Visiting an Inmate The department encourages family and friends who have positive influences and serve as good role models to communicate and visit with the inmate. This can help the inmate reintegrate with society when they are released.
To get on an inmates visitation list you must fill out a visitation questionnaire. This must be completely filled out and returned to the address listed on the form. A visit is not permitted under any circumstances unless the questionnaire has been review and approval given by the warden. Processing and response time is as quick as seven days, but can sometimes take two to six weeks.
A criminal history check is done on all prospective visitors.
Children 12 years of age or younger are not required to be on an approved list and can only visit with a parent or legal guardian.
Children age 13 to 18 may visit without a parent or legal guardian if prior arrangements are made.
Visitation is either on Saturday or Sunday. The inmate’s custody classifications can determine when or if visitation is allowed. After you have been approved to visit the inmate, check with the individual unit for specific visiting hours.
If you have any questions you can call the unit for more information and ask for the visitation clerk. If the clerk is unavailable, check with the warden’s office.
If you can't visit on a specified visiting day the warden or center supervisor approves, special visits which may be allowed during the week for approved visitors who live more than 300 miles from the unit. No special visits are allowed on holidays.
The inmate can have up to four (4) visitors during any one visit, including children. The spouse of an inmate and all children, regardless of the number, may visit when no other adults are present only.
Only a brief hug at the beginning and end of visitation is allowed. There will be no other physical contact during visitation.
What is “non-contact” visitation? Non-contact visitation, where the inmate and visitor are separated by a glass divider, is used at the discretion of the warden for Death Row and maximum security inmates.
You cannot wear sleeveless shirt, shorts, spandex, see through clothing, hats,sunglasses, sagging pants or low cut blouses to any correctional facility. Skirts and dresses must be worn at or below the knee. The department can deny visitation to any person who is dressed inappropriately.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.