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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.

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017: The City of Airway Heights has notified the Department of Corrections that preliminary test results indicate the city's water supply is contaminated. Out of an abundance of caution, the Department will supply bottled water to inmates until the city's water supply is tested as safe to drink. Please see the City of Airway Heights' website for more information about the contamination. Please call us at (360) 725-8213 if you have any questions.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017: Visiting will be closed due to the Family Centered Father's Day Event.
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017: Visiting will be closed due to the Black History Cultural 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.
  • 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.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017: Afternoon visitation is cancelled for the Mother's Day event. Evening visitation will be open.
  • June 1-15, 2017: The Extended Family Visitation (EFV) program will be closed for necessary maintenance to the trailers.
  • Friday, June 16, 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, June 17, 2017: Visitation will be closed from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the Dude's Day event. Regular visitation will open after 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017: Visitation will be closed from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the Summer Family BBQ event. Regular visitation will open after 5:00 p.m.
  • 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, 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.
  • Sunday, June 18, 2017: Visitation will be closed 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for the Black History event. Regular visitation will resume after the event.
  • Monday, May 8, 2017: The visit room will be closed for the first session only. Regular visitation will resume at 4:15 p.m.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

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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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