Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

Area Program Program Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent Highlights
MCC-WSRU Composting programs: Worm Farm, Black Soldier Flies, Bokashi University Beyond Bars, Tilth Alliance, University of Washington Ecosystem Science Division 6 technicians awarded composting certificates in past year; developing gardening curricula & certification; partnership with UW studying composting trials on crops’ nutritional value; current food waste processing capacity 65,000 lbs/annually; with commercial food pulper will process all food waste from WSR; worm farm has 8.5 million worms in 17 bins; black soldier fly program expansion construction complete (8x bigger!), 105 processing bins; will come on line with commercial food pulper.
MCC-WSRU City of Monroe public flowers City of Monroe donates materials, receives flowers and worm castings Grew 1,000 begonias for City; plan to grow many more next year — new benches in greenhouse to hold 40,000 plant starts
MCC-WSRU SPL Roots of Success Roots of Success Graduated 4 classes so far!
MCC-WSRU SPL Bicycles from Heaven Bikes donated by Snohomish County Sheriff, Monroe PD, Marysville PD, Everett PD; donated to Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club and the City of Sultan for National Night Out In past year: restored 130, shipped out 137,  recycled 31.
MCC-WSRU SPL Wheelchair program Wheels for the World Restored 165 wheelchairs, recycled 31; restored 45 walkers; restored 50 crutches; shipments to Peru
MCC-WSRU SPL Wood Craft 4 Charity Scrap wood donated by Canyon Creek Cabinet Company; donate to Childrens Hospital, YWCA, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Women’s Shelter of Monroe Created and donated 101 toys and puzzles and 6 bird houses
MCC-WSRU House plants   Grow plants for hospital floor.
MCC-WSRU Waste sorting & recycling   Technicians receive education and training on sorting to support composting programs
MCC-WSRU Waste Water Treatment Certification    
MCC-WSRU Bird habitat   Bird houses and hummingbird feeders
MCC-WSRU Flower gardens   Flowers selected to attract bees and pollinate the vegetables
MCC-WSRU Vegetable gardens CI Food Services donated seeds Grew 2,913 lbs for prison kitchen, vegetables and herbs; every living unit has garden space; 1.02 acres cultivated. Working with Evergreen on SPP gardening curriculum.
MCC-SOU Beekeeping Northwest District Beekeepers Association 3 healthy hives; 5 incarcerated and 2 staff beekeepers certified
MCC-SOU Nature Imagery NIPP team New program in 2018
MCC-SOU Vegetable gardens   Thriving program: tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, lettuce, squash, and herbs
MCC-SOU Cat program Purrfect Pals Since 2006, 800 cats adopted; started clicker training for cat tricks!
MCC-TRU Beekeeping Northwest District Beekeepers Association 6 hives; displayed at the Evergreen State Fair; new hives were so productive that they harvested honey; staff and incarcerated individuals show huge enthusiasm for the program!
MCC-TRU Gardens   Grew 850 lbs for prison kitchen; every living unit has garden space; ~4000 ft2 of gardens
MCC-TRU Community Aide Coalition: quilting, crochet, textile arts Over the Rainbow Fabrics, Dolly Haakenson, and clothing and textile advisors of Snohomish County donate materials; crafts donated to Interfaith Family Shelter, Westlake Shelter, Hope Crew, Swedish, Evergreen, Seattle Children’s and Providence Hospitals, Rainbow Center, Evergreen Hospice, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Summit Assistance Dogs, Holy Rosary Church, Rotary First Harvest, East Count and Monroe Senior Center and many, many others. 99 quilts and 229 crochet and fabric hats created and donated in past year.
MCC-TRU Dog training and adoption Summit Assistance Dogs 16 dogs graduated this year, in 4 graduations; 4 are presently in advanced training to be placed with a recipient

Articles about MCC

2019

Origin Story of a Compost Program

2018

UW & Prison Study Soil Health

Astrobiology for the Incarcerated – Washington

Recognizing a world-class program

2017

Prison Shares Earthworm Wealth with Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

2016

Sustainable Practices Lab at Washington State Reformatory

It was a Toad-ally Ribbiting Lecture with the Special Offenders Unit

SPP Internship on Reentry

2014

Ideas Worth Spreading: “Turning Keys” in a Washington prison

2012

Using Worms to Reduce Food Waste at Monroe Correctional Complex!