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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 Wednesday, January 12, 2022: DOC Visitation is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. For more information, click here (pdf).
  • Effective Monday, January 10, 2022: Volunteer Services have been paused until further notice. Please check back for updates.
  • 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.

Community Facility & Office Alerts

Business Offices

  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021: Mt. Vernon Field Office has been evacuated. Please stay clear.
  • 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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