Belinda D. Stewart
...Belinda StewartAdvisor/Consultant Belinda D. Stewart graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology / Corrections from Oklahoma State University.She was with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections from 1981 until 1992, where she was Assistant Superintendent at two different Community Corrections Centers.Belinda came to Washington in 1992 as Superintendent of Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock, Washington, was Superintendent at McNeil Island Corrections Center from 1994 - 1999, and is currently Superintendent of the Washington Corrections Center for Women.In addition to her current responsibilities, Belinda is chair of the Statewide Employee Recognition Committee and previously chaired the Statewide Diversity Committee.She
is one of the founders of the newly reconstituted Washington Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
(NABCJ), active in the American Correctional Association
(ACA), Washington Correctional Association
(WCA), and Western Correctional Association
(WECA), and a recipient of the 1999 Governor's Distinguished Leadership Management Award.Belinda
was the driving force behind the annual Department of Corrections (DOC) Women in Criminal Justice Conference.She
saw an opportunity to assist in the personal and professional development of women, so she
worked with a committed team to create the first women's conference in 1996.This annual event proved of value to women, but more importantly to people, and now welcomes both men and women.The conference has grown from 60 to over 300 participants.Belinda
provides ongoing leadership and strategic planning for this event.In 2000, the conference committee selected her
as the Outstanding Woman of the Year.
Previously, Belinda's career largely focused on incarcerated males; however, her
instincts led her
to pursue a better understanding of the correctional programming differences for female offenders.This initiated Belinda's journey to becoming a nationally recognized voice in female corrections.
One of the first "truths" she
discovered is "when you incarcerate a woman, you incarcerate a family".Through observation, research, subject matter experts, and a pioneering spirit, Belinda
developed and enhanced nationally recognized programs centered on strengthening the family unit.She
recognizes that increasing the focus on the children of incarcerated parents is key to reducing the prison population, because these children are at highest risk to become offenders themselves.Belinda
strongly believes that creating stronger women equals better mothers and strengthens the family unit, in spite of incarceration.