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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.

  • Saturday, February 24, 2024: MCC-MSU Visit Room will be closed from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024: MCC-TRU Visit Room will be closed from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1, 2024: MCC-SRVC (formerly SOU) Visit Room will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 3, 2024: MCC-WSR Visit Room will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024: Visiting will be closed.
  • Saturday, March 30, 2024: Visiting will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 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.
  • Friday, February 16, 2024: The WSP visiting rooms have replaced their vending machines with micro markets. The micro markets offer a wider variety of food and beverage options. In order to make purchases, a pre-loaded card (up to $50) can be purchased in public access before going into the visiting rooms.
  • 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.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2023: The Bellingham Reentry Center is temporarily closed and currently projected to reopen Spring 2024.
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2023: The Wenatchee Valley Reentry Center is projected to open 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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