Effective January 29, 2012,
there will be a change in the visit schedule.
There will no longer be visits on Mondays and evening visits will be added. Evening visits will be added to Thursday, Firday, Saturday and Sunday 6:30 - 8:30 for prisoners housed in Medium and Close custody units. There are no other changes to any existing rules or policies.
The new schedule will be as follows, resulting in no visits January 30-31, nor February 1, and evening* visits beginning Thursday, February 2, 2012.
*Medium and Close Custody Housing Only
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
As a result of these changes, the times of the visit phone line operation have been reviewed and will also be effected. The new operational times for the visit phone line are as follows:
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
12:30-3:00 p 8:30-11:30a
12:30-3:00p 8:30-11:30a 8:30-11:30a Closed Closedow to schedule a visit
Visit requests made by phone must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
The number to call is (207) 273-5301.
Calls are accepted Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 11:30 AM. Additional hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Visit request forms are available in the MSP lobby for vistors to use to schedule visits as well.
E-mailed visits requests can be submitted at any time but must be sent at least seven (7) days in advance of the requested visit. Fill in an online request.
Frequency of Visits
Visitation is based upon custody status.
Prisoners housed in the Medium Unit are eligible for three (3) visits per week.
Prisoners housed in the Close Unit are eligible for two (2) visits per week.
Administrative Segregation, Disciplinary Status, and High Risk prisoners are eligible for one (1) (one-hour) visit per week. (Non-Contact Only) Non-Contact visiting provides for the prisoner and his visitor to be separated by a glass partition.
The visit week begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday.
No visitor except immediate family members shall be on more than one (1) prisoner’s visit list.
Immediate family includes spouse, natural, foster or adoptive mother, father, son, daughter, grandfather or grandmother, grandchild, brother or sister, or step-mother, step-father, step-son, step-daughter, step-grandfather or step-grandmother, step-grandchild or step-brother or step-sister.
Visitor Clearance Forms can be obtained from the prisoner that you wish to visit, from the Lobby Officer, Maine State Prison, or from this website.
Fill out an application, only one name per application.
Make sure that you sign the application and return it Attention: Visits, Maine State Prison.
Clearances may take up to six (6) weeks for processing. It may take longer if an applicant has a criminal record.
Family members as defined above may be granted NON-CONTACT visits prior to being cleared for CONTACT visits.
Maine State Prison recommends arriving a half-hour prior to your scheduled visit to allow adequate time to check in and be escorted to the visit.
The Educational Program is geared for a high school diploma and/or a G.E.D. There is a NovaNET program, which allows prisoners to increase their skills in grades 6 through 12. The NovaNET also offers several college courses via a closed circuit with the Southern Maine Vocational College.
The Vocational Programs are staffed by degreed instructors in the following fields: Upholstery, Welding, and Building Trades. An Industries program was instituted in July 2001, for the manufacture of denim jeans for the entire Department of Corrections prisoner population.
The Community Restitution Program provides other State Agencies, Local Municipalities, and non-profit organizations with assistance in maintaining their facilities. The firefighting crew travels throughout the state assisting the State of Maine Forestry Department. This group has been active for well over ten years and is highly acclaimed for its firefighting efforts.
The Treatment Program consists of psychological treatment with counselors in Substance Abuse Education, Relapse Prevention and Individual Substance Counseling, and Crisis Intervention groups.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.