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Public Alerts & Notices

This webpage is regularly updated with the most recent informational alerts and notices for all Department facilities and offices in the state of Washington. Please refer to the alerts and notices provided below for information that may impact your travel plans.

Prison Facility Alerts & Notices

See prison facility notices below for information that may impact your travel plans. Please be advised that unforeseen security problems may interfere with visiting, causing delayed, shortened, suspended or cancelled visits. This is unusual, but it does occasionally occur. For visitation cancellations, you can follow Twitter logo@WADOCVisits on Twitter.

  • Friday, September 27, 2019: Main visitation will be closed for the Hispanic Heritage Cultural Event. Only pre-approved registered participants may attend. There will be no Special Visits in MAIN VISITING. MSU visitation will be open normal schedule.
  • Effective January 1, 2019: There were changes to the vending machines card program. Please see Vending Machine Announcement (pdf) for more information.
  • Effective September 1, 2017: Main facility only, no visitors will be processed between 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. due to shift change. (This does not apply to MSU at this time).
  • Saturday, September 28, 2019: Regular visitation will be closed all day for the Hispanic Heritage event.
  • Saturday, September 28, 2019: Visitation will be closed until 5:15 p.m. for the NGC event.
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019: Visitation will be closed until 5:15 p.m. for the Volunteer luncheon.
  • Friday, November 1, 2019: Visitation will be closed until 5:15 p.m. for the Pagan event.
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019: Visitation will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitation will close starting at 3:30 p.m. for the Library event.
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019: The Local Family Council will be meeting in the visitation room from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. to watch a CRCC Dog program demonstration. We will not have the ability to have this meeting available by conference call. All meeting minutes will be posted in Public Access, Visitation, and on the website for those who cannot attend. Visitation will be open normal visiting hours.
  • None at this time.
  • Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24, 2019: Regular visitation will be closed for the Winter event. Regular visitation will reopen at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 24th.
  • Friday, September 20, 2019: Visitation will be closed from 10:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m. for a CORE academy graduation. The facility will open visitation and start processing visitors at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019: The morning visitation session will be closed for the Hispanic Heritage event check in. For those families attending the Hispanic Heritage event, check will start at 8:45 a.m. and will end promptly at 10:00 a.m. Late visitors will not be authorized to attend. Please see the Visit Closure memo (pdf) for more information. Evening visitation will operate as normal.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

Business Offices

  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.

Sign-up for Emergency & Incident Alerts

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is now able to send you emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incident alerts, via text message, email, pager, and/or voice mail.

  • Emergency Alerts: Could include hazards that require action be taken such as an evacuation, prison lock down, prison escapees, or other severe events.
  • Non-Emergency Incident Alerts Could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts, or significant ongoing Corrections exercises or other activity.

This system will not be used for routine informational notices (see Prison Facility Alerts & Notices for this information). Alerts are provided free of charge, however, standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply.

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