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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 inmates under the jurisdiction of the DOC; and,
  • Producing public reports.

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