In Person Visits During COVID-19

With enhanced safety precautions in place, the Michigan Department of Corrections will resume in-person visiting of prisoners effective March 26, 2021. 

The health and safety of staff, the prisoner population and the public remain our top priority. Below you will find CRITICAL information regarding the modified visiting processes and procedures.

 

It is necessary for all visitors to review this information prior to scheduling a visit. 

 

To ensure a successful visit, the IN-PERSON VISITS section of Director's Office Memorandum 2021-26R6 should be reviewed prior to scheduling a visit. Additional links to visiting standards, the prisoner visiting policy, and FAQs can be found at the bottom of this page.

Attorney, Clergy, Volunteer, Media and Hospital Visit information can be found in the IN-PERSON VISITS section of DOM 2021-26R6.

Visitors must review the quarantine tables below to ensure the facility or housing unit of their loved one is not currently under outbreak status or housed in a COVID quarantined/isolation unit. Previously scheduled visits will be cancelled if a facility or an individual housing unit goes on outbreak/quarantine. Visitors must routinely monitor this site. They will also receive notification from GTL that any scheduled visits have been cancelled.

 

Scheduling Procedure

All visitors will agreeing to visit will receive an antigen test. If the results of the test are positive the visitor will not be able to visit. Documents showing a previous positive within the last 90 days will not be accepted.

All visitors are required to schedule an appointment using the GTL Scheduler. Approved visitors can schedule a visit at https://midoc.gtlvisitme.com/app. Visitors are required to schedule their visit at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled visit, but not more than 96 hours prior to the visit. Visitors will be able to begin scheduling visits online through GTL on March 22, 2021.

The visits will be limited to two hours. To ensure social distancing in the visiting room, there will be fewer individuals allowed in the room at once.

A maximum of two visitors may visit a prisoner at one time.

Visitors who travel 200  miles or more one way from their home address to the facility may schedule more than one two-hour visiting session for the same day if space permits and with prior approval of the Warden. Each two-hour session that is scheduled will count towards the number of visits the prisoner is allowed per month.

 

Women's Huron Valley Visitors: While video visitation at WHV continues to be scheduled by prisoners through the ATG system, in-person visits at the facility will be scheduled by the visitor through the GTL link provided above. WHV prisoners cannot schedule in-person visits, they must be scheduled by the approved visitor themselves.

 

Pre-Visit Screening Process

To ensure enough time for the pre-screening process, visitors must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled visit. The MDOC recommends visitors arrive at the facility 45 minutes before their scheduled visit.

Prior to the visit, MDOC staff will inform the visitor of the screening process which shall include a temperature check and an antigen rapid test for anyone two years and older. Visitors shall follow the instructions for providing an antigen test by swabbing themselves. Visitors are also required to pass the MDOC screening process for COVID-19 before entering the facility. Visitors will also be required to sign a waiver prior to their visit. If the test result is negative, they will be allowed in the building to continue screening measures and proceed to their visit.

Each visitor will be required to review and sign a COVID-19 General Waiver and Release of Liability. Accompanying adults will be required to complete a form for any minor children who will be taking part in the visit. The facility will provide the necessary form, but they are available for review in the links below.

Once inside, visitors will place their mask in a locker and will be provided a mask by the facility that must be worn during the visit. Children under the age of two will not be required to wear a mask.

The prisoner they are visiting will also have to take a rapid test first and have a negative test result before being allowed the visit.

 

During Your Visit

During visits, interactions will be modified. Elevated health and safety protocols are in place and include hand sanitizer and plexiglass, which will be installed at facility front desks, in the gate area, and in the visiting room. 

Visitors will be given a disposable wristband to apply to their wrist prior to exiting the gate. All wristbands must be removed after each visit. Visitors are not allowed to leave with the wristband.

During the visit, one embrace between the prisoner and their visitors is permitted at the beginning and end of each visit. No other physical contact is permitted at this time.

Vending machines will be not be operational. Visitors are not permiited to bring money or prepaid vending cards through the gate. Visitors are also prohibited from bringing food and drink items through the gate. Water will be available for prisoners and visitors in separate locations.

Bathroom breaks shall be permitted during visits, however, time used for the bathroom counts towards the two-hour duration of the visit.

Photo tickets are not allowed to be purchased until further notice.

In-person visits may be restricted for the reasons set forth in PD 05.03.140 "Prisoner Visiting" and for the following reasons:

  1. Refusal to wear a mask or refusal to properly wear a mask.
  2. Failure to follow social distancing guidelines.

 

Quarantine Tables

Please keep in mind that a single housing unit may be under quarantine while the rest of the facility is not. It is critical that you review both facility-wide and housing unit quarantines prior to traveling for your scheduled visit. The listing will change often.

Prisoners housed in the following facilities and/or housing units will not be allowed in-person visits at this time:

Facilities Currently Under Full Quarantine

Facility Name Reason for Quarantine Date Quarantine Went into Effect
Alger Correctional Facility (LMF) COVID-19 3/25/2021
Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility (IBC) COVID-19 1/4/2021
Carson City Correctional Facility (DRF) COVID-19 3/19/2021
Central Michigan Correctional Facility (STF) COVID-19 1/24/2021
Charles Egeler Reception & Guidance (RGC) including C Unit COVID-19 3/18/2021
Chippewa Correctional Facility (URF) COVID-19 3/25/2021
Cooper Street Correctional Facility (JCS) COVID-19 3/4/2021
Duane Waters Health Center (DWH) COVID-19 3/18/2021
Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility (LRF) COVID-19 3/5/2021
Gus Harrison Correctional Facility (ARF) COVID-19 11/23/2020
Kinross Correctional Facility (KCF) COVID-19 3/25/2021
Macomb Correctional Facility (MRF) COVID-19 4/13/2021
Marquette Branch Prison (MBP COVID-19 1/29/2021
Michigan Reformatory COVID-19 4/13/2021
Muskegon Correctional Facility (MCF) COVID-19 3/16/2021
Newberry Correctional Facility (NCF) COVID-19 3/18/2021
Oaks Correctional Facility (ECF) COVID-19 3/25/2021
Parnall Correctional Facility (SMT) COVID-19 3/5/2021
Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility (MTU) COVID-19 10/19/2020
Saginaw Correctional Facility (SRF) COVID-19 3/25/2021
Thumb Correctional Facility (TCF) COVID-19 3/19/2021
Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility (WHV) COVID-19 11/25/2020

 

Individual Housing Units Currently Under Quarantine

Facility Name Housing Unit Reason for Quarantine Date Quarantine Went into Effect
G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF) D Unit COVID-19 3/21/2021
G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF) Level 1 Unit TA COVID-19 3/25/2021
G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF) Level 1 Unit TB COVID-19 3/25/2021
G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF) Level 1 Unit TC COVID-19 3/25/2021
Ionia Correctional Facility (ICF) Unit 1 COVID-19 4/1/2021
St. Louis Correctional Facility (SLF) Unit 1 COVID-19 3/23/2021
St. Louis Correctional Facility (SLF) Unit 6 COVID-19 3/23/2021

 

Additional Links

In-Person Visiting During COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

PD 05.03.140 Prisoner Visiting

Effective October 1, 2019 Visiting Standards - English Version

En Vigencia 1 de octubre de 2019 Visitar Normas - Version Española

Visiting Application

Video Visitation Page

Visiting a Prisoner Page

COVID-19 General Waiver and Release of Liability for In-Person Visiting

COVID-19 Declaración de renuncia y exención general de responsabilidad para las visitas presenciales

Parent/Legal Guardian COVID-19 General Waiver and Release of Liability for In-Person Visiting

Padre/madre/tutor legal COVID-19 Declaración de renuncia y exención general de responsabilidad para las visitas presenciales