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Standard Visitation Guidelines

by Lisa Herman — last modified May 27, 2021 02:14 PM
NCF General Order 16-101, Attachment B, Effective 11-22-2019



Prior to visiting a resident at NCF, each visitor shall be on the resident's visiting list in the KDOC Visitation Database. General procedures governing resident visitation are established in KAR 44-7-104, IMPPs 10-113 and 11-101, and NCF G.O. 16-101.


Regular visiting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; and Memorial Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Visitors shall not be processed in for a visit after 2:00 p.m.


Volunteers shall not be placed on resident visiting lists. Members of the clergy and Mentoring 4 Success sponsors are exceptions.


Visitors may only appear on one resident's visiting list except when visitor and more than one resident are members of the same immediate family. Immediate family is defined as parents, step-parents, siblings, spouses of siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings, children, spouses of children, step-children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, spouse, parents of spouse, grandparents, or any person who has filled the role of parent de facto.


Persons under age eighteen (18), except a spouse, shall not visit unless they are members of the resident's immediate family as described in #4 above and are accompanied by an adult per KAR 44-7-104(a)(2)(B). Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring behavior of their children. Spanking/corporal punishment shall not be allowed.


Visitors shall present photo-ID prior to each visit. A marriage license or birth certificate shall be required for persons under age sixteen (16) who cannot produce a photo ID. Persons unable to produce positive ID shall not visit.


All visitors shall check in at Control Center (Dispatch at East Unit) and sign the visiting register. Once signed in for a day of visiting, visitors shall not leave and return the same day. Due to limited waiting areas, persons not visiting shall not loiter on facility grounds.


Visitors are subject to search per IMPP 12-115 and must be processed through the Entry/Screening post. Signs are displayed near entrances which read: 

In English:  "All persons entering upon these grounds are subject to routine searches of their person, property, or packages.", and

In Spanish:  "Todas personas que entren en esta terretorio tendran que ser esculcadas rutinamenta de persona, propriedades, o paquetes."


If a resident refuses to see a particular visitor, such refusal shall be noted in the resident's visiting record.


Coats, jackets, hats, and other seasonal outer wear shall be hung on hangers provided in the visiting area. Specific types of clothing are not considered appropriate for prison visitation and include, but are not limited to:

a. See-through blouses, shirts, or skirts;
b. Tank tops and/or halter tops;
c. Dresses/blouses with revealing, low-cut necklines;
d. Braless attire;
e. Dresses or skirts split at front, back, or sides;
f. Bare feet; and,
g. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, or cut-offs (children under 10 years of age may wear appropriate shorts during summer months)

* NCF reserves the right to deny access to visitors considered by the shift supervisor to be inappropriately attired.


Except as permitted during Minimum Security Seasonal Outdoor Visiting, visitors shall not bring any item of personal property to the facility for residents and shall not exchange items in visiting areas with residents.

PLEASE NOTE:  TRAFFICKING IN CONTRABAND IN A CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IS ILLEGAL in accordance with KAR 44-2-103 and is a severity level 5 or 6, non-person FELONY (depending on the circumstances involved) under KSA 21-3826.


Visitors shall lock valuables in their vehicle or in Gatehouse lockers (including purses, wallets, keys, and books). Necessary heart medicines and oxygen tanks shall be exempt. Cell phones, batteries, chargers, and cameras must be secured in vehicles. NCF shall not be responsible for items of personal property.


The only items visitors may bring into the visiting area are:

a. Money for vending machines and food (maximum amount of $30.00);
b. Photo identification;
c. Issued Gatehouse locker key;
d. Infant carrier;
e. One (1) diaper bag containing:

      • three (3) diapers (cloth or disposable) and reasonable amounts of extra baby clothing;
      • two (2) infant bottles (with milk or juice) and/or two (2) training cups (with lids);
      • one (1) baby or toddler cereal bowl (with baby food and utensils);
      • one (1) infant blanket;
      • two (2) infant toys/rattles;
      • one (1) tube of diaper rash ointment or baby lotion; and,
      • one (1) wet wipes dispenser.

Vending machines are available for use by visitors, however, NCF staff shall not provide change. NCF and staff shall not be responsible for losses incurred due to vending machine malfunctions.  All losses should be reported to the vendor.


Facility staff shall not accept funds from visitors. Money orders, certified, or cashier checks may be mailed (with a required deposit coupon) to Centralized Inmate Banking (CIB) at Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF) for deposit. Western Union and/or GTL services may also be used to transmit funds.


Members of the clergy, when properly identified, may visit residents during regular visiting hours. Private consultation rooms may be utilized. Special visits by clergy shall be arranged through both Unit Team and the NCF Chaplain.


Ex-residents shall not visit without prior written approval of the Warden or designee. Visitors on post-release supervision (probation/parole) shall not visit without prior written authorization of their probation/parole officer and the Warden.


Former KDOC employees and former contract employees shall not visit for a minimum of two (2) years following termination of employment. Approval of visits after two (2) years shall be at the discretion of the Warden.


Residents shall not take legal documents to the Visiting Room for discussion with their attorney of record without prior approval of the Warden or designee. Inspection of this material shall be limited to that which is necessary to determine its legal or non-legal nature.


Attorneys of record for the resident visited shall not carry any items or papers into the Visiting Room without prior approval of the Warden or designee.


Residents shall not sign documents in the Visiting Room without approval of the Warden or designee.


Residents shall be allowed to bring only the following items into the Visiting area:

a. Comb
b. Wedding band
c. Prescription eyeglasses
d. Approved religious medallion
e. Room key - (A and C Unit residents only)


Contact visits shall be limited to a brief embrace and kiss at the beginning and end of the visit. Visits may be terminated for excessive physical contact. Visits shall be terminated when resident-visitor conduct disrupts others. Mothers may breastfeed children per KSA 43-158.


Visitors shall not photograph NCF buildings, grounds, or residents. Persons taking unauthorized photographs shall surrender film or digital media to staff.


Persons suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be denied visiting privileges.


NCF is a tobacco-free environment.  All smoking paraphernalia (lighters/matches), tobacco products, and tobacco substitutes shall be secured in vehicles.


Visitors shall not bring pets onto facility grounds in accordance with NCF G.O. 15-104.

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