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In-Person Visiting

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In-Person Visiting

Below is the Michigan Department of Corrections’ policy on in-person visiting as of September 2, 2022. 

 

Effective January 4, 2022, GTL is now ViaPath Technologies. 

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.

While trends are moving in the right direction, which allowed the return of in-person visiting, federal and state public health officials are still concerned about the 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.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and we will continue to provide updates as new information and guidance come 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 the Director's Office Memorandum regarding COVID-19 should be reviewed prior to scheduling a visit, which includes Attorney, Clergy, Volunteer, Media, and Hospital Visiting information.

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 ViaPath that any scheduled visits have been cancelled. 

Scheduling Procedure

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 visits using the ViaPath Scheduler. Only persons cleared and approved by the Michigan Department of Corrections will be permitted to participate in an in-person visit. Approved visitors can schedule a visit here. 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. 

The visits will be limited to two hours. 

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

Pre-Visit Screening Process

To ensure enough time for the pre-screening process, visitors must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled visit.

Prior to the visit, MDOC staff will inform the visitor of the screening process which shall include a temperature check. 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.

During Your Visit

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

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 and one kiss 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.

Food items sold from vending machines must immediately be removed from the manufacturer’s packaging and the food item immediately placed on a paper plate. The manufacturer’s packaging shall be disposed of prior to the visitor’s return to his/her seat. Food items must remain uncovered until consumed.

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

Visitors and prisoners can take photos together. Masks may be briefly removed while the photograph is taken. An embrace including a kiss is permitted while a picture is being taken. 

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.
3. Inappropriate or disruptive behavior on the part of the prisoner or a visitor.

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
Cooper Street Correctional Facility (JCS) COVID-19 01/31/23

Individual Housing Units Currently Under Quarantine

Facility Name Housing Unit Reason for Quarantine Date Quarantine Went into Effect
Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center (RGC) Blocks COVID-19 09/26/22
Macomb Correctional Facility (MRF) Unit 7 COVID-19 01/19/23
Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility (WHV) Units 4 and HB COVID-19 01/29/23
Central Michigan Correctional Facility (STF) Unit R COVID-19 02/03/23
Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center (RGC) Unit C COVID-19 02/03/23
Saginaw Correctional Facility (SRF) Unit 1200 COVID-19 02/03/23

 

Additional Links

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

 

Updated: 09/02/2022