Visiting an Offender
Visitors play an important role in an inmate’s successful re-entry into the community. We aim to make your visit to a state facility helpful and secure.
We also provide video visitation opportunities in partnership with Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI), an independent organization that offers services to family members of inmates.
You can find full details on our visitation policy in Operating Procedure 851.1.
On September 1, 2021, nine pilot sites opened for in-person visitation — St. Brides Correctional Center, Greensville Correctional Center, Caroline Correctional Unit, Buckingham Correctional Center, Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, Nottoway Work Center, Green Rock Correctional Center, Keen Mountain Correctional Center, and Patrick Henry Correctional Unit.
All other facilities will resume in-person visitation between October 11 and November 8. For more information, please review the In-person Visitation Expansion Schedule.
COVID-19 Antigen Testing Requirement
You must submit to a self-administered COVID-19 antigen test on the day of your scheduled visit. A negative test result is required to enter a facility.
Additional COVID-19 Protocols
Masks must be worn at all times by visitors over the age of two. Only inmates who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible for in-person visitation.
How it Works
Prepare for Your Scheduled Visit
Once you have both applied for visitation and scheduled your visit, please review the following information to help you prepare for your in-person visit.
Please arrive at the facility one hour prior to your visit for security screening. No food or drinks will be allowed in the facility, and there will be no access to vending machines.
You will be required to answer screening questions and submit to a self-administered COVID-19 antigen test. A negative test result is required for visitation. If you test positive, you will not be allowed to visit that day, but you will be allowed to re-schedule after 14 days. Please be advised that all positive COVID-19 antigen tests will be reported to the Department of Health.
Watch the COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test Video for a step-by-step look at how the test works.
What to bring
You will need to bring at least one form of valid picture identification that matches the information on your application. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Driver’s License
- Military ID
- Other official picture ID issued by a federal or state agency
All visitors, including children, will need to follow the dress code when visiting an inmate. Please adhere to the following guidelines when visiting a facility:
Attire must cover from the neck to the kneecaps, include appropriate underwear, and footwear must be worn at all times.
Attire must not be inappropriate in any way,This includes: tube tops, tank tops, or halter tops; clothes that expose your midriff, side, or back; mini-skirts, mini-dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes (at or above the kneecap); form-fitting clothes like leotards, spandex, and leggings; see-through clothing; tops or dresses that have revealing necklines and/or excessive splits; clothing resembling offender clothing. contain symbols or signs with inappropriate language or graphics.This includes gang symbols, racist comments, inflammatory communications, etc. Watches and all wearable technology are prohibited (including Google Glasses).
If your wardrobe is considered inappropriate, you will be referred to the administrative duty officer. The officer will then make the final decision on whether you are allowed to enter the visiting room.
General Visitation Information
All institutions typically allow visiting on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays, but visitation procedures at individual institutions may vary and can be changed at any time. Please contact the facility directly before planning a visit to obtain further information.
Find contact information in our facility directory.
Note: Visitation will not be offered on state holidays during the pilot period of 9/1/2021-9/30/2021.
We provide reasonable accommodation during visitation for those who are disabled. If you have a mobility impairment, please contact the facility before visiting to ensure accommodations are in place.
Service or guide animals may be permitted in the visitation area based on specific circumstances. Please submit a request to the facility to receive proper approval before your visit.
You can find more information in Operating Procedure 851.1.
Visitors with Medical Conditions
If you are pregnant or have a medical condition that prohibits you from going through the electronic scanning device on the day of your scheduled visit, you will need to bring documentation from your medical provider. The documentation must confirm that you are unable to pass through the electronic scanning device due to your condition. An alternate search procedure will be offered to you.