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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.

  • Effective September 1, 2017: Main facility only, no visitors will be processed between 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. due to shift change. (This does not apply to MSU at this time).
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017: Visitation will be closed for the Family Fair event.
  • 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.
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017: A family friendly pumpkin painting event will be held in the visit room during normal visitation.
  • Debtek cards may be used during Family Friendly Events.
  • IMPORTANT TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR LCC VISITORS: Effective November 1st through April 1st, all vehicles traveling to the facility are required to be equipped with either traction devices, including tire chains, as defined by WAC 204-24-040 . Not following state law can result in either preventing travel to the facility from the end of the county roads or even result in a citation from law enforcement in the event you travel on the roads and an accident occurs. Please be safe for yourself and your family and ensure that you are prepared for winter traveling. Please call the facility if you have any questions. Thank you!
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017: The 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. visitation session for MCC-SOU has been cancelled due to an electronics failure. MCC-SOU visitation will resume at 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017: MCC-WSRU visiting will be closed 12:30-4:30 p.m. for a Family Halloween event.
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017: MCC-TRU visiting will be closed 12:30-4:30 p.m. for a Family Halloween event.
  • 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 - 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.
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017: Visitation will be closed from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. due to an event.
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017: Visitation will be closed from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. due to an event.
  • Effective now and until further notice: If you are currently experiencing symptoms of the flu, please do not enter the facility. If you are susceptible to the flu, please be cautious. See the Superintendent's memo (pdf) for more details.

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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