Visitations: Georgia State (DOC) Prisioners

State Prisons

Visitation Hours

Prison Time of Visits Dates of Visits

Arrendale 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Alternated Visitation Days (Saturday L-Z; Sunday A-K); State Holidays

 

Augusta 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Mondays, Thursdays; State Holidays

Autry 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Baldwin 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Burruss CTC 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Alternated Visitation Days (Saturday A-J; Sunday K-Z); State Holidays;

TIER (Wednesdays, Fridays 9-11am)

Calhoun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Central 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Coastal 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Dodge 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Dooly 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

GDCP 9:00 am – 11:00am Monday-Thursday (Diagnostic inmates)

GDCP 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays (General population)

GDCP 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays (UDS & SMU inmates)

Georgia 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays;

TIER (Wednesday, Fridays 9-11am)

Hancock 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Alternated Visitation Days (Saturday A-L; Sunday M-Z); State Holidays;

TIER (Wednesday, Fridays 9am-3pm)

Hays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays;

TIER (Wednesday, Fridays 9-11am)

Johnson 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Lee 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Long 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Macon 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Alternated Visitation Days (Saturday M-Z; Sunday A-L); State Holidays;

TIER (Wednesday, Fridays 9am-3pm)

Montgomery 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Phillips 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Pulaski 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Rogers 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Rutledge 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Smith 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays;

TIER (Wednesday, Fridays 9-11am)

Telfair 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays;

TIER (Wednesday, Fridays 9-11am)

Valdosta 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays;

TIER (Wednesday, Fridays 9-11am)

Walker 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

Ware 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays;

TIER II (Mondays-Thursdays 9am-3pm)

Washington 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

 

Wilcox 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & State Holidays

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Visitation
In an effort to improve the experience for all visiting offenders under the
supervision of the Georgia Department of Corrections, below please find a list
answer to frequently asked questions regarding the visitation process:
1. Is visitation a right? No. While it is important for every offender to
maintain connections with and the support of family and friends during
incarceration, the safety and security of staff, offenders and visitors are
critical. Therefore, visitation is a privilege afforded to offenders and
should not be considered as a right.
2. My family member is currently going through the diagnostic
process at a facility. Can I visit? No. Offenders will not be allowed
to have visits while they are completing the diagnostic process. If the
diagnostic process is not complete after 60 days, the offender will
complete a visitation list containing the names of immediate family
members. Once this list is completed, it will be reviewed for approval
by the warden and/or designated facility staff. This list will be used for
visitation at the diagnostic facility until the offender is transferred to a
permanent assignment.
3. Who can visit? Members of an offender’s immediate family, (for
example, parents, brothers, sisters, spouse, grandparents,
grandchildren, and children) may be requested by the offender for
visitation approval. Individuals, who are not considered as “immediate”
family members as described above (for example step-parents, stepsiblings,
in-laws, uncle, aunt, cousin, half-brother/sister, nephew, niece
or step-son/daughter, friends, employers, pastors, and other
relationships that have the potential for rehabilitative support ), may be
considered as a significant relationship visitor. For individuals wanting
to visit as a significant relationship visitor, the offender must initiate
such a request. The offender will need to complete the “Significant
Relationship Visitor Application for Visitation Privilege” form, which is
then sent to the Warden/Superintendent for review. Once approved or
disapproved, the offender will be notified and in turn, the offender is
responsible for notifying the person seeking to visit as a significant
relationship visitor whether the person was approved or not approved
to visit. Supporting documentation needed to verify relationships may
be required by the facility.
4. How do I get approved for visitation? Offenders must request that
you be added to their approved visitation list. Offenders may request
to add or delete a name on their visitor list by contacting their
counselor and complete all of the necessary information on the
visitation list form. The counselor will forward this request to the
Warden/Superintendent or designee, who is approves or disapproves
changes to offenders’ visitation list. Visitor lists may only be changed
when offenders arrive at their first permanent facility or during the
months of May and November, but no t any earlier than six months
from the last change request. Approval or disapproval of a changed
visitor list shall be completed and forwarded back offenders within
fourteen (14) working days from the date of the requested. Please
note that address changes for visitors shall not be subject to the six (6)
month review criteria and all corrections shall be done when offenders
provide this information.
5. If I am an ex-offender can I be approved for visitation? In order for
offenders, ex-offenders, probationers, and parolees to visit, approval
must be granted by the Warden/Superintendent prior to being placed
on the approved visitor list. All former offenders must have clear
Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) criminal history report for
one year following their release from prison or since being placed on
probation or parole. In addition, the procedures for being placed on an
offender’s visitor list as outlined in Questions # 3 above apply in
addition to clearing the GCIC check.
6. Can I visit once and not be on the approved visitation list? Each
offender may request a “special visit.” Special visits are reviewed for
approval on an individual basis by the Warden/Superintendent or
designee. Under normal circumstances, special visits require a
minimum of forty-eight (48) hours advance notice. Special visits will be
reviewed on a case by case basis by the Warden or his/her designee,
and will take into consideration the offender’s institutional conduct
when making the decision to approve or disapprove such a request.
Please note that the Warden/Superintendent may depart from this
requirement due to the urgency and/or time sensitive nature of the
special visit request.
Other examples of special visits may include:
• Offenders, who have documented protective custody needs, may
be required to visit at times when other potentially threatening
offenders are not in the visitation area.
• When a family member lives far away, i.e. out-of-state, a family
member is in the military on personal leave, a family member is
unable to drive and must be driven to the facility for visitation by a
non-family member, significant other, child advocacy groups
bringing children, clergy, change in family that relatives want to
inform the offender of, i.e. death, birth, marriage, extreme illness,
incentive award programs may be developed to earn special
visits.
• Special visits may also be utilized for offenders’ immediate family
that have recently been discharged from prison or that are on
probation or parole. Special visits will be limited to no more than
two (2) visitors at any one time.
7. What are the days and times of visitation? Normally, visitation
occurs on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and the duration of each
visiting period will be for a minimum of six (6) hours. Because some
facilities have smaller visitation areas than others, it is necessary to
split the visitation schedule (i.e. offenders with a last name beginning
with any letter A-K visits 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and any offender with a
last name beginning with any letter L-Z visits 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM).
Please note that all State facilities and Private Prisons will observe
those days proclaimed by the Governor of Georgia as legal state
holidays. In addition, County institutions will observe legal holidays
that are recognized by their local governing authority. For further detail
of the specific visitation hours at the facility to which an offender is
assigned, one must contact that facility to obtain more detailed
information.
8. Can I visit the whole day? Normally, there will be no restrictions
placed on the length of visits during the facility’s established visitation
periods. However, certain situations that may affect the length of time
for a visit. Below please find a general list of situations:
• in order to have the offender in the visitation area during
the mid-day count, visitors must arrive at the facility one
(1) hour prior to the time that is designated by the
Warden as the mid-day count. The mid-day count time
shall be posted in all living areas and in the visitation
room.
• the shift supervisor has the authority to adjust the length
of visitation times allotted to individual offenders, or to
terminate visits, during times of overcrowding.
• the shift supervisor may also terminate individual visits
because of improper conduct or failure to abide by
regulations.
• if an offender has more than one visitor on a given day,
individual visitors may be limited to a time of less than
four (4) hours.
• if overcrowding requires the termination of visits,
offenders who had their visits begun first will normally be
the first to have their visits terminated. However, such
factors as relationships, frequency of visits, distance
traveled, etc. will be taken into consideration.
9. Where do I park when I arrive at the facility? All visitors’ vehicles
will be parked in the facility’s designated visitor parking lot. All windows
must be closed and doors locked. Visitors will not park in any of the
restricted areas, which have been marked. No persons or pets will be
left in vehicles parked in the parking lot on the facility’s grounds
(considered State property) for any reason.
10. What is the dress code for visitation? Visitors are required to wear
appropriate attire. Shoes are required at all times for visitors, including
children if they are able to walk or stand. Male visitors will be required
to wear shirts and full-length trousers. Females may wear trousers, or
if a female visitor wears a dress, skirt or other similar garment, it may
NOT be more than two (2) inches above the knees. Furthermore, all
female visitors must wear foundation type garments such as bras,
panties, and slip.
Inappropriate clothing shall include, but not be limited to:
• Dresses or tops with thin straps which expose shoulders or
chest area in any manner;
• tube tops or halters of any type;
• any type of clothing which reveals the stomach or midriff area;
• any type of clothing that is made of sheer or transparent
material;
• shorts of any kind or any kind of slacks that are above the knee
(twelve 12) years old and under may wear shorts);
• Male visitors are not permitted to wear tank tops or short tops of
any kind, nor see-through tops made of net or mesh webbing.
Shorts are not permitted (children twelve 12 years old and under
may wear shorts).
• Any other type of clothing that is suggestive or revealing in any
way shall be prohibited.
11. What type of identification do I need to have in order to be
allowed to visit at the facility? Visitors are required to present
positive identification prior to their admission for visiting. A driver’s
license with picture, a picture identification card issued by the
Department of Public Safety, or other acceptable photographic
identification card will be required of all visitors age sixteen (16) and
over. A temporary driver’s license issued by the Department of Public
Safety will be acceptable when accompanied by some other form of
appropriate picture identification. Identification cards will be maintained
in a secure area outside the actual visitation area and will be returned
at the conclusion of the visit.
12. What items am I allowed to bring to visitation? Visitors can only
bring into the facility items identified by the facility (i.e., identification
card, car keys) No food or drink will be brought into the facility from the
outside other than bottled formula or like store-bought products for
babies. Visitors will be allowed to bring a maximum of twenty dollars
($20.00) in coins to be used for the vending machines. Funds from
visitors for offenders will be accepted only through the mail. Musical
instruments, radios, pets, cameras, or tape recorders will not be
allowed in the visiting area.
13. Will I be searched? All visitors are subject to a preliminary search of
their person by electronic surveillance instruments (metal detectors,
etc.). All items brought into the facility by a visitor will be searched by
officers assigned to the visitation area. If correctional staff determine
that there is reasonable suspicion of violations of department policies
on contraband a more thorough search must be conducted. If this
occurs, the visit will not be permitted without the visitor consenting to
such a search, and then only after the search is completed will the visit
occur.
14. Can I visit another offender at the same facility? No. One
offender’s visitors will not be allowed to visit with another offender or
his/her visitors.