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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, June 21, 2019: Main visitation for regular and special visits will be closed for the Juneteenth event. Only pre-approved registered participants can attend. 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, May 25, 2019: Regular visitation will be closed for the Asian Pacific Islander event.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019: Minimum Security Unit (MSU) visitation will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Native American Pow Wow event. Regular visitation will be open from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2, 2019: Medium Security Unit (MSC) visitation will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Sauga event. Regular visitation will be open from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 7, 2019: Medium Security Unit (MSC) and Minimum Security Unit (MSU) visitation will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for an Education Graduation. Regular visitation will be open from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019: Medium Security Unit (MSC) and Minimum Security Unit (MSU) visitation will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Summer event. Regular visitation will be open from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019: Minimum Security Unit (MSU) visitation will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the African American event. Regular visitation will be open from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 5, 2019: Medium Security Unit (MSC) and Minimum Security Unit (MSU) visitation will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a Veteran's event. Regular visitation will be open from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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  • Friday, May 17, 2019: SOU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for the Parent's Day Observance. Evening processing to begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019: TRU visiting will hosting a Family Worship Service prior to open visits from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019: WSRU visiting will host Girl Scouts Beyond Bars prior to open visits from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019: TRU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for the Parent's Day Observance. Evening processing to begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24, 2019: All visitation will be closed for Volunteer Appreciation.
  • Saturday, May 25, 2019: Visitation will be closed for the Significant Women's event.
  • Sunday, May 26, 2019: Visitation will be closed until 5:30 p.m. for the Significant Women's event.
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019: Visitation will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the Car & Motorcycle event.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

Business Offices

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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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