Visiting Hours for General Population Prisoners
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday — 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
- Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays — 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Prisoners must submit for approval the names of all visitors, including children, with whom they wish to have contact visits. Contact visiting will be denied and secure visits may be allowed, space available, if:
- A prisoner forgets to submit someone's name;
- A prisoner's visitor is not on the approved list; or
- A visitor who isn't on an individual prisoner's list but is on another prisoner's list.
If a prisoner submits a person's name that is on the State-wide Barred List, that person may not visit at all. Contact Visiting Approval requests submitted by prisoners early in the week are usually approved by the weekend.
All visitors to the institution must present proper picture identification to establish identity: i.e., State driver's license or identification card, professional ID, or personal recognition by a staff member.
Adult visitor(s) must present birth certificates of minor children or court paperwork establishing custody of minor children (Power of Attorney forms are not sufficient for this) at the time of the visit, and:
- A minor visitor who is a family member of a prisoner
must be accompanied by an adult who is either an immediate
family member or an adult approved by the Superintendent.
- Minor family member of the prisoner: A son, daughter, brother or sister (full, step, or half).
- Immediate family member accompanying the minor: The child’s parent, adult sibling, or the prisoner’s father, mother, or adult brother or sister.
- If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is not a family member of the prisoner, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the visitor.
- In the case of a visitor under the age of 18 who has attained majority status either by virtue of marriage to the prisoner or as an emancipated minor, items 1 and 2 do not apply. Appropriate documents must be presented to verify their status.
A shirt and trousers for men; a shirt and skirt, shirt and slacks, or dress for women. Shorts, cut-offs, beach-type clothing, and provocative or revealing clothing such as mini-skirts, low-cut blouses, tube tops, low-cut pants, and see-through blouses are not acceptable. Sleeveless shirts, tank tops, hats, or sweatpants are also not allowed. Proper footwear must be worn; however, no sandals, flip-flops or thong-type shoes are allowed in visiting. Visitors wearing attire that is considered inappropriate either because it does not meet the criteria set out above, or because it is deemed unacceptably tight or low cut and revealing, may have their visits denied.
Visitors to this institution may not have in their possession or use any cameras, tape recorders, or any other sound or visual recorders, cell phones or ANY communication or recording devices without the prior approval of the Superintendent.
A visitor may not bring into the visiting area any items not specifically pre-authorized. This includes, but is not limited to: food items, any liquid or drinks, and candy or gum.
Only money will be received during visiting hours, nothing else. Prisoners must have prior approval from the WCC Property Officer for disbursing property items to a visitor.
As provided by Statute, every visitor may be searched. Refusal to be searched and/or screened with a metal detector will result in denial of the request for a secure or contact visit at that time and for the remainder of the day. Purses, coats, and hats will be secured outside the visiting area.
- Attempted introduction of any contraband will be reason to terminate the visit, and criminal charges will be filed with the Alaska State Troopers.
- Pocketknives, Leather-man tools or any type of self-defense item, tobacco products, lighting materials, cell phones, computers, cameras, and recording devices, must be secured in the visitor's vehicle as these items are not allowed within the secure perimeter of the institution.
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas of State facilities.
Restricted to one hour of contact visiting per week, if they are allowed contact visiting. Prisoners in punitive segregation are restricted to one hour of secure visiting a week with immediate family members only (spouse, parents, children, or siblings).
Prisoners will be given written notice that their visiting privileges have been limited or suspended if there is reason to do so.
Prisoners who test positive for illicit drugs, who refuse to provide a UA sample, or who are found in possession of illicit drugs will lose all contact visiting privileges for a period of at least a year, at which time their visiting status will be subject to review. The loss of contact visiting will take effect at the same time as the urine is found to be dirty, the prisoner refuses to provide a sample or the contraband items are found. If the D-Board finds the accused innocent, contact visits will be reinstated. The loss of contact visits as the result of these types of occurrences is independent of the disciplinary process. It is strictly a security measure.
Prisoners may request a two hour extended visit when their visitor(s) will be traveling distance in excess of fifty (50) miles. Prisoners must submit a request to the Shift Supervisor for such a visit three days prior to the visiting date. In the case of a weekend or Monday holiday the request must be submitted no later than Wednesday. Visits of this type will be approved as the need exists. Such visits will not be approved on successive days or for more than one period per day. Other requests for special visits must also be submitted to the Shift Supervisor from the inmate.
- Previous violation of visiting rules
- Security requirements of the institution
- Space availability at the institution
- Disruptive conduct on the part of either the visitor or the prisoner
- Health problems, including chronic mental illness
- Prisoner's or visitor's refusal to submit to an authorized search
- The prisoner or visitor is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- A court order precludes visitation
- Unless a family member, the visitor has been released from a State Correctional facility within the past 60 days
- Misrepresentation of identity or purpose of visit
- The visitor has outstanding wants/warrants
- Violation of visitor dress requirements
- The visitor is a parolee for whom parole conditions prohibit contact with prisoners
Unless exigent circumstances exist, visits may be for a minimum of one hour. After one hour, visitors may be asked to leave in order to allow room for more visitors. If a visit is not allowed or terminated due to lack of space, the visitor may return after one hour in order to begin another visiting period. It is necessary to limit visitor admittance to this facility to once per day. The only exception to this is when a visitor is asked to leave after a one hour visit due to other visitors waiting their turn, in which case the exiting visitor will be allowed to return after one hour and when space becomes available. No more than three people may visit an inmate at any one time (exceptions to this may be authorized by the Shift Supervisor).
Visitors may not bring in items for use during the visit; cards and table games are available for use in the visiting room. Visitors and prisoners may not exchange any object, however, at the discretion of the Shift Supervisor, non-Polaroid photographs may be taken into the visiting room for viewing by the inmate. The visitor must take all photos with him or her at the conclusion of the visit.
Prisoners receiving contact visits may embrace briefly at the beginning and end of the visit. For security reasons, kissing, holding hands with prisoners or having a child sit on a prisoner's lap is not authorized. Petting and other sexual activities are prohibited. Violations will be reason for termination of the visit.
Visitors will not have access to any of the facilities outside of the approved visiting areas and visiting room.
Children needing to go to the restroom must be accompanied at all times by their parent.
Visitors and prisoners are given every opportunity to enjoy the privilege of using the visiting area. Safety and security are paramount. Any visiting rule and/or privilege are subject to modification without notice. Visitors and prisoners are required to conduct themselves in a manner which is not disruptive for others in the area. This includes controlling children so that others may enjoy their visitations.