5. Visiting someone in prison

You can make a request online to visit someone in prison in most cases.

For the prisons you can’t request a visit online you must contact the prison to find out about:

  • 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 1-hour visits every 4 weeks.

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

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