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Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)

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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.

Contact & Location

At A Glance

Local Family Council
DOC Policy 530.155 Family Councils (pdf)
Custody Level: Minimum,
Medium & Close
Living Units & Custody Levels
Capacity: 738 female inmates
Year Opened: 1971

WCCW 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.

If the inmate you are wanting to visit is housed at the Yakima County Jail, please review the Yakima County Jail visiting policy.

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). WCCW 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.

WCCW'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 WCCW. These events may disrupt regularly scheduled visiting hours. Please refer to the WCCW Family Friendly Events Calendar (pdf) for information regarding upcoming scheduled events.

Regular Visiting Hours

Video Visiting Hours

Per DOC Policy 450.300 – Attachment 1, Video Visiting (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.

Closed Custody Unit (CCU)
Days Time
Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
J Unit, K Unit, L Unit, and Medium Security Unit (MSU)
Days Time
Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
10:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Facility Programs

Academic & Partnership Programs

Research Based Programs

Work & Vocational Programs

Community Involvement

Volunteers from the Community

More than 600 community volunteers serve Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in many capacities, including academic internships, chemical dependency counseling, transition planning, tutoring, creative writing, diversity awareness, HIV/AIDS education, speech classes, theatrical movement, meditation, and staff aids.

Volunteer Programs

Girl Scouts of Western Washington offers the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program (pdf), where incarcerated mothers act as leaders to provide craft and educational projects for their daughters. Nationally known groups such as Toastmasters International, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous also provide volunteer services.

Serving the Community

Community service inmate work crews conduct grounds maintenance, light repairs, and planting and harvesting tasks. In addition, more than 40 female inmates work on outside crews for facility–related tasks such as general facility and grounds maintenance, and store operations to include stocking, order fulfillment and inventory tasks.

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.

Paths of Promise, 2003

Washington Corrections Center for Women Superintendent

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Superintendent Jo Wofford

Jo Wofford served for 14 years with the Washington State Department of Corrections prior to joining the staff of the Washington Technology Solutions as the emergency management and disaster recovery specialist. During her tenure with Corrections, she served for 11 years as uniformed custody staff prior to promoting to associate superintendent of the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash. in 2011. She was appointed superintendent of Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW) on July 1, 2017. On December 1, 2017, she became the superintendent of Washington Corrections Center for Women.

Throughout her correctional career, Wofford moved her facilities forward in ways that improved security and safety practices, including staff accountability work, enhanced transport security practices, and changes in inmate movement within facilities to decrease disturbances and violence. Additionally, she is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trained Incident Command System (ICS) instructor and served as an incident commander for the Departmental Incident Management Team (DIMT).