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Default Minnesota Department of Corrections Visitation Guidelines

Inmate Visiting

The DOC Visiting Program is intended as an avenue to develop and maintain healthy family and community relationships. This web site provides general information to answer the most asked questions. Visiting practices may vary at correctional facilities based on the security needs of the facilities and their physical structures.

Visiting in DOC facilities must be conducted in as accommodating a manner as possible while maintaining order, the safety of persons, the security of the facilities, and the requirements of correctional activities and operations. It is a privilege for offenders to have personal visits while confined in DOC facilities. Offenders are aware that failure to comply with the established regulations and policies by either their visitors and/or the offender may result in warning, termination of visits, placement on non-contact visiting status, suspension or revocation of the visiting privilege, including permanent loss of visits.

Normal Visiting Schedules
Each facility has an established visiting schedule. Click here for visiting hours.

MCF- Faribault
MCF-Lino Lakes
MCF-Oak Park Heights
MCF-Rush City
MCF-St. Cloud
MCF-Willow River/Moose Lake
Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP)

There is no visiting on the following State recognized holidays:
  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving and the following Friday
  • Christmas Day
It is illegal to bring on to the grounds of a correctional facility any weapon, firearm, ammunition, explosive device, tear gas, pepper spray, alcohol or controlled substance, tobacco, cameras and/or recording devices. It is illegal to take letters and/or written documents to or from an inmate without prior approval of appropriate security staff.
All visitors and materials entering or on the grounds of any department correctional facility are subject to search. Material searches of visitors will be routinely conducted by metal detector, where applicable. Visitors may be pat searched when reasonable suspicion exists or when the visitor fails to pass through the metal detector, where applicable. Unclothed body searches or body cavity searches will be conducted on visitors by staff of the same sex when reasonable suspicion exists and only when authorized by the warden/superintendent or designee.

Visitors may decline to be searched. However, they will be denied the visit and may be banned from future visits.

All facilities reserve the right to refuse visiting privileges for security reasons.

Types of Visits
Contact Visits
Contact visits mean the visitor may visit the offender in the visiting room or other defined area. Refer to each facility's web site for specific information.
Non-Contact Visits
Non-contact visits are conducted in non-contact booths via telephone or video camera. Non-contact visits have to be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Offenders and visitors who have violated the rules during contact visiting may be required to visit on non-contact status. Visitors who are unable to successfully clear the metal detector or who decline a search may be required to visit on non-contact status. Visits for offenders in segregation will be non-contact and must be pre-scheduled. Because of space limitation, all non-contact visits are limited to one hour in duration.
Visiting Applications
To be eligible to visit, children less than 18 years of age must be listed on the application of their parent/legal guardian, or one adult visitor who has the notarized permission of the child's parent (not the offender).

Criminal history checks will be run on each adult applying to visit an offender. When a positive criminal history is found, the application will be reviewed and a decision made on a case-by-case basis. The information on the applicant's criminal history is treated as confidential and will not be released to the offender.

Offenders are responsible for advising applicants that their applications have been approved or were incomplete. The applicant's approved department visiting application must be on file prior to visiting.

Visitors may have their names removed from an offender's visiting list by making that request in writing. Once the name is removed, the visitor must wait 6 months before applying to visit the same or another offender. Exceptions may be made for immediate family members.

Visitors who require a reasonable accommodation for a disability must contact the visiting supervisor.

All visitors must present valid identification each time they visit. The only forms of identification accepted by the DOC are:
  • a valid driver's license from the state of residence
  • a valid state photo identification card from the state of residence
  • a valid photo military identification card (active duty only)
  • a valid passport if a citizen of a foreign country
All visitors will register at the registration desk when entering the facility and will present the valid photo identification card listed on their application. Each facility restricts items that can be taken into the visiting room. There are lockers available for visitors.

All visitors may be required to submit a to a security check (e.g. metal detector or pat search) before entering the secure perimeter. Visitors who are unable, for reasons other than medical, to successfully pass through the metal detector will be subject to a security check and allowed to visit on non-contact status for that visit only. Failure to comply with the search request will result in the visit being denied. Subsequent failure to pass through the metal detector will result in denial of the visit.

All visitors must be fully clothed, including shoes. Any attire that exposes the body to the degree that it violates appropriate dress for a public facility will not be permitted. The visiting staff will determine what is appropriate visiting dress. The staff's decision is final. Visitors who are refused will have the opportunity to leave the facility in order to change clothing and return for a visit without penalty. Additional guidelines include, but are not limited to:
  • all visitors must wear undergarments
  • no spandex/lycra, leggings, or other form fitting clothing (this includes shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses and pants)
  • all shorts, skirts, dresses, or slits in skirts/dresses must be mid-thigh or longer when seated
  • no low-cut or v-cut, scoop necklines, other tops which allow cleavage to show
  • no halter tops, crop tops, tank tops, tops with cut-out back, or tops with large armholes which reveal undergarments
  • no sheer or see-through clothing
  • no electronic devices, e.g. pagers, cellular phones
  • no sunglasses
  • no headwear of any kind (only exception is for religious custom as demonstrated on valid photo ID)
  • no coats, jackets, hooded sweatshirts, or hooded exercise jackets
Visiting Regulations
Visitors and offenders will be assigned seats in the visiting area.
Intimacy is limited to one brief kiss on the cheek, a hug, and a handshake at arrival and departure.

Offenders and visitors are responsible for their conduct during the visit. Failure to comply with rules may result in termination of the visit and other consequences, such as placement on non-contact status or banning from visiting.

If the offender or visitor leaves the visiting room for any reason, the visit will be terminated.

Attached to this web site are charts which define specific visiting rule violations and their respective penalties.

Banned Visitors
When there is reason to believe a visitor has initiated activities that are intended to subvert facility security, or has engaged in other suspicious and/or inappropriate conduct, the visiting room officer-in-charge may ban the visitor. The visitor will be provided written notification including the reason and the length of the ban. This decision may be appealed to the warden/superintendent or designee within 15 days of receipt of the notice. At the end of the ban period, the visitor must re-apply for visitation.

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