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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.

  • Saturday, December 15, 2018: Santa Comes To Visiting event will impact visitor hours as follows:
    • Main regular visiting hours will be closed for day.
    • MSU regular visiting will be open for the afternoon session 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. but closed for the evening session of 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • All special visits are cancelled for the day.
    • EFV’s that are already scheduled will continue.
  • December 31, 2018 & January 1, 2019: There are changes coming to the vending machines card program. Please see Vending Machine Announcement (pdf) for more information.
  • Effective July 1, 2018: There will be new video visiting hours. Please see the AHCC Visiting information section to view the new video visiting hours schedule.
  • 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).
  • Effective now and until further notice: All D-unit visits will be NO-CONTACT visits, EXCEPT the Intensive Transition Program inmates. The time of visits has changed to 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 - 4:00 p.m. Friday – Monday.
  • Effective Friday, October 12, 2018: The CRCC-MSC visitation ticket machine, which is currently located at the entrance/round-a-bout to CRCC, will be moved inside public access. Visitors will continue to be allowed to enter the visitation parking lot no sooner than 11:30 a.m., and we ask that you stay in your vehicle until 11:50 a.m. At 11:50 a.m., you may enter Public Access to pull your ticket. Once you have retrieved a ticket, please have a seat and wait for your number to be called. For your safety we ask that you do not run or walk through the gravel and to please be courteous and respectful of others as you enter public access to retrieve a ticket.
  • IMPORTANT TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR LCC VISITORS: Effective November 1st through April 1st, all vehicles traveling to the facility are required to be equipped with either traction devices, including tire chains, as defined by WAC 204-24-040 . Not following state law can result in either preventing travel to the facility from the end of the county roads or even result in a citation from law enforcement in the event you travel on the roads and an accident occurs. Please be safe for yourself and your family and ensure that you are prepared for winter traveling. Please call the facility if you have any questions. Thank you!

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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