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Hancock State Prison

Hancock State Prison

701 PRISON BLVD, SPARTA,, Georgia 31087

Phone :
(706) 444-100
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Hancock State Prison Visiting Information:

HOURS: 9:00AM TO 3:00PM
DAYS: Alternated Visitation Days (Saturday M-Z; Sundays A-L); State Holidays


No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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  1. Gloria Barnes March 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I need to know if i am on the list to visit a realtive my brother in prison. Do i have to feel out in type of forms to come to visit him?

    • PrisonPath March 16, 2013 at 2:29 am #

      Hi Gloria,

      Please note the following information from the Hancock’s state prison web site re: visitation:

      Frequently Asked Questions: Visitation
      In an effort to improve
      the experience for all visiting offenders under the
      supervision of the Georgia
      Department of Corrections, below please find a list
      answer to frequently asked questions
      regarding the visitation process:
      Is visitation a right?
      No. While it is importa
      nt for every offender to
      maintain connections with and the suppor
      t of family and friends during
      incarceration, the safety and security of staff, offenders and visitors are
      critical. Therefore, visitation is
      a privilege afforded to offenders and
      should not be considered as a right.
      My family member is current
      ly going through the diagnostic
      process at a facility. Can I visit?
      No. Offenders will not be allowed
      to have visits while they are comp
      leting the diagnostic process. If the
      diagnostic process is not comple
      te after 60 days, the offender will
      complete a visitation list containi
      ng the names of immediate family
      members. Once this list is comple
      ted, it will be reviewed for approval
      by the warden and/or designated facilit
      y staff. This list will be used for
      visitation at the diagnostic facility unt
      il the offender is transferred to a
      permanent assignment.
      Who can visit?
      Members of an offender’s
      immediate family, (for
      example, parents, brothers,
      sisters, spouse, grandparents,
      grandchildren, and children) may
      be requested by the offender for
      visitation approval. Indi
      viduals, who are not considered as “immediate”
      family members as described above (for example step-parents, step-
      siblings, in-laws, uncle, aunt, cousin
      , half-brother/sister, nephew, niece
      or step-son/daughter, friends, em
      ployers, pastors, and other
      relationships that have the potential
      for rehabilitative support ), may be
      considered as a
      significant relationship visitor
      . For individuals wanting
      to visit as a significant relationship
      visitor, the offender must initiate
      such a request. The offender will need
      to complete the “Significant
      Relationship Visitor Application for
      Visitation Privilege” form, which is
      then sent to the Warden/Superintendent
      for review. Once approved or
      disapproved, the offender
      will be notified and in turn, the offender is
      responsible for notifying the person seeking to visit as a
      relationship visitor
      whether the person was approved or not approved
      to visit. Supporting documentation
      needed to verify relationships may
      be required by the facility.
      How do I get approved for visitation?
      Offenders must request that
      you be added to their approved visita
      tion list. Offenders may request
      to add or delete a name on their visitor list by contacting their
      counselor and complete all of the necessary information on the
      visitation list form. The counselor
      will forward this request to the
      Warden/Superintendent or designee,
      who is approves or disapproves
      changes to offenders’ visitation list.
      Visitor lists may only be changed
      when offenders arrive at their firs
      t permanent facility or during the
      months of May and November, but
      no t any earlier than six months
      from the last change request. Appr
      oval or disapproval of a changed
      visitor list shall be completed and forwarded back offenders within
      fourteen (14) working days from t
      he date of the requested. Please
      note that address changes for visitors
      shall not be subject to the six (6)
      month review criteria and all corre
      ctions shall be done when offenders
      provide this information.
      If I am an ex-offender can I
      be approved for visitation?
      In order for
      offenders, ex-offenders,
      probationers, and parolees to visit, approval
      must be granted by the Warden/Super
      intendent prior to being placed
      on the approved visitor list. All former offenders must have clear
      Georgia Crime Information Center (G
      CIC) criminal history report for
      one year following their release fr
      om prison or since being placed on
      probation or parole. In addition,
      the procedures for being placed on an
      offender’s visitor list as outlined in Questions # 3 above apply in
      addition to clearing the GCIC check.
      Can I visit once and not be on
      the approved visitation list?
      offender may request a “special visit.”
      Special visits are reviewed for
      approval on an individual basis by the Warden/Superintendent or
      designee. Under normal circumstances, special visits require a
      minimum of forty-eight (48) hours adv
      ance notice. Special visits will be
      reviewed on a case by case basis by the Warden or his/her designee,
      and will take into consideration the offender’s institutional conduct
      when making the decision to approve or
      disapprove such a request.
      Please note that the Warden/Superintendent may depart from this
      requirement due to the urgency and/or
      time sensitive nature of the
      special visit request.
      Other examples of special visits may include:

      Offenders, who have documented protective custody needs, may
      be required to visit at times when other potentially threatening
      offenders are not in the visitation area.

      When a family member lives far aw
      ay, i.e. out-of-state, a family
      member is in the milit
      ary on personal leave, a family member is
      unable to drive and must be driven to the facility for visitation by a
      non-family member, significant other, child advocacy groups
      bringing children, clergy, change in
      family that relatives want to
      inform the offender of, i.
      e. death, birth, marr
      iage, extreme illness,
      incentive award programs may be developed to earn special

      Special visits may also be utiliz
      ed for offenders’ immediate family
      that have recently been discharg
      ed from prison or that are on
      probation or parole. Special visits will be limited to no more than
      two (2) visitors at any one time.
      What are the days and times of visitation?
      Normally, visitation
      occurs on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and the duration of each
      visiting period will be for a minimum
      of six (6) hours. Because some
      facilities have smaller visitation areas than others, it is necessary to
      split the visitation schedule (i.e
      . offenders with a last name beginning
      with any letter A-K visits 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and any offender with a
      last name beginning with any letter L-
      Z visits 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM).
      Please note that all State facilit
      ies and Private Prisons will observe
      those days proclaimed by the Gove
      rnor of Georgia
      as legal state
      holidays. In addition, County instit
      utions will observe legal holidays
      that are recognized by their local gove
      rning authority. For further detail
      of the specific visitation hours at
      the facility to which an offender is
      assigned, one must contact that fa
      cility to obtain more detailed
      Can I visit the whole day?
      Normally, there will be no restrictions
      placed on the length of visits during
      the facility’s established visitation
      periods. However, certain situations
      that may affect the length of time
      for a visit. Below please fi
      nd a general list of situations:

      in order to have the offender
      in the visitation area during
      the mid-day count, visitors must
      arrive at the facility one
      (1) hour prior to the time that is designated by the
      Warden as the mid-day count. The mid-day count time
      shall be posted in all living areas and in the visitation

      the shift supervisor has the aut
      hority to adjust the length
      of visitation times allotted to
      individual offenders, or to
      terminate visits, during times of overcrowding.

      the shift supervisor may also
      terminate individual visits
      because of improper conduct or failure to abide by

      if an offender has more than one visitor on a given day,
      individual visitors may be lim
      ited to a time of less than
      four (4) hours.

      if overcrowding requires the termination of visits,
      offenders who had their visits
      begun first will normally be
      the first to have their visits
      terminated. However, such
      factors as relationships, fr
      equency of visits, distance
      traveled, etc. will be taken into consideration.
      Where do I park when I
      arrive at the facility
      ? All visitors’ vehicles
      will be parked in the facility’s designated visitor parking lot. All windows
      must be closed and doors locked. Visi
      tors will not park in any of the
      restricted areas, which have been marked. No persons or pets will be
      left in vehicles parked in the parking lot on the facility’s grounds
      (considered State property) for any reason.
      What is the dress code for visitation?
      Visitors are required to wear
      appropriate attire. Shoes are required at
      all times for visitors, including
      children if they are able to walk or stand. Male visitors will be required
      to wear shirts and full-length trouser
      s. Females may wear trousers, or
      if a female visitor wears a dress, sk
      irt or other similar garment, it may
      be more than two (2) inches above the knees. Furthermore, all
      female visitors must wear foundation type garments such as bras,
      panties, and slip.
      Inappropriate clothing shall incl
      ude, but not be limited to:

      Dresses or tops with thin st
      raps which expose shoulders or
      chest area in any manner;

      tube tops or halters of any type;

      any type of clothing which reveals the stomach or midriff area;

      any type of clothing that is
      made of sheer or transparent

      shorts of any kind or any kind
      of slacks that are above the knee
      (twelve 12) years old and under may wear shorts);

      Male visitors are not permitted to
      wear tank tops or short tops of
      any kind, nor see-through tops
      made of net or mesh webbing.
      Shorts are not permitted (childre
      n twelve 12 years old and under
      may wear shorts).

      Any other type of clothing that is suggestive or revealing in any
      way shall be prohibited.
      What type of identification do I need to have in order to be
      allowed to visit
      at the facility?
      Visitors are required to present
      positive identification prior to their
      admission for visiting. A driver’s
      license with picture, a picture
      identification card issued by the
      Department of Public Safety, or
      other acceptable photographic
      identification card will be required of
      all visitors age sixteen (16) and
      over. A temporary driver’s license i
      ssued by the Department of Public
      Safety will be acceptable when accom
      panied by some other form of
      appropriate picture identification. I
      dentification cards will be maintained
      in a secure area outside the actual visitation area and will be returned
      at the conclusion of the visit.
      What items am I allowed
      to bring to visitation?
      Visitors can only
      bring into the facility items identified
      by the facility (i.e., identification
      card, car keys) No food or drink will
      be brought into the facility from the
      outside other than bottled formula or
      like store-bought products for
      babies. Visitors will be allowed to
      bring a maximum of twenty dollars
      ($20.00) in coins to be used for th
      e vending machines. Funds from
      visitors for offenders will be accept
      ed only through the mail. Musical
      instruments, radios, pets, camera
      s, or tape reco
      rders will not be
      allowed in the visiting area.
      Will I be searched?
      All visitors are subject to a preliminary search of
      their person by electronic surveill
      ance instruments (metal detectors,
      etc.). All items brought into the fac
      ility by a visitor will be searched by
      officers assigned to the visitation ar
      ea. If correctional staff determine
      that there is reasonable suspicion of violations of department policies
      on contraband a more thorough search
      must be conducted. If this
      occurs, the visit will not be permitted without the visitor consenting to
      such a search, and then only after the
      search is completed will the visit
      Can I visit another offender at the same facility?
      No. One
      offender’s visitors will not be allow
      ed to visit with another offender or
      his/her visitors.

      • Gloria April 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

        I need to know if I can change a date to visit my brother in prison. I put in for may 18th but need to change the date to June 1st.SAT. How or whom can I contact on this? My e-mail is gbarnes10649@att.net Thank you.

        • PrisonPath April 10, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

          Hi Gloria,

          I would recommend calling the facility directly regarding your visitation issue.

        • PrisonPath April 12, 2013 at 2:33 am #

          Hi Gloria,

          I am sorry to hear of your continuing difficulties with this prison.I would recommend calling the main number and request to speak to his counselor. If this does not work, then contact the prison chaplain for help.

          • gloria April 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

            OK THANK YOU.

  2. lawanda July 7, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    Since you all have a new warden, is the dress code the same? I would like to wear capris that falls way below the knee.

    • PrisonPath July 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi Lawanda,

      It is our understanding that the dress code remains the same, but you can call the facility directly to confirm.

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