Limited Visiting in Fall 2020
The Missouri Department of Corrections has completed mass COVID-19 testing among offenders and staff at all state prisons and has begun a gradual return to more normal operations at facilities where there are no active cases of COVID-19 among residents. Changes may include reinstating programming, group activities and visits. Visiting start dates and restrictions vary.
Update: Children ages 10 and older may visit facilities where visiting has been reinstated. All children will be expected to comply with rules and restrictions, including face cover requirements and physical contact restrictions.
If you are not already an approved visitor, please complete the visitor application.
At this time, visiting is scheduled, with restrictions at:
- Kansas City Reentry Center (KCRC) beginning Nov. 13
All visitors must call the facility to schedule an appointment.
Contact information is available on our website. Ask to speak to the staff member in charge of the visiting schedule. Spots are limited. At some locations, visiting has expanded to four days per week, Thursday through Sunday. However, the visiting rooms are open at only 30% capacity, with 2-hour slots, with 2 visitors per offender, so you must schedule your appointment in advance.
Several new restrictions are in place to protect the health and safety of offenders and staff during the public health crisis. These restrictions are based on recommendations from offender councils.
- All visitors must pass COVID-19 screening with a temperature check prior to entering the check-in area; anyone who does not pass the screening will not be allowed to enter
- Any visitor exhibiting signs of illness may be turned away
- Maximum of 2 visitors per offender
- Maximum of 2 visits per month
- Visits restricted to 2 hours in length with 45-minute break between visits to sanitize all surfaces and to process new visitors (KCRC: 1- hour visits with 30-minute cleaning sessions)
- No children under the age of 10
- Any visitor or offender with a serious underlying medical condition should refrain from visiting
- All visitors, staff and offenders will be required to wear a face cover or mask while in the visiting area; visitors must bring their own face covers
- Face covers will be inspected/searched for contraband and must be lowered when entering/exiting for identification purposes
- No contact between visitor and offender; no entrance/exit embrace or kiss; no contact at the table
- Visitors may use beverage vending machines only. No drink sharing is allowed. One person at a time at the vending machine, which will be cleaned after each use.
- No food vending, microwaves, water fountains or sink areas may be used
- No offender on quarantine status will be allowed to visit
- No games may be checked out
- Children’s areas remain closed
- No pictures
- Visiting rooms will be at 30% capacity, and each offender’s visitor(s) will be spaced apart from other visitors
The most important component of reopening visiting and keeping it open is you. If visitors help keep the virus out, visiting can continue. Make smart health decisions. Follow social distancing guidelines and other recommendations. Wash your hands. Avoid crowds. Stay home if you are sick. We encourage everyone who plans to visit a loved one to get tested for the virus within seven days of a planned visit. Testing sites are located throughout the state, and free testing is available at popup community testing locations.
The department and offenders’ families and friends are partners in protecting the health and safety of incarcerated Missourians and prison staff. We must all work together to keep everyone safe during this public health crisis.
Dates for resuming visiting at other facilities have not yet been set. If you have a loved one in a Missouri Department of Corrections facility, please sign up to receive email or text alerts here. Enter your email address or cell phone number, and select "Family & Friends" in the topics menu.
Standard visiting room rules still apply. Please see below.
Standard Visiting Process and Requirements
You must be pre-approved to visit
- Offender will be notified of visiting approval
- Offender is responsible to notify 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
*Visitors younger than 18 years old are prohibited under current COVID-19 restrictions.
Be Prepared for Your Visit
Be familiar with visiting rules, regulations and procedures before you visit. You will be required to abide by 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
Visitors under age 18,* unless married to the offender, must be accompanied by an authorized adult visitor
Search of Visitors
- When you enter prison grounds, you, your packages, your children* and your vehicle are subject to search
- Metal detector
- Itemizer: Visitor is given a towelette to wipe over their shirt front, pockets and palms of their hands, then placed in machine to detect trace of narcotics or explosives
*Visitors younger than 10 years old are prohibited under current COVID-19 restrictions.
- 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 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 case manager to ensure staff are aware of your needs
- 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.
*Visitors younger than 10 years old are prohibited under current COVID-19 restrictions..
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
[ALL PHYSICAL CONTACT CURRENTLY PROHIBITED UNDER COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS]
Standard 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 sexual offender
- Children should be attended by adult visitor at all times
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
- Unacceptable 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.