Washington State Penitentiary



Washington State Penitentiary

Washington State Penitentiary

Washington State Penitentiary, sometimes referred to as Walla Walla State Penitentiary, is a maximum security prison.  This facility is the second largest prison in Washington and has the capacity to house 2,439 adult male offenders.  Washington State Penitentiary is where all the death row inmates are housed, and where the executions are performed.  The inmate population is divided into four groups.  Inmates who have a short sentence are housed in the camp, the low crime facility houses inmates with 30-60 year sentences, the medium crime facility houses inmates with 50 years to life, and the high crime facility houses inmates with multiple life sentences and offenders on death row.  Washington State Penitentiary houses inmates in the following units:

  • IMU North - Maximum/Segregation inmates
  • IMU South - Maximum/Segregation inmates
  • Delta - Close Custody inmates
  • Echo - Close Custody inmates
  • Fox - Close Custody inmates
  • Golf - Close Custody inmates
  • BAR Baker - Close Custody inmates
  • BAR Adams - Close Custody inmates
  • BAR Rainer - Close Custody inmates
  • Victor - Medium Custody inmates
  • William - Medium Custody inmates
  • 6,8,10 - Minimum Custody offenders

Washington State Penitentiary participates in the Correctional Industries program and employs inmates in a license plate factory, a metal shop, in a laundry operation, a recycling center, in planting and harvesting crops, and in the warehouse.  Inmates are provided vocational training in heating ventilation and air conditioning, graphic design, information technology, auto body repair, carpentry and welding.  Washington State Penitentiary also hosts a program that allows offenders to work with shelter dogs, teaching the animals obedience training so they can later be adopted.

Visiting Hours at Washington State Penitentiary:

Visitation is based on the unit the inmate is located in.  View the current visitation schedule here.  You can also view the visitor processing times for Washington State Penitentiary here.  Visitation at Washington State Penitentiary occurs everyday from from 10:15am-5:30pm in the West Complex and from 10:30am-4:30pm in the East Complex.  Visitors to the West Complex are processed in at 10:15am-11am, 12:30pm-1pm, and 3:45pm-4:30pm, and processed out at 12am, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, and 5:30pm.  The East Complex has visitor processing from 10:30am-11:15am, 1pm-1:30pm, and 3:45pm-4:30pm.  IMU and IMUS processing times are 12:30pm-1pm.  You can get more information about visiting inmates at Washington State Penitentiary by reading the Visitors Guidebook.

Physical Address:

Washington State Penitentiary
1313 North 13th Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362



Inmate Mailing Address:

Inmate Name, ID Number
​Washington State Penitentiary
1313 North 13th Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362