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Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC)

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Facility Alerts & Notices

Before visiting, check for notices that may impact your travel plans. For visitation cancellations, you can follow Twitter logo@WADOCVisits on Twitter.

  • Effective Thursday, December 24, 2020: If a correctional facility is experiencing an outbreak, it may need to move incarcerated individuals’ housing locations. During these occasions, there may be some interruptions to pre-scheduled video visitations as these moves occur. If delayed, these video visits will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Effective Thursday, December 10, 2020: Corrections has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new Extended Family Visit (EFV) applications...see 12/11/2020 memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Corrections is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities...see COVID-19 facility alert details (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols...see COVID-19 facility alert details (pdf).
Contact & Location

At A Glance

Local Family Council
DOC Policy 530.155 Family CouncilsAdobe PDF File
Custody Levels:
Minimum, Minimum MI3, & Medium
Living Units & Custody Levels
Capacity: 2,258 male inmates
Year Opened: 1992

AHCC Visiting Information

Visitor Application Process

To visit an inmate, you must complete the visitor application process. Go to the Prison Visits webpage for information about what is required in your specific circumstances to complete the visitor application process.

The visitor application process must be completed for both Prison Visits and Video Visits.

Visitor Guidelines

The general guidelines that are applicable to all prison facilities is detailed in DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated IndividualsAdobe PDF File. AHCC also has its own Visitor's GuidelinesAdobe PDF File detailing important notices, visiting rules, guidelines for all visits (prison and video), and regular visiting hours for each housing unit.

AHCC's Regular Visiting Hours have also been published below as a quick reference for your convenience.

Family Friendly Events

Many family friendly events are hosted at AHCC. These events may disrupt regularly scheduled visiting hours. Please refer to the AHCC Family Friendly Events CalendarAdobe PDF File for information regarding upcoming scheduled events.

Regular Visiting Hours

Below are the regularly scheduled visiting hours for each unit that accepts visitors at AHCC. 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). Regular visiting hours are subject to change due to unplanned incidents, as well as scheduled events. Please check facility alerts & notices, as well as the Family Friendly Events CalendarAdobe PDF File and Visitor's GuidelinesAdobe PDF File for information that may impact your travel plans.

Living Units K, L, R

Sunday: Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Monday: 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Living Units M, N, T

Sunday: 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Monday: Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 3:30 p.m.

Minimum Security Unit (MSU)
Building C-2

Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Monday: 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


For inmates unable to attend normal visiting due to significant health concerns

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Video Visiting Hours

Per DOC Policy 450.300 – Attachment 1, Video VisitingAdobe PDF File, video visits will be scheduled in 30 minute increments and may not exceed one hour in duration. Hours posted represent the available check-in times for scheduled visits.

Living Units K, L, & M
Daily: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Living Units N, R, & T
Daily: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Living Units C4 & C5
Daily: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Facility Programs

Academic & Partnership Programs

Research Based Programs

Work & Vocational Programs

  • Aerospace Composites (I–BEST)
  • Bindery
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Technology
  • CAD Drafting and Design
  • Computer Basics
  • Computer Refurbishing
  • Department of Natural Resources Work Crews
  • Food Service
  • Job Search
  • Maintenance (custodial, plumbers, painters, home builders, laundry, upholstery)
  • Optical Lab
  • Teacher’s Aides
  • Upholstery

Community Involvement

Airway Heights encourages supervised interaction between community members and incarcerated persons.

Family Events

The Community Partnership Program and volunteers from the community are dedicated to providing events, projects, and programs to inmates and their families. These include Book Fairs, Family Craft Events, Santa Comes to Visiting, Day with Dad, Family Illness and Eulogy Video, and the Family (Children's) Birthday Party program.

Volunteer Programs

Volunteers are instrumental in assisting in the development of programs aimed at promoting positive changes in personal growth and successful reintegration to society. Volunteer led programs at AHCC include: African American Literature Program, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Freedom Project-Non-Violent Communication, Locks of Love, Narcotics Anonymous, PRIDE, Toastmasters International, Eastern Washington University’s Writer's in the Community (WITC), Yoga, and multiple faith based programs including special holiday events.

Serving the Community

AHCC prison work crews are a way inmates can give back to the community.

Art in Public Places

The Art in Public Places (AIPP) program facilitates the acquisition, placement, and stewardship of artwork in state-funded building projects throughout Washington. The Washington State Legislature established the AIPP program in 1974 to acquire artwork for educational institutions and state agencies, funded by ½ of 1 percent of the state’s portion of construction costs. Today, the State Art Collection includes more than 4,700 artworks.

Untitled, 1993 | Untitled, 1993 | River Rescue, 1993 | Tradition, 1993

Airway Heights Superintendent

superintendent headshot photo
James Key

James Key started his career in corrections at Spokane County’s Geiger Corrections Center, where he served for 10 years prior to beginning his career with the Washington Department of Corrections’ Airway Heights Corrections Center. He started his state correctional work as a correctional unit supervisor and advanced through the positions of administrative program manager and associate superintendent, before being promoted to superintendent on June 1, 2015.

Key earned his associate of arts degree from Wenatchee Valley Community College, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University. He is a member of the Community Colleges of Spokane-Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the American Correctional Association.