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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 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).
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019: Regular visitation will be closed all day for the Fall Fair event.
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019: Regular visitation will be open and following the normal schedule.
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019: The Local Family Council Meeting scheduled for October 12th is cancelled. The meeting with be rescheduled for November.
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019: The Volunteer luncheon is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • Friday, November 1, 2019: Visitation will be closed until 5:15 p.m. for the Pagan event.
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019: Visitation will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitation will close starting at 3:30 p.m. for the Library event.
  • None at this time.
  • Beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019: Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU) will be starting a construction project that will impact visiting for WSRU only. Starting on October 28, 2019, there will only be one visit session on Monday's and it will start at 5:30 p.m. There will be no afternoon visiting session (12:30 -5:30 p.m.) on Mondays for the duration of the project. Please see the construction project memo (pdf) for more details and the updated visit schedule.
  • Friday, October 11, 2019: Visitation, Volunteer programming, and Extended Family Visits (EFV) will be open as normal due to facility repairs being rescheduled. The Local Family Council meeting scheduled for October 11th will be postponed until Friday, October 25th.
  • Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24, 2019: Regular visitation will be closed for the Winter event. Regular visitation will reopen at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 24th.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

Business Offices

  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.

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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