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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.

  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
      • Celebrating Women’s Event scheduled for March 19, 2020
      • Easter Event scheduled for April 2, 2020
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020: This is notification that the upcoming Local Family Council meeting scheduled at this facility this month is cancelled. This is a pre-cautionary measure DOC is taking as a facility to keep the staff, population and community safe and healthy. It has been suggested to cancel and reschedule non-essential in-person meetings and gatherings of 10 or more individuals for the time being. We will reschedule this meeting at a later date and we will assure we let you know of the new date.
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020: Vistation will be closed from 11:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. for the Daddy Daughter Dance.
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020: Vistation will be closed from 11:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. for the Mother's Day event.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2020: Vistation will be closed from 11:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. for the Dudes Day event.
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • 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!
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Sunday, April 5, 2020: WSRU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for the Pagan Special event. Evening processing to begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Effective Friday, March 20, 2020: Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is temporarily suspending all volunteer access and associated services at all prison facilities. This action is taken to enhance the practice of social distancing and further mitigate the 1isk of exposure to our employees and incarcerated population. For further details, please see the Temporary Suspension of Volunteer Services memo (pdf).
  • Effective Friday, March 13, 2020: Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering our facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires. Until we are able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:
    • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs
    • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington Corrections Center for Women
    • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities
  • Friday, March 20, 2020: Due to in person visits currently being suspended, additional times for video visiting have been added to the facilities video visit schedule. Please see the schedule hereAdobe PDF File.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

Business Offices

  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • Effective March 17, 2020: To further mitigate exposure to our facilities, resident visiting and social outings are suspended until further notice.

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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