In order to visit an offender, an individual must be on the offender's visitors list. The offender has been given information on how to put someone on his/her visitors list, and it is their responsibility to do so. If you wish to visit an offender, please contact them and request that your name be added to their visitors list and that they send you a copy of the visitation application. The application is not available online; it must come directly from the offender. Visiting applications must be filled out completely in order to be processed. The completed application must be mailed to the offender's IDOC facility. Faxes and emails are not accepted.
If you are uncertain as to whether you are on the offender's visitors list or to check the status of your application, please write the offender you wish to visit. It is the responsibility of the offender to notify their visitor of the outcome.
Please do not call the facility to check on your visitation status; this information cannot be given over the phone.
For more information please see the IDOC Visitation Policy and Visitation Guidelines
Visiting hours and directions for each facility are posted on the IDOC website. Please go to Visitation and select the facility you wish to visit.
Please remember to always contact the facility before coming to visit, for the latest visitation updates. Contact information for each facility can be found here.
VISITING HOURS: The minimum visiting hours in Department of Correction facilities are: A. Medium and Maximum Security Adult Facilities: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. six (6) days per week. B. Juvenile and Minimum Security Adult Facilities: Two (2) evenings per week (after 5:00 p.m.) and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends. These hours are the normal minimal visiting hours at the Department’s facilities. Please contact the offender that you wish to visit to ensure that he/she is eligible for visits and the specific times when he/she may have visits. Also, you may check the visiting hours for the specific facility at the Department of Correction’s Internet site (www.in.gov/idoc.)
The campus which is now Westville Correctional Facility began in 1949. Beatty Memorial Hospital, a state run mental health facility, opened its doors to 135 mentally disabled Hoosiers in February of 1951. The hospital was named in honor of Dr. Norman Beatty, an Indianapolis doctor who had dedicated his career to mental health services. In 1974, a lawsuit filed by Indiana prisoners in US District Court forced the state to reduce overcrowding in its prisons, creating the need for another prison. Governor Otis Bowen and the Indiana legislature then transferred Beatty Memorial Hospital to the Department of Correction. In July of 1979, following renovations and additions, 1200 offenders were transferred to the Westville Correctional Facility. With only 32 segregation cells for a population that had grown to 2600 inmates, a 220 bed Maximum Control Segregation Unit was added in 1989-1991.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.