Visiting

silhouette visiting over coffeeVisits help to preserve healthy relationships between offenders and their family and friends. The Department strives to make these visits comfortable and pleasant.

Please be advised: Unforeseen security problems may interfere with visiting, causing delayed, shortened, suspended or cancelled visits. This is unusual, but it does occasionally occur.

You can follow DOC Visitation on Twitter to be notified of visitation cancellations and changes. Learn how to follow DOC on Twitter.

Each facility also has its own visiting guidelines. Go to the individual facility to see important notices, visiting rules, visit guidelines, family friendly events and visit schedules.

Visiting Survey

The Department wants to ensure your visiting experience has been comfortable. Will you please take this brief survey to let us know how we are doing? Visitation Program Experience (a survey).

Special Visits

Special visits may be permitted per DOC policy 450.300, Visits for Prison Offenders, for persons traveling long distances, hospitalized offenders and professional visitors. Special visits must be requested on form DOC form 21-787, Special Visit Request. Also, fill out the DOC form 05-370, Criminal History Records check and submit them to the offender’s Counselor.

Extended Family Visiting Program

The Department recognizes the importance of maintaining strong family ties and provides opportunities for Extended Family Visits (EFVs). Currently, very few states offer this type of programming opportunity. Washington state has rigid requirements for participation in this program. Please ensure you read all of the policy requirements outlined in DOC policy 590.100, Extended Family Visiting.

Video Visiting

JPay kiosk

The Washington State Department of Corrections has video visiting available at all facilities.

Much like Skype, video visits are conducted via approved friends and families’ computers and JPay video kiosks in the facility. Visitor(s) must be approved for regular visit privileges. Allowing an indivdual who is not an approved visitor to participate in video visiting may be grounds for suspension.

Video visits are monitored and recorded for security purposes. Regular visitation rules apply – nudity, profanity, gang signs, etc. are strictly prohibited. Visitors must be on the offender’s approved visit list. Please review DOC policy 450.300, Visits for Prison Offenders, specifically, Attachment 1, Video Visiting.

If you are acting on behalf of a court order to supervise a minor’s visit through a video visit, please email the Statewide Visit Specialist. Please be sure to include the offender’s name and six-digit DOC number in the subject line.

Advantages of video visits:

  • Affordable cost - $12.95
  • Easy to schedule - Available scheduling times are shown through the set-up process on JPay
  • 30 minute sessions available with option to extend if resources are available (not to exceed one hour)
  • Visit from the comfort of your own home (requires webcam and appropriate capabilities)
  • More information is available at www.JPay.com or 1-800-574-5729

Visits in Prison – FAQ

Is there a one-stop-shop for visiting forms?

Visit forms should be sent directly to the facility where you wish to visit. Facility addresses can be found on the Individual facility web pages. NOTE: Sending applications elsewhere will cause a delay in processing time. Please do not send applications to Headquarters.

Get just the form (or forms) you need for your particular visit situation:

Regular Visits:
Extended Family Visits:

What are the scheduled visiting hours?

Visiting schedules vary among the facilities. Check the specific facility pages for visiting rules and schedules. Ensure a positive visit; be aware of and follow the rules and dress code. Interaction with staff should be respectful, polite, and courteous at all times.

What are the requirements for minors as visitors?

Get more information about bringing minors to visit.

What are the requirements for adult visitors?

Before being placed on the offender’s visiting list, the approval process must be complete. This process begins by completing the Visiting Application form. Please fill out either the Online Application or the Hard Copy Application not both. Submitting multiple visit applications for an individual visitor will cause a delay in processing. If bringing medication into the facility, please complete DOC form 16-102, Visitor Medication Questionnaire (PDF).

Processing visiting applications takes some time. Generally, applications are processed in three weeks, in some cases more time may be needed. Please allow a minimum of a month prior to inquiring with the facility. The offender is responsible for notifying visitors of approvals.

Visitors over 18 must bring current photo identification (ID) to the visit: Driver’s license, military ID, Indian tribal ID, state ID card, state or federal agency ID or passport.

What items can I bring to a visit?

  • Bringing money (for vending machines or cards) is limited per facility. Please refer to the local facility pages for the Visiting Guidelines specific to the facility visiting rules regarding cash.
  • Life-sustaining medication needed during the visiting period (if the visitor provides proof of prescription). The DOC form 16-102, Visitor Medication Questionnaire (PDF) must be completed and sent in prior to the visit.

Will I be searched?

Please be prepared. All visitors, their belongings, vehicles and any container and⁄or bag that are brought onto the institution grounds are subject to DOC policy search.

Do you need help with transportation?

A locally owned veteran run transportation service, Western Van Service, is available to help you get to the institution.

Who should I contact if I have questions about visiting?

You should contact the facility where you plan to visit and ask to speak to visit staff. Please be aware that visit staff often work a non-traditional work schedule so they are available at the facility during visit hours. A voice message may be left for visit staff. Please be sure to include the offender's six-digit DOC number and a brief summary of your concern, and visit staff will return your call as soon as they are able.

If your question or concern cannot be resolved by the facility, you may email the Statewide Visit Specialist. Please be sure to include the offender's name and six-digit DOC number in the subject line.

family visitingVisits in Work Release – FAQ

NOTE: Because work release facilities do not have access to the same visit records as in the prisons, a new application must be submitted when an offender transfers to a work release.

What are the requirements for visitors over the age of 18?

Before being placed on the work release offender’s visiting list, the approval process must be complete. This process begins by completing the DOC form 20-169, Work Release Visitor and Sponsor Application (PDF) and the DOC form 05-370, Criminal History Records check (PDF). If you are approved, you will be added to the visiting list and the offender will be notified.

You must bring current photo identification (ID) to the visit: Driver’s license, military ID, Indian tribal ID, state ID card, state or federal agency ID or passport.

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