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Default Basic Visitation Rules for All Missouri Facilities

UPDATED Jan 2020: Link to official DoC page: https://doc.mo.gov/programs/family-friends/visiting

Here is the basic rules for visiting prisons in Missouri. Remember, all institutions have indiviual rules that will not apply if transfer happens. They all have quirks and problems. This is just the basics.

WHAT ARE THE VISITING SCHEDULES AND WHO MAY VISIT?
Regularly scheduled visiting is available at all facilities, Thursday through Sunday, with the exception of the diagnostic and treatment centers. Generally visits are on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., but may vary slightly from facility to facility. Because the diagnostic and treatment centers have structured programming and activities, visits are limited to specific days and times. The number and length of visits that are authorized vary by facility because of different capacities to host visiting. Weekends may be designated for immediate family members only (spouse, children, parents, brothers or sisters, grandparents and step relations) or one individual of choice (a significant/designated other, such as a close friend). You should also be aware that unforeseen security problems may interfere with visiting, causing delay, shortened, or suspended visits. This is unusual, but does occur on occasion.

HOW ARE VISITORS ASSIGNED TO A VISITING LIST?
Every offender is allowed to have a maximum of twenty visitors on their approved visiting list. Because this number is limited, the offender makes the selection and may make changes twice each year during designated periods. In order to be considered for offender visitation, the offender must mail an application to that prospective visitor. It is important that the visiting application is answered thoroughly and honestly as failure to do so may result in denial of visiting privileges. Once completed, the form should be returned to the institution for processing. Once a background check is completed and no problems are identified, the visitor may be added to the visiting list. The offender receives notification advising them of the status and they are responsible for notifying the visitor of the decision. Visitors may only be on one offender’s visiting list unless they are verified to be an immediate family member of more than one offender. Ex-offenders may or may not be approved to visit depending upon criminal history and release status.

WHAT IDENTIFICATION IS NEEDED TO VISIT?
All adult visitors are required to show a valid picture identification card, such as a current driver’s license or Department of Revenue identification card. Children, 13 years of age to 17, are required to show a current school picture identification card or Department of Revenue identification card. Visitors under the age of 18, unless married to the offender, must be accompanied by an authorized adult visitor.

DOES THE INSTITUTION SEARCH VISITORS?
In an effort to provide a safe and secure environment in which you and your family may visit, the Department does conduct general searches of visitors. A metal detector may be used to detect weapons or other contraband. This may be completed by a walk-through metal detector or a hand-held wand, which is waved near the body. Because the Department maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding all illegal substances and introduction of contraband, staff may also ask you to submit to an Itemizer or Ion Scan search. When tested with the Itemizer, the visitor will be given a towelette and asked to wipe it over their shirt front, pockets and palms of their hands. The towelette is then placed directly into a machine that immediately detects any possible traces of narcotics or explosives. The Ion Scan machine emits a puff of air onto the visitor, then quickly retracts the air and analyzes it for traces of narcotics or explosives. None of these procedures are invasive or harmful.

WHAT ITEMS CAN BE BROUGHT TO A VISIT?
To ensure your safety and the security of the institution, items that can be brought into the institution are very limited. Only coins for use in the vending machines, and specific medical and infant supplies are allowed. Gum, wallets, purses and other items may not be brought to visits. Missouri State Statute 217.337 states that it is a criminal offense for any individual entering a correctional facility to bring in drugs, alcoholic beverages, any article an offender is not permitted to possess, or firearm that may be used to endanger the safety and security of the facility, staff or other offenders. Please do not jeopardize your visiting status by violating state law as the Department will seek prosecution. It is important to remember that when visiting you are required to abide by the Department’s rules and regulations. When you enter prison grounds, you, your packages, your children and your vehicle are subject to search. Small lockers are available at most institutions to store your purses, wallets or keys, if necessary, however, it is requested you bring only necessary items and secure the rest in your vehicle.
Coins may be brought in a clear zip-lock type bag or plastic pouch. Medications or medical equipment needed to maintain life such as nitroglycerin, insulin and insulin supplies and oxygen or asthma inhalers may be taken into the facility in their original container and only in the necessary dosage for the visiting period. You should notify staff upon your arrival of the need for medication during visitation. If you have special medical equipment, such as a walker, wheelchair or surgically implanted metal hardware, you should provide a physician’s statement. Notice should be made in advance to the caseworker to ensure staff are aware of your needs. Sanitary supplies are available in the restroom at a minimal fee.

When you bring a small infant or child, one clear carry-all for infant supplies is allowed. This bag may contain up to 6 diapers, 1 blanket, 3 clear plastic bottles of prepared infant beverage, 1 clear plastic no-spill toddler cup, 3 unopened vendor containers of baby food, 1 plastic pacifier, teether and/or rattle, 1 small plastic spoon and 1 unopened package of baby wipes. These items may be searched. It is also important that you maintain direct control of your children at all times so as to ensure their safety and to prevent interruption of other visits. If children are unruly or disruptive, the visit may be terminated.

WHAT IS THE REQUIRED DRESS CODE?
We ask that all visitors abide by a dress code to ensure other visitors are not offended and to prevent security risks. If you fail to comply with these guidelines, your visit may be denied or you may be required to wear institutional clothing while in the visiting room.

Clothing should not be tight, transparent or revealing. It should not display gang, racial, inappropriate or inflammatory language or symbols and may not have a camouflage design. Skirts, dresses and shorts may be no shorter than two inches above the top of the knee cap, and no wrap-around or slitted skirts or dresses are permitted. No holes or slits are permitted in pants. Shirts, blouses and tops must cover the chest and stomach and have sleeves that cover the shoulders, without display of cleavage or midriff. Appropriate undergarments and shoes must be worn at all times. Undergarments with wire or metal supports are discouraged because you may be required to clear a metal detector. No headwear is allowed except for verified religious purposes.

WHAT PHYSICAL CONTACT IS ALLOWED?
If you choose, you will be allowed one greeting and departing embrace and brief kiss with those with whom you visit. The only other physical contact permitted is holding hands. While sexual offenders have strict physical contact restrictions, other offenders may be allowed to have children six and under to sit on their lap. Children should always be closely supervised by their guardian in the visiting room to ensure their safety and preserve good order. Offenders should not be left alone with a child without the adult visitor present. Although it is often difficult not to have physical contact with a loved one during visits, it must be limited to preserve order in the visiting room and to ensure other visitors and children are not offended by open displays of affection. If you fail to abide by these rules, the visit is subject to termination and possible suspension of visiting privileges.

IS FOOD AVAILABLE DURING THE VISIT?
Vending machines offering sandwiches, snacks, chips, candies and beverages are available. Food visits also occur at least twice each year at all facilities except community release and treatment centers, with each institution developing criteria for the privilege to participate. If the offender you visit is eligible and approved for a food visit, he or she is permitted to participate in a meal that is either home cooked, purchased, or made available through a pre-approved local vendor. Each institution may have special restrictions for food visits, so it is important the offender shares information with you about those regulations prior to the visit.

CAN RESTRICTIONS BE IMPOSED ON VISITING PRIVILEGES?
Unfortunately, at times, some visitors abuse visiting privileges by improper conduct, failure to follow visiting rules, excessive physical contact, refusal to submit to search, use of alcohol or narcotics, unacceptable language, improper dress, presenting risk to the safety and security of the facility, staff, offenders or visitors, participation in illegal activities and/or violations of Missouri law. Based upon the seriousness of the infraction, those involved may have visiting privileges suspended for an appropriate amount of time, be barred from the institution, or may be placed on non-contact visiting status. If visiting sanctions are imposed, the institution will send a written notice outlining the infraction and sanctions imposed. A visitor may appeal visiting restrictions to the appropriate assistant division director in Central Office.

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Thank you, this was very helpfull. Becki
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Anyone have a copy of the visitation application they can post here or send to me? Can't believe I gave all of mine away without keeping one. Now having some difficulty getting a couple for friends that want to visit my son.
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I would just print out the part for visiting in the friends and family section on the DOC website since there are so many prison-specific rules.
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don't need the rules, just the actual form to fill out to be approved on an inmate's visiting list.
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Oh, DUH!! It says it right there and everything!
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thought I had scanned one myself and posted it here somewhere, but can't find it now
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Here is the basic rules for visiting prisons in Missouri. Remember, all institutions have indiviual rules that will not apply if transfer happens. They all have quirks and problems. This is just the basics.

WHAT ARE THE VISITING SCHEDULES AND WHO MAY VISIT?
Regularly scheduled visiting is available at all facilities, Thursday through Sunday, with the exception of the diagnostic and treatment centers. Generally visits are on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., but may vary slightly from facility to facility. Because the diagnostic and treatment centers have structured programming and activities, visits are limited to specific days and times. The number and length of visits that are authorized vary by facility because of different capacities to host visiting. Weekends may be designated for immediate family members only (spouse, children, parents, brothers or sisters, grandparents and step relations) or one individual of choice (a significant/designated other, such as a close friend). You should also be aware that unforeseen security problems may interfere with visiting, causing delay, shortened, or suspended visits. This is unusual, but does occur on occasion.

HOW ARE VISITORS ASSIGNED TO A VISITING LIST?
Every offender is allowed to have a maximum of twenty visitors on their approved visiting list. Because this number is limited, the offender makes the selection and may make changes twice each year during designated periods. In order to be considered for offender visitation, the offender must mail an application to that prospective visitor. It is important that the visiting application is answered thoroughly and honestly as failure to do so may result in denial of visiting privileges. Once completed, the form should be returned to the institution for processing. Once a background check is completed and no problems are identified, the visitor may be added to the visiting list. The offender receives notification advising them of the status and they are responsible for notifying the visitor of the decision. Visitors may only be on one offender’s visiting list unless they are verified to be an immediate family member of more than one offender. Ex-offenders may or may not be approved to visit depending upon criminal history and release status.

WHAT IDENTIFICATION IS NEEDED TO VISIT?
All adult visitors are required to show a valid picture identification card, such as a current driver’s license or Department of Revenue identification card. Children, 13 years of age to 17, are required to show a current school picture identification card or Department of Revenue identification card. Visitors under the age of 18, unless married to the offender, must be accompanied by an authorized adult visitor.

DOES THE INSTITUTION SEARCH VISITORS?
In an effort to provide a safe and secure environment in which you and your family may visit, the Department does conduct general searches of visitors. A metal detector may be used to detect weapons or other contraband. This may be completed by a walk-through metal detector or a hand-held wand, which is waved near the body. Because the Department maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding all illegal substances and introduction of contraband, staff may also ask you to submit to an Itemizer or Ion Scan search. When tested with the Itemizer, the visitor will be given a towelette and asked to wipe it over their shirt front, pockets and palms of their hands. The towelette is then placed directly into a machine that immediately detects any possible traces of narcotics or explosives. The Ion Scan machine emits a puff of air onto the visitor, then quickly retracts the air and analyzes it for traces of narcotics or explosives. None of these procedures are invasive or harmful.

WHAT ITEMS CAN BE BROUGHT TO A VISIT?
To ensure your safety and the security of the institution, items that can be brought into the institution are very limited. Only coins for use in the vending machines, and specific medical and infant supplies are allowed. Gum, wallets, purses and other items may not be brought to visits. Missouri State Statute 217.337 states that it is a criminal offense for any individual entering a correctional facility to bring in drugs, alcoholic beverages, any article an offender is not permitted to possess, or firearm that may be used to endanger the safety and security of the facility, staff or other offenders. Please do not jeopardize your visiting status by violating state law as the Department will seek prosecution. It is important to remember that when visiting you are required to abide by the Department’s rules and regulations. When you enter prison grounds, you, your packages, your children and your vehicle are subject to search. Small lockers are available at most institutions to store your purses, wallets or keys, if necessary, however, it is requested you bring only necessary items and secure the rest in your vehicle.
Coins may be brought in a clear zip-lock type bag or plastic pouch. Medications or medical equipment needed to maintain life such as nitroglycerin, insulin and insulin supplies and oxygen or asthma inhalers may be taken into the facility in their original container and only in the necessary dosage for the visiting period. You should notify staff upon your arrival of the need for medication during visitation. If you have special medical equipment, such as a walker, wheelchair or surgically implanted metal hardware, you should provide a physician’s statement. Notice should be made in advance to the caseworker to ensure staff are aware of your needs. Sanitary supplies are available in the restroom at a minimal fee.

When you bring a small infant or child, one clear carry-all for infant supplies is allowed. This bag may contain up to 6 diapers, 1 blanket, 3 clear plastic bottles of prepared infant beverage, 1 clear plastic no-spill toddler cup, 3 unopened vendor containers of baby food, 1 plastic pacifier, teether and/or rattle, 1 small plastic spoon and 1 unopened package of baby wipes. These items may be searched. It is also important that you maintain direct control of your children at all times so as to ensure their safety and to prevent interruption of other visits. If children are unruly or disruptive, the visit may be terminated.

WHAT IS THE REQUIRED DRESS CODE?
We ask that all visitors abide by a dress code to ensure other visitors are not offended and to prevent security risks. If you fail to comply with these guidelines, your visit may be denied or you may be required to wear institutional clothing while in the visiting room.

Clothing should not be tight, transparent or revealing. It should not display gang, racial, inappropriate or inflammatory language or symbols and may not have a camouflage design. Skirts, dresses and shorts may be no shorter than two inches above the top of the knee cap, and no wrap-around or slitted skirts or dresses are permitted. No holes or slits are permitted in pants. Shirts, blouses and tops must cover the chest and stomach and have sleeves that cover the shoulders, without display of cleavage or midriff. Appropriate undergarments and shoes must be worn at all times. Undergarments with wire or metal supports are discouraged because you may be required to clear a metal detector. No headwear is allowed except for verified religious purposes.

WHAT PHYSICAL CONTACT IS ALLOWED?
If you choose, you will be allowed one greeting and departing embrace and brief kiss with those with whom you visit. The only other physical contact permitted is holding hands. While sexual offenders have strict physical contact restrictions, other offenders may be allowed to have children six and under to sit on their lap. Children should always be closely supervised by their guardian in the visiting room to ensure their safety and preserve good order. Offenders should not be left alone with a child without the adult visitor present. Although it is often difficult not to have physical contact with a loved one during visits, it must be limited to preserve order in the visiting room and to ensure other visitors and children are not offended by open displays of affection. If you fail to abide by these rules, the visit is subject to termination and possible suspension of visiting privileges.

IS FOOD AVAILABLE DURING THE VISIT?
Vending machines offering sandwiches, snacks, chips, candies and beverages are available. Food visits also occur at least twice each year at all facilities except community release and treatment centers, with each institution developing criteria for the privilege to participate. If the offender you visit is eligible and approved for a food visit, he or she is permitted to participate in a meal that is either home cooked, purchased, or made available through a pre-approved local vendor. Each institution may have special restrictions for food visits, so it is important the offender shares information with you about those regulations prior to the visit.

CAN RESTRICTIONS BE IMPOSED ON VISITING PRIVILEGES?
Unfortunately, at times, some visitors abuse visiting privileges by improper conduct, failure to follow visiting rules, excessive physical contact, refusal to submit to search, use of alcohol or narcotics, unacceptable language, improper dress, presenting risk to the safety and security of the facility, staff, offenders or visitors, participation in illegal activities and/or violations of Missouri law. Based upon the seriousness of the infraction, those involved may have visiting privileges suspended for an appropriate amount of time, be barred from the institution, or may be placed on non-contact visiting status. If visiting sanctions are imposed, the institution will send a written notice outlining the infraction and sanctions imposed. A visitor may appeal visiting restrictions to the appropriate assistant division director in Central Office.

does anyone know the rules for visitation for someone in treatment? 120 day progrAM?
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