Resources for Incarcerated Individuals
The Columbia Legal Services (CLS), Institutions Project provides representation and advocacy on behalf of individuals confined in Washington State facilities. The advocacy work done by The Institutions Project focuses on institutional conditions of confinement, discrimination, sentencing and placement, alternatives to institutionalization, and access to courts. They also work with issues related to rehabilitation, reentry, and reductions in recidivism. The Institutions Project does not provide legal counsel for criminal matters.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington State handles civil liberties and civil rights matters that have occurred in Washington State.
You may fill out the United States Courts Pro Se Form to initiate a federal civil rights action addressing prison conditions.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division enforces civil rights law. The Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division receives reports of civil rights violations in correctional facilities. The page linked above explains how to report a civil rights violation with the Special Litigation Section.
The Office of Corrections Ombuds (OCO) is an independent, impartial public office that serves the state of Washington by promoting positive change in corrections. The OCO will investigate complaints about incarcerated individuals' safety and security, along with provided incarcerated individuals with self-advocacy training.