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The Office of the Corrections Ombuds (OCO) is an independent, impartial public office within the Governor's Office. We serve the state of Washington by helping to resolve issues involving people incarcerated in the Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. The OCO is charged with investigating concerns related to the incarcerated persons in the custody of the DOC. The OCO investigates concerns about: 

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Welfare
  • Rights

The OCO works to address the issues quickly and efficiently and to provide assistance to the individuals incarcerated in the DOC facilities, and their families and friends. Through our case work and published reports related to the investigations and other issues involving incarcerated individuals, we work to promote a positive change in corrections. 

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