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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.

  • Monday, April 1, 2019: MSU visitation will be closed due to a facility event. Main visitation will operate on the normal schedule.
  • Friday, May 3, 2019: Main visitation for regular and special visits will be closed for the Asian Pacific Islanders event. Only pre-approved registered participants can attend. MSU visitation will be open normal schedule.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Friday, March 15, 2019: Regular visitation is closed due to a family event.
  • 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!
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019: During TRU open visiting, the facility will be hosting a Children's Book Fair event from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019: During WSRU open visiting, the facility will be hosting a Children's Book Fair event from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019: During MSU open visiting, the facility will be hosting a Children's Book Fair event from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 17, 2019: During WSRU open visiting, the facility will be hosting a Children's Book Fair event from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 17, 2019: During MSU open visiting, the facility will be hosting a Children's Book Fair event from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19, 2019: During SOU open visiting, the facility will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation reception from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019: During TRU open visiting, the facility will be hosting a Freehold Theatre Performance from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019: WSRU visiting will be closed 11:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for the Annual Christian Easter Observance.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019: TRU visiting will be closed 11:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for the Annual Christian Easter Observance.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019: MSU visiting will be closed 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for the Annual Christian Easter Observance.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019: SOU visiting will be closed 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for the Annual Christian Easter Observance.
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019: The Spring Event scheduled for March 16th will still take place as originally planned.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019: The Resource Fair has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The Resource Fair will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019: Visitation will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. for the Christian event. Regular visitation hours will resume at 4:15 p.m.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

Business Offices

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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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