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Background Information

Employment History

Spokeswoman
Department of Corrections

Communications and Outreach Director
Department of Corrections

Communications Director
DOC

Superintendent
Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Superintendent
Washington Corrections Center for Women

Woman Warden
McNeil Island Corrections Center

Superintendent
McNeil Island Corrections Center

Affiliations

Advisor and Consultant
Justice

Board Member
Gig Harbor Rent-A-Boat

Advisory Board Member
Institute for Prison Ministries

Education

Bachelor's Degree
Sociology
Oklahoma State University

Web References (60 Total References)


Scherf was moved to the Monroe ...

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Scherf was moved to the Monroe Correctional Complex in April 2001 as a maximum-security inmate and reclassified as a medium-security inmate three months later, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Belinda Stewart said last week.

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The DOC has yet to find Biendl's request, Stewart said last week.
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The chapel lacked cameras because of budget issues, not religious reasons, Stewart said. Corrections officers told the Tribune the Monroe Correctional Complex's camera coverage has many blind spots. The 340-acre complex has five units housing up to 2,400 offenders and employs 1,200 people. "We can't put cameras in every single area of the institution. That's part of the reason we have staff," Stewart said.
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Employee salaries account for 70 percent of the system's budget, Stewart said. The other 30 percent is divided among inmate educational programs, food and other expenses like utility bills.
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Reclassifying and moving prisoners is common, DOC spokeswoman Stewart said. "We move people to lower custody because they've earned it or they've shown" they can be held under lower custody levels, Stewart said. While lower custody levels mean less cost to the DOC, Stewart denied that the DOC moves inmates to save money.


Belinda Stewart, spokeswoman ...

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Belinda Stewart, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, confirmed that date.

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Stewart said that although the 130-bed prison is not full, officials have not been deliberately downsizing the population at Ahtanum View.


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The state Department of Corrections is investigating whether an administrator Belinda Stewart broke ethics laws by devoting state time and employees to her work on behalf of nonprofit groups.

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At least five nonprofits led or co-led by Belinda Stewart reported in records filed with the state that they share their official address with DOC Tumwater headquarters.
An ethics complaint by state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, alleges Stewart, DOC's communications and outreach director, essentially ran those and other groups from her office, using state computers, vehicles and employees who worked for her.
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His is one of three ethics complaints filed against Stewart with the Executive Ethics Board that has the power to fine state workers.
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One group led by Stewart, the Association of Women in Criminal Justice, probably has "dozens" of members in the Corrections Department, Vail said.
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But the family withdrew its permission and created its own scholarship fund under Griswold's name, Stewart wrote on the website in February.
"There has been a lot of information disseminated about the integrity of the association that is simply not true," wrote Stewart, who didn't return a phone message at her office Thursday afternoon.
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Vail and Stewart, its president, entered into a "memorandum of understanding" in March, allowing employees with the group to make infrequent use of DOC facilities and computers.
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Agreements like the one DOC signed with the group were also signed with the state chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, for which Stewart is the registered agent, and another nonprofit that's not part of the probe, the Washington Correctional Association.
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Carrell sees "a concerted effort by Ms. Stewart to 'grandfather in' her private business activities to try to make them appropriate within DOC policies, many years after much of the unethical behavior took place," he said in his complaint.
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Stewart has led at least three prisons, including McNeil Island Corrections Center.
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Ethics board staff will consider DOC's report to the board, which is likely to decide on whether Stewart violated the law at its September meeting, executive director Melanie de Leon said.


"We had good fortune of having ...

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"We had good fortune of having an EWU summer intern, and based on our relationship with him, we chose Eastern," DOC Communications Director Belinda Stewart said.

The decision to go with EWU turned out to be the correct one for the DOC, as they have received positive feedback about the logo from both staff and the community.
"You can't believe how satisfied we are with the logo and Web site," said Stewart.
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"To me, [the logo] represents bridges, the first part of that bridge being the community and the smaller part being an offender," said Stewart. "There were so many things that spoke to us, even the colors."
To see the logo and Web site, go to www.doc.wa.gov.
"I've been here for 17 years and this is something I'm most proud of. We love it," Stewart said.


Stafford Creek Corrections ...

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Stafford Creek Corrections Center Superintendent Belinda D. Stewart will take over the new position effective July 1.Her role will be to coordinate the Department's re-entry efforts throughout the agency.

"I have a passion for re-entry, and I am willing and ready to take on this challenge," Stewart said.
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Stewart brings to this position 26 years of correctional expertise and a strong belief that Corrections and the community must join forces to successfully integrate offenders back into our neighborhoods.Stewart, currently Superintendent at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Washington came to Washington in 1992 and has served as Superintendent at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, McNeil Island Corrections Center, and the Washington Corrections Center for Women.

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