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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.

  • Beginning 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 Friday, October 12, 2018: The CRCC-MSC visitation ticket machine, which is currently located at the entrance/round-a-bout to CRCC, will be moved inside public access. Visitors will continue to be allowed to enter the visitation parking lot no sooner than 11:30 a.m., and we ask that you stay in your vehicle until 11:50 a.m. At 11:50 a.m., you may enter Public Access to pull your ticket. Once you have retrieved a ticket, please have a seat and wait for your number to be called. For your safety we ask that you do not run or walk through the gravel and to please be courteous and respectful of others as you enter public access to retrieve a ticket.
  • 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!
  • Friday, January 18, 2019: SOU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for the Family Children’s Movie Event. Evening visit processing will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 18, 2019: TRU visiting will be closed 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for the Family Children’s Movie Event. Afternoon visits will close at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 25, 2019: MSU visiting will be closed 5:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. for the Family Children’s Movie Event.
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019: WSRU visiting will be closed 12: 30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for the Family Children’s Movie Event. Evening visit processing will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 28, 2019: TRU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for a Graduation Event. Evening visit processing will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 15, 2019: SOU visiting will be closed 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for the Family Valentines Game Day Event. Evening visit processing will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Parenting Inside Out (PIO) Graduation is cancelled.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

Business Offices

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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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