Visiting an inmate

We welcome visitors to come to our facilities. We understand the importance of visitors for an inmate's successful reentry into the community. We want to make your visiting experience pleasant and secure for everyone.

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Important: Upcoming 2018 Visiting Procedure Changes *updated 03/06/18

Before visiting our prisons, check our facility's individual visiting schedules and procedures. These may be found on the specific visiting procedures or prison location links in the related section on this page. You may also call the prison to verify visiting hours and procedures.

To visit one of our prisons, you must:

  • Follow the dress code and allowable items list
  • Have a valid photo I.D., valid forms of I.D. include:

            - A valid driver's license
            - A Massachusetts state I.D. card
            - Your passport
  • Fill out a Visitor Request Form when you arrive at the facility

Additional Resources

Child visitors

Children are allowed to visit our prisons. If you are the parent or guardian, you must bring:

  • A notarized copy of the child's birth certificate and prior approval from the superintendent

  • A court document with proof of custody, if you are a legal guardian

If you are accompanying the child, but are not a parent or guardian, you must:

  • Submit a Minor Consent Form

  • Have the form notarized by the child's parent or guardian

  • Bring a notarized copy of the child's birth certificate for prior approval from the superintendent

Additional Resources

Visitors with prior felony convictions

If you are a visitor and have a prior felony conviction, you must:

  • Get prior approval before visiting

  • Submit a Prior Felony Request Form (available at each facility) and receive a response

Visitors with necessary medications

If you are a visitor who uses life-saving medications or devices, you must:

  • Get prior approval from the prison's superintendent to bring these items

Drug detection dogs

We may use non-aggressive drug detection dogs at our prisons. We use these dogs to find and keep out any drugs or contraband.

Additional Resources

Loss of visiting privileges

Your visiting privileges may be suspended or removed if you:

  • Use abusive language towards staff

  • Bring contraband into a prison

  • Violate any visitor rules or regulations

We will give you a written or verbal notification if this happens, including:

  • The reason for the removal

  • How long you will lose visiting privileges

  • The appeal process


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