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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.

  • Effective Monday, April 18, 2022: Visiting for M-Unit is closed until further notice.
  • Effective Friday, March 18, 2022: AHCC visitation will resume for individuals housed on all recovered living units in the Main facility. Approved visitors of all ages are now able to schedule a contact visit for up to three hours except where prohibited by policy.
  • Effective Sunday, March 6, 2022: AHCC MSU visitation will resume. Approved visitors of all ages are now able to schedule a contact visit for up to three hours except where prohibited by policy.
  • Current COVID-19 visit/volunteer restrictions (pdf) and COVID-19 prison visit guidelines.
  • 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!
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 The facility continues to have issues with all incarcerated phone lines, kiosks, and JPay being down. It is anticipated repairs will take 2 more days.
  • Effective Saturday, March 5, 2022: MCCCW visitation will resume for Saturday and Sunday only. Approved visitors of all ages are now able to schedule a contact visit for up to three hours except where prohibited by policy.
  • Friday, June 11, 2021: National inventory supply chain issues are causing delivery delays for the bi-monthly food package program. See the package program page for more details.
  • Current COVID-19 visit/volunteer restrictions (pdf) and COVID-19 prison visit guidelines.
  • Effective Wednesday, May 11, 2022: Visiting for SOU F Unit is closed until further notice.
  • Effective Monday, May 9, 2022: Visiting for SOU E Unit is closed until further notice.
  • Effective Friday, April 15, 2022: Approved visitors of all ages are able to schedule a contact visit for up to five visitors at WSRU, TRU and MSU. Due to limited availability of seats, SOU and IMU will be allowed up to three approved visitors to be scheduled for each visit. Visit requests for SOU and IMU with more than three visitors will not be authorized.
  • Effective Friday, March 11, 2022: All units will be open for in-person visitation.
  • Friday, June 11, 2021: National inventory supply chain issues are causing delivery delays for the bi-monthly food package program. See the package program page for more details.
  • Current COVID-19 visit/volunteer restrictions (pdf) and COVID-19 prison visit guidelines.
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022: Visitation will be closed due to the Native American Religious Service event.
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022: Approved visitors of all ages are now able to schedule a contact visit for up to three hours except where prohibited by policy. IMU is allowed up to two approved visitors to be scheduled for each visit. Visit requests for IMU with more than two visitors will not be authorized. Additionally, for the time being, Golf Unit visitors should select Fox Unit on the COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request form.
  • Friday, June 11, 2021: National inventory supply chain issues are causing delivery delays for the bi-monthly food package program. See the package program page for more details.
  • Current COVID-19 visit/volunteer restrictions (pdf) and COVID-19 prison visit guidelines.

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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