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The Office of the Corrections Ombuds (OCO) was created through Second Substitute Bill 1889 of 2018 regular session. It was signed into law by Governor Inslee on March 27, 2018.

For statutory authority and responsibilities, see Chapter 43.06C RCW  


The Mission and Values of the Office of the Corrections Ombuds  

The mission of the Office of the Corrections Ombuds (OCO) is to reduce the likelihood of actions or inactions of DOC negatively impacting the health, safety, welfare, and rights of incarcerated individuals by intervening in individual cases and making public reports with recommendations for systemic improvement to the Governor, the Legislature, and agency officials.

The values of the Office of the Corrections Ombuds (OCO) are: 

Dignity: We recognize the dignity of all persons.

Impartiality: We are neutral, independent, and unbiased in our work.

Confidentiality: We respect and protect the information entrusted to us.

Integrity: We are honest, ethical, and dedicated to our work.

Promoting Public Awareness: We create systemic reform by publishing reports that influence change and outcomes.

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