Northwest Justice Project
This is a resource that can provide legal representation to low income individuals thru low-cost or pro bono referrals. They help with (non-criminal) Family, and immigration law, they also have links to many (self-help law publications) in the greater King Co. area and WA State. You can register online or by telephone for services. If you are interested in donating, volunteering, a Law Student, or working for the non-profit there is information available.

Washington Reentry Guide (tentative title)

Individuals who are in transition from jail or prison face a lengthy and complex list of obstacles that often prevent them from accessing housing, employment, and basic services. While many tools do exist to address these issues, they can be narrowly focused, difficult to navigate, overly “legal,” and lack practical advice about how the reader can exercise his or her rights.

Under this premise, Washington Appleseed began developing the outline of the Washington Reentry Guide. Continuing community discussions highlighted primary issues for the guide to cover, listed here in alphabetical order:

  • Criminal records and background checks
  • Debt
  • Education & Loans
  • Employment
  • Family law: child support
  • Family law: custody, visitation and parental rights
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Housing
  • Identification
  • Immigration
  • Legal financial obligations
  • Other government benefits
  • Outstanding warrants
  • Transportation
  • Voting and jury service
  • Work release and parole

Re-entry Network Cafe
Contact: Support team:
Warmline (Please leave a voicemail): 253.229.7209

Meets: 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 6PM - 7:30PM
Location: TROC, Community Justice Center, 1016 S. 28th St, Tacoma, WA
Services: We are a group of reintegrated citizens sharing dreams, goals, and experience to those seeking to overcome barriers as they seek employment and resources. Our mission is to provide a safe place for individuals to talk freely, network, and receive encouragement and inspiration in a time of personal and social changes.

Information About How to Support Someone in Prison

Family and Friends Services: Washington Sate Department of Corrections

Find the information you need on these subjects:
  • How do I talk on the telephone with the offender?
  • How do I send mail to the offender?
  • How do I send packages to the offender?
  • How do I send money or funds to the offender?
  • How do I prepare for a visit with children?
  • How do I visit with the offender at the prison?
  • How do I send an emergency message?

Information About Release, Community Supervision & Conditional ReleaseFAQ about conditional release of a person from prison prior to the end of the maximum sentence imposed.

Questions about Release in Washington State

  • Can I pick up the offender when he or she is released?
  • Are offenders placed on parole when they are released?
  • What happens if an offender’s release plan is not approved?
  • What would cause an offender’s release plan to be denied?
  • What happens to an offender who has no family or friends and has no place to go?
  • How does an offender restore his or her right to vote?

General Community Supervision Information from

Legislative and Community Based Initiatives

Investing for no Return - 2012

The Smart Justice Project
A report compiled by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office which contains "Recommendations to reform Washington’s system of reentry to improve outcomes for men and women released from the State’s prisons, to reduce crime, and to enhance public safety.

Community Partnership for Transition Services (CPTS), Pierce County

Vision Statement:
A community that welcomes the talents and contributions of all members, including those returning to us after incarceration.
Mission Statement:
Our mission is to promote the successful transition of adults into the community after prison and jail. We accomplish this through purpose driven community partnerships that provide holistic, comprehensive services in support of these adults as they build self-sufficient and productive lives.
Pierce County CPTS meets the 1st Friday of the month from 10 am - Noon
Bates Techanical College, 1105 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma WA 98402
Clyde Hupp Board Room 331
Note: Those on our email distribution list are notified are notified of our occasional time and location changes; if you are not yet on the list, contact us to confirm the details of our next meeting.
For more information contact

Workforce Development Site CPTS page for King, Snohomish & Pierce Counties

CROP Bill 1553 Training video for Certificate of Restoration and Opportunity from Columbia Legal Services. Answers common questions and clarifies who is eligible. CROP went into effect June 9th, 2016.

More on CROP from Columbia Legal Services

EXECUTIVE ORDER 16-05: Building Safe and Strong Communities Through Successful Reentry 2016

  • Inslee signs executive order related to reducing recidivism and increasing public safety

  • Gov. Jay Inslee today, in recognition of National Reentry Week, signed an executive order to better support the successful transition of people leaving prison and returning to their communities. Inslee was joined by community leaders and formerly incarcerated people at today’s signing at FareStart in Seattle.

  • “One of the most significant public safety investments we can make to improve the lives of individuals and the safety of our communities is to do more to prepare people leaving our criminal justice system for a successful re-entry to society,” Inslee said.

  • Approximately 17,000 people are incarcerated in Washington state prisons and about 95 percent will return to their communities. Fifty percent of those men and women are parents. The executive order, “__Building Safe and Strong Communities through Successful Reentry__,” directs state agencies to reduce recidivism and increase public safety with stronger transition programs, so more men and women can build lives based on jobs rather than on crime. This includes:
    • Directing the Department of Corrections and juvenile rehabilitation to develop a reentry-focused orientation program for every individual as they enter a correctional facility and when they leave;
    • Directing the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, the Washington Student Achievement Council, the Washington Apprenticeship and Training Council and Labor and Industries to develop a statewide correctional post-secondary education and apprenticeship plan; and
    • Tasking the Department of Commerce to build a corporate outreach plan with Correctional Industries to identify workforce needs that can be met with appropriately trained individuals with criminal backgrounds.

  • One of Inslee’s Results Washington goals is __to increase six-month post-incarceration employment__ from 30 percent to 40 percent by 2017.

  • Other reentry steps include making sure all offenders are issued a state ID card upon leaving a state correctional facility and suspending rather than terminating certain health care and social service benefits during the time an offender is incarcerated. Washington has already removed some employment barriers such as adopting a “ban the box” policy that increases state employment opportunities for applicants with criminal records.

  • “It just makes sense to support people as they transition from prison back into the community,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. “We all win when we lower recidivism, increase public safety, and restore hope for formerly incarcerated people to become community assets.”

The Washington Department of Corrections is increasing the security level for email messages containing confidential or restricted data. A new Secure Email Portal is being implemented. Outbound email messages from DOC staff that contain confidential or restricted data will be routed to the portal. A notification of the secured message will be delivered to the recipient.

Advocacy and Referral Agencies
Angels of Pierce County
Alphabetized list of Pierce County community resources organized by need.

Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

Crystal Judson Family Justice Center

Domestic Violence Assistance
D V Helpline: (253) 798-4166 (253) 798-4166
Toll Free: (800) 764-2420 (800) 764-2420 FREE
TDD: (253) 798-4620 (253) 798-4620
Business Line: (253) 798-4310 (253) 798-4310
718 Court E; Tacoma, WA 98402

Services offered:
  • Victim support in criminal cases
  • Civil Legal Services
  • Safety Planning
  • Protection Orders
  • Access to Dept. of Social and Health Services
  • Military Advocacy and Information
  • Spiritual Support
  • Access to Financial Literacy/Job Skills training
  • Sexual Assault Information
  • Immigration Information
  • Access to Support Groups and Counseling
  • Emergency Housing Information
  • Domestic Violence Medical Clinic Referrals
  • Transportation Assistance
The above services are available in multiple languages.

A Guide to Services for Families Affected by Incarceration

Empowering Life

Fair Shake

Services: Tools for a successful transition from prison to society
Through a blend of reentry awareness and web- based tools and resources, Fair Shake encourages all stakeholders to participate in the reintegration of formerly incarcerated people back into society.

Freedom Project

Contact: 206-325-5678
Office address: 4759 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Mailing address:P.O. Box 31191 Seattle, WA 98103
Services: Freedom Project is an innovative educational organization serving inmates and those recently released back into the community.
We offer programs teaching mindfulness and the concrete skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) designed to lead to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones, and the larger community. We teach prisoners how to heal relationships ruptured by violence and how to improve their capacity to serve as family members, workers and citizens.

4 People

Services: Online Resources and Case Management
Comprehensive community resource listings (housing, medical and dental provider etc), categorized by county. These resources haven't been updated recently; however, they can be downloaded in PDF format. This is useful when printing resources to send to someone who is currently incarcerated or who has no access to the Internet for some other reason.
4 People Pierce County Resources for Re-entry: PDF

Sex Offender Resource

Services: On-line resources for those who are registered sex offenders and their loved ones (family, friends, ect…). The website provides information on where to find counseling if you need it, employment resources, housing information, family support, as well as book recommendations. Each state listing provides information about sex offenders laws for that individual state.

Sex Offender Re-Entry Packet, November 2013 pdf

King County programs and agencies that help sex-offenders transition back into the community and may help with basic needs, housing, employment, and transitional support.

South Sound Outreach

Contact: (253) 593-2111 (253) 593-2111
1106 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405
Services: Assists senior, disabled, homeless, or economically vulnerable individuals in attaining Washington Basic Health, Medicaid, MediGap, Medicare Advantage Plus, prescription drug discounts, and other benefits. (SSOS is also listed under emergency services)

United Way of Pierce County

Contact: 1-800-572-4357 for 211
Services: callers receive assistance with counseling, health care, housing and shelter and much more.The South Sound direct line for 2-1-1 call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with 24-hour voice mail.

Washington Coalition for Responsible Justice

Contact: 425-686-026 425-686-0265
PO Box 214, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Services: Advocacy and information related to the justice system and those involved in it.

Global to Local

Global to Local Connections Desk
Contact: 206-816-3243 206-816-3243 or 206-816-3266 206-816-3266
4040 S. 188th St, SeaTac, WA 98188
Services: Connects individuals and families with the resources they need such as applying for health insurance, food stamps/cash benefits, finding classes, etc. We assist anyone. We are a non-profit organization and are open Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm.

What's Next Washington
Questions regarding the conditional release of a person from prison prior to the end of the maximum se