Visiting Process and Requirements
You must be pre-approved to visit
Visitor Application Instructions
- Offender will be notified of visiting approval
- Offender is responsible for notifying the visitor
Who can apply to visit an offender?
- Immediate family: spouse or significant other, legal guardian, parents, in-laws, siblings, children, grandparents, great-grandparents, grandchildren, great-grandchildren
- Extended family: uncles, aunts, cousins
Reception & Orientation
Offenders on reception and orientation status may receive only one visit per month while awaiting assignment to a permanent institution or treatment center.
Be Prepared for Your Visit
Be familiar with visiting rules, regulations and procedures before you visit. You will be required to follow them.
- Missouri State Statute 217.360 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. Doing so may be a felony and can carry a punishment of up to 15 years in prison.
- Adult visitors: valid photo ID, such as current driver’s license or Department of Revenue ID card
Visitors age 13-18: a current school photo ID card that includes their name or a valid federal or state government-issued ID card
Search of Visitors
- When you enter prison grounds, you, your packages, your children and your vehicle are subject to search.
- Metal detectors are used at all facilities.
- Itemizer: Visitor is given a towelette to wipe their shirt front, pockets and palms of their hands; it is then placed in machine to detect traces of narcotics or explosives.
- Coins in clear sandwich bag or transparent plastic pouch for use in vending machines.
- Specific medical supplies: Medications or medical equipment needed to maintain life, such as nitroglycerin, insulin and insulin supplies, oxygen or asthma inhalers in the original container, only in the necessary dosage for the visiting period.
- Notice should be made in advance to the case manager to ensure staff are aware of your needs
- 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, please provide a physician’s statement.
- Infant supplies: one clear carry-all, 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.
Note: Small lockers are available at most institutions to store your purse, wallet or keys.
Required Dress Code
- Tight, transparent or revealing clothing
- Gang, racial, inappropriate or inflammatory language or symbols
- Camouflage design
- Skirts, dresses and shorts shorter than two inches above the top of the kneecap
- Wrap-around or slit skirts or dresses
- Holes or slits in pants
- Shirts, blouses and tops that do not cover the chest, cleavage and stomach or that do not have sleeves that cover the shoulders.
- Headwear except for verified religious purposes; subject to search
- Appropriate undergarments and shoes. Undergarments with wire or metal supports are discouraged due to metal detectors.
Physical Contact Limitations
- One greeting and departing embrace and brief kiss allowed
- Holding hands during visit is allowed
- Children age 6 and under may sit on offender’s lap, unless offender is a sex offender
- Children should be attended by adult visitor at all times
Some facilities permit the family members and friends of approved visitors to bring outside meals to share during special food visits. The following restrictions may apply:
- Food may be prepared at home or catered by or purchased from a vendor.
- All food must comply with security regulations.
- A total of four containers may be brought for each authorized food visit. Containers for home-prepared or store-bought foods may be no larger than a 9x9x4 and must be constructed of clear plastic only.
- The following items do not count as part of the total container count:
- Loaf of sliced bread or equivalent (biscuits, rolls, etc.)
- Sandwich bags used for lettuce, tomatoes, etc. NOTE: Plastic bags 1 quart or larger will be counted as a container.
- Factory-sealed condiments and/or up to 20 pre-sealed restaurant style condiment packets.
- Food brought from vendors must be in the original container (no glass, metal, aluminum pans or foil).
- In addition to the above four containers, paper, plastic or styrofoam disposable dinnerware and eating utensils are allowed. Disposable dinnerware must be provided by the visitor, not by the offender or facility.
Only the appropriate number of disposable dinnerware can be brought into the institution, and the visitor is responsible to ensure that they transport that same number of items out of the institution when they leave.
The following items may NOT be brought in for food visits:
- Fresh fruit items
- Jell-O or ice cream
- Beverages and/or beverage mixes
- Aerosol containers (i.e. whipped cream and “cheese in a can”)
- Coolers and or ice chests
- Whole cuts of meat (i.e. pot roast), whole birds (i.e. turkey or chicken), shellfish in the shell.
Inspection of food items may include a physical search of the food items that entails cutting, stirring, piercing or separating an item to ensure no contraband is introduced into the facility.
- Staff members conducting the search must wear appropriate gloves and a hair net or cap.
- Any food not easily searched may be denied.
Food may be only consumed by the offender and the visitor and may not be shared with others.
Leftover food items must be discarded in appropriate receptacles by the visitor after the visit, or removed from the facility with the visitor.
- NORMAL VISITING ROOM RULES APPLY (I.E. OFFENDERS AND VISITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FEED EACH OTHER, CROSS VISIT, ETC.)
- FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FOOD VISIT PROCEDURES MAY RESULT IN THE FOOD BEING DENIED ENTRANCE INTO THE INSTITUTION, TERMINATION OF THE VISIT, AND/OR ISSUANCE OR A CONDUCT VIOLATION TO THE OFFENDER.
- BIRTHDAY CAKES MAY BE BROUGHT IN FOR CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS. INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM THE VISITING ROOM STAFF OR IN THE VISITING POLICY FOR OFFENDER REFERENCE.
Plan Your Trip
Find out when you can visit, and get directions to the facility.
Visiting is Privilege
Visiting can be suspended, terminated or restricted for:
- Failure to follow visiting rules
- Refusal to submit to search
- Use of alcohol or narcotics
- Inappropriate language
- Improper dress
- Presenting risk to the safety and security of the facility, staff, offenders or visitors
- Participation in illegal activities or violations of Missouri law
If visiting sanctions are imposed on a visitor, the institution will send a written notice outlining the infraction and sanctions imposed. A visitor may appeal restrictions in writing to Department of Corrections Central Office at 2729 Plaza Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109.