Dept. of Corrections resuming in-person visitation on Mother’s Day

Washington State Department Of Corrections
Washington State Department of Corrections

TUMWATER, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Corrections is resuming in-person visitation starting Mother’s Day, May 9.

This is the first time visitation has been allowed since March 2020, and the DOC says an increase in vaccinations has allowed them to resume these sessions.

People looking to see a friend or family member need to apply online to schedule a visit. On arrival, visitors must pass an in-person COVID screening and temperature checks before being let in. DOC says sessions will happen once a month for one hour, giving as many inmates as possible time to visit.

“The pandemic has been hard on many people, including family members – spouses, parents, and children – of our incarcerated individuals who have not been able to visit in person for over a year,” said Deputy Secretary Julie Martin. “We’re eager to reopen visitation safely to protect visitors, incarcerated individuals and staff, especially on Mother’s Day.”

These visits will be no-contact, and sessions will be scheduled by cohort, with inmates grouped together based on living unit and programs.

For more information, visit the Department of Corrections website.