Emergency Messages for Inmates
This section provides information to send an emergency message related to a critical illness, injury or death experienced by members of the inmate’s immediate family.
Emergency phone calls must go through the inmate's facility location.
Facility staff members are trained to route your call according to the situation. If you have a death in the family or other emergent need to contact your inmate, then contact his/her Corrections Counselor. If the Counselor is not available, you may ask for the Correctional Unit Supervisor or, if you feel more comfortable, the prison chaplain. Prison chaplains are available during normal business hours.
After normal business hours you will contact the shift officer to explain your situation. Staff are trained to route your call according to the situation.
The message must be verified by staff before it is passed on to the inmate. It would be helpful to have any verifiable information handy.
Do not save this information for visiting day. Let the facility know ahead of time so that services and support can be put in place for the welfare of your inmate.
Funeral / Bedside Visits
Furloughs or releases from prison are not granted to inmates; however, an inmate may be considered for a funeral or bedside visit (when death is imminent) for immediate family members only. Approval is at the discretion of the Superintendent and must be pre-paid by the inmate or family.
The inmate may be allowed an escorted bedside visit to a hospital or nursing home or be escorted to attend the funeral, but will not be allowed to do both. The bedside visit or funeral must occur within the state of Washington.
Expenses are the responsibility of the inmate or his or her family and must be arranged before the bedside visit or funeral trip. The inmate’s assigned Counselor will provide a cost estimate for the family paying the cost of the trip. Contact the Counselor for assistance with this.