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Ms. Belinda D. Stewart

Wrong Belinda D. Stewart?

Communications Director

Phone: (719) ***-****  HQ Phone
Department of Corrections
2862 South Circle Drive Suite 400
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
United States

 
Background

Employment History

  • Spokeswoman
    Department of Corrections
  • Superintendent
    Washington Corrections Center for Women
  • Communications Director
    DOC
  • Superintendent
    Stafford Creek Corrections Center
  • Superintendent
    McNeil Island Corrections Center
  • Woman Warden
    McNeil Island Corrections Center

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree , Sociology
    Oklahoma State University
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Web References
Scherf was moved to the Monroe ...
www.snoho.com, 17 Feb 2012 [cached]
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 ...
www.yakima-herald.com [cached]
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.
Investigators will now seek a response ...
www.thenewstribune.com, 10 Sept 2011 [cached]
Investigators will now seek a response from Stewart, Department of Corrections' communications director, to their 26-page report, and will schedule a hearing in her case.
State Sen. Mike Carrell sent a letter to Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner after the vote asking him to fire Stewart.
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"I would hope that he would be using this as a reason to clean house," said Carrell, a Lakewood Republican who filed one of three ethics complaints against Stewart.
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The ethics board has the authority to fine Stewart but not to dismiss her.
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Stewart was out of the office Friday and didn't respond to an e-mail sent to her work address.
The ethics board's report suggests Stewart helped rewrite DOC policies on use of state resources after her activities came under scrutiny.
During the revisions, Stewart complained in an e-mail that one proposed rule would "basically cease the existence of several organizations," investigators said. Then-Secretary Eldon Vail responded that the "next step is probably to ask Belinda for alternate language" - and a new rule was crafted that specifically exempted work on behalf of three nonprofits.
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The report said Stewart "may have violated ethics laws when she used state resources including her time, her staff's time, state computers, state vehicles and the state electronic mail system far in excess of the de minimis (negligible) use rule to further the agenda of" nonprofits.
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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.
CFJ - Who We Are
www.capacityforjustice.com, 25 Oct 2005 [cached]
Belinda D. Stewart
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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.
The state Department of ...
www.thenewstribune.com, 18 June 2011 [cached]
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.
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