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Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)

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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 Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the risk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Due to in person visits currently being suspended, additional times for video visiting have been added to the facilities video visit schedule. Please see the schedule hereAdobe PDF File.
Contact & Location

At A Glance

Local Family Council
DOC Policy 530.155 Family CouncilsAdobe PDF File
Custody Level: Maximum,
Close, Medium & Minimum
Living Units & Custody Levels
Capacity: 2,439 male inmates
Year Opened: 1886

WSP 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. WSP 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.

WSP'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 WSP. These events may disrupt regularly scheduled visiting hours. Please refer to the WSP Family Friendly Events CalendarAdobe PDF File for information regarding upcoming scheduled events.

Special Visits

Those approved for special visits can also use regular visitation hours. The facility has designated four tables for special visits. The request for a special visit used during regular visitation hours are limited to one day per request, every 30 days. Any questions should be addressed to the Visiting Sergeant. All requests approved before August 1, 2019 will be honored.

Regular Visiting Hours

Below are the regularly scheduled visiting hours for each unit that accepts visitors at MCC. 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, such as planned events, activities, and check-in/check-out times.

East Complex (EC)
Living Units 6, 8, 10

*EC living units rotate days of availability. See WSP Visit Schedule DetailsAdobe PDF File for which living units are accepting visitors on a given day.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*

West Complex (WC)
Delta, Echo, Fox, Golf

South Complex (SC)
BAR Units (Baker, Adams, Rainier), Victor, William

*WC living units rotate days of availability. See WSP Visit Schedule DetailsAdobe PDF File for which living units are accepting visitors on a given day.

Sunday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Monday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Tuesday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Wednesday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Thursday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Friday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
Saturday: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*

Intensive Management Unit (IMU)
North, South

Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Immediate family only. Visitation duration depends on an inmate's level.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Monday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Friday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – Scheduled End

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.

West Complex (WC)
Delta, Echo, Fox, Golf
Daily: 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
South Complex (SC)
Victor, William
Monday – Friday 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
South Complex (SC)
BAR Units (Baker, Adams, Rainier)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
East Complex
Living Units 6, 8, 10
Monday, Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Professional Visits

Professional visits may be scheduled through the Legal Liaison Officer (LLO).

East Complex Attorney Room (for general population inmates)
Monday & Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
West Complex Attorney Room (for general population inmates)
Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
To correlate with living unit scheduled visitation daysAdobe PDF File (unless extenuating circumstances).
West Complex Attorney Room (for IMU inmates on Level 5 approved for contact visits)
Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
IMU No-Contact Booths (for IMU inmates approved for no-contact visits)
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Facility Programs

Academic & Partnership Programs

  • Auto Body
  • Information Technology
  • Building Maintenance Technology
  • Getting it Right
  • Bookkeeping
  • Dog Training & Adoption Programs
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Graphic Design
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Sustainability in Prisons Project
  • Welding

Research Based Programs

Work & Vocational Programs

Community Involvement

Volunteer Programs

Community volunteers provide programs and services that promote positive reintegration into the community, including religious programs, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, assisting Veterans with military issues, assisting inmate's families with children mentoring programs, and special programs (i.e., dental hygienist, photographer, etc.) that are available to the inmate population and their families.

Additionally, guest sport teams, choirs, musical groups, guest speakers/lecturers, and professional groups have held programs for the inmate population. There are also groups that assist inmates in the process of re–integrating back into society.

Giving Back to the Community

Washington State Penitentiary is active in many other programs that support the local community including involvement in Habitat for Humanity , a Canine Training Program, Teddy Bear Program, Native American Regalia Program and the STAR Project .

Inmate Families & the Community

The Family Advisory Committee at Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) was establish to advise the facility on opportunities to strengthen the inmate's family and enhance successful re-entry to community and family.

Some local motels have gift certificates available to assist families with their motel rate if they need to spend a night at Walla Walla, either before or after a regularly scheduled visit.

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.

Six of the Line Series, 1982

Walla Walla Bound - Poetic License, 2008

WSP History

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Washington State Penitentiary Superintendent

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Donald R. Holbrook

Donald Holbrook started his career as a correctional officer at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, WA in 1989. During his 28 year career he has promoted through the ranks as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Associate Superintendent. He has served as a long running member of several special teams, including the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).

In 2012, following months of planning, then Associate Superintendent Holbrook guided the Penitentiary as it began implementation of the new Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) aimed at reducing gang type violence.

In 2014, he was appointed as the Superintendent for the Penitentiary, a multiple custody, 2,550 plus bed facility with over 1100 employees and 400 volunteers. He has served his entire career at the Penitentiary and has an extensive understanding and knowledge of the security, operations and staffing.