Statewide Reentry Council, Washington

The Statewide Reentry Council was created in 2016 to improve public safety and outcomes for individuals reentering the community (43.380 RCW). Services include:
(1) Increase collaboration between local and state programs relevant to reentering the community.
(2) Improve safety for victims and their families.
(3) Improve outcomes for individuals reentering the community.
(4) Develop and monitor statewide goals relevant to reentry.
(5) Recommend system and policy changes to reentry systems and supports.
(6) Report to the Legislature.
Board Website
Policy AreaPublic Safety
Governor Appointments15
Total Board Positions15
Statutory AuthorityRCW 43.380
Public Disclosure Required?No
Senate Confirmation Required?No
CompensationTravel reimbursement
Term Length (years)2
Statutory Term Limitsn/a
Member Requirements: The council comprises fifteen members appointed by the governor. The governor must create a membership that includes:
(a)(i) Representatives of: The department of corrections; the juvenile rehabilitation administration; a statewide organization representing community and technical colleges; a statewide organization representing law enforcement interests; a statewide organization representing the interests of crime victims; a statewide organization representing prosecutors; a statewide organization representing public defenders; a statewide or local organization representing businesses and employers; housing providers; and faith-based organizations or communities;
(ii) At least two persons with experience reentering the community after incarceration; and
(iii) Two other community leaders.
(b) At least one position of the council must be reserved for an invited person with a background in tribal affairs, and such position has all of the same voting and other powers of other members.

When making appointments, the governor shall consider:
(a) The racial and ethnic background of applicants in order for the membership to reflect the diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds of all those who are incarcerated in the state;
(b) The gender of applicants in order for the membership to reflect the gender diversity of all those who are incarcerated in the state;
(c) The geographic location of all applicants in order for the membership to represent the different geographic regions of the state; and
(d) The experiences and background of all applicants relating to the incarcerated population.