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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).
  • February 20, 2018: Volunteer programs will be closed due to heavy snow and inclement weather conditions.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018: Due to the Significant Woman event, there will be no regular visits until 5:15 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Friday, February 23 - Monday, February 26, 2018: The facility is forecasted to receive additional snow that will add to the hazardous road conditions. Visiting and programs remain scheduled, but everyone should use vehicles with traction devices, in accordance with state law. Vehicles that become lodged in snow drifts will require tow trucks to pull them out. You may consider using the alternate route from the north on the Yacolt side of the mountain as it is not as steep as the Hockinson side. Please use caution and take your time.
  • 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!
  • None at this time.
  • 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
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.

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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