WA DOC - Helen B Ratcliff Work Release

State Prison

Last Updated: March 04, 2021
1531 13th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Ratcliff Work Release is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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WA DOC - Helen B Ratcliff Work Release basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 206-320-6600

The inmates housed at Ratcliff Work Release located at 1531 13th Ave S in Seattle, WA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

The Ratcliff Work Release houses female inmates from the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) acknowledges that the first six to 12 months of post-release status are crucial for a releasing individual’s success back in the community. Because public safety is the statutory mission for the agency, and because successful community reentry for individuals leads to safer communities, the Department of Corrections focuses on such prosocial activities as employment, housing, and family connections for those released from incarceration. Successful planning for eventual release begins far in advance from the actual date of release and the Department is intent on providing the needed tools to be successful.

Programs and Resources

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Bible Studies
  • Debtors Anonymous
  • Home Free
  • Residential Parenting Program
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Yoga Classes

The Helen B. Ratcliff Work Release houses females.

About Helen B. Ratcliff Work Release

The Helen B. Ratcliff Work Release houses female offenders. This facility offers the Residential Parenting Program. Other programming opportunities include chemical dependency, Home Free, Bible studies, Alcoholics Anonymous and Debtors Anonymous meetings and yoga classes.

Work Releases - Work release facilities serve as a bridge between life in prison and life in the community. Offenders at work release focus on transition, to include finding and retaining employment, reconnecting with family members, and becoming productive members of the community. They learn and refine social and living skills such as riding the bus, going to the grocery store, and managing their personal finances – all while under supervision. Work release is an opportunity for self–improvement while assisting offenders in creating a safe and productive lifestyle that can be sustained upon release.

Value of Work Release Programs - Offenders who complete the work release program is more likely to be successful in maintaining employment, stable housing, and in paying legal financial obligations. Additionally, recent research conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy indicates that work-release programs have a positive cost⁄benefit impact; in fact, for every dollar spent, $3.82 is returned to the state.

Program Eligibility - An offender with six months left to serve may be eligible to spend those last months in a work-release facility if specific criteria are met. For example, an offender must have a record of good behavior. Additionally, there must be available bed space at a work release facility.

Program Expectations - Offenders in work release facilities must follow all program rules. They must search for and⁄or to retain employment and will be monitored to ensure compliance. Frequent testing for substance abuse will be administered. Offenders may only leave the facility for work or other specific activities, such as appointments, treatment, shopping, or outings to visit family. Offenders must continue therapy, treatment, programming, and classes. Failure to abide by the rules may result in sanction and⁄or termination from the program.

Work Release Operations - Work release focuses on offenders on finding gainful employment, treatment, family reunification, and life skill development.

Inmate Locator

WA DOC - Helen B Ratcliff Work Release is a facility in the Washington Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Visitation Information

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Please call 206-320-6600 to make arrangements to visit work-release inmates

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