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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 Monday, April 18, 2022: Visiting for M-Unit is closed until further notice.
  • Effective Friday, March 18, 2022: AHCC visitation will resume for individuals housed on all recovered living units in the Main facility. Approved visitors of all ages are now able to schedule a contact visit for up to three hours except where prohibited by policy.
  • Effective Sunday, March 6, 2022: AHCC MSU visitation will resume. Approved visitors of all ages are now able to schedule a contact visit for up to three hours except where prohibited by policy.
  • Current COVID-19 visit/volunteer restrictions (pdf) and COVID-19 prison visit guidelines.

Contact & Location

At A Glance

Local Family Council
DOC Policy 530.155 Family Councils (pdf)
Custody Levels:
Minimum, Minimum MI3, & Medium
Living Units & Custody Levels
Capacity: 2,258 male inmates
Year Opened: 1992

AHCC Visiting Information

Approved visitors may schedule visits using the COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request form. See COVID-19 visitor guidelines, frequently asked questions, and current COVID-19 visit/volunteer restrictions (pdf) for more 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.

Effective September 1, 2021, scheduling of Extended Family Visits (EFV) will begin with COVID-19 precautions in place. Please fill out the AHCC EFV Schedule Request (MS Word) to request a scheduled EFV time. Please see the attached memo (pdf) for additional information.

Visitor Guidelines

The general guidelines that are applicable to all prison facilities is detailed in DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated Individuals (pdf). AHCC also has its own Visitor's Guidelines (pdf) 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 Calendar (pdf) for information regarding upcoming scheduled events.

Regular Visiting Hours

Video Visiting Hours

Per Video Visit Expectations (pdf), video visits will be scheduled in 30 minute increments and may not exceed one hour in duration. Video visits may be scheduled by an approved visitor through JPay at least 24 hours in advance.

JPay Kiosk
Days Time
Visitors check availability through JPay Visitors check availability through JPay

Facility Programs

Academic & Partnership Programs

Research Based Programs

Work & Vocational Programs

  • Aerospace Composites
  • Bindery
  • Business Technology
  • CAD Drafting and Design
  • 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

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Superintendent 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.