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IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« on: March 12, 2012, 04:32:16 PM »
Visitation Rules & Information
 

ALL VISITORS, EXCLUDING CHILDREN UNDER 17 YEARS OF AGE, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AND LEGAL VISITORS, MUST BE ON THE INMATE'S APPROVED VISITING LIST IN ORDER TO VISIT. PROSPECTIVE VISITORS SHOULD CONTACT THE INMATE TO HAVE THEM PLACED ON THE VISITING LIST

Information on this page is intended to answer questions and provide guidance for individuals who want to visit an inmate at an Illinois correctional facility.

You may use the Inmate Search function to verify the location of the inmate you wish to visit.

You may also check visitation information on a specific Facility regarding visiting hours and other information in this list.

You should familiarize yourself with the Visitation Rules that govern behavior of inmates and visitors.

You may use the State of Illinois RouteMap system to print out maps showing the location of a correctional facility.



   General Visitation Guidelines
    Visitor Approval
    Facility Procedures and Expectations for Visitors
    Visitor Property Policy
    Required Identification
    Contraband
    Information about Vending Machines
    Visitation at Tamms Correctional Center
    Termination of Visit/Loss of Visiting Privileges
    Family and Friends Visitation Checklist

General Visitation Guidelines


Visitation is encouraged to help offenders maintain ties with family, friends and others in the community.  Visiting times, rules and policies vary depending on the facility and security level.  Each facility’s regular visiting hours are listed on the IDOC website under the Facilities section.  All rules and regulations pertaining to visiting are posted and made available to visitors at each facility.  If you have a question about a particular facility’s hours and visitation policies, you should call the facility. Facilities may restrict visitation based on safety and security concerns, and during times of facility lockdowns.

Offenders in general population or protective custody are permitted 5 visits per calendar month, with only one occurring on any weekend.  Visits for offenders who are housed in general population or protective custody units except those designated as extremely high escape risks may be  limited to 2 hours on weekdays and 1 hour on weekends.  Offenders confined in disciplinary segregation status are allowed 2 visits per calendar month with only 1 occurring on any weekend.  Visits for offenders who are confined in disciplinary segregation who are designated as extremely high escape risks are limited to 1 hour.

    An offender may only receive 1 visit on any given day.

        Three adult visitors (any person, generally over 2 year of age, who can sit unassisted is considered an adult visitor) constitutes one visit for offenders confined in general population or protective custody status.

        For offenders who are classified as an extremely high level escape risk, offenders on Visiting Restriction and those in Disciplinary Segregation status, 2 persons shall constitute 1 visit and the visit will take place in the non-contact visiting room.

    Visitors may only visit one offender at a time unless prior written approval from the Warden is obtained.

    Visitors who travel great distances to visit an offender may request extended visits. These requests should be submitted sufficiently in advance to the Chief Administrative Officer for consideration.

Offenders who are confined in disciplinary segregation status as a result of a serious staff assault shall only be allowed attorney and clergy visits.  This restriction shall be initially imposed for 30 days.  After the initial 30-day period, and at 30-day intervals thereafter, such offenders may submit written requests to the warden for removal of the restriction.

Visitors and offenders may submit written requests to the warden or an assistant warden for additional or extended visits.  Such requests may be approved in cases of severe illness of visitor/offender or when visitors travel great distances.  The length of extended visits is determined by the warden or assistant warden, based upon availability of space.  However, visits shall be limited to a maximum of 4 hours in length per visit.

Except for legal visits, persons wishing to visit a committed person at Tamms Correctional Center, should submit a request sufficiently in advance to the Chief Administrative Officer.  Visits must be approved by the Chief Administrative Officer.

A proposed visitor who has been convicted of a criminal offense of who has criminal charges pending, including, but not limited to, an individual on bond, parole, mandatory supervised release, probation or an ex-offender, may visit an offender only with the written approval of the Chief Administrative Officer.  A parolee currently on supervision or parole must have the prior written approval of both the Chief Administrative Officer and the offender’s parole agent.

The Duty Administrative Officer may use discretion in altering visiting time limitations.
Visitor Approval

All visitors 17 years of age and older, excluding children under 17 years of age, government officials and legal visitors, must be on the offender’s approved visitation list in order to be granted a visit.  Offenders are responsible for arranging their visits and notifying their visitors of their visiting status.  To check if you are on the offender’s visitor list, you should write a letter to the offender to inquire.  IDOC staff cannot tell you whether or not you are on an offender’s visitation list if you call the facility.  Visiting privileges may be denied if the institution or a portion of the institution is on lockdown.

On the first visit to a correctional facility, adult visitors (age 17 and older), excluding legal visitors and government officials, will be required to complete a Prospective Visitor's Interview (PVI) form, called a DOC 0148. This PVI form can be found on the Forms page (hyperlink to forms page) on the website, and can be completed and brought in on the first visit.

Facility Procedures and Expectations for Visitors

On 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.

Visitor Property Policy

Visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices, such as cell phones or pagers, food, drink, smoking materials, currency, packages, purses, bags, sacks, books, magazines, sunglasses or personal keys into the Visiting Room.   Visitors may place personal items in small lockers available in the Visiting Center for 25 cents.  The locker key may be carried into the facility after the visitor secures personal responsibility for these items.  The facility will not assume responsibility for these items.

Some items allowed will vary by facility, such as diapers, tampons or sanitary pads, and if permitted, the number may vary.  Check with the respective facility regarding the institution’s policy in respect to these items.

No baby food, except 2 plastic baby milk bottles are to be taken into the visiting Room.  Baby items may consist of 1 baby blanket and 2 diapers, if permitted, are checked by the Visiting Center officer before being allowed within the facility.  No other items are permitted.

Smoking is not permitted in any visiting room or waiting room. Visitors and offenders are not allowed to be in possession of tobacco items in the Visiting Room.

With the exception of heart medication or asthma pump (inhaler) prescribed by a physician, no pills or medication of any type is to be taken into the Visiting Room.  The heart medication must be in a properly labeled container.  Medication taken into the Institution must be brought to the attention of the Visiting Room Officer.  Other medication shall be left in the lockers at the Visiting Center.  Insulin syringes must be secured at the Visiting Center and the Visiting Center staff notified of same.  Visitors will be allowed to return to the Visiting Center for the purpose of administering and insulin injection if needed.  Syringes must be removed from the facility at the end of the visit.

Required Identification

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.

Dress Code

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.

Contraband

Bringing contraband into a IDOC facility is a criminal offense as specified in the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961.

"Contraband" means items which are prohibited by criminal law, departmental or facility rules or posted notices.  They are items which an offender has no authority to possess; or property which is in excess of that which is authorized by the facility.
All persons, vehicles and items brought onto State property are subject to search.

Failure to submit to a search will result in denial, suspension or restriction of visiting privileges.

Any visitor who is in possession of contraband, such as weapons, drugs, etc., will be prohibited from visiting.  The individual will be reported to the State Police and criminal charges may be filed.  Offenders are not allowed to receive any items, such as clothing, jewelry, books, magazines, paperwork, etc., from visitors and shall not be allowed to take any items back to their housing units.

Offenders will be strip searched when entering and leaving the visiting room.  Any items in the offender's possession after a visit that were not present before  the visit will be considered contraband and may be cause for discipli¬nary action.  All facilities within the Illinois Department of Corrections are non-smoking facilities.  All smoking materials are considered contraband and smoking, and/ or possession of smoking materials, will result in disciplinary action.

Information about Vending Machines

The visiting rooms at the facilities offer a variety of products for purchase. Outside vendors own and operate the machines and will differ from facility to facility.

Vending machine items may only be purchased using a debit card.  Visitors may purchase a debit card at the facility, normally at the gatehouse. The price of the debit card will vary by facility depending upon the vendor providing the service. Each facility will have a limit on the amount of cash that may be put upon the card at any given time. The limit will be posted by the debit card machine.

Offenders cannot handle or be in possession of the card at any time. Debit cards are the sole responsibility of the purchaser.

There are no refunds for unused money remaining on the card for any reason other than a defective card, so only put enough on the card for the single visit. Cards are only good at the facility where purchased, if the offender transfers, a new card at the current facility will need to be used.

In the instance of a defective card or a mis-vend (charged the card, but no product delivered to visitor), immediately notify the Visiting Room Officer. They will serve as the witness of the problem. The Officer will have a form available for the visitor to complete and leave with the Officer.

Any vending items purchased must be consumed during the visit and may not be carried out of the visiting room.

Visitation at Tamms Correctional Center

Except for legal visits, persons wishing to visit a committed person should submit a request sufficiently in advance to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Tamms Correctional Center. Visits must be approved in advance by the Chief Administrative Officer. All visits shall be non-contact.

Termination of Visit/Loss of Visiting Privileges

In accordance with Illinois Administrative Code, the chief administrative officer may deny, suspend, or restrict visiting privileges based, among other matters, upon the following: security and safety requirements; space availability; disruptive conduct of the offender or visitor; abuse of the visiting privileges by the offender or visitor; or violation of state or federal laws or departmental rules by the offender or visitor.

Inappropriate actions on the part of a visitor may result in the temporary or permanent loss of that person's visiting privileges.  Disruptive behavior by offenders and/or visitors, or violations of any of the rules, shall be cause for the termination of visiting privileges.  The Visiting Room Officer will have the discretion of giving one warning for a minor violation of the visiting rules but must report any further disruption.

Written notification of temporary restriction of visiting privileges shall be sent to the visitor and to the offender. Any person excluded from an offender’s visiting list at one correctional facility shall be excluded at all facilities. The notice of temporary restriction shall state the exact length of the restriction.

A visitor who has been placed on permanent visitation restriction may write to the facility where the restriction was imposed for review by the Chief Administrative Officer.  Section 525.60 of the Illinois Administrative Code, Restriction of Visitors, specifies: “Notices of permanent restrictions shall inform visitors and offenders that they may request that the Chief Administrative Officer review the decision after a six month period. After the initial six month review, permanent restrictions shall be reviewed by the Chief Administrative Officer on an annual basis upon request of the offenders or their visitors. Written notification of the decision shall be sent to the visitor and to the offender.”

Family and Friends Visitation Checklist

    Review the department’s visitation rules.

    Confirm you are on the offender’s approved visitation list before departing to the facility.  Offenders are responsible for arranging their visits and notifying their visitors of their visiting status.  All visitors 17 years of age and older are required to be on the offender’s approved visiting list.  Prospective visitors should write the inmate to ask to be placed on the visiting list and check if they are on the offender’s visitor list.

    Bring two forms of identification (ID); one should be a current state issued photo ID.
    On your first visit to a facility, you will be required to complete a “Prospective Visitor’s Interview” form.  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.

    Dress appropriately for a correctional facility environment. The dress code is strictly enforced. Inappropriate, revealing clothing are not allowed. Shirts must have sleeves and fully cover the chest and mid-section. Clothing must be in good taste and not advertise or suggest anything illegal, gang-related or of a sexual nature. With the exception of approved religious headgear, no hats, gloves, scarves or headbands are allowed.

    If any special arrangements have been made with the facility, call the facility before leaving to ensure these arrangements are in place.

    Visitors under the age of 17 years must be accompanied by an approved visitor who is 17 years of age or older, unless prior written approval has been granted by the warden.

    If you are not the legal guardian or parent of a child whom you are bringing to a facility, bring with you a notarized visitation consent form from the child’s parent or legal guardian.

    Do not have any contraband on you or in your vehicle when you enter facility grounds. Check your vehicle and personal belongings for contraband and dangerous items before leaving home. All visitors, their vehicle and their property are subject to search.  This includes, but is not limited to, implements of escape, drugs and drug paraphernalia, intoxicants, poisons, any items that pose a danger to others, weapons, such as knives, scissors or firearms, and any item of a security threat group affiliation. These items are strictly prohibited on correctional facility grounds.

    Leave purses, wallets and electronic devices in your car - either in the glove compartment or in the trunk, or you may place personal items in small lockers available in the Visiting Center for 25 cents.  Be sure to lock your car!

    Arrive at the facility during designated visiting hours.

    When you arrive at the facility, be patient and respectful of correctional staff.

    Do not bring anything into the visiting room to give to the inmate. Inmates are not permitted to take anything from the visiting area.  

    Check to see if the facility is on lockdown before leaving.  You can call (877) 840-3220 for a listing of facilities that are currently on lockdown.  If a facility is on lockdown, visitors should call the respective facility or access information regarding the facility under the All Facilities link to check for special visiting restrictions due to the lockdown status.


http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/VisitationRules.aspx#termination
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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 07:38:52 PM »
I'm going to visit my l/o in a week (FINALY it took so long to get here). Anyways he just told me the 18th is a holiday so having gone on both Saturday and Sunday I won't be able to go in that's okay because I will still get our 6 visits :) :). My question is on the 18th am I able to visit his cousin in another facility???  I am on his list but does the 6 day rule apply to me or only the inmate!   Thanks everyonw!!
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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 10:04:02 PM »
It only applies to the inmate.  Each inmate is given a certain number of visits per month...it has nothing to do with the visitor. 

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2013, 12:35:08 AM »
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Thank You so much!!  That's great news! 
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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2013, 12:48:25 AM »
What's the 6 day rule?

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2013, 01:46:28 AM »
What's the 6 day rule?

6 visits per calendar month that the inmates are allowed.


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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2013, 12:24:08 PM »
What's the 6 day rule?

6 visits per calendar month that the inmates are allowed.

The number of visits allowed each month are different for each facility and subject to change so it's always a good idea to call before visiting to make sure there's no lockdown and all is well.

We were denied one day because a new sarge was interpreting the rules differently. Many left but we were politely persistent and talked to a LT and finally able to visit. You just never know so I always tried to call whenever I could. Of course it doesn't mean they are going to answer and in that case you just pray all the way there.

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2014, 07:14:35 AM »
What are common second forms of photo id?  FOID card is about all I can think of.  My family aren't travelers, so we don't have passports.  What do folks commonly US for their 2nd I'D?

Thanks for the help.

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2014, 07:46:01 AM »
State ID card.

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2014, 09:34:03 AM »
I visit Menard and have always used my Drivers License and Social Security Card.  They will accept any type of photo ID, or student ID if you're in school.  Only one of the ID's has to be a photo ID.  You can also use a birth certificate. 

I figure since Menard accepts those things, most prisons will.  But, I've also been told that Menard is a little more lax than other prisons.  Your best bet is to call the specific prison and ask them which forms they will accept. 

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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2014, 02:18:14 PM »
When I called Shawnee she told me the second form of ID also had to have a picture. The only other thing I have is my student ID which she said would be fine.

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2014, 04:44:29 PM »
What is a state ID card and how does one get it?

Thanks.

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2014, 07:49:21 PM »
You can get a state id card at the dmv...I'm not sure what they are charging for them now, maybe $10???  You can get a state id at any age.



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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2014, 09:58:10 PM »
What is a state ID card and how does one get it?

Thanks.

A state i.d. card is what one would typically get if they don't have a driver's license. Like Lori stated, you obtain one at the dmv. The fee is $20 for a person over 18.
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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2014, 03:29:31 PM »
When I called Shawnee she told me the second form of ID also had to have a picture. The only other thing I have is my student ID which she said would be fine.


Wow!  Both have to be a picture ID?  C better never transfer to Shawnee, cause Indiana won't allow me to have both an ID card and a Drivers license at the same time.  I'd be screwed  :wc13:

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2014, 03:24:52 PM »
Help! I don't know where my birth certificate is (shame on me for not ordering a copy already) and now my ex-DH has finally said he thinks we can go see our son on the 16th. Besides my DL what else is "safe" to try to use if I can't get a BC in time? SS card? I don't have a passport. I would literally die if I got there and couldn't get in. Help? I am so excited yet panicked I can't think straight! I want to see my boy!  :wc7:



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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2014, 03:51:13 PM »
Help! I don't know where my birth certificate is (shame on me for not ordering a copy already) and now my ex-DH has finally said he thinks we can go see our son on the 16th. Besides my DL what else is "safe" to try to use if I can't get a BC in time? SS card? I don't have a passport. I would literally die if I got there and couldn't get in. Help? I am so excited yet panicked I can't think straight! I want to see my boy!  :wc7:

Some prisons do allow SS cards, some don't.  Call the prison he is at, visiting room and ask them if they would accept a SS card along with your DL.


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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2014, 04:22:37 PM »
I used my Drivers License and my State ID... Which you can get at the local DMV
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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2014, 05:06:25 PM »
I used DL and military id

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2014, 11:25:22 PM »
Thank you! I did end up calling and Hardin does accept SS cards and I do also have a state ID besides my DL so I think I'm covered. She said it takes 2 to 3 weeks to get an extended visit approved so that's out but it am happy to get the 4 hours. I'm so excited to see him I could burst!



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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2014, 06:35:41 AM »
I have a question about ID's I have my DL the other form can I use my FOID card??? It has a pic on it. And if so it has my EX last name on it as i got it in Nov and then got married in Jan. I have not changed my name on it bc its a lot to have to go thru and do it, and I dont want to pay them money again. Just curious. Thanks If I cant I will go get a state ID and then what if the address are different?? I have moved and didnt get a new DL just updated my addy?? Sorry its getting close (Fingers crossed) to my husband getting put in his parent prison so I can get a visit. I just want to have all my ducks in a row!!! Thank you again!!!
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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2014, 06:50:51 AM »
Thank you! I did end up calling and Hardin does accept SS cards and I do also have a state ID besides my DL so I think I'm covered. She said it takes 2 to 3 weeks to get an extended visit approved so that's out but it am happy to get the 4 hours. I'm so excited to see him I could burst!

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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2014, 06:57:45 AM »
I have a question about ID's I have my DL the other form can I use my FOID card??? It has a pic on it. And if so it has my EX last name on it as i got it in Nov and then got married in Jan. I have not changed my name on it bc its a lot to have to go thru and do it, and I dont want to pay them money again. Just curious. Thanks If I cant I will go get a state ID and then what if the address are different?? I have moved and didnt get a new DL just updated my addy?? Sorry its getting close (Fingers crossed) to my husband getting put in his parent prison so I can get a visit. I just want to have all my ducks in a row!!! Thank you again!!!

I would suggest you have all the ID's with your current address, the address you are going to put down on the visitor form when visiting so that you don't have any problems.  2 forms of ID is what they ask for.
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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2015, 09:53:09 AM »
Tomorrow is my sons birthday, !! So we are planning to go visit him at Graham.. My question is...his wife is coming from one direction and myself from another (2.5 hr drive for both)... If I arrive there before her and go in. then she comes in does that count as 2 visits ??

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2015, 07:05:31 PM »
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               Hi kasa.
                              It would be better if you wait and meet up with her. Not only would it count as 2 visits but you would be asked to leave early when his wife shows up. If you want to visit him both separately
then you might want to plan it that you'll go until a certain time and then she can have the rest or vice versa.
                              Hope this helps. Have a great visit!

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2015, 07:42:00 PM »
My husband and I live about 200 miles apart during the week and when we meet at our son's prison, we meet in the parking lot and go in together as he is only allowed one visit per day. We can leave at separate times if we want but must arrive together.

Oh and another thing - they do not allow you to sit in your car waiting so if you think there will be a wait for either of you, wait down the road or in a different parking lot.

We had this problem because I encountered snow and had to go slower then my husband.

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2015, 08:54:11 AM »
 I have seen them allow an inmate two separate visits in one day. I was visiting my fiance for the whole day and saw for myself an inmate have one visitor. The c/o then got a call spoke to the visitor and they left , the inmate stayed and another visitor came in and visited with him until visiting hours were over.
                      Maybe it has changed recently and I am not aware of this since I haven't been able to visit since June of 2014. Just letting you know that it may still be possible if you don't want to share your visit with your daughter-in law, kasa.
                                 Call the gatehouse just to be sure if that's what you would like to do and make sure it's still ok.
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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2015, 09:53:56 AM »
I think each prison has its own rules. Lol

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2015, 01:51:23 PM »
Yesterday I went to visit my brother at Vandalia and was told I needed a second form of identification that listed my address. I don't have any other form of ID that lists an address and am certain that many others wouldn't either. I was putting insurance ID cards on the counter, repair bills for the car, etc. Finally a lady asked me if I had a checkbook which fortunately I did. Just thought Id' pass that along as something like that (especially on a national holiday as yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day) could really put someone out.

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2015, 10:26:33 PM »
thank you all for the replies !! not that I didn't want to go with her..lol.... we live 2 separate directions, she couldn't b there til later and I coulda been there at 9 am..lol... but it all worked out ... but they did say it would have been considered 2 visits.....

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2015, 12:53:31 AM »
Does anyone know if a birth certificate is required when brining kids? My husband is in Sheridan and I am taking our children aged 2&4 to see him this week. When I called the prison I was told by the counselor I didn't have to do anything other than say they were my kids, but a friend of mine who's brother is there at Sheridan as well said I needed birth certificates for them?! Any info would be great, I would hate to drive 2 hours and not be able for them to see their dad over something so simple. Thanks!

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2015, 11:10:24 AM »
If there is any chance they will ask, I would take it. I have never seen my loved one's prison ask for a birth certificate, but even within the same prison, different C.O.'s enforce the rules differently. You don't want to get all the way there and then be turned away.
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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2015, 08:10:35 PM »
Does anyone know if a birth certificate is required when brining kids? My husband is in Sheridan and I am taking our children aged 2&4 to see him this week. When I called the prison I was told by the counselor I didn't have to do anything other than say they were my kids, but a friend of mine who's brother is there at Sheridan as well said I needed birth certificates for them?! Any info would be great, I would hate to drive 2 hours and not be able for them to see their dad over something so simple. Thanks!

Take the birth certificates for the kids and all the proper ID you need for yourself.   Each prison is different on what they ask for and also read the IDOC rules on Visiting here before you go:

http://www.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/VisitationRules.aspx

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Re: IDOC Guidelines for Visting Illinois Prisons
« Reply #33 on: June 13, 2015, 08:56:59 PM »
Vienna requires two forms of identification, one which is your drivers license and the other is your social security card. they do not have to both be photo ID's. just wanted to let anyone know incase they planned on visiting vienna correctional center.