Visiting the Tacoma NW Detention Center


There is an opportunity to learn about detention centers this Wednesday January 23rd at Seattle University’s Law School Building, Room 110 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm.

The presenter will be the director of the National Visitation Network who developed the program in Orange County CA’s detention center, and is recommended for those who want to become volunteer visitors to a center.
A local program through The Northwest Detention Center Roundtable coordinates arranging for volunteer visitors to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
The Seattle contact and volunteer coordinator for visitation is Patricia Gunn of the NW University Unitarian Justice Network at

Visitation days are only on Wednesdays. Only twenty are allowed in each Wednesday. A volunteer must fill out a form and become approved by the detention center beforehand. The NWDCR can provide them. At a visit, a government ID card with a photo, such as a Washington State driver’s license, will be required, as well as the last four digits of your social security number. The center considers the data on the form you submit to approve your visit, and to choose the individual prisoner with whom you will visit. For instance, your language abilities, cross/cultural/international experiences, professional credentials, and criminal background disclosure are considered. You are asked for three reference contacts including emails, phones, addresses.

There is no bus service to the detention center. Surprise.


~ by whoyoucallinillegal2012 on January 20, 2013.

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