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Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC)

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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 Wednesday, September 21, 2022: CRCC MSU/MSC has no restrictions. All units can visit as scheduled.
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022: National inventory supply chain issues are continuing to cause delivery delays for the bi-monthly food package program. See the package program page for more details.
  • View the current COVID-19 prison visit guidelines and prison facility visitation statuses. Prison facility visitation statuses are based upon community COVID-19 levels which can change at any time.

Contact & Location

At A Glance

Local Family Council
DOC Policy 530.155 Family Councils (pdf)

Custody Level: Minimum,
Medium & Long-term Minimum
Living Units & Custody Levels
Capacity: 2,468 male inmates
Year Opened:
Minimum Security – 1992
Medium Security – 2009

CRCC Visiting Information

Approved visitors may schedule visits using the COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request form. See the COVID-19 prison visit guidelines and frequently asked questions 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.

Visitor Guidelines

The general guidelines that are applicable to all prison facilities is detailed in DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated Individuals (pdf). CRCC 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.

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

REMINDER: MSC visitors may arrive on grounds and park in the designated visitor parking lot no sooner than 11:30 a.m. Visitors are to remain in their vehicles until 11:50 a.m. at which time you may enter Pubic Access and pull a ticket. You will not be allowed to enter CRCC Public Access any sooner than 11:50 a.m.

Family Friendly Events

Many family friendly events are hosted at CRCC. These events may disrupt regularly scheduled visiting hours. Please refer to the CRCC Family-Friendly & Religious Events Calendar (pdf) for information regarding upcoming scheduled events.

Criteria for Inmate Participation in Family Friendly Events

CRCC has adopted the following criteria for determining whether an inmate may or may not participate in a family friendly event.

  1. When an activity or event is primarily intended for minors to participate:
    • Inmates with sex offenses (EVER) committed against a minor, without regard to the current visitation privileges with their own children, will not be approved for participation in family friendly events directed specifically toward minors.
    • Inmates must have children on their Approved Visit List, and one or more of the minor child(ren) must be present for the event.
    • Inmates intending to attend must have a clear conduct (no serious infractions/rule violations) in the past six months
  2. When an activity is intended for adults (significant women day or significant men day):
    • Children will not be allowed to attend, and
    • Inmates will be eligible for participation provided they have clear conduct (no serious infractions/rule violations) in the past six months.

Regular Visiting Hours

For regular visit opportunities, view the COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request form to obtain the facility and unit-specific available dates and times.

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.

Living Unit Dayrooms
Days Time
Daily 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m

Facility Programs

Academic & Partnership Programs

Research Based Programs

Work & Vocational Programs

  • Auto Repair
  • Building Maintenance
  • Community Work Crews
  • Correctional Industries (CI) employs offenders in their Laundry Operation, Textiles Factory, Pillow/Mattress Factory, Food Factory and Pheasant Farm
  • Food Service
  • Groundkeepers
  • HVAC
  • Information Technology
  • Janitorial
  • Job Search
  • Motor Pool
  • Welding

Community Involvement

Serving the Community

Several community work crews employ offenders, supervised by trained correctional officers to provide services to surrounding communities at a reduced cost. Public agencies and non–profit organizations hire offender crews to maintain properties, buildings, parks, roads, water lines and sewage systems.

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.

A Desert Garden for Coyote, 1995

Coyote Ridge Superintendent

superintendent headshot photo

Superintendent Melissa Andrewjeski

Melissa Andrewjeski began her career as a correctional officer in 1991 at the Washington State Penitentiary and has promoted and held many different leadership positions at five different facilities as well as worked in higher education for a short time. Andrewjeski has a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Walla Walla University with an emphasis in mental health and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University included a minor in drug and alcohol counseling. She helped open the former Ahtanum View Corrections Center and lead the expansion at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in 2007. Andrewjeski has served as associate superintendent at both Coyote Ridge Corrections Center and Washington Corrections Center for Women.