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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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ANOTHER CHANCE to earn a high school diploma is what these young men are headed for at the Washington Correction Center. Guiding young adult lawbreakems back .to live of use- fulness is the object of the Washington Correction Center Sheldon. In a modern $13.3 million plant which does not look like the maximum security prison that it is, 645 inmates currently are involved in an active, progressive rehabilitation program. This conception is based on the premise that the knowledge and skill available in all professional disciplines concerned with human behavior should be brought to bear on the problems of individuals who wind up in custodial institutions. The purpose is, first, to salvage lives and, second, eventually to save the taxpayers' money by reducing the social costs of crime. This philosophy is implemented by a staff of 273, representing a wide range of professional and technical skills. The annual payroll is $2,546,000. The first step in a procedure of diagnosis and treat- ment is carried out in a Classification Unit, under maxi- mum security. Every male person sentenced to prison in the state spends his first six weeks there. In an effort to answer the question: "What brought this man here?" a corps of psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, doctors, and a chaplain subject each new in- mate to intensiye analysis. The object is to find the cause of his wrong-doing, an indication of how he must change his attitudes, and wheth- er he has the aptitudes and adaptibility to absorb the training program. This process sifts out those who would not benefit. These are sent to Monroe or Walla Wal]a. Those judged to be trainable, mostly young first of. fenders, are transferred to medium or minimum security or in "honor" housing where they can earn privileges. At this point rehabilitation begins. These trainee in- mates put in an eight-hour work day. k wide range of vo- cational subjects is offered including the building trades, machine shop practice, automotive repair and mainten- ance, blueprint reading, and culinary skills. During leisure hours they have the use of a 6,000- volume library. There are non-compulsory religious activi- ties, a recreation program, and competitive sports. Faro- flies are urged to visit and write letters. As a service to the community twelve inmates are umpiring Little League baseball games. Coaches report they have done an outstanding job which has improved player morale. Many become eligible for parole in two years. The program is organized so that by the time an individual is ready to leave the center he is prepared to support him- self with a job or to continue his education. The physical plant covers 90 acres of a 400-acre site which was donated to the state by Shelton citizens who raised money to acquire the land by public subscription. A SCIENCE STUDENT is learning the principles of physics in a classroom at Garrett Heyns High School. A vital contribution to the rehabilitation proeess at Washington Correction: ;.Center is made by Garrett Heyns High School, an accredited secondary school wholly with- in the walls of the institution. Inmates with adequatepreparation and strong moti. vation can complete their formal high school education in two years while serving their time. This means that when they are ready for parole they can walk out with a diploma which will open college doors i for them. The school is a part of the Shelton School District system. The educational program is supervised by district personnel. But funds come from special state sources with. out cost to the district. The teaching and learning program is greatly acceler. ate& Each student takes six subjects. Classes are continu. ous for twelve months a year. HIGH SCHOOL students and other WCC residents seek the rewards of s ious reading in the library stacks. Sight-seeing visitors who wish to tour the Washington Correction Center to view its facilities and learn about the advanced rehabilitation programs are welcome on any weekday. Tours may be arranged for individuals or groups by contacting Floyd Powell at the custodial department. No visitors under 18 years of age are permitted. Page 5-60- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 . - _, ..... ,,4 Serving A Growing Insured Savings Accounts All Kinds Of Home Loans Drive In Window Safe Deposit Boxes Community Service Center Free Parking ~ I~II!V! UP CAPITA[ SAVIN T & Comme " Enjoy the finest in television reception in the downtown and Mt. View areas. Soon to be added, FM radio service on the cable. Call us for installation and service rates. B & L CABLEVISION, INC., RT. 5, Shelton PHONE 426-1691 Quality products and expert service are guaranteed at LeRoy's. In addition to Sylvania radio, TV, color TV, and stereo component sales, LeRoy also handles free-standing fireplaces, Franklin stoves, Glasfyre screens, replacement screens and fireplace accessories. For the best in sales and service stop at LeRoy's. s TV 2335 Olympic Hwy. N. (Route 5 Box 1) On Mt. View Phone 426-3172 AI LaBissoniere, real estate and insurance broker, is a lifelong resident of Mason County, and well qualified to assist you with your real estate and insurance transactions. Both he and his staff members will give you the expert attention you expect from professionals. Available to help you are Beverly Thomason, associate broker; Polly Swayze, Debbie Browning, Rex Umphenour, Roberta Oliviero and Keith Anderson. Real Estate Insurance Notary 122 South Third Shelton P.O. Box 123 Phone 426-164! Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-33