In addition to department-wide policies and procedures,
have site-specific visiting information available on their webpages, including visiting hours, the number of visits allowed per week, the number of visitors allowed per visit, and other rules and procedures. New visitors may also wish to contact the respective facility
prior to visitation.
Vehicles, Parking and Facility Grounds
All verbal and non-verbal communication with inmates from outside the approved visiting area is prohibited. This includes speaking, waving, and the sounding of horns or blinking of headlights.
Loitering in parking lots is prohibited. Any person accompanying a visitor who is not visiting an inmate must leave facility property while waiting for the visitor(s); waiting in the parking lot or a vehicle is prohibited. Animals may not be left unattended in vehicles.
Vehicles must be secured (windows rolled up, doors locked). If your vehicle is found unsecured, your visit may be terminated. Disabled or stalled vehicles must be immediately reported to the lobby sergeant. Any vehicle left on state property for more than 24 hours may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense.
Some facilities may require the use of street parking or a parking ramp. Visitors are encouraged to read signage on roadways, ramps, and meters to ensure parking restrictions are followed.
Handicap parking spaces are provided for visitors with handicapped license plates or displaying state-authorized handicap parking placards.
Arrival & Entrance
Visitors should arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of visiting hours. Upon arrival at the lobby, visitors may be required to complete a DOC-176 Request to Visit Offender. A visitor's hand may be stamped by security staff and checked when entering and leaving secure areas.
Visitors age 16 or older must provide photo identification. Acceptable forms of photo identification are:
- Valid state driver's license
- Valid passport or visa
- Valid Department of Transportation (DMV) photo I.D.
- Valid military identification card
- Valid tribal photo I.D.
Amish visitors who do not possess photo identification as a requirement of their religion must provide the facility with a signed and notarized affidavit from their bishop. The affidavit must include the physical description of each proposed visitor.
Only visitors on an inmate's approved visiting list will be permitted to visit. Anyone denied visitation must leave facility property immediately; waiting in vehicles or parking lots is not allowed.
Visitors will be denied entry to the visiting room if they are unable to successfully clear a metal detector within three attempts. In order to expedite the entrance process, visitors should avoid wearing metal jewelry or clothing with metal, such as buckles, snaps, bib overalls, wire undergarments, etc.
Accommodations for visitors who are unable to successfully walk through and clear the metal detector due to a medical appliance/assistive device should be requested using a
DOC-2424 Visitor Requesting Accommodations form. This form is available for download in
Spanish and can also be requested by checking a box on the DOC-21AA (visiting application). The visitor's physician must complete, sign, and return the form via fax or mail to the institution security director or center superintendent for approval prior to the visitor being allowed entrance.
Visitors who utilize a wheelchair must use an institution-approved wheelchair. This may be a personal wheelchair or one provided by the institution, as determined by the institution. Personal wheelchairs are subject to search.
Each institution has a designated visiting area. Some correctional facilities have both inside and outside visiting areas, which may be used during appropriate times of the year. Visiting area rules are specified in each facility's visiting information guide.
Inmates in restrictive housing or under no-contact visiting restrictions may have additional restrictions imposed, such as the required use of audio visual equipment or limits placed upon visiting hours, length of visits, or the number of visitors per visit. Visitors may call the facility to determine if an inmate has any visiting restrictions.
Behavior While Visiting
Visitors must conduct themselves in an appropriate and courteous manner and must follow all visiting rules at all times. It is the inmate's responsibility to ensure their visitors are aware of all visiting rules and regulations.
Visitors appearing to be under the influence of intoxicants will not be allowed entrance.
Parents are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children at all times. Any child leaving the visiting area must be accompanied by an adult.
Inmates may embrace and kiss visitors at the beginning and end of each visit. Excessive displays of affection are not permitted. Inmates may hold their own children who are age 5 or under. An inmate's hands must remain visible at all times.
Inappropriate conduct by visitors or inmates, including children, may result in termination of the visit and potential suspension of visiting privileges.