Queensland Corrective Services encourages prisoners to maintain strong links with their family and friends during their time in prison.
You are invited to visit your family member or friend while they are in prison, but you must follow some simple rules and regulations.
The number of persons allowed to visit and the length of time of the visit varies from prison to prison. As a general rule, most centres allow either one two-hour or two one-hour visits per week. Please contact the appropriate prison for further information.
Before visiting a correctional centre for the first time, a personal visitor must apply for approval using a Form 27 Application to Visit a Prisoner (Personal Visitor).
This form can be obtained:
Once this form has been sent to the correctional facility, centre staff will undertake a security check on you, which can take a few weeks.
Make sure you declare ANY convictions you may have on this form. If you have a criminal record in another State, please apply for a copy of these from the relevant State Police Service.
You must return the Form 27 to the correctional centre along with photocopies of appropriate identification, which must be signed by a Justice of the Peace.
Accepted proof of identification is:
EITHER A current driver's licence or passport
OR Any three (3) of the following:
You will not be able to visit the centre until security clearance and criminal history checks have been done on you.
The correctional centre keeps a register of all people who have received security clearances, which includes information on:
Each visitor's security clearance will be updated every 12 months.
Once clearance is granted by the correctional centre, you will be able to make a visits booking. All personal visits to a prisoner MUST be booked in advance during nominated booking times.
Don't forget, you will need to bring approved identification with you EVERY time you visit the correctional centre.
There are very strict rules about what you can wear when visiting a prisoner. You must wear proper shoes or sandals (no thongs), and your clothes must be clean and in good condition. You will not be allowed to wear clothes with obscene or offensive words or diagrams on them, or clothes that are revealing.
You are allowed to wear your wedding or engagement ring, but please remove all other jewellery before you come to the prison.
As every prison has its own system for visiting prisoners, please make sure you ring the relevant prison for additional information about bookings procedures and regulations.
Please make sure that you arrive at the prison at least 45 minutes before your visit starts. If you are late, you may not be allowed to enter the prison.
When you arrive, go to the reception desk in the visits area to confirm your booking. If you have not already done so, complete an application form and show your identification. If you do not have the right identification, you will not be allowed to enter the prison.
In many prisons, you may be subject to security screening with electronic drug detection devices or passive alert detector dogs. If you refuse to submit to a scan or search, or return a positive result, you may be refused entry to the prison or be limited to a non-contact visit. A police officer who reasonably suspects that a visitor is attempting to take a prohibited item into a prison or attempting to remove anything from a prison or attempting to interview or photograph a prisoner or part of a facility may stop, detain and search the visitor. If contraband is found, a visitor may be charged with an offence.
The search may, at the discretion of the officer, be a general search, a frisk search or may involve the removal of all clothing. Additionally, if a police officer reasonably suspects that a vehicle may have in it evidence of the commission of an offence as previously described, the officer may stop, detain and search the vehicle. If contraband is found, a visitor may be charged with an offence.
Inappropriate behaviour by you or the person you are visiting will not be tolerated and may result in the termination of your visit.
Smoking is not allowed in many of the prisons.
If the prisoner visits area does not provide toilets, facilities will be available before or after your visit in the administration building where you first signed in. If the prisoner visits area does provide toilets and you need to use them, in order to reduce the likelihood of contraband entering centres, the remainder of the visit may continue as non-contact or the visit may be terminated.
Please make sure you keep an eye on your children at all times and ensure they do not interfere with or disturb other visitors or inmates during the visit period.
People who are believed to be under the influence of a substance will not be allowed to enter the prison.
Any visitor or prisoner who fails to maintain an acceptable level of behaviour, after being cautioned, will have their visit terminated and their visiting privileges will be reviewed.
The Queensland Corrective Services has a strict prison visitor booking and processing system to ensure community safety and crime prevention standards are upheld. In particular, it must consider the best interests of children who visit a prisoner in a corrective services facility.
Visitors should note the following conditions, which may apply to any visitor (new or existing):
A visit is not the time or place to be giving money, papers or personal items to inmates. However, property items that have been approved prior to the visit can be given to the Visits Processing Officers at the time of your visit.
Property items include things such as socks, singlets, underclothes and clothes for court. Items such as cards, letters and photographs can be sent to an inmate through the mail or left with the Visits Processing Officers BEFORE your visit.
In many correctional centres, all incoming property for inmates must be pre-approved. The approved items and hand-in forms must be handed to visits staff BEFORE the visit starts. If you do not have a hand-in form, the items will not be accepted.
If you wish to deposit money into an inmate account, please have the correct amount and give it to the Visits Processing Officers BEFORE your visit.
No toiletries, food items, tobacco or cigarettes are allowed to be taken inside correctional centres for inmates.
In accordance with regulations, you may NOT bring the following items into a correctional centre, without authority:
Last updated: 01 November 2010