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Visiting Help & Support

The correctional system, with all of its rules and processes, can be challenging to understand without assistance. This page is intended to bridge that gap by providing information, connection to services and assistance in finding visiting help and support resources.

Appeal Process

Appeal of Initial Visit Application Denial

A visitor may appeal an initial visit application denial in writing to the Assistant Secretary for Prisons/Headquarters Correctional Program Administrator. A written decision will be emailed to the visitor or mailed through USPS when email is not an option.

Appeal of Visiting Privilege Restrictions/Suspension/Termination

Visitors may appeal visiting privilege restrictions/suspension/termination by writing to the facility's Superintendent, stating the circumstances and why visiting privileges should be restored. If the Superintendent upholds the decision, the visitor may appeal the decision to the Assistant Secretary for Prisons, who will have final authority on visiting privilege appeals.

See the DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated IndividualsAdobe PDF document file for more information.

Transportation Assistance

While the Department of Corrections (DOC) does not offer or sponsor any transportation services, Western Van Service provides a free service that can assist you in visiting inmates.

Western Van Service

Western Van Service (WVS) is a locally owned, veteran-run transportation service. They currently schedule round-trip visits to all DOC prison facilities.

  • All trips are round-trips. No overnight trips.
  • Email or call to get on the list. First come, first served.
  • Pick-up points are at WSDOT Park & Ride Lots .
  • WVS vehicles will arrive on time for loading, and depart on-time. Late arrivals will have to reschedule.

Schedule

See the Transportation ScheduleAdobe PDF File to plan your trip. The current schedule is valid July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

Transportation Requests

Contact Western Van Service by phone or email at least 10 days prior to your travel date and provide the following information:

  • Prison Facility
  • Inmate's Name & DOC Number
  • Your Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number(s)
  • Address

A staff member from Western Van Service will contact you 2 days before the trip to verify information.

WVS Contact Information

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
Phone: (360) 724-8775
Email: western.doc@comcast.net