The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) has a duty to make sure that those in their control and under their supervision do not present a danger to the general public. This includes ensuring that a person who is about to be released is actually safe to be released back into society.
When the failure of the Department of Corrections to properly monitor, supervise, or manage inmates, parolees or their own personnel and staff results in serious harm, injury or death to an individual, the department needs to be held accountable.
Inmates Mistakenly Released Early From Prision
Occasionally a prisoner is mistakenly released early from prison due to a miscalculation of the release date or some other administrative failure. When prisoners are released early it creates a serious public safety issue. For example, it was recently announced that the Washington State Department of Corrections (WA DOC) incorrectly released more than 3,200 before they had served their entire sentence. Several of these early-released offenders have committed new crimes during a time when they should have been in custody.
Those harmed by early-released prisoners or the family members of individuals who have been killed by prisoners that were prematurely release may have significant legal claims against the Washington State Department of Corrections.
Failure To Supervise Cases
When a person who is under supervision by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is not properly supervised and that indivdual then causes physical injury or the death of of another, the victim or their surviving family members may have a legal claim against the state. In numerous cases it has been found that the DOC has failed to follow statutory law regarding probation supervision and failed to follow its own directives requiring increased supervision due to clear evidence that there may be a serious community safety concern.
Pursuing a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections can be extremely complex for a variety of reasons. These types of cases may require the assistance of a personal injury attorney who has experience with personal injury claims against government agencies.
DOC Victim's Rights Attorneys
Our office has represented several victims of negligence by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) in the past. Examples of injury claims we have handled and/or are currently handling against the DOC include:
- Security guards sexually assaulting inmates
- Failure to supervise a parolee/trustee resulting in injury or death of an innocent citizen.
- Inmates mistakenly released early from prison.
If you believe that negligence on the part of the DOC has resulted in harm to you or a family member, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. State government agencies typically employ several attorneys and consultants in-house to vigorously defend negligence claims, and having a qualified lawyer on your site may even the playing field for you and your family.