South Correctional Entity Requests Proposals for Construction Services

October 2017

DES MOINES, WA – SOUTH CORRECTIONAL ENTITY (SCORE) REQUESTS PROPOSALS – BUILDING CONSTRUCTION SERVICES.  Pursuant to WA RCW 39.80, notice is hereby given that SCORE is requesting proposals for building construction from eligible contactors for SCORE’s lobby renovation The building construction bid package consists of interior modifications of an open lobby space into administrative offices.  The project includes all mechanical, plumbing, electrical work consistent with existing finishes in other administrative areas of the jail. Questions regarding the project must be submitted by email to DLR Group, Attn. Sabrina Ames at Questions must be received by Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. An optional pre-bid inspection will be held Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Proposals must be received by 11:00 AM (PST), Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at SCORE, Attention Karen Jester, 20817 17th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198.  For more information and to RSVP the pre-bid inspection, prospective contractors should email

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Inmate Death

August 2017

DES MOINES, WA – On August 2, 2017, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Corrections Officers at South Correctional Entity discovered an unresponsive female in the medical observation unit.  Corrections and Medical staff immediately began resuscitation efforts until the King County Medics arrived. The inmate was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead at the facility.   Des Moines Police and the King County Medical Examiner’s office responded to the scene and an investigation is underway.  At this time, the cause of death is unknown but it is believed to be a medical event. The deceased inmate is a 24-year-old female, who had been booked on July 31, 2017, by the Renton Police Department. 

There is no further information available at this time.

SCORE Jail Awarded First Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Jail Accreditation

May 2016

DES MOINES, WA – On May 25, 2016, the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) was awarded accreditation through the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) by proving compliance with 150 applicable WASPC jail standards and demonstrates SCORE is operating under industry best practices and standards. The accreditation audit took place in April 2016 and was conducted by a group of volunteer assessors from various law enforcement agencies across Washington State. As part of the on-site evaluation process, the assessors reviewed agency policies and procedures; reviewed documentation (proofs) and interviewed SCORE agency staff members gathering additional information to show SCORE is in compliance with the WASPC jail standards.

Agencies seeking accreditation must prove compliance with standards addressing major areas of oversight such as use of force, records management, information technology, investigations functions, evidence and property control, health and safety, fiscal management, inmate management and communication, sanitation and maintenance, security, recruitment and training.

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SCORE Corrections Officers Earn National Jail Officer Certification (CJO)

January 2016

DES MOINES, WA – SCORE Corrections Officers J. Bailey, A. Bjornberg, D. Koidahl, C. Marken, D. Nendick and Lieutenant B. Terhune recently received the national designation of Certified Jail Officer (CJO) by the authority of the American Jail Association through the Jail Manager Certification Commission.

The certification was completed in November 2015 granted upon the successful completion of a background application and an intensive three-hour examination jointly prepared by the American Jail Association and the Jail Manager Certification Commission. Certification in jail operations is a demonstration of officer competency and professionalism in the industry. It documents the mastery of a strong level of knowledge in corrections and demonstrates continuing education and growth.

Accordingly to the American Jail Association, SCORE employs 9 of the 11 certified corrections officers in the State of Washington and has 2 certified jail managers. As of December 2015, there are only 411 active CJO’s in this Nation’s 3,200-plus jail and detention facilities.

SCORE Earns 100% PREA Compliance

November 16, 2015

DES MOINES, WA – SCORE completed the agency’s first PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) audit, demonstrating 100% compliance on all forty-one applicable PREA Standards for Adult Detention facilities.

The SCORE Jail PREA audit, which took place on October 26th and 27th 2015, was conducted by an independent certified Department of Justice PREA Auditor whose findings and recommendations were submitted to the Department of Justice.  According to the PREA Act, all confinement facilities must be audited at least every three years to remain compliant with federal law.

SCORE’s 100% compliance demonstrates the dedication and commitment to implementing policies, procedures and practices to meet the requirements of the PREA standards.

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Inmate Found Unresponsive

November 16, 2015

DES MOINES, WA – On November 10, 2015, at approximately 9:43 a.m., Corrections Officers discovered an unresponsive male in the booking unit. Correction Officers and medical staff immediately started lifesaving efforts until EMS and Fire Services arrived and assumed the scene. The inmate was effectively resuscitated, stabilized and transported to Highline Hospital.

On Friday, November 13, 2015, SCORE was advised that the inmate had expired. The inmate was a 21-year-old male who had been booked into SCORE the morning of November 10th by Federal Way Police. The death is believed to be from a medical event.

There is no further information available at this time.

Inmate Death

August 12, 2015

On August 12, 2015, at approximately 5 p.m., corrections officers at South Correctional Entity discovered an unresponsive male in the medical observation unit.  Medics were summoned and the inmate was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.   Des Moines Police and the King County Medical Examiner responded.  At this time the cause of death is unknown but believed to be as a result of a medical event. 

The deceased inmate was a 34-year-old male, who had been booked the previous day by Auburn Police Department. 

There is no further information available at this time.


Minor Roof Fire

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:30am

At approximately 12:30 am on November 11, 2014, the smell of smoke was noticed inside the laundry area at SCORE Jail.  Further investigation revealed a small fire on the roof above the laundry and some smoke inside the building.  South King County Fire responded and some inmates were temporarily moved within the facility and new bookings were restricted for a short period of time.  The jail returned to full operations by 5 am.

“Staff did a wonderful job responding to the fire and acted as they had been trained to assure the safety of all inmates and staff” said Penny Bartley, SCORE Director.   There were no injuries and the damage was confined to a small area on the roof.  Early reports indicate that the fire was due to a malfunctioning natural gas valve.  

SCORE Earns NCCHC Accreditation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:00pm

SCORE became one of approximately 250 jails in the United States to earn the NCCHC accreditation.

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