Visitations: Iowa State (DOC) Prisioners

Visiting Hours
In order to be on an offender’s visiting list, the offender must send you the visitors application. If you have questions, please refer to the following Visiting Policy on this page, or call Centralized Visiting at 319-385-9511.
Newton Correctional Facility-Medium SecurityIOWA-DOC-INMATE-VISITS
Monday and Friday 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
No Visiting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Holidays follow DAY schedule
Newton Correctional Release Center-Minimum Security
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Weekends and Holidays 8:15 am – 4:00 pm
North Central Correctional Facility
Monday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday 8:30 am – 8:30 pmHolidays falling on a non-visiting day OR on a Monday or Friday shall be 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Visiting hours for December 25 shall be 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility
EFFECTIVE July 1, 2016, the visiting hours shall be:
Friday 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
Thanksgiving and Christmas 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
Clarinda Correctional Facility
CCF (Medium Facility)Monday and Friday : 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Established State Holidays: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
CCF (Lodge):
Saturdays and Sundays: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
State Holidays: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Holidays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iowa Correctional Institution for Women>
Monday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Friday, Saturday, and State Holidays 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Anamosa State Penitentiary

Friday 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Monday 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Holidays 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Luster Heights/Anamosa
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Iowa State Penitentiary
New visiting schedule effective March 2, 2012:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (no visits on Tues / Wed / Thur)
8:00 am to 4:30 pm (no visit shall begin after 3:30 pm)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm (holidays if they fall on a non-visiting day)
John Bennett
Fridays and Mondays sign-in times year-round 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
with the Visiting Room closing at 6:00 PM.
Saturday and Sunday sign-in times are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
with the Visiting Room closing at 6:00 PM EXCEPT during daylight savings time.
During daylight savings time sign-in times on Saturday and Sunday are 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
with the Visiting Room closing at 8:00 PM.
Visiting hours on state holidays shall be the same as the regularly scheduled times for that day
Iowa Medical and Classification Center
Reception Offenders: No Visiting
General Population and Patient Visiting Hours:
Thursday 10:30 a. to 8:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
Holidays 10:30 am to 8:00 pm

To describe the visiting program that shall be used in Iowa Department of Corrections
(IDOC) institutions.
It is the policy of the IDOC to allow offenders visiting privileges to maintain and
strengthen relationships with family members and friends. The Department’s
Centralized Visiting Authority (CVA) shall use a standard visitor application and
screening process to ensure security and operating efficiency. Though visits are
encouraged, the institution’s schedule, space, personnel constraints, treatment
considerations, or other safety and security issues of the institution may result in
limiting the number and length of visits
A. General
B. Application Process (CVA)
C. Visitation Denials and Exceptions
D. Current and Former Staff
E. Volunteer
F. Appeals
G. Removal of Visitors (CVA)
H. Special Visitors (Institution)
I. Termination of Visits (Institution)
J. Security Procedures (Institution)
K. Non Contact Visits (Institution)
L. Special Visits (Institution)
M. Temporary Modifications (Institution)
N. Data Entry (CVA)
O. Visitor Debit Cards
P. Visitor Clothing
A. Immediate Family – An offender’s spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, child,
grandparent, grandchildren, great grandparents, great grandchildren, (when
minors become adults, they will be required to complete the formal visiting
application process), established legal guardian, or other who acted in place of
parents and step or half-relation if the step or half-relation and the offender
cohabitated. The spouse and/or children of a member of the immediate family
are considered as immediate family.
B. Extended Family – Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, parent’s in-law.
C. Centralized Visiting Authority (CVA) – The Department’s Office that conducts
the visitor application approval process.
D. National Crime Information Center (NCIC) – A computerized index of criminal
justice information (i.e. criminal record history information, fugitives, stolen
properties, missing persons).
E. Group – A family unit (e.g. aunt, uncle and minor nieces and nephews) residing
at the same address or the offender’s minor children.
F. Victim – A person who has suffered physical, emotional, or financial harm as
the result of a public offense or a delinquent act committed in this state. Victim
may also include the immediate family members of a victim, members of a
victim’s household, and/or witnesses.
G. Special Visit – A visit approved by the Associate Warden of Security that would
not otherwise be allowed.
H. See policy AD-GA-16 for additional definitions.
A. General
1. Each institution shall communicate the structured visiting process to
each offender during orientation to the insitution. Offenders are
responsible to communicate required procedures to visitors. The
following individuals may be approved to visit upon completion of the
CVA visitor application approval process Offenders:
a. Immediate family members;
b. Four other individuals/groups who are friends or extended family;
c. Minor children under the immediate supervision of their parent or
legal guardian. Minor children of an offender shall be allowed to
visit with an adult on the offender’s approved visiting list, unless
the custodial parent or guardian has requested in writing, denial
of visitation. (4-4499).
d. Siblings, as well as nieces and nephews of the offender who are
already on the approved list, may visit with an approved adult
family member on the visiting list who has been specifically
authorized by the minor’s parent. Such parental consent shall be
documented by a notarized letter of consent.
2. The institutions shall make available to visitors on request a list of the
major transportation resources available to facilitate access to the
institution. (4-4504).
3. Each institution may have procedures that limit the number, frequency,
and length of visits due to space or staffing considerations.
4. When a minor becomes of adult age (18) an OP-MTV-04 F-7, Minor
Visitor Removal Form will be completed by the CVA and sent to the
offender. An OP-MTV-04 F-1, Visitation Application form will need to
be completed for the individual as a requirement of the normal visiting
application process. The visitor will have 30 days to complete and return
the application to CVA before being removed from the approved visiting
5. A visitor may be on the approved list of only one offender, unless an
exception is made per section C or D in this policy.
B. Application Process (CVA)
CVA has primary responsibility for all offender visiting decisions and records.
1. The offender is responsible for mailing the OP-MTV-04 F-1, Visitation
Application to prospective visitors. Visitor applications shall be provided
to the offender at each institution.
2. The visiting application shall be sent to CVA for processing.
a. All applications shall be date stamped when received by the CVA.
b. CVA will enter the application as pending into the Iowa
Corrections Offender Network (ICON). Persons who apply for
visitation while an offender is in Reception will not be approved
but placed in “pending” status. Processing and investigation of
these applicants will not be initiated until the offender is moved
out of reception.
c. A cross reference and offender search for the visitor shall be
completed in ICON to determine if they are on another offender’s
list and whether or not they have an offender number.
d. The applicant shall then be checked to determine if they are a
registered victim and/or whether there is a no contact order in
e. If the application includes minors (17 years of age or under), the
offender’s prior and current convictions will be checked for sex
offenses and other crimes against children.
f. The CVA shall complete a NCIC background check on all adult
applicants. Nothing in this policy precludes an institution from
making subsequent NCIC checks.
g. Within 30 days of receipt of the visiting application, CVA shall
complete the decision process of approval/denial decisions and
enter the result into ICON. If denied or approved with
restrictions, reasons shall be entered into ICON. A written
decision OP-MTV-04 F-2, Visiting Approval Denial Form shall be
sent to the offender that includes reasons for denial and any
approval restrictions. If a visitor is denied, OP-MTV-04 F-3,
Visit Denial Letter OP-MTV-04 F-4 shall be sent informing them
of the reasons for denial. Applicants can reapply after six months
of denial. Each offender is responsible to notify the visitor(s) of
the CVA’s approval decision. The CVA will not release visit status
h. All visitors shall be grouped by family units. All of the offender’s
minor children will be entered as one family unit.
i. All applications shall be retained at the CVA for six months
following the date of the decision. Denied applications will be
forwarded to the institution where the offender resides if an
appeal is filed.
C. Visitation Denials and Exceptions
For security reasons, the following persons shall not be approved visitation
except as otherwise authorized:
1. Individuals whose behavior represents a control problem that is
counterproductive to stable offender behavior. This determination may
be reflected in the background investigation report which shows that the
individual has a record of carrying concealed weapons, use of a
controlled substance, previous violations of institutional rules, or similar
2. Persons currently under correctional supervision, on probation, work
release, or parole.
Exception: Such persons who are a member of the incarcerated
offender’s immediate family, even those convicted of a felony, may be
approved by the CVA after consultation with the supervising
Parole/Probation Officer or other Judicial District authority and the
Warden/Superintendent or person designated in institutional procedures
where it is determined that visitation may be beneficial to the positive
adjustment of the offender and/or the offenders successful reentry into
the community. The Warden/Superintendent or designee may authorize
contact or no contact visiting.
3. Persons under criminal indictment;
4. Persons involved with or convicted of incidents of aiding an escape or
introducing contraband in any detention or supervised correctional
5. Persons who falsify or omit information on the visitation application or
other requested information;
Exception: Where it is reasonably determined that the omission was
unintentional or inconsequential, CVA may authorize visitation.
6. Individuals convicted of a felony;
Exception: Ex-offenders and persons currently under correctional
supervision who are not members of the offender’s immediate family
shall generally be required to have three years of successful community
adjustment prior to visitation approval. Approval of such persons may
be granted where it is determined that visitation is clearly beneficial to
the positive adjustment of the offender and/or offender’s reentry into
the community.
7. Persons who may compromise the order and security of the institution.
8. Any person who is on the approved list of another offender regardless
of the location of the offender shall not be approved for visitation unless
the person is a member of the immediate family of the offenders.
9. Persons who are prohibited from personal contact with offender due to
an active no-contact order shall not be approved for visitation unless the
order specifically authorizes visitation during the offender’s
incarceration. (4-4498)
10. Minors shall not be approved visitation with an offender whose prior or
current conviction involves a minor.
Exception: In certain circumstances, where the conviction is not a sex
offense and where it appears that visitation is in the best interest of the
minor, the CVA may approve visitation after consultation with the
Regional Assistant Deputy Director.
11. Where the current or past convictions include a sex offense against a
minor, the CVA shall not approve visitation with the minor. Upon
successful completion of the Sex Offender Treatment Program, the
offender may request approval with a minor. The request shall be
reviewed by the Sex Offender Treatment Team. The decision to approve
or deny visitation shall be based upon the progress in treatment, results
of the polygraph, the potential for family reunification, and, as the most
significant issues, the welfare of the child.
12. Victims of an offender’s current or previous conviction, whether
registered or not, or members the victim’s immediate family or
household shall not be approved.
Exception: Where the conviction involves only a crime against property
and the applicant is a member of the offender’s immediate family,
extended family, or household, the CVA may approve visitation following
review and consultation with the Regional Assistant Deputy Directors of
13. Where the conviction involves a crime against a person, such visitation
may be approved only following review by, and authorization of, the
Office of Victims and Restorative Justice Programs. The approval or
denial of the application shall be based upon an assessment of potential
future victimization balanced against the positive aspects of visitation
including reunification of family and successful offender reentry into the
14. In the case of victims of domestic violence, visitation may be considered
once the offender is active in recommended treatment and has the
recommendation of the treatment facilitator and Correctional Counselor.
Such visitation requests shall be reviewed and authorized by the Office
of Victim and Restorative Justice.
D. Current and Former Staff
Current or former staff of the Department of Corrections or Judicial District
Department of Correctional Services shall not be approved for visitation.
Exceptions: Members of an offender’s immediate family who are current or
former DOC or DCS employees may be approved by the CVA with the approval
of the Warden/Superintendent and, for current employees, in consultation with
the employees’ Warden/Superintendent or District Director.
E. Volunteer
Current or former volunteers of the IDOC or Judicial District Department of
Correctional Services shall not be approved to visit.
Exceptions: Former volunteers including those who were removed from
volunteer status as a result of misconduct shall not be approved for visitation
unless a familial relationship exists with the offender. The CVA may approve
visitation following consultation with the Deputy Director of Offender Services.
Where misconduct was involved, the nature of the misconduct shall be a
significant factor in the approval/denial.
1. Former volunteers who left volunteer status in good standing will
generally not be allowed visitation privileges with offenders known solely
as a result of their volunteer activities. Exceptions may be approved by
the CVA in CVA in consultation Deputy Director of Offender Services
upon determination that the relationship remains a professional
relationship and that there is significant benefit to approval of the
visitation. Approvals granted prior to May 2012 shall remain in place
absent other factors.
2. Current volunteers, generally, shall not be allowed normal personal
visitation privileges with any offender. Where a familial relationship
exists, in extraordinary circumstances and only in consultation with the
Deputy Director of Offender Services, the Warden/Superintendent may
authorize normal personal visitation privileges concurrently with the
provision of volunteer services. Volunteer status shall be clearly noted
in visitation approval documentation.
3. Under certain limited circumstances, the Deputy Director of Offender
Services may authorize professional visitation privledges with one or
more offenders for volunteers involved in reentry program such as
approved Mentorship Programs, the purpose of such approvals shall be
to facilitate the rehabilitative process within the institution or as part of
the reentry process. Volunteer status, as well as any special
authorization to be placed on more than one visiting list, shall be clearly
noted in the visitation approval documentation.
4. With the exception of those applications which require approval of the
Office of Victim and Restorative Justice Programs or the Deputy Director
of Offender Services, nothing in this policy shall prohibit the
Warden/Superintendent from authorizing visitation where such visitation
is determined to be clearly beneficial to the positive adjustment of the
offnder and/or successful offender reentry into the community.
F. Appeals
1. Denial or approval restrictions may be appealed only by the applicant by
completing the OP-MTV-04 F-4, Visit Appeal form, within 45 days of
date of denial to the Warden/Superintendent or designee.
2. The decision of the Warden/Superintendent or designee or if applicable
the Office of Victim Services may be appealed to the Director of the
IDOC or the Director’s designee.
3. The decision of the Director or the Director’s designee constitutes final
agency action.
4. The institution appeal response, the CVA response and the Director’s
appeal response shall be routed to the applicant and CVA for data entry.
5. Each appeal response will be entered in visitor comments in ICON.
6. Appeals related to visitation denials of victims, or a minor whose
application has been denied because of an offender’s sex offense or an
offense against a child, shall be forwarded to the Office of Victim
Services who in consultation with IDOC Regional Assistant Deputy
Directors shall review all pertinent circumstances and shall submit a
decision. The decision of the Office of Victim Programs will be
determined based on the following factors: age of applicant, relationship
of the applicant to the direct victim, nature of the offense(s), offender’s
participation in treatment programming, institution reports. The Office
of Victim Services shall ensure timely notification to the applicant.
G. Removal of Visitors (CVA)
1. Offender shall complete the OP-MTV-04 F-5, Visiting Removal Form
and send to CVA. CVA shall respond to removal requests from both the
offender and institution within seven days and route a copy to the
2. Once a visitor has been removed, six months must elapse before
reapplication to any offender’s list. Exceptions may be made when the
individual is making application for visitation with a member of the
immediate family.
3. Immediate reapplication may occur in the event an offender is released
and has been readmitted within the six month time frame.
H. Special Visitors (Institution)
1. Each institution shall have written procedures governing rules for special
visits. The Warden/Superintendent or designee shall approve all special
2. Division of Criminal Investigation Agents, Federal Bureau of
Investigation Agents, Law Enforcement Officials, shall present proof of
identity upon entrance to the institution.
3. Attorney and clergy visits shall be during normal visiting hours unless a
special visit has been requested by the offender and approved in
advance by the Warden/Superintendent or designee prior to the visit.
4. Attorneys must complete an initial visitor application to visit an offender;
however, one application shall apply to multiple visiting lists. After initial
approval is established. In order to be added to additional offender
visiting lists information must be mailed or faxed (319-385-2891) on
letterhead to the CVA.
5. Background checks are not required for attorneys as they are exempt
from counting as a friend on an offender’s visiting list.
6. Offenders may have one member of the clergy on their visiting
list. Others may be added as “a non immediate family member”. Clergy
must follow the normal application process, including background
checks. Effective May 1, 2012, clergy must submit appropriate
verification of clergy status with their visiting application. Verification
varies depending upon religious or denominational affiliation. Where
the documentation provided is not deemed sufficient by the CVA,
additional information shall be requested prior to the approval or denial
Clergy approved prior to May 1, 2012 will remain approved without
additional verification. Verified members of the clergy may be placed
on the visiting list of more than one offender. In order to be added to
additional offender visiting lists information must be mailed or faxed
(319-385-2891) on letterhead to the CVA.
7. An offender must express a desire to visit a clergy or attorney before
the visit is permitted.
8. An attorney or clergy testing positive or refusing to be tested by an
electronic detection device may be required to visit no contact.
9. As authorized by the Warden/Superintendent or the individual
designated in institutional procedures, private investigators may visit
with offenders during regular visiting hours. This shall be documented
in ICON Visiting.
a. No offender shall be required to visit with a private investigator.
b. Private investigators shall follow all applicable visiting rules of the
I. Termination of Visits (Institution)
1. Visiting privileges may be denied, modified, or terminated due to:
a. Personal behavior of the offender or visitor that is presenting a
threat to security or is inappropriate to a general visiting area.
Individuals whose behavior may present a control problem or is
inconsistent with the rules and regulations of the institutional
visiting policy.
b. The visitor and offender directly exchanging any unauthorized
object or article. Purchases from the visiting room vending
machines/canteen during the visit are authorized.
c. An authorized electronic detection device indicating the presence
of drugs or other contraband or when before, during, or after the
visit the apparent odor or effect of alcohol or narcotic drugs is
d. The visit or future visiting is detrimental to the health and welfare
of the offender or visitor.
e. Any behavior on the part of an offender or a visitor that is or may
be disruptive to order and control or which violates institutional
f. Visitors failing to supervise their children when they interfere or
disrupt other visits or leaving minor children unattended on
institutional property.
2. Either visitors or offenders may request reconsideration of denied
visitors following demonstrated resolution of the reasons for denial or
when approved by the Warden/Superintendent or designee or Regional
Deputy Director.
J. Security Procedures (Institution)
1. All visitors are required to present current photo identification upon
entrance to the institution and shall be subject to search. Security and
contraband control are critical operational requirements, necessitating a
search of all visitors by trained correctional staff. Searches may include,
but are not limited to, a pat down, metal detectors, electronic ion
scanners, and (non-invasive drug test), other electronic devices, or
visual searches. Staff of the same sex as the visitor shall conduct pat
searches. Visitation shall be denied if the visitor is not willing to submit
to a required search. (4-4503)
2. Staff may request local law enforcement to search visitors if there is
clear, distinct, and reliable basis to suspect a particular visitor of an
attempt to smuggle contraband into the institution. Law enforcement
may ask the visitor to submit to a strip search unless the visitor desires
to cancel the visit. Only staff members of the same sex may assist law
enforcement in the search of a visitor. If the search reveals drugs or
illegal contraband, the items shall be confiscated and preserved and the
matter referred by law enforcement to the county attorney or area
prosecutor if a criminal act is believed to have taken place.
3. A parent, legal guardian or adult on approved visiting list accompanying
an offender’s minor child (ren) may or may not elect to have the child
(ren) present during the personal search. Staff shall attend the child
(ren). When a visitor refuses to leave the child (ren) with staff and does
not want the child (ren) present during the search, the visit shall be
terminated. At all times, when a minor child (ren) is searched, the
parent or legal guardian shall be present in the room, along with two
staff members present.
4. Service canine are allowed to accompany visitors, providing the
appropriate medical documentation has been submitted supporting the
visitors physical limitation. Service animals will always be kept under
control by the visitor during the visitation or the visit will be terminated
by the shift supervisor.
K. Non Contact Visits (Institution)
1. Each institution shall have procedures for no contact visits.
2. While visiting conditions shall promote normal social interaction and
reasonable levels of physical contact between offenders and visitors, the
Warden/Superintendent or designee may allow no contact visits when
the order or security of the institution may be threatened or when
disciplinary rules or procedures have been violated.
3. No contact visiting hours shall be provided during normal, posted visiting
hours. The Warden/Superintendent or designee shall post the hours
and days, and notice shall be posted at least one week prior to any
4. Offenders need to inform all visitors of any schedule changes, which
shall be posted one month before implementation. (4-4499-1)
L. Special Visits (Institution)
1. Offenders must complete OP-MTV-04 F-6, Iowa Department of
Corrections Special Visit Request.
2. The Warden/Superintendent or designee may permit special visits not
otherwise provided for in this policy. These may include, but are not
limited to, extended visits for close family members traveling extended
distances, immediate visits for close relatives or friends about to leave
the area, visits necessary to straighten out critical personal affairs, and
other visits for similar reasons. (4-4501)
3. When reviewing requests for such visits, the Warden/Superintendent or
designee shall consider the circumstances of both the offender and the
visitor; security, order, the offender’s treatment needs and mental
health, the administrative needs of the institution, and available
alternatives to a special visit. The decision of the
Warden/Superintendent or designee in these cases constitutes final
agency action. (4-4500)
Replaces Policies IN-V-122 and IN-V-122-2
Origination Date: Sept. 2005. Revised: Nov. 2006; June 2007, Feb. 2008, Feb. 2009, Sept. 2009, July 2010,
Jan. 2011, May 2012, June 2012, March 2013, Nov. 2013, Dec. 2013, March 2014.
4. NCIC background checks will be completed on all adults requesting
special visits.
M. Temporary Modifications (Institution)
Visiting procedures may be temporarily modified or suspended in the following
circumstances: riot, disturbance, fire, labor dispute, space and personnel
restrictions, natural disaster, or other emergency.
N. Data Entry (CVA)
When an offender transfers to a different institution, the visiting list shall
remain in effect and shall be maintained in the ICON system.
O. Visitor Debit Cards
Visitors may use a Debitek Card to purchase canteen items during visits.
Institutions shall ensure written guidelines are posted.
P. Visitor Clothing
1. Visitors shall be properly attired prior to entering a correctional setting.
2. All visitors shall wear shoes.
3. Visitors wearing miniskirts, shorts, muscle shirts, see-through clothing
or halter tops will not be allowed to visit. Institutional procedure will
address the wearing of shorts by children under 12.
4. Visitors wearing clothing with slogans, pictures, or words intended to
deprecate race, sex, or cultural values wll not be allowed entry.
5. Visitors may be required to remove for the duration of the visit
outerwear such as, but not limited to, coats, hats, gloves, or sunglasses.
6. A medical need for sunglasses must be verified by a perscription.