The Washington Staff Assault Task Force TM
started recruitment in February of 2008 with 28 members at the Washington State
Penitentiary in Walla Walla. The Task Force was formed by a group of concerned
Correctional employees who banded together and formed a non-profit, membership
controlled, employee organization to fight back.
With inmate on staff assaults rising dramatically within the Department of
Corrections, and county prosecutors’ not receiving recognition for charging
someone already incarcerated, the WSATF became involved. The Task Force has
established a network of attorneys to fight for our rights, and to hold the
inmates accountable for their staff assaults.
As a chapter of National Staff Assault Task Force, the WSATF is a newly formed
organization that assists staff members who have experienced an inmate assault.
Law Enforcement Employees who have been victimized by an assault.
WSATF assists Correctional Staff in holding the inmates accountable through
the Civil Court process.
WSATF ensures that victims have a voice.
WSATF provides assistance to community based victim organizations.
The WSATF now has members in twelve state institutions and four different
counties as well as community corrections. We have provided benefit checks for
more than 450 staff members who have been assaulted.
We have filed and won 43 lawsuits for our members in eight different counties
(Walla Walla, Snohomish, Mason, Spokane, Pierce, Franklin, Clallam and Gray’s Harbor
County) winning judgments totaling over $195,000.00.
In 2011, through effective lobbying, the WSATF was instrumental in the passage
House Bill 1334 - CIVIL JUDGMENTS FOR ASSAULT –PAYMENT. Just like Legal
Financial Obligations, this new law enables us to collect monies from inmate
accounts once a civil judgment has been rendered. By taking monies from inmate’s
accounts before they can spend it on store items, we are holding assaultive
inmates financially accountable for their actions. These dollars go directly to
the staff member that they assaulted instead of their creature comforts.
Visit our membership page and apply today. For a minimum amount of $12.00
dollars per month you can become a member of WSATF.