Visitors should wear clothing that enhances a family atmosphere, including complete attire with appropriate undergarments, comfortable footwear (bare feet are not allowed) and weather appropriate attire when necessary.
Inappropriate clothing will result in being denied entry into the facility.
Please be sure to understand the dress code for visitors. It will help to have a change of clothing with you if you have any reservations about the clothing you are wearing.
The following clothing is prohibited:
- See-through (sheer) clothing, bare midriffs or backs
- Plunging necklines, short shorts or athletic shorts, low tops or backless tops or dresses.
- Shorts or skirts shorter than mid-thigh are not allowed.
- Bathing suits
- Attire displaying obscene/offensive, derogatory language or drawings or promoting illegal activity.
If in doubt, you should not wear questionable items of clothing. Under no circumstances will visitors be allowed into the facility dressed inappropriately.
- Please be advised, bras that set off the metal detector will have to be removed and/or the individual will be searched by an officer. (See policy regarding searches)
- Hair pins may also cause metal detectors to go off. In this instance, you will be asked to remove them in order to have your visit.
- Be aware that some head wraps may have to be removed in order for you to pass through the metal detector successfully.
- Jewelry may make the detector go off. You should remove anything questionable and carry it with you into the processing area and put it back on later.
- Zippers, metal studs, and decorations can set the detector off. If this happens, you may be asked to go into the bathroom, take off the clothing, put on alternative articles of clothing provided by the Department and kept there for those purposes. You will go through the detector again until you make it through successfully. It is best to wear simple clothing so that you can become accustomed to the procedures at the correctional facility.
Following is a checklist to ensure you are prepared for the visit:
- Confirm that the individual has not been transferred and has visitation privileges.
- Bring valid photo identification.
- If you have made special arrangements with the facility, call before leaving to ensure that plans for your visit have been made and are in place.
- Check clothing and jewelry for compliance with visiting regulations.
- If you are bringing a child and you are not the legal guardian or parent, be sure you have a notarized statement from the child’s parent or legal guardian.
- Before leaving home, check your vehicle for contraband and/or hazardous items and be sure to remove these items before entering correctional facility grounds. This includes, but is not limited to:
- implements of escape
- drug paraphernalia
- items posing a danger to others
- weapons, such as knives, scissors, or firearms
- items used to show a gang affiliation
- Arrive on the designated day during proper visiting hours.
- Leave purses, wallets, and electronic devices in the glove compartment or in the trunk of your car. Be sure to lock your car!
- Do not leave minor children waiting in the car or your visit will be ended.
- Do not have any contraband on you when you enter the facility.
- Treat correctional staff with respect.
- Do not bring anything into the visiting room to give to the individual. Incarcerated individuals are not permitted to take anything from the visiting area.