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Public Alerts & Notices

This webpage is regularly updated with the most recent informational alerts and notices for all Department facilities and offices in the state of Washington. Please refer to the alerts and notices provided below for information that may impact your travel plans.

Prison Facility Alerts & Notices

See prison facility notices below for information that may impact your travel plans. Please be advised that unforeseen security problems may interfere with visiting, causing delayed, shortened, suspended or cancelled visits. This is unusual, but it does occasionally occur. For visitation cancellations, you can follow Twitter logo@WADOCVisits on Twitter.

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017: All regular Main and MSU visiting is cancelled for the Day with Dad event. Pre-approved participants may attend.
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017: Visitation will be closed for the Back to School Event.
  • Saturday, August 26, 2017: Visitation will be closed for the Native American Pow-Wow Event.
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017: Regular visitation will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be closed from 3:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. for the recovery banquet.
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017: Family Advisory Council Meeting will be from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, August 7, 2017: Visitation will be closed for a University of California Irvine study.
  • Effective now and until further notice: All D-unit visits will be NO-CONTACT visits, EXCEPT the Intensive Transition Program inmates. The time of visits has changed to 11 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Friday – Monday.
  • Debtek cards may be used during Family Friendly Events.
  • Effective April 24, 2017: The phone system was recently upgraded, changing staff phone extensions from a three-digit to five-digit extension. When calling the facility, please listen to the main menu and select the right number to get you to the area you are looking for and your call will be forwarded from there. Thank you for working with us during this transition.
  • Thursday, August 5, 2017: Afternoon visiting will be closed for our Family Fun Day Event. Evening visitation will be open.
  • None at this time.
  • Friday, August 18, 2017: Regular visitation will be closed at 3:00 p.m. for the Family Fun Night event that will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017: Visitation will be closed from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the Back to School event. Regular visitation will open after 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 20, 2017: Regular visitation will be closed at 3:00 p.m. for the Family Fun Night event that will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 27 - Saturday, October 28, 2017: Regular visitation will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27th, and will remain closed through Saturday, October 28th, to accommodate a facility event.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Regular visitation will be closed at 3:00 p.m. for the Family Fun Night event that will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3, 2017: Visitation will be closed from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the Winter events (one event per day). Regular visitation will open after 5:00 p.m.
  • Effective April 7, 2017 Cash-to-Card System Changes: The Cash-to-Card system now has the capability to accept credit, debit, and cash. With these new features come changes as to how it works. See the Cash-to-Card System ChangesAdobe PDF document file flyer for more information.
  • Effective March 14, 2017 Visitation Process Times:
    • No visitors will be processed 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. due to shift change or 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. for Formal Count.
    • Extended Family Visits (EFV’s) will process promptly at 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Please do not arrive earlier than this time. The visitor guidelinesAdobe PDF document file will be updated to reflect these changes at a later date.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

Business Offices
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Sign-up for Emergency & Incident Alerts

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is now able to send you emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incident alerts, via text message, email, pager, and/or voice mail.

  • Emergency Alerts: Could include hazards that require action be taken such as an evacuation, prison lock down, prison escapees, or other severe events.
  • Non-Emergency Incident Alerts Could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts, or significant ongoing Corrections exercises or other activity.

This system will not be used for routine informational notices (see Prison Facility Alerts & Notices for this information). Alerts are provided free of charge, however, standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply.

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