General Procedures

The Chief of Security or designee is responsible for the operation of the DCCF visitation program. Our facility allows for 2 contact visits per day, with up to 5 individuals per visit.

Personal property restrictions and visiting regulations will be given to offenders and can be mailed out at the offenders expense to the visitors including procedures for obtaining approval for family members, friends, and others to visit. Offenders also receive this information in the Offender Orientation Handbook. Visitors can be on only one offender's visiting list at a time, unless approved by the Warden or Deputy Warden of Security.

For visitation information contact the Visitation Officer at 406-377-1652

Approval to Visit

Individuals must be approved at least 72 hours prior to their planned visit at Dawson County Correctional Facility. Approval is based upon a criminal background check. Based on this information visitors will be approved or disapproved.

Once the background check is completed all written information will be secured. No personal information, including criminal records, will be released. Prospective visitors will be notified of approval or disapproval by the offenders. Once the offender has notified you of your approval or disapproval, questions regarding disapproval must be directed to the Visitation Officer. Appeals may be sent to the Deputy Warden of Security, if necessary.

Offenders can request visitation applications from the visitation officer and must be mailed out at their expense. The visitor must mail it back ATTN Visitation officer, if it is returned to the offender the application will not be accepted.

Visitation forms must be filled out completely and will include the prospective visitor's full name, social security number, date of birth, and gender. An enlarged copy of a State issued photo ID also needs to be included. Failure to include all of this information will result in a denial of approval for that visitor until all information is received. If visitor is denied, it is the offender's responsibility to supply the visitor with a new visitation application to be resubmitted.


Special Visits

Visits of otherwise unapproved visitors, extended visits, or visits on non-visiting days may be approved by the Chief of Security or Visitation Officer on a case-by-case basis only. Prior notice to these visits is required to give time to receive approval.


Identification Required for Entry and Exit

All persons age 16 and older shall be required to submit picture identification. Attorneys must present proper credentials including identification and are subject to search and Department of Corrections and all other institutional rules and regulations. Anyone who cannot be properly identified by entrance staff will not be allowed inside the facility. If bringing in minor children, you must supply proof of guardianship or that you are the legal parent (birth certificate). If you are not the legal guardian or parent you must have a notarized permission slip properly filled out and brought in with you. An offender can request one of these forms form the visitation officer.

Visitor Searches

All visitors will be asked if they possess weapons, narcotics, alcohol, or tobacco products. All visitors entering the facility are subject to search via a walk-through metal detection device, hand-held metal detectors, and pat searches. All items carried by persons are subject to search by entrance staff. Contraband will be confiscated, local law enforcement may be immediately called, and the visit may be denied.

Visitation Hours

Dawson County Correctional Facility visitation hours are normally as follows:

Glass Visitation:

  • Tuesdays: 09:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 09:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contact Visitation:

  • Wednesdays: 09:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 09:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 09:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Visitors are asked to leave all personal items outside the facility with the exception of the following:

  • One (1) small handkerchief (white in color only)
  • Jewelry including:
    • One (1) ring
    • One (1) pair earrings
    • One (1) necklace
    • One (1) wristwatch or bracelet
  • One (1) small pocket comb no longer than five (5) inches

Baby items allowed

  • One (1) clear plastic bottle per baby (Breast feeding is not allowed during visits)
  • One (1) factory-sealed jar of baby food (spoons will be provided)
  • Four (4) diapers
  • One (1) blanket, not quilted - no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet
  • No baby carriers or diaper bags

Visiting Conditions

Visitors will be appropriately dressed during their visit. Appropriate Clothing is:
Visitors shall be well groomed and in appropriate attire. Clothing must not be distracting to visitors, the offender, and must be clean and without holes. Clothing Attire that will not be allowed are the following: Spandex tops or pants, Shorts or culottes, transparent clothing (any visibility through clothing), Shawls or ponchos, vests ( down-filled type), dresses or skirts with slits above the knee, or skirts that button or snap up the front, back or wrap around, any skirt or dress higher than the knee, any shirt or top that is less than three inches below the belt line (skin cannot show with arms raised), head covers, hats or caps, camouflage clothing, tank tops are not allowed as outer garment, all tops, shirts or blouses must have sleeves, sweaters with hoods, jackets/coats, female visitors must wear a bra at all times (sports, regular or strapless) NO metal underwire, bib overalls, wind pants. Violations of this dress code could cause termination of the visit.

Visitors and offenders are permitted a brief front to front embrace (NO PETTING OR FONDLING) including a BRIEF facial kiss at the beginning and one at the end of the visit. They may hold hands during the visit. Hands must be kept in view of the Visiting Room Officer at all times. All other forms of physical contact are prohibited and will be cause for termination of the visit. The offender and visitor are responsible for supervising the behavior of children during the visit. If after being warned, they fail to control the child's/children's behavior, the visit will be terminated.

Visit Denial or Termination

A visit may be denied or terminated and visiting privileges suspended under the following circumstances:

  • Institutional emergency
  • Visitor is under the influence of mood altering chemicals
  • Insufficient space available
  • Visitor refuses to submit to search procedures
  • Visitor refuses. or fails, to produce sufficient identification, or falsifies identifying information
  • Visitor or offender violates DCCF rules
  • Visitor/offender fails to prevent children from disturbing others in the visiting area
  • Inappropriate displays of affection, sexually inappropriate behavior, or inappropriate dress
  • Conduct or conditions deemed by the Visiting Room Officer to be disruptive to visiting operations or to the secure and orderly operation of Dawson County Correctional Facility