Visiting an Inmate in a Federal Prison

There are certain rules and regulations that must be followed when one seeks to visit an inmate in a federal prison.

When can you visit an inmate?

Federal prisons have established certain days and times when you may visit an inmate. These day and times are known as visiting hours. Depending upon the facility and the specific needs of a prison’s inmates, visiting hours may vary.

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While federal law permits each inmate at least four hours of visiting time per month, the prison may choose to offer more. It is the job of the Warden to decide the length of a visitation and the number of individuals that may visit at a certain time. This will serve to limit overcrowding.

While all facilities have visiting hours on weekends and holidays, it is still wise to contact the institution prior to visiting. The following link will provide you with contact information for the facility you wish to visit: https://www.bop.gov/locations/

Who can visit an inmate?

In order to visit an inmate, you must be on the inmate’s visiting list. This list is provided by the inmate and must be approved by staff. Often, background checks are performed on individuals that are not immediate family. Those who may be added to the list after staff approval include:

  • Additional immediate family;
  • Foster families;
  • Common law spouses;
  • Extended family;
  • Friends and associates;
  • Clergy;
  • Officials from an inmate’s home country.

Can children visit an inmate?

Children under 16 years of age may visit so long as they are accompanied by an adult. Additionally, their parent or guardian must approve of their placement on the inmate’s visiting list.

Can pets visit an inmate?

While pets are not allowed to visit federal inmates, certified service animals may accompany a visitor with a disability.

Do federal prisons allow conjugal visits?

The federal prison system does not allow conjugal visits.

Are there special provisions for visiting sick inmates?

Decisions regarding the visitation of sick inmates are made on a case by case basis. It is advisable to contact the individual institution for more instructions on visiting a sick inmate.

What are the procedures during inmate visitation?

When you arrive at the prison, you will be required to show a photo ID and sign in. At this time, the staff will make you aware of any policies and procedures that must be followed during the visitation. Staff may also ask you to sign a sworn statement claiming you are carrying no items that could prove to be a security threat. Should staff wish to search you, they may do so.

Before your visit, staff must also approve your clothing. Those wearing provocative or revealing clothes may not be permitted to participate in visitation.

Should the Warden deem it necessary, the visiting room and restrooms may be monitored during your visit.

Will you be allowed to physically touch the inmate you are visiting?

During a visit to an inmate, it is generally appropriate for a visitor and a prisoner to shake hands, hug, or kiss. This is permitted so long as the contact is in good taste. If staff deems it necessary, they may limit contact between an inmate and a visitor.

What sort of items cannot be brought to visitation?

Items such as drugs, weapons, unauthorized medicines, or unauthorized money is not allowed during visitation. Bringing such items into a prison is a serious crime and is punishable by jail time.

The following items are allowed in the visiting room:

  • Photo identification;
  • Authorized money;
  • Baby care items;
  • Certain medications.

For a more detailed list of those items that are allowed and those items that are prohibited, you may wish to contact the institution.

Can you bring an inmate a gift?

All gifts must be approved in advance and the staff cannot accept money for deposit in an inmate’s account. You should contact the institution for further instructions. The following link will provide you with contact information for the facility you wish to visit: https://www.bop.gov/locations/

Resource link: https://www.bop.gov/inmates/visiting.jsp

Resource link: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doc/inmate-info/visit-inmate.page

This page was last updated on October 12, 2017 @ 7:53 AM EST.

Comments

  1. johanna g says:

    i need to know what can a bus lines going to 128 ray brook road ,ray brook,ny 12977, because i want visit my brother in that address

  2. MIMI B says:

    WOULD LIKE A FORM 2 FILL OUT 2 B APPROVED 2 SEE MR ANTHONY M

    • VONYA PARK*R says:

      I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW LONG IS THE PROCESS ONCE YOU FILLED VISITATION PRIVILEGE APPLICATION BECAUSE I WILL BE TRAVELING FROM OUT OF TOWN I AM 15 HOURS AWAY . TRAVELING DATE 5/13/16

  3. yanet says:

    buen dia, tengo una duda, quiero visitar a un familiar de esta prisión pero vivo en méxico que información debo enviar a mi familiar preso para que me agregue a la lista de visita alguien me puede orientar? Gracias

  4. heaven says:

    visitation forms to visit a friend he is in the west Tennessee holding prison. I believe in Nashville

  5. Lori says:

    If we live far from inmate and disabled is there any help getting to facility and place for visitor to stay as I am I’ll and live on a small SSI. Check.

  6. Teresa Martinez says:

    Someone asked if she could visit with passport from Mexico

  7. Liberty V*rd*ll says:

    How long can you visit an inmate in prison do visit hours go until 10pm at night

  8. muriel c*lv*r says:

    i want to get a hand book befor i visit so i can see how much money and i dems i can ring in for a 1 year old,can i buy food there and other things i need to no

  9. Tammie St**le says:

    I want to visit my daughter on Sunday November 1,2015 at 12:30 pm.. I do need to receive a response from you on this matter.

  10. De marco b*tts says:

    hello my son i want to see u up at preble county jail they keep giving excuses me and tia marie b*tts luv ur mom norvella b*tts

  11. Jackie C*llins says:

    I’m trying to get a application form and visiting schedule for Charles Harris Str*ckl*nd I am not sure how to get one thank you very much Jackie C*llins

    • Denise says:

      Print it from the prisons web page, or have inmate send you one… it has to be filled out, mailed to inmate and then approved before you are able to visit.

  12. Jennifer says:

    I am looking for my real dad, or just a picture of him. His name is Breck Br*dford

  13. nicole h*nshaw says:

    I would like a form to fill out to be approved to visit Bill H*wk

  14. tierra m says:

    iam trying to find my husbands inmate number and im having a hard f****** time ive tried calling and everything!!!!

  15. Tsha Gr*en says:

    Trying to see what is the dress code at Richland Parish Detention Center in Rayville, La. For visitation

  16. Tamy Applewh*te says:

    I would like to know the hours of visitation at the lake county jail.

  17. Homeatlast says:

    I read that I could save money on phone calls with a home phone. Can someone please help me. With this question..

  18. jim duk* says:

    I would like a form to fill out for approval for visitation with my wife…

  19. Iris campb*ll says:

    A hello out to kenneth brunn*lle ,hokes been trying to get in touch,call 650-39*7,been trying to figure out how to get money into your account ,does facility accept credit from debit cards,?Im gonna try to put 50 into your account so you can call,let us know wats up? Ooshes number is,i650-39*7,gonna try to put credit on one more time if it refuses will contact facility

  20. shernita roberts*n says:

    Can you please help me understand if my son will be able to get released from jail on good behavior?

  21. Tami P*kr*l says:

    Ive been waiting over 5 months for a visit. Was told very eudely that visitation was a priveladge, not a right, yet literature says it takes 4-6 weeks. There have been times mail takes over 60 days to receive. Seems that moral would be much better and you’d have less lockdown. Very disappointed thus far.

  22. Sarah Davidson says:

    How can i be put on betty mae Davidson’s mailing list so I can write her

  23. RaNeka says:

    Can u send pictures to inmates thats in jail?

  24. Tranicia p*rk*r says:

    Im try see my babydaddy earnest Stevenson

  25. Tabathia S says:

    My FIANCE IS AN INMATE AT THIS FACILITY AND HE RAN OUT OF TIME ON SECURUS AND I PUT MORE MONEY ON IT BUT IT WAS AFTER 9PM I CALLED TO ASK THEM TO RELAY IT TO HIM THAT MONEY HAS BEEN PUT ON THE PHONE FOR HIM AND THE LADY HAD A RUDE ATTITUDE AND SAID SHE CANT RELAY NO MESSAGES TO HIM.. NOW I KNOW MY FIANCE A LITTLE TO WELL AND BY NOW HE IS PROBABLY FREAKING OUT THINKING THAT IMN OT PUTTING MORE MONEY ON HIS ACCT

  26. Monica says:

    He wasn’t freaking out, he knows how things work and knows you can’t get up with him. You probably stressed out a lot more than he did. Correctional officers are not your friends, they’re not going to do any favors for you.

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