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JJT 05-10-2004 04:09 PM

Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)
Washington State Penitentiary

1313 N. 13th

Walla Walla, WA 99362


From the WA DOC web site:

The Washington State Penitentiary has four facilities within the institution, each established to house different custody levels of offenders.
The Washington State Penitentiary is the largest correctional institution in the state. It has the operational capacity of 1825 offenders and currently has approximately 2,240 offenders. It has approximately 906 employees, 506 are in uniform. There are 96 different staff job classifications.

The financial impact on the local area for the fiscal year of 1997 was approximately $44,526,825, which included salaries, medical services, utilities, and local purchases.

The average cost to house an offender at WSP is $61.24 per day and $22,353 per year.


The Main Institution primarily houses offenders with Close custody level, which is the second highest custody level. It can currently house 1280 offenders.

Units 1 and 4 are the Segregation unit which houses offenders who violate the institution rules or who have been placed on Administrative Segregation status. Unit 5 is also called the Special Housing Unit. It houses 245 offenders and has three different types of offenders; protective custody, out-patient mental health offenders, and some of the Offenders Sentenced to the Death Penalty. Units 6 and 8 are the largest housing units, each with a capacity of 408 offenders. They have 102 four man cells located on three levels. Unit 7 houses 180 offenders. All offenders in Unit 7 are required to have a job.

Recreation: The Offender Activity Center contains a gym, weight lifting room, music room, library, and a legal library. There is a hobby craft building for recreational craft activities that require electric tools and a large amount of space. The Big Yard is a five acre field surrounded by tall solid walls and is used for outside recreation and exercise.

The Food Service Department has two dining areas that can each feed 450+ offenders. It prepares 225,000 meals per month at a cost of ninety six cents per meal for food and $5.10 for food, supplies, and labor.

The institution hospital provides medical, dental and mental health services for the institution. It also has a pharmacy and optical office.

Walla Walla Community College provides educational opportunities for high school completion, GED, and some vocational skills, and has approximately 1,556 part and full-time students.

Religious services are provided by two full time ordained clergy and over 400 volunteers. Recognized religious needs are provided through private services, and group ceremonies for all faiths, with over 220 separate religious programs per month.

The institution TV station, KWSP, is an important communication link between the administration and the offenders. It also creates quality video productions for training and information utilized by the institution and the Department of Corrections.

Correctional Industries provides jobs for offenders. It contains a metal plant that makes lockers, chair frames, footlockers, and other metal furnishings, a welding shop, and the license plate factory for the state.

The Engineer Department maintains all of the buildings, machinery, and some construction for the institution. The Laundry provides work for offenders cleaning state-owned laundry and linens, including uniforms.


MSC can currently house approximately 840 offenders. It is surrounded by a double chain link fence. This complex houses Medium custody offenders and primarily has two man cells.

There are four housing units: Blue Mountain, Adams, Baker, and Rainier.

There is also a recreation area with an outside yard, gymnasium and hobby/craft area. MSC also has a chapel, outpatient medical services, dental office, food service area, library, legal library, and education area.

Correctional Industries provides offender work opportunities in a mattress factory and a garment factory that makes offender clothing, staff uniforms, and uniform clothing for other state agencies. The sign shop makes roadside signs for the state as well as other types of signs.


The Minimum Security Unit houses 174 Minimum custody offenders who are assigned jobs to maintain the grounds, work in the warehouse, automotive repair shop, greenhouse, field crops, feed lot, engineers shop, and heifer farm. A crew of offenders also work off of the institutional grounds under the supervision of correctional staff.

The kitchen garden grows vegetables for use in meal preparation, and the surplus is donated to local area food banks.

There is also a carpentry program through the Walla Walla Community College located at MSU.


IMU is a maximum custody unit that is located outside the Main Institution and has the capacity of 96 offenders. It houses those offenders who represent a risk to the orderly operation of the unit, a threat toward themselves or others, and Offenders Sentenced to the Death Penalty.

The offenders are normally only out of their single cells for an hour of exercise per day. These offenders do not come into direct contact with other offenders.

JJT 08-30-2004 03:28 PM

Visiting WSP Closed Security
I can answer some questions about closed security....

First off there is no reason for you to be scared. The most important advice I can give you is to make sure that you wear the right clothes.

Jeans that are not too tight are a must. If you can't grab an eatra inch on either side of you hips then they are too tight.

Wear a darker color tee shirt to start out with. Make sure it is long enough so that when you raise your arms up in the air your belly won't show.

No hair ornaments...just a simple hair tie is allowed

Shoes must be worn with socks or nylons.....

You may take in $10.00 in change for each visitor. One key only just bring a ziplock baggie to put your stuff in.

Visiting starts at 9:30 AM show your ID to the Gate house officer and he will motion for you to move along.

When you get into the main institution you will need to fill a a visitors form and then get in line, now there are two different lines so make sure you are in the main institution visiting line. Most of the women up there are really helpful and will answer any questions you may have.

Just remember to be respectful to the CO's and you will be alright. If you have anymore questions just let me know, I am happy to help out.....and by the way....welcome to pto!!!

I forgot to add that there is a limit to the amount of jewlery you can wear.....two rings per hand...two earrings per ear, two bracelets, and absolutely no belly, tongue, nose rings.

Also make sure that you don't wear any sports club clothing or clothing that has alcohol logos or anything of that nature.

No Underwire bras EVER!

Can't wear those cute fuzzy lined boots in either.

Originally posted by penwife in another thread.

MurphyGirl 10-16-2004 07:53 PM

If anyone has any questions regarding visitation at WSP in Walla Walla I am here to help !!!!


stacy524 10-20-2004 11:58 PM

Thats all very good information to post. Another thing I'd mention, since I have visited at WSP for closed security is don't wear things or g-strings. They had an issue with that back when I was visiting there, before Jay got sent to Nevada.

MurphyGirl 10-21-2004 09:31 AM

Thank you Stacy....I never even thought of that!! Also make sure to wear pantyhose with dresses. Nylons won't work.

JJT 12-09-2004 10:18 AM

Washington State Penitentiary Chaplain

364 Catherine Maples #6
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Pastor: Ron Willhite
Phone: 509-525-3610 ext. 6166

Meeting Times: Call for information

1nonlyTeRe 12-13-2004 04:58 AM

Hotels and Motels
Here are some hotels and motels Penwife and myself found near the prison. If anyone knows of anymore, please post them here!

La Quinta Inn Walla Walla
520 N 2ND Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: 509-525-2522

Holiday Inn Express
1433 W Pine St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-525-6200
Price: $59.00 - $99.00

421 E Main St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-529-4940
Price: $49.50 - $80.00

Howard Johnson Inn
325 E Main St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-529-4360
Price: $66.00 - $78.00

NOTE: The GREYHOUND bus no longer has a stop in Walla Walla.

young brother 12-14-2004 02:37 AM

Thats for the helpful infomation it helps me to know other people are out there Thanks

agony 02-27-2005 05:34 PM

UPDATED list of

Best Western Suites Inn

7 E Oak St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-525-4700
Price: $63.9 - $129.00

Holiday Inn Express

1433 W Pine St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-525-6200
Price: $59 - $99.00

Green Gables Inn

922 Bonsella St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-525-5501
Price: $80.00 - $125.00
Kitchen, Fireplace, Bed and Breakfast, Inn/Lodge

Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
6 W Rose St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-525-2200

La Quinta Inn Walla Walla
520 N 2nd Ave
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-525-2522
Price: $53.83

Howard Johnson Inn
325 E Main St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-529-4360
Price: $56.11 - $78.00

421 E Main St
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: 509-529-4940
Price: $32 - $75.00

MurphyGirl 06-07-2005 11:28 AM

Hi all. For those who visit at the Medium Security Complex at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, there have been some changes in the visiting schedule.
Both BMU and the BAR units are allowed to visit every Monday and Tuesday for the full day session. The weekend visiting will stay the same, alternating between BMU and BAR units.
The changes are effective immediately!!!!!


PattiD1157 04-26-2006 09:36 PM

Driving directions:

1313 N. 13th, Walla Walla, WA 99362 (509) 525-3610
From West side of state: Take I-5 to I-90. Take I-90 East toward Spokane. Go over Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg. From Ellensburg, take I-82 South to Richland. From Richland, take I-182 East to Pasco (also posted as Highway 12). Continue on Highway 12 all the way to Walla Walla. Take the first Walla Walla exit, Dell Avenue, left to the "T" intersection one block North. Go right on Dell Avenue, about six blocks go the next "T" intersection, 13th Avenue North. Turn left on 13th Avenue N, to the entrance of the Washington State Penitentiary.

Scott's_Angel 01-15-2012 06:53 PM

Is there updated information available? The last was posted several years ago!

Particularly updated information about motels, hotels, and rates would be appreciated.

B00ne 01-13-2019 03:29 PM

Washington State Penitentiary

1313 N. 13th

Walla Walla, WA 99362

Is this the correct shipping address for inmates? JJT posted this one. I'm not finding any other address for the prison.

GingerM 01-14-2019 06:03 AM


Originally Posted by B00ne (Post 7759661)
Washington State Penitentiary

1313 N. 13th

Walla Walla, WA 99362

Is this the correct shipping address for inmates? JJT posted this one. I'm not finding any other address for the prison.

That's the only address I could find for WSP as well.

B00ne 01-17-2019 08:12 PM

WSP Washington State Prison
Here's the address for an inmate at Washington State Prison:

First name Middle Initial Last Name, # (DOC)

WSP - AA#### (their location)

1313 N 13th St

Walla Walla, WA 99362

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