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Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)

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Facility Alerts & Notices

Before visiting, check for notices that may impact your travel plans. For visitation cancellations, you can follow Twitter logo@WADOCVisits on Twitter.

  • Effective Wednesday, May 25, 2022: Native American Religious events are postponed until September 2022.
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022: Visiting is limited for individuals in Echo East and IMU North F Mod as they are being used for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine purposes.
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022: Approved visitors of all ages are now able to schedule a contact visit for up to three hours except where prohibited by policy. IMU is allowed up to two approved visitors to be scheduled for each visit. Visit requests for IMU with more than two visitors will not be authorized. Additionally, for the time being, Golf Unit visitors should select Fox Unit on the COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request form.
  • Friday, June 11, 2021: National inventory supply chain issues are causing delivery delays for the bi-monthly food package program. See the package program page for more details.
  • Current COVID-19 visit/volunteer restrictions (pdf) and COVID-19 prison visit guidelines.

Contact & Location

At A Glance

Local Family Council
DOC Policy 530.155 Family Councils (pdf)
Custody Level: Maximum,
Close, Medium & Minimum
Living Units & Custody Levels
Capacity: 2,439 male inmates
Year Opened: 1886

WSP Visiting Information

Approved visitors may schedule visits using the COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request form. See COVID-19 visitor guidelines, frequently asked questions, and current COVID-19 visit/volunteer restrictions (pdf) for more information.

Visitor Application Process

To visit an inmate, you must complete the visitor application process. Go to the Prison Visits webpage for information about what is required in your specific circumstances to complete the visitor application process.

The visitor application process must be completed for both Prison Visits and Video Visits.

Visitor Guidelines

The general guidelines that are applicable to all prison facilities is detailed in DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated Individuals (pdf). WSP also has its own Visitor's Guidelines (pdf) detailing important notices, visiting rules, guidelines for all visits (prison and video), and regular visiting hours for each housing unit.

WSP's Regular Visiting Hours have also been published below as a quick reference for your convenience.

Family Friendly Events

Many family friendly events are hosted at WSP. These events may disrupt regularly scheduled visiting hours. Please refer to the WSP Family Friendly Events Calendar for information regarding upcoming scheduled events.

Special Visits

Those approved for special visits can also use regular visitation hours. The facility has designated four tables for special visits. The request for a special visit used during regular visitation hours are limited to one day per request, every 30 days. Any questions should be addressed to the Visiting Sergeant. All requests approved before August 1, 2019 will be honored.

Regular Visiting Hours

Video Visiting Hours

Per Video Visit Expectations (pdf), video visits will be scheduled in 30 minute increments and may not exceed one hour in duration. Video visits may be scheduled by an approved visitor through JPay at least 24 hours in advance.

West Complex: Delta, Echo, Fox & Golf Units
Days Time
Daily 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
West Complex: Victor & William Units
Days Time
Daily 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
West Complex: Baker, Adams & Rainier Units (BAR Units)
Days Time
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
East Complex: Units 6, 8 & 10
Days Time
Monday, Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Professional Visits

Professional visits may be scheduled through the Legal Liaison Officer (LLO). Normal business days only. Holidays excluded.

East Complex Attorney Room for General Population
Days Time
Monday, Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
West Complex Attorney Room for General Population
Days Time
Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
West Complex Attorney Room for Intensive Management Unit (IMU) – Level 5 and Approved for Contact Visits
Days Time
Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No Contact Booths in Intensive Management Unit (IMU) – Approved for No Contact Visits
Days Time
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Facility Programs

Academic & Partnership Programs

  • Auto Body
  • Information Technology
  • Building Maintenance Technology
  • Getting it Right
  • Bookkeeping
  • Dog Training & Adoption Programs
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Graphic Design
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Sustainability in Prisons Project
  • Welding

Research Based Programs

Work & Vocational Programs

Community Involvement

Volunteer Programs

Community volunteers provide programs and services that promote positive reintegration into the community, including religious programs, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, assisting Veterans with military issues, assisting inmate's families with children mentoring programs, and special programs (i.e., dental hygienist, photographer, etc.) that are available to the inmate population and their families.

Additionally, guest sport teams, choirs, musical groups, guest speakers/lecturers, and professional groups have held programs for the inmate population. There are also groups that assist inmates in the process of re–integrating back into society.

Giving Back to the Community

Washington State Penitentiary is active in many other programs that support the local community including involvement in Habitat for Humanity, a Canine Training Program, Teddy Bear Program, Native American Regalia Program and the STAR Project.

Inmate Families & the Community

The Family Advisory Committee at Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) was establish to advise the facility on opportunities to strengthen the inmate's family and enhance successful re-entry to community and family.

Some local motels have gift certificates available to assist families with their motel rate if they need to spend a night at Walla Walla, either before or after a regularly scheduled visit.

Art in Public Places

The Art in Public Places (AIPP) program facilitates the acquisition, placement, and stewardship of artwork in state-funded building projects throughout Washington. The Washington State Legislature established the AIPP program in 1974 to acquire artwork for educational institutions and state agencies, funded by ½ of 1 percent of the state’s portion of construction costs. Today, the State Art Collection includes more than 4,700 artworks.

Six of the Line Series, 1982

Walla Walla Bound - Poetic License, 2008

Washington State Penitentiary Superintendent

superintendent headshot photo

Superintendent Donald R. Holbrook

Donald Holbrook started his career as a correctional officer at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, WA in 1989. During his 28 year career he has promoted through the ranks as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Associate Superintendent. He has served as a long running member of several special teams, including the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).

In 2012, following months of planning, then Associate Superintendent Holbrook guided the Penitentiary as it began implementation of the new Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) aimed at reducing gang type violence.

In 2014, he was appointed as the Superintendent for the Penitentiary, a multiple custody, 2,550 plus bed facility with over 1100 employees and 400 volunteers. He has served his entire career at the Penitentiary and has an extensive understanding and knowledge of the security, operations and staffing.