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Prison Visits

The Department of Corrections (DOC) recognizes the vital role families play in the reentry process, and will support inmates in maintaining ties with family, friends, and the community through personal visits and engagement with community stakeholders and partners. Reasonable efforts will be made to ensure visiting facilities are comfortable, pleasant, and permits informal communication and limited, appropriate physical contact.

All Visitors

Visitor Application Process

All visitors must complete and submit a visitor application. A separate application must be completed for each proposed visitor (minor or adult). It is recommended that applicants have all required documentation ready and available prior to filling out the online application to ensure successful completion and submission. The Department only accepts Electronic Visit Applications for prison visits at this time.

Applications are generally processed within a month, though in some cases more time may be needed. Please allow a minimum of one month before inquiring with the Headquarters Visit Unit regarding application status. Submitting multiple applications for an individual visitor will cause a delay in processing.

See Family & Friend and Professionals for information that may be applicable to your visit. All visitation policies and forms can be found on the Resources webpage. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about visiting a prison facility.

Visitor Guidelines

DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated IndividualsAdobe PDF File is applicable to all prison visits. Please note visitors whom are 18 years of age and older must present a valid, current photo identification at the time of the visit (e.g., driver's license or state ID card, passport, military or government identification, tribal identification, alien registration).

Additionally, each facility has its own visiting guidelines detailing important notices, visiting rules, family friendly events, and visit schedules, which can be accessed in the table below. See the Prison Alerts & Notices for information that may impact your travel plans.

Family & Friends

In addition to what is applicable for all visitors, below are guidelines that apply for friends and family depending on the nature of the visit.

Approved Visitor's List

The visitor application approval process must be completed before an individual is placed on an inmate's Approved Visitor List.

  • Individuals may only be on one inmate's Approved Visitor List, with one exception.
  • When an inmate is transferred to another prison facility, his/her Approved Visitor List will remain and be available in the Statewide Visit System. Inmates are responsible for notifying their visitors of transfers.
  • Individuals denied placement on an inmate's Approved Visitor List will be informed, in writing, of the reason for denial.
  • Inmates may remove a visitor from their Approved Visitor List, or request to resume visits with the removed visitor. Visitors must submit a new application if they have been removed.
  • An individual removed from an Approved Visitor List must wait 90 calendar days before applying to visit the same or another inmate. The waiting period may be waived if the visitor never visited with the individual whose list they were removed from or has not visited in the last 90 days.

See DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated IndividualsAdobe PDF File and the Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information regarding the Approved Visitor's List.

Minor Visitors

Minors are those individuals who are under 18 years of age. The following are required for all minors who will be visiting an inmate at a Department of Corrections (DOC) prison facility:

  • Minors must be on the inmate's Approved Visitor List.
  • Minors must be accompanied during the entire visit by their non-incarcerated parent/legal guardian, or a designated escort.
  • A copy of DOC 20-441 Parent/Guardian Consent for Minor Visit And/Or EscortAdobe PDF document file form must be completed (to include notarization) and attached to the minor's online visitor application (valid attachments include Adobe PDFs, image files, etc.). The DOC 20-441 is required even if the child's parent submits the minor visitor application.

The following may also apply depending on the nature of the minor's visit:

  • If the minor is an infant or toddler, see the visitor's guidelines of the prison facility you will be visiting for information about what items are authorized.

See DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated IndividualsAdobe PDF File and the Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information regarding minor visits.

Extended Family Visits (EFV)

Extended Family Visits (CY 2017)
  Total Male Female
Inmate Participants 717 661 56
Minor Visitors 299 155 144
Visitors by Prison Population 1,315 1,194 121
Total Visits (EFV) 3,415    
1,315 approved EFV visitors made 3,415 visits to 717 inmates in 2017.

Per DOC Policy 590.100 Extended Family VisitingAdobe PDF File, the Extended Family Visit (EFV) Program is for visits in prison facilities between eligible inmates and his/her immediate family member(s) in a private housing unit. EFVs are intended to support building sustainable relationships important to inmate reentry, as well as provide incentive for those serving long-term sentences to engage in positive behavioral choices, therefore reducing violent infractions.

The requirements for EFV visitors that must be met include:

In addition to the above forms, there are several criteria that must be met for family, minors and inmates to be eligible for an Extended Family Visit. Please note the EFV application process can be lengthy, and additional documentation may be requested.

See Frequently Asked Questions for more information, and DOC Policy 590.100 Extended Family VisitingAdobe PDF File for complete guidelines.

Professionals

Professional visitors are processed at the prison facility where the inmate is incarcerated. Professional visitors include:

  • Attorneys
  • Clergy
  • Social Services Agency Representatives
    (except those identified as a visit supervisor for a minor visiting an incarcerated parent)

Professional visitors should contact the prison facility to coordinate their visit. See special visits for more information.

Media Personnel

If media personnel would like to visit with a specific inmate, they must complete the same application process as all visitors. If media personnel would like to tour a prison facility, they should contact the Public Information Officer to coordinate a tour.