If you are planning on visiting an inmate in prison, but not sure where to start, in most cases it begins with a Visitation Application. We have all the available applications links directly from the State and Federal websites. Most you can just download and then print from your computer.
Once you have filled them out, you will need to either mail them to the inmate, or the address specified within the application. Be sure you read over the entire visitor's application, and fill it out legibly and accurately. Do not apply if you are afraid you might have an outstanding warrant. Definitely don't lie on the application, as it can result in you being denied visitation or worse.
Here are some of the reasons you might be denied visitation with an inmate:
• You have recently served time in a correctional facility
• You are on probation
• You are on bond awaiting a pending court case
• You have a protective order against you or the inmate
• You have an outstanding warrant
• You are a victim of the offender
• You have been deemed a safety or security risk
After sending in your Application you can expect to wait up to four weeks for it to be reviewed. The Department of Corrections is running these through a government background check. Don't expect a response from the DOC either. Most institutions leave it up to the inmate to inform all applicants if they have been approved or denied visitation, so you won't be getting a letter in the mail from the facility. Stay in contact with the inmate through the phone or through letters to learn your status.
Inmate visitor applications by state
The following applications are mostly available in .pdf format, which will require a pdf reader to view.
Alaska (not available online must request from an inmate)
Arizona online application
Arkansas online procedures
Maryland (not available online must request from an inmate)
Mississippi (not available online must request from an inmate)
New Jersey (inmate must request you be added to visitation, mail a letter with your date of birth and include your address on your photo ID)
New York (no application required)
Pennsylvania (inmate needs to fill out the form)
South Carolina (visitation form 19-127, must be requested from the inmate)
Texas (inmates must request you be added to their visitation list, send them a letter with your date of birth and include your address)
Vermont (inmate must fill out the form, this is a just sample to show you what information you should mail them)
Virginia - paper visitor applications are no longer accepted. All applications must be completed online.
Wisconsin - All persons who wish to visit an inmate must be listed on the inmate's approved visitors list, per Administrative Code Ch. 309.08. A completed DOC-21AA Visitor Questionnaire must be submitted for all prospective visitors, including minor children. It is the inmate's responsibility to obtain and mail the DOC-21AA to a prospective visitor. Proposed visitors must return the completed form to the institution for processing. If approved, inmates will be notified that a visitor has been added to their visiting list. Applicants may be denied approval for visitation on a number of grounds, which are specified in state administrative code. Applicants who are denied approval will receive a written notice.
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