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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  


We are pleased to share our new mission, vision, and values. 

OCO's Vision  

The Office of the Corrections Ombuds envisions a more humane and transparent Washington corrections system.

OCO's Mission 

The Office of the Corrections Ombuds is on a mission to provide opportunities for people impacted by incarceration to raise issues and resolve conflicts. We work to reduce harm in the Washington corrections system by negotiating outcomes, recommending positive change, and reporting individual and systemic concerns. 

OCO's Values 

Integrity: We believe in honesty, transparency, and authenticity. 

Respect: We are a compassionate, kind, and consistent organization. We value our collective humanity and dignity.

Collaboration: We work together to deliver objective communications and negotiations to positively impact the community we serve.

Equity: We recognize the importance of diversity and lived experience. We aim to provide equitable services to all people impacted by incarceration.

Courage: We are bold and persistent problem solvers. We work to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of incarcerated individuals. We remain optimistic that our work empowers and makes a difference.


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