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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 21, 2019: Santa Comes To Visiting event will impact visitor hours as follows:
    • Main regular visiting hours will be closed for day. Only pre-registered and pre-approved visitors may attend.
    • 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. Only pre-registered and pre-approved visitors may attend.
    • All special visits are cancelled for the day.
    • Only EFV’s that are already scheduled will continue.
  • 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, December 14: Visitation is closed from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for the Winter Fair. Regular visitation will be open at 5:00 p.m.
  • None at this time.
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019: The afternoon session only, 2:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., of visitation will be closed for the Winter Carnival.
  • Beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019: Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU) will be starting a construction project that will impact visiting for WSRU only. Starting on October 28, 2019, there will only be one visit session on Monday's and it will start at 5:30 p.m. There will be no afternoon visiting session (12:30 -5:30 p.m.) on Mondays for the duration of the project. Please see the construction project memo (pdf) for more details and the updated visit schedule.
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019: WSRU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for the Family Winter Fest event. Evening processing to begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019: The morning session of regular visitation will be closed for the Holiday event. Please see the Visit Closure memo (pdf) for more information. Evening visitation will be open.

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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