KENT, WA — Martin Douthit, custodial instructor at the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) Detention Facility in Kent, Washington, has been awarded the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Corrections Distinguished Service Medal Award.
"Martin has been the driving force behind the success of the program that provides opportunities for life-changing skills development and positive reintegration into the community for inmates through the custodial industries job training program. Since the program’s inception in August 1998, over 800 individuals have participated in the course with a 43 percent post-incarceration employment rate," said Mary Ann Moberly, MRJC programs manager.
"Graduates of the 10-week program contribute to the cleanliness of our facilities, resulting in significant cost-savings and other benefits. Martin's dedication to this program and his commitment to the department's goals are commendable and worthy of our recognition and thanks," Moberly added.
Gay Kiesling, dean of trade, industry and apprenticeship at Renton Technical College, oversees the program with input from an active custodial advisory committee comprised of members of industry and the local chapter of the IEHA.