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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.

  • Thursday, April 4, 2024: On Friday April 12, 2024 Airway Heights Corrections Center will be implementing a new visitation schedule below. Thank you for your cooperation.
    1. Check in times will start at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
    2. Visitors may remain in the visitation room from 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    3. AHCC would also like to remind visitors that visitation check-in begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    4. Please be advised that late visitors who do not notify the facility may not be accommodated and will be asked to return on the next scheduled visitation day for their loved one's unit.
    5. If there are extenuating circumstances that result in a possible late arrival, please call the facility at (509) 244-6700 and accommodation may be made for late arrival and check in.
    6. Visitors who choose to leave at or before 3:30 p.m. will be permitted to return at the 5:30 p.m. check in time. Visitors who remain in the visit room past 3:30 p.m. will not be permitted return.
    7. If the visiting room reaches maximum capacity, the visiting Sergeant will look for volunteers to end their visiting session. If there are not enough volunteers for the remaining visitors, the visiting Sergeant will request that visitors leave in the order of their check-in time.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024: Event check-in will be from 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All visitors for each event must arrive between these times. Late check-in will not be permitted.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024: Event check-in will be from 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All visitors for each event must arrive between these times. Late check-in will not be permitted.

Visiting is open during regular hours unless identified as closed below. The children’s area may be unavailable periodically until Sunday, June 30, 2024.

  • Monday, April 22, 2024: Visiting will be closed due to construction to improve the play area for children.
  • Monday, June 3, 2024: Visiting will be closed due to construction to improve the play area for children.
  • Monday, June 10, 2024: Visiting will be closed due to construction to improve the play area for children.
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024: MSC & MSU Visiting will be closed in the morning. MSC regular visiting open from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.. MSU regular visiting open from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024: MSC Visiting will be closed in the morning. Regular visiting open 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 12, 2024: MSU Visiting will be closed in the morning. Regular visiting open 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024: MSC Visiting will be closed in the morning & evening. Regular visiting open from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20: Both visiting sessions will be closed.
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024: SRTC visiting is closed from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 26, 2024: MSU Visit Room will have an event during open visiting from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All units can visit during this session on this date. Regular visiting room rules apply.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024: MSU visiting is closed from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Visiting is open during regular hours unless identified as closed below. The children’s area may be unavailable periodically until Sunday, June 30, 2024.

  • Monday, April 22, 2024: Visiting will be closed due to construction to improve the play area for children.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024: Visiting will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 13, 2024: Visiting will be closed from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 25, 2024: Visiting will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 15, 2024: Visiting will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 25, 2024: Visiting will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31, 2024: Visiting will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visiting is open during regular hours unless identified as closed below. The children’s area may be unavailable periodically from Monday, April 1, 2024 through Saturday, June 1, 2024. Please see Superintendent Headley's memo(pdf) for more information.

  • Monday, May 6, 2024: Visiting will be closed due to construction to improve the play area for children.
  • Monday, May 13, 2024: Visiting will be closed due to construction to improve the play area for children.
  • Monday, May 20, 2024: Visiting will be closed due to construction to improve the play area for children.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024: There is no visiting at Fox Unit at this time. Visting options will be reevaluated April 25th. Thank you for your patience.
  • Friday, February 2, 2024: The steps leading to Visiting in the East Complex from the visitor parking lot are currently under construction. As such, all visitors must walk out of the parking lot and down the sidewalk on 13th Ave, entering the facility grounds through the white wooden gate. There is still Handicap parking for visitors available in front of the EC Public access area. Thank you for being understanding during this time.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

  • None at this time.
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  • None at this time.
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2023: The Bellingham Reentry Center is temporarily closed and currently projected to reopen Spring 2024.
  • Wednesday, August 2, 2023: The Bishop Lewis Reentry Center is temporarily closed due to the termination of the contract. The department has received funding to reopen the facility under state operations and is actively working to open the facility in Spring 2024. In the meantime, individuals are still being screened and redirected to the Seattle-area Reentry Centers.

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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