Facility Procedures and Expectations for Visitors of the Illinois DOCOn your first visit to a facility you will be required to complete a “Prospective Visitor’s Interview” form. If visitors are provide false information on the form, visitation privileges may be restricted or revoked. IDOC staff has the right to interview or request background information from potential visitors to determine whether the individual would pose a threat to the safety or security of the facility or any person or to the order of the facility. Visitors must submit to a body search by officers at the Visitor Center. Visitors who are intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted entry.Upon entering the Visiting Room, the Visiting Room Officer will assign a table for seating during the visit. No moves will be permitted once seated unless approved by security staff. Visits are subject to monitoring and recording at any time by departmental staff, unless prior special arrangements have been made for confidential attorney visits or other privileged visits.
Visitors are expected to be courteous and cooperative with IDOC staff. Visitors are expected to comply with staff directives and keep noise down in respect for other visitors and staff.
Visitors choosing to use the restroom during the course of their visit will be subject to search following the usage of the restroom. All offenders choosing to use the restroom during the course of the visit are also subject to search.
All adult visitors will be required to produce photo identification (ID) and verification of his or her date of birth. Be sure to bring 2 forms of identification with you; one should be a current state issued photo ID.
Visitors will be required to have a current photo ID such as a driver’s license, a state ID card, or acceptable documentation of non-US citizen including a current passport, visa, or Matricula, and also provide documentation that contains date of birth. Expired forms of identification are not acceptable. Visitors will also be required to provide vehicle information and other pertinent data, such as government identification, official credentials, attorney registration, or law student certification.
All visitors must be dressed appropriately for a prison environment or the visit will not be permitted. Clothing must be in good taste and not advertise or suggest any items in such a manner to signify a Security Threat Group or other illegal activity. Visitors should not wear clothing that is sexually explicit, offensive, or degrading. All visitors must wear underwear and female visitors must wear a bra. Visitors should not wear clothing which reveals the buttocks or breasts.
Examples of inappropriate dress for visitors are: short shirts or dresses, wrap around skirts, see through clothing, see-through or low-cut blouses, tube tops, halter tops, tank tops, swim suits or swim suit tops, short shorts, clothing with “cutouts” or leggings. Dresses or skirts should extend to the knees.
Visitors may be permitted to wear religious headgear if there is no safety or security concerns, the headgear has been removed and thoroughly searched, the visitor has indicated that the headgear has religious significance, and the headgear is a kufi, yarmulke, turban, habit, or fez. Headgear other than those specified may be permitted to wear if a written request is submitted to the Chief Administrative Officer at least 10 days prior to the visit and the Chief Administrative Officer approves the request. Failure to submit a timely request shall result in denial of the request.