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