Washington Corrections Center

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Washington Corrections Center (WCC)
Washington Corrections Center near Shelton, WA.jpg
North side viewed from SR 102
Washington Corrections Center is located in Washington (state)
Washington Corrections Center
Location in Washington
Coordinates47°14′13″N 123°11′35″W / 47.23694°N 123.19306°W / 47.23694; -123.19306Coordinates: 47°14′13″N 123°11′35″W / 47.23694°N 123.19306°W / 47.23694; -123.19306
Security classMedium, Close, Maximum
Managed byWashington State Department of Corrections
WardenDaniel White, Superintendent
Street address2321 West Dayton Airport Rd.
CountyMason County
Postal codeP. O. Box 900
CountryUnited States

Washington Corrections Center is a Washington State Department of Corrections men's prison located in Shelton, Washington.[1] With an operating capacity of 1,300, it is the sixth largest prison in the state (after Stafford Creek Corrections Center) and is surrounded by forestland. It opened 59 years ago in 1964, seventy-five years after statehood.[2]

Washington Corrections Center is located at 2321 W Dayton Airport Rd

Facilities and Programs[edit]

Washington Corrections Center facilitates Educational and Offender Change programs, Work and Vocational programs, and Sustainability programs.

  • Educational and Offender Change programs include: GED programs, Computer basics programs, and a prison library.[1] they're intent is to teach incarcerated new skills, and help them to transition into the outside world.
  • Work and Vocational programs include: groundskeeping and vehicle maintenance,[1] these are how prisoners earn prison salaries or commissary.
  • Sustainability programs include: Composting, and Vegetable Gardens.[1] They're intent is to allow prisoners to practice skills learned in prison, and make the prison self-sustaining.


Washington Corrections Center is located on a 400-acre campus in Shelton, Washington.[3] On campus, there is 9 housing units by the names of:

  • Cedar
  • Evergreen
  • R-1
  • R-2
  • R-3
  • R-4
  • R-5
  • R-6
  • IMU

These vary from minimum to maximum security.[4]


Washington Corrections Center was opened 59 years ago in 1964, making it the 5th oldest prison in Washington state.[1] All prisoners entering the Washington State Prison System must pass through Washington Corrections Center in order to be permanently assigned to another prison.[5] In 2014, two prisoners at Washington Corrections Center committed successful suicides, leading the Washington State Department of Corrections to reform their official policy on suicides.[6] In September, 2015 Washington Corrections Center became the second prison (after Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon)[7] to install a "Blueroom" inside of solitary confinement to play nature videos for prisoners.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Washington Corrections Center (WCC) | WACorrections". doc.wa.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  2. ^ "Washington Corrections Center Visiting hours, inmate phones, mail". prisonpro.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  3. ^ "Washington Correctional Center Campus Map". google.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  4. ^ "Washington Corrections Center Visiting hours, inmate phones, mail". prisonpro.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  5. ^ "Welcome to prison -- inside Washington Corrections Center - seattlepi.com". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  6. ^ "2 Prisoners Mistakenly Released Early Now Charged In Killings : NPR". npr.org. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  7. ^ "Oregon prison tackles solitary confinement with Blue Room experiment | OregonLive.com". oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  8. ^ "Washington prison mimicking Oregon program showing nature videos to solitary prisoners | OregonLive.com". oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.