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 incarcerated persons’ health, safety, welfare, and rights;
  • Providing information to incarcerated persons 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 incarcerated persons under the jurisdiction of the DOC; and,
  • Producing public reports.

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

For more information on OCO's work to promote systemic reform in the Washington Department of Corrections, click here.

What's New

Sonja Hallum Named Interim Director of the Office of the Corrections Ombuds

December 1, 2021:  Sonja Hallum joins OCO as the Interim... more

OCO WAC Creation

Hello! OCO is required under Chapter 43.06C RCW to create rules related to... 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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