Staying in touch with someone in prison

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Visiting someone in prison

You can visit partners and close family members in some prisons. There are restrictions because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You’ll need to contact the prison before you visit to:

  • check if they’re open for social visits
  • request a visit
  • find out what facilities they have, for example to check accessibility if you’re disabled

You can only visit a prisoner if they’ve added you to their visitor list. The prison will contact you once you’re on this list.

Get help with the cost of visiting someone

You might be able to get help paying for a prison visit, for example travel costs, if you’re receiving certain benefits.

How often you can visit someone in prison

A convicted prisoner is usually allowed at least two 1-hour visits every 4 weeks.

A prisoner on remand (waiting for their trial) is allowed three 1-hour visits a week.

You can find out more about the exact rules on visits on the prison information page of the prison you’re visiting.