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Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)

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Facility Alerts & Notices

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Contact Location & Directions

At A Glance

Custody Level: Maximum,
Close, Medium & Minimum
Living Units & Custody Levels
Capacity: 2,439 male inmates
Year Opened: 1886

WSP Visiting Information

Visitor Application Process

To visit an inmate, you must complete the visitor application process. Go to the Prison Visits webpage for information about what is required in your specific circumstances to complete the visitor application process.

The visitor application process must be completed for both Prison Visits and Video Visits.

Visitor Guidelines

The general guidelines that are applicable to all prison facilities is detailed in DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Prison OffendersAdobe PDF File. WSP also has its own Visitor's GuidelinesAdobe PDF File detailing important notices, visiting rules, guidelines for all visits (prison and video), and regular visiting hours for each housing unit.

WSP's Regular Visiting Hours have also been published below as a quick reference for your convenience.

Family Friendly Events

Many family friendly events are hosted at WSP. These events may disrupt regularly scheduled visiting hours. Please refer to the WSP Family Friendly Events CalendarAdobe PDF File for information regarding upcoming scheduled events.

Regular Visiting Hours

Below are the regularly scheduled visiting hours for each unit that accepts visitors at MCC. Regular visiting hours are subject to change due to unplanned incidents, as well as scheduled events. Please check facility alerts & notices, as well as the Family Friendly Events CalendarAdobe PDF File and Visitor's GuidelinesAdobe PDF File for information that may impact your travel plans, such as planned events, activities, and check-in/check-out times.

East Complex (EC)
Living Units 6, 8, 10

*EC living units rotate days of availability. See WSP Visit Schedule DetailsAdobe PDF File for which living units are accepting visitors on a given day.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*

West Complex (WC)
Delta, Echo, Fox, Golf

South Complex (SC)
BAR Units (Baker, Adams, Rainier), Victor, William

*WC living units rotate days of availability. See WSP Visit Schedule DetailsAdobe PDF File for which living units are accepting visitors on a given day.

Sunday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Monday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Tuesday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Wednesday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Thursday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Friday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Saturday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*

Intensive Management Unit (IMU)
North, South

Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Immediate family only. Visitation duration depends on an inmate's level.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Monday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Friday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End

Video Visiting Hours

Per DOC Policy 450.300 – Attachment 1, Video VisitingAdobe PDF File, video visits will be scheduled in 30 minute increments and may not exceed one hour in duration. Hours posted represent the available check-in times for scheduled visits.

West Complex (WC)
Delta, Echo, Fox, Golf
Daily: 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
South Complex (SC)
Victor, William
Monday – Friday 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
South Complex (SC)
BAR Units (Baker, Adams, Rainier)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
East Complex
Living Units 6, 8, 10
Monday, Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Professional Visits

Professional visits may be scheduled through the Legal Liaison Officer (LLO).

East Complex Attorney Room (for general population inmates)
Monday & Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
West Complex Attorney Room (for general population inmates)
Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
To correlate with living unit scheduled visitation daysAdobe PDF File (unless extenuating circumstances).
West Complex Attorney Room (for IMU inmates on Level 5 approved for contact visits)
Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
IMU No-Contact Booths (for IMU inmates approved for no-contact visits)
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Facility Programs

Academic & Partnership Programs

  • Auto Body
  • Information Technology
  • Building Maintenance Technology
  • Getting it Right
  • Bookkeeping
  • Dog Training & Adoption Programs
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Graphic Design
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Welding

Research Based Programs

Work & Vocational Programs

Community Involvement

Volunteer Programs

Community volunteers provide programs and services that promote positive reintegration into the community, including religious programs, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, assisting Veterans with military issues, assisting inmate's families with children mentoring programs, and special programs (i.e., dental hygienist, photographer, etc.) that are available to the inmate population and their families.

Additionally, guest sport teams, choirs, musical groups, guest speakers/lecturers, and professional groups have held programs for the inmate population. There are also groups that assist inmates in the process of re–integrating back into society.

Giving Back to the Community

Washington State Penitentiary is active in many other programs that support the local community including involvement in Habitat for Humanity , a Canine Training Program, Teddy Bear Program, Native American Regalia Program and the STAR Project .

Inmate Families & the Community

The Family Advisory Committee at Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) was establish to advise the facility on opportunities to strengthen the inmate's family and enhance successful re-entry to community and family.

Some local motels have gift certificates available to assist families with their motel rate if they need to spend a night at Walla Walla, either before or after a regularly scheduled visit.

WSP History

Under contsruction

Washington State Penitentiary Superintendent

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Superintendent
Donald R. Holbrook