2/1/01, effective 3/1/01.]

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