In Person Visits During COVID-19
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.
November 19, 2021: In-Person Visiting Changes: Changes in DOM 2021-26R12 impact in-person visiting in two ways:
1. All in-person visitors will be limited to one two-hour visit per day. Visitors who have traveled 200 miles or more one way to participate in an in-person visit will also be subject to this limitation.
2. Beginning November 30, 2021, visitors will be able to take a photograph with the prisoner they are visiting; and will be able to briefly remove their masks for the photo. A single embrace will be permitted during the photograph, additional physical contact e.g., kissing will not be permitted.
June 23, 2021: Prisoners and staff will no longer be required to wear a mask while outside. Prisoners and staff must still maintain social distancing.
While trends are moving in the right direction, which allowed the reopening of the state this week, federal and state public health officials are still concerned about higher potential for COVID-19 transmissions in prisons and have not recommended further changes at this time. We must continue to follow that guidance at prison facilities.
Therefore, all visitors are still required to wear their masks at all times.
Masks are still required to still be worn by staff and prisoners at all times while inside any building at the facility, except for when prisoners are eating, sleeping or showering.
We appreciate your patience and understanding and we will continue to provide updates as new information and guidance comes out.
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 2021-26R12 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 2021-26R12.
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.
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.
In-Person Visiting Schedules by facility can be found here. Please keep in mind that quarantined facilities and individual housing units will not be scheduling visits.
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 7 DAYS 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.
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.
If a visitor is dropped off at the facility and then tests positive for COVID-19 or fails the screening process they must have arrangements made in advance for someone to pick them up or a means of contacting someone to pick them up. Individuals who test positive or fail the screening process will not be able to enter or occupy the facility's lobby.
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.
Prisoners may purchase photo tickets, however, only individual photos are allowed at this time.
In-person visits may be restricted for the reasons set forth in PD 05.03.140 "Prisoner Visiting" and for the following reasons:
- Refusal to wear a mask or refusal to properly wear a mask.
- Failure to follow social distancing guidelines.
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|
|G. Robert Cotton CF (JCF)||COVID-19||10/26/21|
|Richard A. Handlon CF (MTU)||COVID-19||12/07/21|
Individual Housing Units Currently Under Quarantine
|Facility Name||Housing Unit||Reason for Quarantine||Date Quarantine Went into Effect|
|Charles E. Egeler (RGC)||Complex||COVID-19||9/27/21|
|Carson City CF (DRF)||800 Unit||Non-COVID||11/03/21|
|Alger CF (LMF)||Maple Unit||COVID-19||11/04/21|
|Central Michigan CF (STF)||Q Unit||COVID-19||11/10/21|
|Thumb CF (TCF)||Essex B Unit||COVID-19||11/16/21|
|Michigan Reformatory (RMI)||I-3 Unit||COVID-19||11/19/21|
|Kinross CF (KCF)||H Unit||COVID-19||11/30/21|
|Marquette Branch Prison (MBP)||A Unit||COVID-19||12/01/21|
|Parnall CF (SMT)||Ten Block||COVID-19||12/01/21|
|Baraga CF (AMF)||Unit One||COVID-19||12/01/21|
|Thumb CF (TCF)||Essex A||COVID-19||12/03/21|