This weekend, legislators are going to be back in their districts and are going to be holding town halls -- these are excellent opportunities for you to talk with them about issues you care about, including funding for our Department of Corrections contract.

The formats for these meetings are pretty simple - the legislators generally talk a little about what has been happening in Olympia and what their own priorities are, and then they take the rest of the time taking questions and hearing from you.

Our message this year is pretty simple: fund our Department of Corrections contract with new revenue.  Here is why:

  • Department of Corrections Employees have gone since 2008 without a pay increase
  • The types of jobs we do are vastly different from other state employees, as 100% of our time is spent with violent felons.
    • Correctional staff members suffer 2,000 injuries from non-fatal violent incidents on the job every year, the most of any occupation, and from 1999 to 2008 113 correctional officers lost their lives while at work.
    • 44% of correctional officers report symptoms of PTSD and they also report higher levels of depression, sleep difficulty, and memory impairment.
    • Correctional facility workers have higher rates of depression, anxiety, divorce and substance abuse than the general public and other law enforcement professionals.
    • Correctional officers commit suicide at nearly twice the rate of police officers and the general public[6], the highest rate of any occupation in public safety.

At these town hall meetings, other groups and organizations will be there to talk about their own issues, so making sure we have someone there to talk about funding our contract will ensure legislators continue to hear about it.

See below for a list of meetings happening near you.  If you see a meeting happening near you and can attend, please let Political Coordinator Dustin Lambro at [email protected] or 206-441-4860 x1262 know so we can track who is attending.


District/Legislators DATE TIME Location



3/14/2015 1000-1200 Northshore Senior Center in the Wellness Center, 10212 East Riverside Drive, Bothell, WA 98011




3/14/2015 1300-1430 WSU Spokane Riverpoint Campus, 600 N Riverpoint Blvd, Academic Center Auditorium, Rm #20, Spokane, WA 99202




3/14/2015 1030-1230
Meadowdale High School, Great Hall 6002 168th St SW Lynwood





AM: 0930-1100

PM: 1400-1530

AM: Bainbridge Island City Council Chambers, 280 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

PM: Jenne-Wright Adminstration Center, Central Kitsap School District, 9210 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383




3/14/2015 1000-1200
Evergreen State College – Tacoma Campus, 1210 6th Ave. , Tacoma, WA 98405





AM: 1000

PM: 1230


AM: Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003

PM: Milton City Hall, 1000 Laurel Street, Milton, WA 98354




3/14/2015 1400-1530 Shoreline Fire Dept., 17525 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133




3/14/2015 1000-1130

Woodinville High School Performing Arts Center, located at 19819 136th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072