All About Washington Prisons and Jails and How to Contact Inmates

Connect With an Inmate All About Washington Prisons and Jails and How to Contact Inmates

The Easy Way to Connect With Inmates in Washington Prisons and Jails

Communicating with inmates in prison is not easy. There is no way to directly call a loved one in prison since most facilities require inmates to initiate the phone call. Similarly, when sending letters, you must get the inmate's details right, including ID and cell number, or else the letter will be rejected. If you are looking for an easy way to connect or send letters to a loved one in Washington prisons or jails, DoNotPay can help. 

You can now send letters to any prison from our app or website through our newly integrated mailing technology and encrypted database. You can also leverage our new search tool to quickly locate a loved one, whether they are being held in a federal, state, or county facility.

Where Are Washington Prisons Jails Located?

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) has 12 prison facilities with custody levels ranging from maximum to minimum security. The following are the location and contact details of the three most important Washington prisons and jails:

  1. Washington Corrections Center (WCC)

Physical Address2321 West Dayton Airport Road Shelton, WA 98584
Contact (360) 426-4433 – Main

(360) 427-4686 – Health Services

(360) 426-4433, ext. 5227 – Visiting

Inmate Mail AddressPO Box 900 Shelton, WA 98584
  1. Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)

Physical Address9601 Bujacich Rd. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332-8300
Contact (253) 858-4200 – Main

(253) 858-4266 – Health Services

  1. Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)

Physical Address1313 North 13th Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362
Contact(509) 525-3610 – Main

East Complex Security Units, ext. 1002

West Complex & IMU, ext. 5058

(509) 524-7502 – Health Services


How to Contact Inmates at Washington Prisons Jails

Washington State Department of Corrections provides the following ways for inmates to maintain ties with family, friends, and community. 

Phone Calls

The DOC offers all inmates access to telephones charged at reasonable rates. The DOC assigns all inmates an Inmate Personal Identification Number (IPIN) which they must enter to initiate a phone call. The following are the general conditions for connecting with inmates via phone in Washington prison:

  • Only inmates may initiate phone calls. You can provide funds, so the inmate makes prepaid calls to you.
  • Inmates are only allowed to call phone numbers on their Personal Allowed Number (PAN) list that contains a maximum of 25 phone numbers.
  • Family emergency calls must go through the emergency messages process of the prison facility.

By Writing a Letter

You can also write a letter to your loved one or prison pen pal. Before writing the letter, you must research the prison's rules regarding letters to inmates. Remember, prison officials can read prisoner mails, meaning anything you put in writing can be recorded by authorities. 

As you can see from the above, contacting a loved one in prison on your own is challenging. Unless it is an emergency call, you have to wait for the inmate to initiate a phone call. Besides, if you are not on the inmate's Personal Allowed Number (PAN) list, you stand no chance of talking with them over the phone. Luckily, DoNotPay can help you write and address a letter to your loved one in one of Washington's prisons or jails.

Steps to Take Before Contacting a Prisoner in Washington Prisons or Jails

The following are the steps to take before writing/calling a prisoner in a Washington prison or jail:

  1. If you're interacting with an inmate over the phone, find out where he or she is before accepting the call.
  2. Find out the rates of phone calls if you are paying.
  3. If you are writing a letter, determine the mailing address and the ID number of an inmate. Keep in mind that one small mistake like using the wrong envelope, forgetting the inmate ID, or adding the wrong unit number can lead to a letter being rejected.
  4. Make sure you are following all contact procedures. There are things that may be considered contraband and if it is sent to the prison, it will be denied.

If you are unsure how to locate your loved one, DoNotPay can help you. Through our new Connect With an Inmate, you can now find an inmate easily and communicate with them easily no matter the correctional facility they are in.

DoNotPay Can Help You Locate Your Imprisoned Friend

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.


  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.


  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.


  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!


What Else Can DoNotPay Do?  

DoNotPay can also help you with the following:

Let DoNotPay Help You Connect With a Loved One in Prison

Locating and communicating with loved ones in prison is now easier with DoNotPay's help. You can now find inmates easily through our new prison product and send them letters straight from our app or website. In prison, your loved one can also send responses to enable a two-way communication process. Contact us today to learn more.

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