Most prisoners may receive contact visits. Contact visits allow the prisoner to sit together with the visitors and have limited physical contact (a brief kiss and/or hug at beginning and end of visit, hold hands during the visit). These visits occur in large visiting rooms with many other prisoners and visitors. The rooms are furnished with tables and chairs. Contact visits are restricted to five (5) visitors at a time. Contact visits are not limited in duration except for normal visiting hours or terminations caused by overcrowding.
Prisoners who are segregated for disciplinary or other reasons (i.e., Administrative Segregation or “in the hole”) or are on Death Row are restricted to non-contact visits. Non-contact visits occur with a glass partition between the prisoner and the visitors. The inmate is escorted in handcuffs by staff to the visit. The handcuffs are removed only after the prisoner is secured inside the visiting booth; thus, parents who do not wish to have children see the prisoner in restraints should wait away from the booth or glass partition until the prisoner is settled. Non-contact visits are restricted to three (3) visitors, including minors, and are usually limited in time to one (1) hour, depending on the prison and the reason for the non-contact status of visits.
Visiting with Minors
If a prisoner has been convicted of certain criminal acts against a minor, that child victim is not allowed to visit the prisoner. Other restrictions on minor visits may be in place, including required non-contact visits if you are accompanied by minors who are not victims. If you are unsure, you should speak with one of the visiting staff before bringing a minor for a visit.
When a prisoner is seriously ill or injured, he/she may be hospitalized, in either a prison hospital or a community hospital. Visits with hospitalized prisoners are only considered for prisoners having life threatening or critical injuries or illnesses. These special visits are restricted to immediate family members with current approval to visit at the institution. Requests to visit at a community hospital must be approved by the Warden and attending physician. Visitors should make requests to visit by contacting the Warden’s office.