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« on: October 03, 2012, 06:56:08 PM »

When a convicted felon wishes to visit an inmate in IDOC there are steps that are mandatory that need to be taken.  An approval letter from the warden is needed to gain entry into any prison in Illinois.  This applies to all felony convictions no matter how much time has passed.  Below are the items necessary when writing your letter to the warden.

1.  Your name and address.
2.  Inmate name and number.
3.  Relationship to inmate.
4.  Your crime/s.
5.  Outcome of your conviction.
6.  If you currently on parole or probation.

When someone visits IDOC for the 1st time there is questionnaire and this form asks about convictions. You have to fill this out honestly because if you don't you will be denied entry. A visitor with a conviction for a crime will have to bring this approval letter with them on their 1st visit.  The prison then will put this approval letter in the inmates master file and you will not have to present this letter each time you visit. 

If the inmate is ever moved to another prison this process will have to be done again as each warden has control of visitors over his/her prison.

There are different reasons a person can be denied.  Usually the main reason is the person wishing to visit is currently on parole or probation.  This does not make for an automatic denial but the chances of visiting are slim.  However there are exceptions to this rule if the visitor is an immediate family member. 

If you are denied visits an explanation is normally given.  You can appeal this decision to Springfield but they usually do not interfer as wardens have total control of their prisons.  A time frame may be given when you can apply again.

Note:  If a convicted felon shows up for a visit and no approval has been given you will be denied at the gate.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

Note:  Being a girlfriend/boyfriend of an inmate is not the same as being an immediate family member or a spouse.


Below is a link to the form that will be given on your first visits:

http://www.illinoisprisontalk.org/index.php?topic=26962.0
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2012, 08:16:08 AM »

I am a convicted felon but I haven't been in trouble with the law in 23 years. I have written the warden where my L/O is asking permission anyways. I was granted a visit last Saturday since I am her mother but they told me that until I get that letter, I can't visit again. I was wondering how long it takes to get this permission.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012, 06:42:49 AM »

The time varies but usually within 2 to 4 weeks you will have an answer.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2012, 02:32:10 PM »

Thanks! Guess I will just have to be patient.
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2012, 07:09:11 PM »

Does this just pertain to felony convictions, or does anyone with any conviction (including misdemeanors) need to follow the same protocol?  My l/o has a lot of family members with colorful pasts.  LOL
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2012, 08:08:29 PM »

Hi Lori, I think for the most part, it only pertains to felony convictions.  With IDOC, there are always exceptions to every rule though.  I'm not sure where your husband is, but when my husband got transferred to Tamms MSU, I jumped in my car to go visit, without my husband telling me if I was approved at that facility.  When I got to the guard shack I was turned away within 15 minutes and told I was not allowed to visit.  They actually had a squad escort me off the grounds.  I'm 52 years old and when I was in my early 20's, I got arrested for a very minor misdemeanor charge, got supervision, took care of all I had to and lived perfectly fine for all these years.  Because of that arrest so many years ago, I was not allowed on the grounds at Tamms.  I couldn't visit my husband for 16 months because of it.
Maybe just because it was Tamms, they had that rule.  I really don't think all the facilities run that strictly.  I was able to visit at Vienna with no problem.
Check the threads of the facility where your l/o is at and I'm sure you'll find a lot more information. Also, your l/o will probably be able to tell you a lot of what you need to know about who can visit him.
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2012, 05:15:47 AM »

I would call the facility.  I have seen some visitors get in with a misdemeanor and no approval and some visitors turned away.
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2012, 03:17:03 PM »

Thanks for the help.  He's at EMCC, which pretty much means at this point, who knows LOL  I'll check it out when I go up there this week to visit.  Thanks again!

Lori
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2012, 10:59:08 AM »

I am now a felon as of this year in july. I have been approved on my boyfriend visitor list in september. but im on parole. do you think i can go visit him in western illinois with no problems. if they run my name will they just see if im approve on his list?
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2012, 12:18:40 PM »

Just because you are approved on his visiting list does not mean you will get to visit.  You must obtain permission from the warden prior to your first visit.  Failure to do this step will result in a denial of your visit.  The permission letter from the warden goes in the inmates master file.  Because you are currently on parole and not an immediate family member they may deny you until you complete parole.  Each warden is different.  I would expect  the wait to be a few weeks as the holidays are upon us.  If you are wanting to visit for the holidays I would suggest you get your request for permission off to the warden quickly.
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2012, 01:47:00 AM »

My boyfriend's brother was convicted of a felony a couple of years, ago, but he never went to the DOC, he was sent to boot camp instead (I think he was still a minor). He was allowed to visit my boyfriend when he was in Stateville, so that should mean he'll be able to visit my boyfriend in Hill too now right? I just don't want the poor kid to go with me and then have to wait 4 hours in the mall if he can't go in.
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2012, 05:47:08 AM »

When he goes to visit he has to fill out the initial form.  If he lies on there saying he wasn't convicted of a felony and IDOC does the check it will show up and he will be denied.  If he says yes and doesn't have the approval letter he could be denied.  If you think he was a minor I would call the prison and ask the warden as juvenile records are sealed and since he went to boot camp it may have been part of his agreement that when he completed the program successfully his sentence may have been removed form his record.  I don't have enough specifics to give a clear answer.  Please remember though that just because 1 warden approves the visit does not mean another warden will.  Each warden controls who can visit at their own prison.
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2012, 09:16:24 AM »

Ok. I'm thinking it's off his record, but I'm going to call and ask to speak with the warden then, just to be safe. Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2013, 11:34:58 PM »

 wc64 i got the approval letter to visit my <3
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013, 11:43:53 PM »

That's great news.  Enjoy your visit!
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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2013, 12:24:49 AM »

Yea!  What a relief it must be for you!   wc6
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« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2013, 01:25:38 AM »

i was denied visits in December because I am on probation.  Thankfully I will be off in April or may, do I need to wait a certain amount of time before I put in another request to visit or can I put it in as soon as I am off probation. I am just trying to get my visits approved as soon as possible because my lo is in seg and he will be for a while and I know that visits will help.
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« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2013, 02:13:44 AM »

Usually you have to wait 6 months before you can apply to have your visiting privileges back.
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« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2013, 02:34:54 AM »

I never had visiting privileges though, when we were trying to get his list approved I had to write the warden and ask if I could come and I was denied because of the probation, but it's not like I had visits and got them taken away. Thanks for the help
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« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2013, 02:38:38 AM »

Oh. In that case, you should write the warden as soon as you are off probation. If you get a letter or document showing that your probation is over, send a copy along with the letter.
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