HOURS: 9:00AM TO 3:00PM DAYS: Alternated Visitation Days (Saturday M-Z; Sundays A-L); State Holidays
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?
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
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
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
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?
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?
offender’s visitors will not be allow
ed to visit with another offender or
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
I would recommend calling the facility directly regarding your visitation issue.
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.
OK THANK YOU.
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.
It is our understanding that the dress code remains the same, but you can call the facility directly to confirm.
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