Visiting a Prisoner
Update as of March 22, 2021: As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Corrections is taking steps to safely return to visiting. Please check the most current information at our Video Visiting CORRECTIONS - Video Visitation page and In-Person Visitation Return pages CORRECTIONS - In-Person Visits During COVID-19 page.
IN-PERSON VISITATION SCHEDULES
VISITATION INFORMATION LINKS:
Effective October 1, 2019 Visiting Standards - English Version
En Vigencia 1 de octubre de 2019 Visitar Normas - Version Española
Video Visitation Standards - Effective July 10, 2021
The prisoner must complete a Visitor List form (CAJ-334) identifying immediate family members* and not more than 10 other potential visitors. Those persons the prisoner has placed on his/her visiting list must complete a Visiting Application (CAJ-103) to request approval to visit. The Visiting Application must be submitted in advance to the facility Mailroom or Informaton Desk where the prisoner is currently housed to allow for review of the Application. INCLUDING A SELF-ADDRESSED-STAMPED ENVELOPE WHEN THE APPLICATION IS RETURNED WILL ENSURE THAT THE PROPOSED VISITOR IS PROVIDED NOTIFICATION OF HIS/HER APPROVAL OR DENIAL TO VISIT. NO VISITS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHOUT THIS APPROVAL.
*Immediate Family Member: A grandparent, parent, stepparent, spouse, mother-in-law, father-in-law, child, step-child, grandchild, sibling, half-sibling, stepbrother, and stepsister. An aunt or uncle may be included if adequate verification is provided that they served as a surrogate parent. If there is inadequate documentation in the prisoner's file to confirm this relationship, the prisoner or family member will be required to provide the documentation necessary to adequately confirm the relationship.
A proposed visitor shall be approved for placement on the prisoner's approved visitors list if all of the following criteria are met:
The proposed visitor is not subject to a current visitor restriction.
The proposed visitor is not a prisoner or a former prisoner in any jurisdiction. However, prisoner or former prisoner who is an immediate family member may be placed on the prisoner's approved visitors list with prior approval of the Warden of the facility where the visit will occur.
The proposed visitor is not on parole or probation in any jurisdiction as a result of a felony conviction. However, a parolee or probationer who is an immediate family member may be placed on the prisoner's approved visitors list with prior approval of the Warden of the facility where the visit will occur and written approval of the supervising field agent.
The person is 18 years of age or older, an emancipated minor, or the minor child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling, step-sibling or half-sibling of the prisoner. However, a minor child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling, step-sibling or half-sibling of the prisoner shall not be approved for placement on the prisoner's approved visitors list under any of the following circumstances.
- The Department is notified that there is a court order prohibiting visits between the minor child and prisoner;
- The Department is notified that the parental rights of the prisoner for his/her child have been terminated;
- The prisoner has been convicted of child abuse, criminal sexual conduct or any other assaultive or violent behavior against the minor or sibling of the minor unless an exception has been granted by the Director upon request of the warden. The warden will be notified in writing if an exception is granted.
- The proposed visitor is not on another prisoner's approved visitors list except as an immediate family member. In other words, a visitor may be on the list of all prisoners who are immediate family members but only on the list of one prisoner who is not an immediate family member.
- If the proposed visitor is a Department employee, s/he may visit only as set forth in the Employee Handbook.
- If the proposed visitor is a volunteer, s/he may visit only as set forth in PD 03.02.105 - Volunteer Services and Programs.
Notwithstanding the above, the warden may deny placement of anyone on a prisoner's approved visitor list for the safety or security of the facility, protection of the public, previous violations of visiting room rules by the proposed visitor or for other reasonable cause as determined by the warden.
Clergy may visit during the prisoner's regular visiting hours. The MDOC defines clergy as:
Leaders of a religious organization or entity such as a church, mosque or synagogue, or persons who have been granted clergy status by a recognized religion and have ecclesiastical endorsement from a religious authority. This does not include anyone who is self-ordained or designated as clergy by a prisoner.
Members of the clergy are advised to call the facility to determine visiting hours. In special circumstances, a visit outside of regular visiting hours may be approved by the warden. This approval must be granted prior to the visit.
At the facility, the member of the clergy must present to the Information Desk officer a picture ID, such as a driver's license, and proof of clergy status. That documentation varies from faith group to faith group. This may be a letter of appointment to the congregation as their pastor or a copy of an ordination certificate or clergy license. Literature such as a worship bulletin or monthly newsletter that identifies the person as clergy may also be used.
For more information, please review PD 05.03.140 - Prisoner Visitation.
Inmate Visiting Applications
Planning on visiting an inmate in prison, but not sure where to start? You've reached the right place. The first step for visiting any inmate is to fill out a visitors application. We have compiled all the available applications for you right here, so you can quickly and easily access them. Once you have filled them out, you will need to either mail them to the inmate, or the address specified within the application. Be sure you read over the entire visitors application, and fill it out legibly and accurately. Do not lie on the application, as it can result in you being denied visitation.
Some of the reasons you may be denied to visit with an inmate:
- You have recently served time in a correctional facility
- You are on probation
- You are on bond awaiting a pending court case
- You have a protective order against you or the inmate
- You have an outstanding warrant
- You are a victim of the offender
- You have been deemed a safety or security risk
After sending in your paperwork you can expect to wait anywhere from one to six weeks for the application to be reviewed. The fluctuation in processing time is because each visitor needs to have a background check done, and during holiday times when many people want to visit, you can expect to wait longer. Most institutions leave it up to the inmate to inform all applicants if they have been approved or denied visitation, so don't wait expecting to get a call or letter in the mail from the facility, you must stay in constant contact with the inmate either through the phone or through letters to learn your status.
Inmate visitor applications by state
The following applications are mostly available in .pdf format, which will require a pdf reader to view.
General Visiting Information
Make sure your visit will be a success by carefully following these four steps.
Discover or confirm the whereabouts of the inmate you would like to visit.
Before you can visit you must be placed on the inmate's approved visiting list.
Review all visiting rules, regulations, and procedures before your visit.
Find out when you can visit and get directions to the facility.
Locate the inmate
Sometimes an inmate may be moved to a different facility so that they can benefit from unique programs offered
at that location. They might also be moved to receive treatment for a medical condition or for security concerns.
Therefore, the first step in planning your visit should be to determine where the inmate is currently housed.
Please verify you are a human by entering the words you see in the textbox below.
To visit, you must be pre-approved
You can only visit an inmate if they have placed you on their visiting list and you have been cleared by the BOP.
Upon arriving at a new prison, inmates create a visiting list using the following process:
Who can an inmate add to their visiting list?
- No more than 10 friends/associates
- Foreign officials
- Members of religious groups including clergy
- Members of civic groups
- Employers (former or prospective)
- Parole advisors
In certain circumstances such as when an inmate first enters prison or is transferred to a new prison, a visiting list might not exist yet. In this case, immediate family members who can be verified by the information contained in the inmate's Pre-Sentence Report, may be allowed to visit. However, if there is little or no information available about a person, visiting may be denied. You should always call the prison ahead of time to ensure your visit will be permitted.
You should be familiar with all visiting rules, regulations, and procedures before your visit.
In addition to the general guidelines below, before visting you should read the Visiting Regulations policy which defines the visiting regulations and procedures for that specific location in greater detail. (The document is also available in Spanish: Regulaciones de Visitas).
Wear clothing that is appropriate for a large gathering of men, women, and young children. Wearing inappropriate clothing (such as provocative or revealing clothes) may result in your being denied visitation.
The following clothing items are generally not permitted but please consult the visiting policy for the specific facility as to what attire and items are permitted in the visiting room:
- revealing shorts
- halter tops
- bathing suits
- see-through garments of any type
- crop tops
- low-cut blouses or dresses
- backless tops
- hats or caps
- sleeveless garments
- skirts two inches or more above the knee
- dresses or skirts with a high-cut split in the back, front, or side
- clothing that looks like inmate clothing (khaki or green military-type clothing)
By law, an inmate gets at least four hours of visiting time per month but usually the prison can provide more. However, the Warden can restrict the length of visits or the number of people who can visit at once, to avoid overcrowding in the visiting room.
Because many people are usually visiting, it is important visits are quiet, orderly, and dignified. The visiting room officer can require you to leave if either you or the inmate is not acting appropriately.
In most cases, handshakes, hugs, and kisses (in good taste) are allowed at the beginning and end of a visit. Staff may limit contact for security reasons (to prevent people from trying to introduce contraband) and to keep the visiting area orderly. The Federal Bureau of Prisons does not permit conjugal visits.
Plan your trip
Find out when you can visit and get directions to the facility.
All institutions have visiting hours on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; and most have them at other times during the week. Weekends are the most popular time to visit so prisons may choose to limit visits to either Saturday or Sunday and the day will vary for each inmate. Other factors that can affect the days and times you can visit include:
- the prison location
- the prison type
- inmate visiting needs
- availability of visiting space
The inmate you plan to visit should tell you what the visiting schedule is for that prison; however, if you have any questions please contact that particular facility.
General Visiting Hours
General Visiting Hours
General Visiting Hours
How to get there
Unfortunately, there is no Government payment or reimbursement for transportation. Please arrange transportation to and from the facility accordingly. If you have any questions, please call the prison facility. Staff can help with directions, including how to get there by public transportation when available. You can also use Google Maps to get directions to .
In-person visitation with family and friends at DOC facilities will begin August 30 but will be dependent on the status of each facility.
If a facility has members of the staff or incarcerated population positive for COVID-19, that may impact the visitation schedule.
**Please check your email frequently for updated information. **
When visitation resumes
All visitors must register and be approved before scheduling a visit. Visitors who have already registered for video visitation through GTL will not need to register again.
In order to register and schedule visitation, please visit the GTL website at https://idoc.gtlvisitme.com/. Need help? You can view a short guide HERE to get you started.
Visitors will need to be reviewed for approval after submitting information about any criminal history, employment with DOC and relation to the offender.
Once approved, a visitor can request a visitation appointment with an offender. Available dates and times will be listed for that offender and facility.
All scheduling is being done through the GTL website at https://idoc.gtlvisitme.com/.Scheduling on GTL is for Eastern Time. So even if a facility is in an area that is on Central time, visit will observe Eastern time. If you are unsure of you time zone you may check it HERE
Below is a list of requirements for visits at all prisons:
- Anyone entering a DOC facility will be asked questions about their current health symptoms and may be asked to reschedule their visit if they have symptoms of contagious illness.
- Visitors must have a valid ID.
- Masks must be worn by offenders, visitors, and staff at all times.
- Absolutely no physical contact between the visitor and offender is permitted at any time during the visit.
- Failure to abide by these visitation rules may result in your visitation being canceled.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I submit a paper application for visitation?
A: We are not accepting paper applications. All visitation scheduling should be done through the GTL website at https://idoc.gtlvisitme.com/.
Q: Am I allowed to hug, hold hands, have physical contact during my visit?
A: No. All visits are non-contact at this time, meaning you will be sitting face-to-face, 6 feet apart.
Q: Do I have to wear a mask?
A: Yes, masks are required at all IDOC facilities.
Q: If I am vaccinated/the offender is vaccinated, does that change the policy on masks, non-contact?
A: No. Masks are required and visits are non-contact, regardless of vaccination status?
Q: How long are visits?
A: One hour.
Q: When should I arrive for my visit?
A: Visitors will not be allowed into the facility more than 15 minutes before their visit time. Also, be sure to note any time zone differences for the facility your are visiting.
Q: How will I know if my visit is canceled?
A: Be sure to check the email you used to register the GTL account that is used to schedule your visitation. Communication will be sent to that email address regarding any changes to visitation.
Authorization for Minor Child Visitation
Facility Entrance Procedures (MEMO)
Form inmate visiting
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