Washington Department of Corrections to allow in-person visits starting May 9

Visits must be scheduled ahead of time and visitors must pass a health screening and undergo a temperature check at the facility.

TUMWATER, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) will allow in-person visits to inmates for the first time in over a year starting May 9. 

The DOC discontinued visits in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With the number of vaccinations rising, the department was able to finalize plans to re-open structured in-person visitation, according to a release.

Approved visitors will be able to access the online COVID-19 Prison Visit Appointment Request form to schedule their visit. The first

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