Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ)


Criminal Justice, Criminology, & Forensics

First Advisor

Jacqueline Helfgott

Second Advisor

Elaine Gunnison

Third Advisor

Mac Pevey and Mark Cohan


In April 2007, the Washington State Department of Corrections initiated a new policy mandating that offenders who violated the conditions of their supervision would serve their full custody sanction in either a state correctional facility or a county jail. This study will focus on the offenders and the violators housed at the Monroe Correctional Complex’s Minimum Security Unit in Monroe Washington. This research will examine the social and cultural effects of housing short time violators who are commonly housed in a jail setting with imprisoned offenders’ environment designed for long-term incarceration. Implications for prison administration, correctional staff, prisons, and released offenders under community supervision will be discussed.