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Prison Visits

The Department of Corrections (DOC) recognizes the vital role families play in the reentry process, and will support incarcerated individuals in maintaining ties with family, friends, and the community through personal visits and engagement with community stakeholders and partners. Reasonable efforts will be made to ensure visiting facilities are comfortable, pleasant, and permits informal communication and limited, appropriate physical contact.

All Visitors

Visitor Application Process

All visitors must complete and submit a visitor application. A separate application must be completed for each proposed visitor (minor or adult). It is recommended that applicants have all required documentation ready and available prior to filling out the online application to ensure successful completion and submission. The Department only accepts Electronic Visit Applications for prison visits at this time.

Applications are generally processed within 30 business days of receipt, though in some cases more time may be needed. Please allow a minimum of eight weeks before inquiring with the Statewide Visit Unit regarding application status. Submitting multiple applications for an individual visitor will cause a delay in processing.

See Family & Friend and Professionals for information that may be applicable to your visit. All visitation policies and forms can be found on the Resources webpage. See Prison Visits Frequently Asked Questions for more information about visiting a prison facility.

Visitor Guidelines

DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated Individuals (pdf) is applicable to all prison visits. Please note visitors whom are 18 years of age and older must present a valid, current photo identification at the time of the visit (e.g., driver's license or state ID card, passport, military or government identification, tribal identification, alien registration).

Additionally, each facility has its own visiting guidelines detailing important notices, visiting rules, family friendly events, and visit schedules, which can be accessed in the table below. See the Prison Alerts & Notices for information that may impact your travel plans.

Per DOC Policy 450.300 (pdf), a record of each visit is entered into the statewide visit system. Visitor behavior observed by Department of Corrections’ staff may be electronically documented. Visitors may request a copy of behavior observation entries from their visitor profile in the statewide visit system via public records request.

Guidelines, Visiting Schedules & Family Event Calendars

Prison Facility GuidelinesGuide-
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Visiting Hours Event Calendar
Airway Heights Corrections Center AHCC Guidelines (pdf) AHCC Hours AHCC Calendar (pdf)
Cedar Creek Corrections Center CCCC Guidelines (pdf) CCCC Hours CCCC Calendar (pdf)
Clallam Bay Corrections Center CBCC Guidelines (pdf) CBCC Hours CBCC Guidelines (pdf)
Coyote Ridge Corrections Center CRCC Guidelines (pdf) CRCC Hours CRCC Calendar (pdf)
Larch Corrections Center LCC Guidelines (pdf) LCC Hours LCC Calendar (pdf)
Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women MCCCW Guidelines (pdf) MCCCW Hours MCCCW Calendar (pdf)
Monroe Correctional Complex MCC Guidelines (pdf) MCC Hours MCC Calendar (pdf)
Olympic Corrections Center OCC Guidelines (pdf) OCC Hours OCC Calendar (pdf)
Stafford Creek Corrections Center SCCC Guidelines (pdf) SCCC Hours SCCC Calendar (pdf)
Washington Corrections Center WCC Guidelines (pdf) WCC Hours WCC Calendar (pdf)
Washington Corrections Center for Women WCCW Guidelines (pdf) WCCW Hours WCCW Calendar (pdf)
Washington State Penitentiary WSP Guidelines (pdf) WSP Hours WSP Calendar (pdf)

Facility Visitation Status

Currently, visitation services at the Washington State Department of Correction prison facilities are based upon community COVID-19 levels and presence of COVID-19 activity in each individual facility.

This chart is updated each week on Thursdays to provide a general overview of current visitation status at each facility. Statuses are subject to change and visitors should still contact local facilities for specific questions on their current status.

Facilities in counties with low local COVID-19 levels and minimal evidence of COVID-19 in the facility will be able to follow the interim visit guidelines and facilities in communities with moderate or high levels of COVID-19 will follow restricted visit guidelines. To view more up-to-date information about COVID-19 community levels, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

Prison Facility Visitation Status

Facility statuses: Interim, Restricted or Closed.

(Current as of Thursday, September 22, 2022. Statuses are updated Thursdays, excluding holidays.)

Interim: Facilities will follow the interim guidelines listed in this memo (pdf).

Restricted: Facilities will follow the basic guidelines listed in this memo (pdf).

Closed: Visitation is closed for the facility or specific units.

Location Facility Status
Airway Heights Corrections Center Interim
Clallam Bay Corrections Center Interim
Cedar Creek Corrections Center Interim
Coyote Ridge Corrections Center
D, I, and Sage Unit
Restricted
Closed
Larch Corrections Center Interim
Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women Closed
Monroe Correctional Complex Interim
Olympic Corrections Center Interim
Stafford Creek Corrections Center Interim
Washington Corrections Center Interim
Washington Corrections Center for Women
J and K Unit
Restricted
Closed
Washington State Penitentiary
Victor/Williams Unit
Restricted
Closed

COVID-19 Guidelines

Contact visitation resumed in Washington State Department of Corrections prisons on August 15, 2021 for individuals not in restricted housing with the following rules and COVID-19 precautions in place. The COVID-19 Visit Guidelines are available in Spanish (pdf).

Extended Family Visits (EFV)

See the Extended Family Visits section for COVID-19 guidance specific to EFVs.

General

When local county COVID-19 levels are low (green) and COVID-19 activity is minimal at the individual facility the following may occur:

  • Visitors who are scheduled for two visit sessions on the same day may remain in the visit room with the incarcerated individual through the break between the visits when operationally available.
  • Masking is optional.
  • A brief hug and kiss at the beginning and end of the visit may occur.
  • Visitors may continue to hold hands or touch below the elbow on the forearm with hands remaining on the table.
  • Vending machines will be available for use by visitors at the direction of facility staff, requiring visitors to wipe down machines at touch points after use.
  • Children’s Areas will be open, but physical distancing is encouraged, visitors are encouraged to allow a child to pick out a toy and return to their table rather than remaining in the play area. The adult escorting the child to visit is responsible for sanitizing the item before returning it to the play area.
  • Photos may be taken at the table or at available backdrops in the visit room.

When local county COVID-19 levels are moderate (yellow) or high (red) facilities will follow these guidelines along with those identified in the Safe Start plan:

  • Visit periods remain up to three hours in duration.
  • Vending machines remain closed.
  • Face masks are required except when taking drinks of water. Water will be provided upon request.
  • Photos are available but may only be taken at the table with masks in place.
  • No kissing is authorized.
  • A brief hug is allowed at the beginning and end of the visit and visitors may continue to hold hands or touch below the elbow on the forearm with hands above the tables.
  • Children’s areas are closed; however, visitors will be able to go with the child to pick out one toy and return to their table during each 3-hour visit period. Please request direction from staff.
  • Up to five approved visitors of any age may visit the incarcerated individual. Infants and children are counted as visitors.
  • Contact visitation may occur except where otherwise prohibited by policy.
  • Use the COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request form to request a visit date and time.
  • Due to check-in, active screening, security screening, and rapid antigen testing, the duration of visits will be less than three hours.
  • The number of visits an incarcerated individual may receive during a month may be limited depending on facility operations and volume of visitors.
  • Facility emergencies may affect operations; these are unforeseen and visitation may end early or may be cancelled. Visitors are urged to confirm visit status with the facility prior to traveling to visit.
  • Searches have fully resumed. All persons are subject to search. Refusal to submit to the security screening process, including searches will be cause for the denial of entry and potentially suspension of visitation privileges.
Exceptions

Restricted housing will follow DOC 320.255 Restrictive Housing (pdf) policy for scheduling, hours, and will remain non-contact according to Restrictive Housing Level System Grid (Attachment 2) (pdf). However, it is important to note that currently three visits a month may be authorized per incarcerated individual.

Special Visits

The process for specials visits is at the discretion of the facility superintendent. Due to limited space and availability, special visits will only be considered in very limited, extraordinary cases.

Scheduling

Visitors pre-schedule visit sessions using the COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request application. Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for facility staff to respond to your request for a visit date.

Ensure you verify the unit in which the incarcerated individual resides prior to attempting to pre-schedule. If an incarcerated individual is moved prior to the visit occurring, the visit will need to be rescheduled; the incarcerated individual will be responsible for notifying the visitor of the change in unit.

Requests to pre-schedule visit sessions are up to three (3) hours in duration.

Arrival

To protect your loved one and other individuals in the facility, please stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, regardless of how mild.

Visitors may arrive on-site to the facility 15 minutes prior to the visit session starting. Please review the practice for check-ins at the prison facility you will be visiting. Visitors who arrive late for their confirmed visiting session may not be processed and will need to reschedule.

COVID-19 Facility Entrance Criteria

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission in congregate living environments such as prisons, additional safety precautions will continue to be required. Contact visitation will require, regardless of age, all visitors to:

  • Participate in active screening, which includes a series of health-related questions and a temperature check.
  • Complete an on-site, day-of-visit COVID-19 rapid antigen test (provided by the facility), regardless of vaccination status.

Those who screen out due to active screening or positive rapid antigen test will not be able to participate in visitation.

Active Screening

Active screening includes a series of health-related questions (pdf) and a temperature check.

The Washington State Department of Corrections wants to emphasize the serious nature of the transmission and infection of COVID-19 in congregate living environments. Corrections is committed to mitigating the transmission of COVID-19 in prison populations, so a personal decision to try to mask symptoms in an effort to visit a loved one is dangerous and potentially deadly.

Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

Due to the time required to complete the COVID-19 rapid antigen test before any of the security screening process can commence, visitors will experience shorter visit sessions as testing and in-processing will take up part of the three-hour visit session. The testing process can take up to 35 minutes.

The rapid antigen test is collected by utilizing a nasal swab in each nostril. Department employees will not collect the nasal specimen. Visitors will follow instructions of the staff proctoring the collection. For infants and children unable to follow the instruction, the parent or approved escort will collect the specimen. The nasal swab is then placed into a cartridge or the analyzer to be processed depending on the brand of test used.

Visitors will be required to socially distance in the designated waiting area or in their personal vehicles until the outcome of the test is known. Each visitor will need to complete the Department of Health required document for rapid antigen testing, ideally prior to arriving on facility grounds. Please follow staff instructions while waiting for your COVID-19 test result as the process may vary from facility to facility.

Positive Rapid Antigen Test

Visitors who test positive for COVID-19 will not be granted access for a period of 20 days unless written medical clearance is given by a medical provider. All positive test results will be reported to the local health jurisdiction and the Washington State Department of Health. All people who test positive for COVID-19 should seek medical care from their personal medical providers.

Should any person in a carpool party test positive, visitation will be cancelled for all persons in the carpool for the day. Visitors who were in the carpool and tested negative will be able visit after 14 days have elapsed and they have a negative result on their Rapid Antigen Test (given at the facility on the date visitation is to occur). This includes persons carpooling but visiting different incarcerated individuals.

See COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Information for Visitors and Volunteers (pdf) for more information.

Visit Room

What to Expect
  • Restroom use is permitted during the visit session.
  • Vending machine use and the children’s area will operate dependent upon county level and facility operational status (see “General” section for more information).
  • Games may be available to be utilized by one individual and their visitors. After use, the game will be removed from circulation. People utilizing the game are required to sanitize their hands before and after game use.
  • Photo Program operations are dependent upon county level (see “General” section for more information).
  • Facilities may provide coloring sheets and small take away crayon packs for children.
  • Loaner clothing is available. All visitors must ensure clothing meets the visiting room guidelines.
  • Mask use is dependent upon county level and facility operation status (see “General” section for more information.
  • When mask use is required, failure to keep masks in place for the duration of the visit (except when actively drinking), may lead to a suspension of the visitor and/or incarcerated individual from all visit privileges.
Rules
  • A brief hug at the beginning and again at the end of the visit is permitted. Hand holding above the table and in plain view and touching of the arm from the wrist to elbow are also permitted. Other physical contact is dependent upon county level and facility operational status (see “General” section for more information).
  • Children 8 years of age and younger are permitted to hug, be held by and/or sit in the laps of parents and approved escorts throughout the visit session as long as there are no prohibitions in place that prevent such contact.
  • For infants and toddlers the following items are allowed and must be stored in a clear plastic bag or container:
    • Two empty, clear plastic bottles that can be filled with water, juice, milk, or formula
    • One plastic Tupperware-type child’s cup with lid
    • Two unopened plastic containers of formula, juice, or other infant-specific fluids (e.g., Pedialyte). Breast milk may be allowed if it is in a clear plastic bottle that employees are able to inspect
    • Two unopened plastic containers of baby/snack food in their original packaging with one plastic baby spoon
    • Two bibs
    • Two pacifiers or teething objects
    • One non-quilted child’s blanket
    • One change of baby clothing
    • One disposable diaper per hour of the visit
    • Baby wipes that have been transferred to a zip lock plastic bag before the visit
    • If facility resources are available, nursing mothers may be asked to relocate to a non-restroom location identified by facility employees. If there is no suitable location for nursing, mothers may nurse in the visit room, provided they maintain reasonable modesty while nursing.
  • Socializing with others not in your own visit party may result in termination of the visits of those involved.
  • Any violations may cause the visit to be terminated. Suspensions may be applied for the visitor(s) and the disciplinary process may be applied for the incarcerated individual.
Required Infection Control Practices
  • Visiting rooms, tables, chairs, restrooms and high touch surface areas will be sanitized between visit sessions.
  • Visitors and incarcerated individuals will use hand sanitizer before entering and upon exiting the visit room. Additionally, hand sanitizer must be used by all after playing games.
  • Capacity will continue to be reduced in the visiting rooms to support social distancing between visit groups.
  • All persons aged two years (24 months) and older must wear a DOC issued face mask. These masks are disposable. Adult and children’s sizes will be provided.
  • When mask use is required (see “General” section for more information), masks must be worn over the nose and mouth with the ear loops over both ears and the nose piece adjusted to a tightened fit.
    • When masks are required, they may only be down while a person is actively taking a drink of water and must immediately be pulled back into appropriate positioning at the conclusion of the drink.
  • Directional arrows route foot traffic through high volume areas and other strategies may be in place which could cause a delay in movement. These protocols are dependent on time, plant layout and other factors, and may look slightly different from facility to facility. Be aware of and follow COVID-19 posted signage.
    • Visitors do not have to stay for the entire visit period but will need to remain patient as facility movement has been impacted by COVID-19 transmission mitigation protocols.

Family & Friends

In addition to what is applicable for all visitors, below are guidelines that apply for friends and family depending on the nature of the visit.

Approved Visitor's List

The visitor application approval process must be completed before an individual is placed on an incarcerated individual's Approved Visitor List.

  • Individuals may only be on one incarcerated individual's Approved Visitor List, with one exception.
  • When an incarcerated individual is transferred to another prison facility, his/her Approved Visitor List will remain and be available in the Statewide Visit System. Incarcerated individuals are responsible for notifying their visitors of transfers.
  • Individuals denied placement on an incarcerated individual's Approved Visitor List will be informed, in writing, of the reason for denial.
  • Incarcerated individuals may remove a visitor from their Approved Visitor List, or request to resume visits with the removed visitor. Visitors must submit a new application if they have been removed.
  • An individual removed from an Approved Visitor List must wait 90 calendar days before applying to visit the same or another incarcerated individual. When the visitor is requesting to visit a different incarcerated individual, the waiting period may be waived if the visitor never visited with the individual whose list they were removed from or if they have not visited in the last 90 days. If the visitor wishes to be added back to the visit list of the same incarcerated individual, the 90 day wait will not be waived.

See DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated IndividualsAdobe PDF File and the Prison Visits Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information regarding the Approved Visitor's List.

Minor Visitors

Minors are those individuals who are under 18 years of age. The following are required for all minors who will be visiting an incarcerated individual at a Department of Corrections (DOC) prison facility:

  • Minors must be on the incarcerated individual's Approved Visitor List.
  • Minors must be accompanied during the entire visit by their non-incarcerated parent/legal guardian, or a designated escort.
  • A copy of DOC 20-441 Parental/Guardian Consent for Minor Visit And/Or EscortAdobe PDF File form must be completed (to include notarization) and attached to the minor's online visitor application (valid attachments include Adobe PDFs, image files, etc.). The DOC 20-441 is required even if the child's parent submits the minor visitor application.

The following may also apply depending on the nature of the minor's visit:

  • If the minor is an infant or toddler, see the visitor's guidelines of the prison facility you will be visiting for information about what items are authorized.

See DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated IndividualsAdobe PDF File and the Prison Visits Asked Questions webpage for more information regarding minor visits.

International Visitors

International visitors must provide a copy of their passport photo page and a copy of their criminal history from their local jurisdiction, or a certificate of criminal records from the local jurisdiction that outlines all criminal history, or if there is no criminal history (misdemeanor or felony).

Extended Family Visits (EFV)

Extended Family Visits (CY 2019)

  Total Male Female
Incarcerated Individual Participants 688 642 46
Minor Visitors 200 110 90
Visitors by Prison Population 1,231 1,131 100
Total Visits (EFV) 3,805    
1,231 approved EFV visitors made 3,805 visits to 688 incarcerated individuals in 2019.

Per DOC Policy 590.100 Extended Family VisitingAdobe PDF File, the Extended Family Visit (EFV) Program is for visits in prison facilities between eligible incarcerated individuals and his/her immediate family member(s) in a private housing unit. EFVs are intended to support building sustainable relationships important to incarcerated individual reentry, as well as provide incentive for those serving long-term sentences to engage in positive behavioral choices, therefore reducing violent infractions.

The requirements for EFV visitors that must be met include:

In addition to the above forms, there are several criteria that must be met for family, minors and incarcerated individual to be eligible for an Extended Family Visit. Please note the EFV application process can be lengthy, and additional documentation may be requested.

See Prison Visits Frequently Asked Questions for more information, and DOC Policy 590.100 Extended Family VisitingAdobe PDF File for complete guidelines.

Extended Family Visit (EFV) COVID-19 Guidelines

EFVs were temporarily suspended effective January 4, 2022 (pdf). EFV applications are still being processed. EFV processing generally takes 8-10 weeks from the time that the department receives all necessary documentation. Please allow a minimum of 12 weeks before inquiring about the status of your EFV application.

Extended Family Visits (EFV) scheduling resumed on September 1, 2021—facilities began to create calendar dates for upcoming EFV opportunities. Facilities determine when EFVs begin at their locations.

If an incarcerated individual is scheduled for an EFV and their unit is placed in quarantine or isolation, the facility will notify the visitors as soon as they are able (this may not always be possible), and the EFV will be cancelled. A new date may be requested through the facility process.

Scheduling

Effective September 1, 2021, scheduling of Extended Family Visits (EFV) will begin with COVID-19 precautions in place.

An attempt will be made to prioritize scheduling for those who had an EFV scheduled prior to the suspension of EFVs in 2020. Please work with the facility EFV scheduler to provide proof of the previously confirmed EFV when rescheduling. Prioritization may not be possible in all facility locations.

Arrival, Visiting & Departure

To protect your loved one and other individuals in the facility, please stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, regardless of how mild.

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission in congregate living environments such as prisons, additional safety precautions will continue to be required. Contact visitation will require, regardless of age, all visitors to:

  • Participate in active screening prior to the visit, which includes a series of health-related questions and a temperature check.
  • Complete an on-site COVID-19 rapid antigen test prior to the visit commencing and at the conclusion of the visit before departure, regardless of vaccination status.

If any visitor does not pass the active screening or has a positive rapid antigen test for COVID-19 the EFV will be cancelled with no priority to reschedule.

Screening & Testing

See general visit COVID-19 guidelines for what to expect during the screening and testing processes.

The incarcerated individual will not leave the EFV unit until the rapid antigen tests results are available for all visit participants to determine if they can return directly to their unit/general population. If a visitor tests positive for COVID-19 at the end of the EFV, the incarcerated individual will not return to their unit/general poulation as per the WA State DOC COVID-19 Screening, Testing, and Infection Control Guideline (pdf).

Visit Rules
  • All policy requirements will be in effect. Please take the time to review DOC 590.100 Extended Family Visiting (pdf).
  • Individuals from one EFV group may not be within 6 feet of EFV participants from other groups within the EFV area.
  • Individuals participating in an EFV will not leave the EFV unit area for the duration of the EFV.
    • If the incarcerated individual participating in the EFV is on medication/s via pill line, these medications will be brought to the EFV unit to be taken.
    • If a visitor is on controlled medication/s held by the facility, this medication will be brought to the EFV unit for the visitor to take them.
Required Infection Control Practices
  • If there is a limited area or facility-wide COVID-19 outbreak, EFVs may be suspended for a period of time. Unfortunately, visitors who had a confirmed visit session scheduled during a COVID-19 outbreak are not guaranteed a rescheduled EFV in the same month.
  • EFV units will be thoroughly sanitized between visiting parties.
  • Visitors and incarcerated individuals must practice hand hygiene upon entry and exit of the EFV.
  • Face masks and social distancing are not required during the EFV once inside the EFV unit. However, prior to staff entering the EFV unit, all individuals participating in the EFV are required to put their masks on.
  • When outdoors in the EFV unit area masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. If there are adjacent or combined outdoor EFV areas, only one EFV party can be in the outdoor area at a time.
  • If shared outside equipment is used during an EFV, individuals will wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after use.
  • If at any time during the EFV symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 develop in a visitor or the incarcerated individual, they will be immediately reported by phone to staff who will consult with health services.

Professionals

Professional visitors are processed at the prison facility where the incarcerated individual is incarcerated. Professional visitors include:

  • Attorneys
  • Clergy
  • Social Services Agency Representatives
    (except those identified as a visit supervisor for a minor visiting an incarcerated parent)

Professional visitors should contact the prison facility to coordinate their visit. See Prison & Video Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Media Personnel

If media personnel would like to visit with a specific incarcerated individual, they must complete the same application process as all visitors. If media personnel would like to tour a prison facility, they should contact the Public Information Officer to coordinate a tour.