If you plan to visit an inmate at an Institution, you will need to complete a visiting application form. The inmate must initiate this process by first signing and then sending the form to you. You cannot obtain the form yourself; it must come from the inmate and must be signed by him/her before you send it in. Once you receive it, you should complete it and mail it back to the attention of the Visiting Sgt. or Lieutenant. A thorough background check of your arrest history is completed to determine if you are eligible to visit a state prison. Previous charges may or not preclude you from visiting, but omitting them on your application will be an automatic denial. It is important you are completely honest regarding your arrest history. The review and approval process could take 4-6 weeks. Upon approval, the inmate is notified and it is his /her responsibility to notify you. If you are denied, a letter will be sent to you from the Visiting Office which will state the reason for your denial.
There is a toll free visiting hotline number (1-800-374-8474) that will provide general visiting information and then prompt you in order to obtain more specific information regarding the institution you plan to visit. It is highly recommended you call this number prior to any visit to verify there has not been a lockdown and to determine that visiting is open that day. Before traveling to the prison please call the visiting hotline number (1-800-374-8474) to verify there has not been a lockdown and that visiting is open.
There are restrictions on what you may wear to a prison. In general, there are four rules to remember:
There are specific restrictions:
If the inmate is housed in the Reception Center, or Ad-Seg you must call and make an appointment to schedule a non-contact visit. If the inmate is currently housed in the General Population area then you can a have a regular contact visit. Again, contact the visiting hotline # at 1-800-374-8474 to confirm there are no restrictions at the facility.