Governor Inslee with Joanna Carns portrait

Governor Inslee with
Joanna Carns, Director

Welcome to the OCO

The Office of Corrections Ombuds (OCO) is an independent, impartial public office that serves the state of Washington by promoting positive change in corrections.

OCO achieves this goal through:

  • Investigating complaints related to inmates’ health, safety, welfare, and rights;
  • Providing information to inmates and families regarding self-advocacy;
  • Identifying system issues;
  • Monitoring and ensuring compliance of the DOC with relevant statutes, rules, and policies regarding the treatment of inmates under the jurisdiction of the DOC; and,
  • Producing public reports.

Correspondence and communication with the office is confidential and privileged. RCW 43.06C.060.

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We're hiring

We currently are recruiting for two Assistant Ombuds (General Complaints)... more

Inslee appoints Joanna Carns director of Office of the Corrections Ombuds

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Joanna Carns director of the Washington State... more

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