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Old 09-06-2018, 06:56 AM
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Default How does the visitor list work in Washington prisons?

After you apply to be on his visitor's list, the DOC verifies you, and then they ask your loved one to put your name on his list? Or they give him your application and he signs? How it actually works?
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Old 09-07-2018, 04:03 AM
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While I am not personally familiar with this process in state of Washington, you can find some information on their webpage HERE, and also a more detailed visitation policy HERE..
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This link may also be useful to you: http://www.doc.wa.gov/corrections/in...siting-inmates

In a nutshell, you apply for visitation. Assuming you pass all their checks outlined in the links Sarianna posted, then your loved one is notified and you go on their visitor's list. The incarcerated person has the right to deny your visitation status if they choose to do so. Eventually, you get to go visit once you're sure, based on your loved one checking, that you're approved for visitation.

The process can take 1 - 2 months, assuming nothing goes wrong in the meantime.

For instance, I applied for visitation to 4 different guys in Oregon all at the same time. One guy was notified that I had applied to visit him within 2 weeks of my submitting of the application (electronically, so I didn't have to worry about getting lost in the mail). Another guy, my application was lost, I had to contact the application center three times, then it got lost at the prison and the application approval center had to send them another copy, and what with one thing and another, it ended up taking about 2 1/2 months to get things set up.

You will definitely need your visitee to help you find out if you've been approved or not.

That was for Oregon. While Washington's system differs a bit, I imagine the nature of bureaucracy stays the same, so go into it expecting that it will take some time. Don't call anyone until at least a month has gone by and your visitee still hasn't seen your name pop up on his/her visiting list. Definitely don't submit another application unless asked to do so - it really does slow the system down, both for you and for everyone else.
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probably a little late on the response but it takes 4-6 weeks to get approved for visits, by the time they are out of receiving which takes about 6 weeks for placement, is about the time that visitors get approved
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I spoke to the Family Services guy about the long turnaround time for visitation applications to get approved. I am currently at 40 days with no word, and they tell you to expect at least 45 days right now...and won't let you call and ask before then. When you add county jail plus the time it took for Shelton to actually show him existing so I could apply, plus then the schedule to get to my first visit, it will be at 53-58 days without seeing my man-- almost 2 months. Unbelievable, and deliberately cruel.

Guy says the "old policy" a few years ago was 21 days, and that sometimes it was only 14. Then they bumped it up to 30 days, and now they're consistently at 45. As a person who knows about background checks for my own work, it only takes a couple of days to get results back, so there is zero reason this should all take so long.

He did suggest one thing to do is for folks to start filing complaints with the state Ombudsman at oco.wa.gov...it anyone feels like going that route.
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probably a little late on the response but it takes 4-6 weeks to get approved for visits, by the time they are out of receiving which takes about 6 weeks for placement, is about the time that visitors get approved
Soo....the Visitation website just posted that they are taking at least 8 WEEKS now to process visitation applications. When you call their number, it goes to voice mail and the outgoing message says they won't even call you back if it hasn't been 8 weeks.

So since early September, the expected wait time has gone from 30 days, to 45 days, to 56 days-- they've DOUBLED that wait time this fall. For what reason, exactly? Did DOC double the inmate population in that time? Of course not. Did they lose half of their employees? Who knows, but they sure as heck should be hiring some new ones-- plus extra-- ASAP. Or are they just messing with us to be cruel?

So if you're waiting for your approval to see your loved one, in addition to calling the Statewide Visit Specialist at (360) 725-8480 or sending an email to DOCHQVisitUnit@doc.wa.gov, you can also:

Call the Office of Corrections Ombusman at (360) 664-4749, and file an anonymous complaint that they will serve on the Visitation office. This morning she told me I was the first one who had called about this issue, which seems a little bonkers if there are hundreds and hundreds of other folks in the same boat as me who will be waiting 2+ months to see their family and friends!! Please consider doing one or both of the above so this issue gets the attention it deserves.
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After you apply to be on his visitor's list, the DOC verifies you, and then they ask your loved one to put your name on his list? Or they give him your application and he signs? How it actually works?
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The offender doesn’t have to do anything. It does take some time but once approved it follows them through all facilities including work release.
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