Etiquette Tips for Visiting a Loved One in Prison

Not everyone is able to get out on bail and win over the legal system for good. Some people that go through the bail bond process do eventually end up in federal prison to atone for their crimes.

So, if you have a loved one that is currently in prison or are concerned about potentially having to visit a loved one in prison after an arrest, here are some common etiquette tips to remember when planning your visits.

Make Sure Your Visit is Pre-Approved

Visitors to most prisons must be on a pre-approved visitor list. Those 18 and older may be subject to full background checks prior to approval for a visit. Some prisons may also require vetting for visiting children.

Follow Visitation Hours

Aside from getting pre-approved to visit your loved one, it’s essential that you follow the facility’s visitation hours. When planning your visit discuss the following points with the staff:

  • What the weekday/weekend visiting hours are
  • The duration of your visit
  • How much earlier you can arrive before your visit (the goal should be around 10-15 minutes prior)

Keep the Dress Code Family-Friendly

When visiting an inmate in prison, it’s essential to keep your clothing as neutral and family-friendly as possible. Anything that the prison system deems inappropriate will lead to the denial of your visit.

Specific items of clothing that are prohibited during visits include but aren’t limited to:

  • Sleeveless tops
  • Bathing suits
  • Miniskirts
  • Backless tops
  • Low-cut dresses/blouses
  • Skirts with deep splits in the back/front/side
  • Hats
  • Revealing shorts
  • Clothing that looks like inmate clothing

Be Respectful of the Staff and Rules

Visiting a loved one in prison can be a generally stressful situation for family members and friends. Keep in mind that the staff on site are there to help create a comfortable and safe environment for everyone participating in the visit.

Aside from displaying respect to the prison staff, it’s also essential that you and your family carry out your visit within the visitation rules of the prison.

Some of the most common visitation rules to keep in mind are:

  • Handshakes, hugs, and kisses are allowed within moderation at the beginning and end of the visit
  • Children must be kept under supervision for their and the staff’s safety
  • Medication, tobacco, illegal substances are not allowed during the visit
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted
  • Small bills, a single form of identification, and a single key are typically allowed during a visit

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If you or a loved one have been arrested in Dallas, there is always the opportunity to further prove your innocence. A bail bond from 1st Call Bail Bonds can get you out of jail fast, and work closely with your lawyers to build a solid case.

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