5. Visiting someone in prison

You should contact the prison to find out about:

  • what you need to do to arrange a visit to a convicted or remand prisoner
  • their facilities - eg to check accessibility if you’re disabled
  • what happens on the day

Prisons have different rules on things like when and how often you can visit - and the number of visitors allowed at the same time.

You can only visit a prisoner if they want you to visit them.

How often you can visit someone in prison

A convicted prisoner is allowed at least two 60-minute visits every 4 weeks.

A prisoner on remand (waiting for their trial) is allowed three 60-minute visits a week.

If you live a long way from the prison, you may be able to make longer visits, but less often.

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