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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, August 3, 2019: All Visiting (MAIN and MSU) will be closed for the Day with Dad Event. Only pre-approved registered participants may attend.
  • Friday, September 27, 2019: Main visitation will be closed for the Hispanic Heritage Cultural Event. Only pre-approved registered participants may attend. There will be no Special Visits or EFVs in MAIN VISITING. 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 Immediately: Updates have been made to the facility's visitation guidelines. The amount of time visitors are allowed to arrive prior to visits has changed from 30 minutes to 15 minutes.
  • None at this time.
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019: WSR visiting will be closed all day for the Buddhist Observance.
  • Saturday, July 27, 2019: WSR visiting will be closed all day for the Native American Pow Wow.
  • Saturday, August 3, 2019: SOU visiting will be closed 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the Native American Pow Wow. Evening visit processing will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 10, 2019: MSU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for the Family Back to School Event. Evening visit processing will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 10, 2019: WSR visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for the Family Back to School Event. Evening visit processing will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019: WSR & TRU visiting will be closed 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the Muslim Observances at each facility. Evening visit processing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at WSR & TRU. MSU visit processing will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be closed the rest of the day 5:30 p.m.-8:30p.m.
  • Saturday, August 24, 2019: TRU visiting will be closed 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the Native American Pow Wow. Evening visit processing will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 25, 2019: TRU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. for the Family Back to School Event. Evening visit processing will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 6, 2019: SOU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for the Family Outdoor Labor Day Picnic. Evening visit processing will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 10, 2019: Regular visitation will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the Muslim Eid-Adha Feast.
  • Sunday, August 18, 2019: Regular visitation will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the API event.

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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