Washington Corrections Center

The Washington Corrections Center is a prison for medium, close, and maximum-custody male inmates. It is located in Shelton, Washington, and is operated by the Washington State Department of Corrections. This facility can house a maximum of 1,268 inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Below are the regularly scheduled visiting hours for the Washington Corrections Center. 

Visiting Office Hours
Friday – Monday                                    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cedar Living Unit
*Sunday evening visits only occur when there are no banquets or activities.

Sunday:                        10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.*
Monday:                       10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Friday:                           10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Saturday:                      10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Evergreen Living Unit
*Sunday evening visits only occur when there are no banquets or activities.

Sunday:                        10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.*
Monday:                       10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Friday:                           10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Saturday:                      10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

R-1, R-4 Living Units 

Sunday:                         10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Friday:                            4:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

R-2 Living Unit 

Monday:                       4:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Saturday:                      10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

R-3 Living Unit 

Monday:                      10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Saturday:                     4:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

R-5 Living Unit 

Friday:                          10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Saturday:                     4:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

R-6 Living Unit
*Sunday evening visits only occur when there are no banquets or activities.

Sunday:                       4:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.*
Saturday:                    10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Intensive Management Unit (IMU) 

Sunday:                      11:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Monday:                     4:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

R-6 Population Unit G&H Tier Only
*Sunday evening visits only occur when there are no banquets or activities.

Sunday:                  10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.*
Monday:                10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Friday:                    10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Saturday:               10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

You can avoid making unnecessary trips or being turned away by checking visit updates via Twitter at http://twitter.com/@wadocvisits.

Applying for Visitation

You must submit a visitor’s application, get approval, and be added to your inmate's visitor list before visiting. To start the approval process, fill out the online application. A separate application form is needed for visitors under the age of 18. Minors under 18 years of age may visit with a parent/guardian or an approved escort only. 

Visitor Check-in

Visitors are welcome to arrive at WCC 15 minutes before visits and must check in at the visitor entrance. From the parking lot, please proceed to the Visitor Entrance as indicated by the signs. 

What to Bring to a Visit

Visitors may bring the following items in a clear plastic coin purse or bag: 

  • Cash for the vending machines (a maximum of $20 in change, singles, and $5 bills only)
  • Keys
  • ID
  • Medication
  • Small comb or brush
  • Two pairs of eyeglasses, including one pair of reading glasses

The following items are allowed for infants and toddlers and must be stored in a clear plastic bag or container: 

  • Two, empty, clear plastic bottles that can be filled with water, juice, milk, or formula 
  • One plastic, Tupperware-type child’s cup with lid 
  • Two, unopened, plastic containers of formula, juice, or other infant-specific fluids
  • Two, unopened, plastic containers of baby/snack food in their original packaging with one plastic baby spoon 
  • Two bibs 
  • Two pacifiers or teething objects 
  • One, non-quilted child’s blanket 
  • One, change of baby clothing 
  • One disposable diaper per hour of the visit 
  • Baby wipes in a zip lock plastic bag 

Dress Code

Dress standards are necessary to ensure the safety and security of everyone in the visiting room. Visitors should wear clothing that is conservative in nature in order to maintain a respectful visiting environment and keep processing time to a minimum. 

The following guidelines apply to visitors 8 years of age and older:

  • Children must wear clothing that will not reveal underwear when they crawl, spin, etc. Shorts under dresses may be appropriate. 
  • Clothing will be free of reference to obscenity, alcohol, drugs, Security Threat Group (STG), violence, or sex in any form. 
  • All clothing must be clean and in good repair without rips or tears. 
  • Appropriate undergarments are required and will not be visible. 
  • Clothing will not reveal breasts or expose undergarments, cleavage, stomach/midriff, or bare chest or back, including when arms are raised. 
  • Sheer/transparent clothing is not allowed unless clothing worn beneath is not transparent and no undergarments (e.g., bra, underwear) are visible. 
  • Tactical and cargo pants are not allowed but carpenter pants are acceptable. 
  • Sagging of pants is not allowed. 
  • Camouflage, even in small decorative patches or lettering, and bibbed attire may not be worn. 
  • Outer garment shirts must have sleeves. Sleeveless garments must be worn with a sleeved outer garment for the duration of the visit. Cap sleeves are acceptable as an outer garment.
  • Sweaters, blazers, and sweatshirts are permitted. 
  • Hooded garments are not allowed in the visit area. 
  • Shorts, dresses, skirts, capris, skorts, and slits in clothing must reach the top of the kneecap when standing. 
  • Shoes, sandals, flip flops, and boots must be in good repair, free of rips or tears.
  • High heels must be no more than three inches high from the heel of the visitor’s foot to the ground. 

Video Visits

Video visits are available at Washington Corrections Center for inmates living in the Cedar and Evergreen Units. You must be on your loved one’s approved visit list to participate. To register, contact JPAY at (866) 333-5729 or https://www.jpay.com/

Video visit hours are daily from 8:30 to 9:30 am and 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Physical Address

Washington Corrections Center
2321 West Dayton Airport Road
Shelton, WA 98584

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/zmRexcd8fL95eJ3v5

General Phone Number


Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Washington Corrections Center
P.O. Box 900
Shelton, WA 98584

Staff inspects all inmate mail. Books, newspapers, and magazines must be mailed directly to your inmate by the publisher, publication supplier, or bookstore. 

Email and videograms are available through JPAY. To register, please contact JPAY at (866) 333-5729 or visit https://www.jpay.com/

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Washington Corrections Center, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Washington, please click here.

How to Send Money

The Department of Corrections (DOC) provides the following three options to send money to your inmate at Washington Corrections Center:

You may only send a cashier's check or money order. Do not send cash, personal checks, or stamps. Include both the inmate's full name and six-digit DOC number on the payee line.

When using Western Union, go to the Send Money to an Inmate page. Select "Washington Dept Corrections" from the facility drop-down list. Input the amount you want to send and click “Get Started.” 

Choose the method you want to send money (online, in person, by phone, or mobile app). Be sure to have the following pieces of information ready:

When sending money over the phone via Western Union, ask to use "Quick Collect" for a lower fee.

Programs For Inmates

Academic & Partnership Programs

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Horticulture contextualized as ABE
  • Computer Basics
  • Job Search
  • College Readiness
  • Family Friendly Activities
  • General Education Diploma (GED)

Recreational Programs

  • Sustainability in Prisons Project
  • Youthful Offender GED

Research Based Programs

Substance Abuse Treatment

Work & Vocational Programs

  • Construction Trades
  • Community Work Crews
  • Correctional Industries: Food Service, Laundry Service, Warehouse Distribution
  • Grounds Keeping
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Vocational Certification for Institutional Sanitation
  • Sustainability Jobs: Compost Program, Recycling Project, Vegetable Gardens

Pictures of Washington Corrections Center

Careers at Washington Corrections Center

If you are interested in a career with the Washington State Department of Corrections and would like more information about job listings at the Washington Corrections Center, click here.