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Visiting Inmates at Montana Women's Prison

General Procedures

Deputy Warden of Security or designee is responsible for the operation of the visiting program. Per Billings City and Fire Codes, staff coverage, and other relevant factors; seating capacity limits appropriate to the size of the visiting room are set at 44.

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

For visiting information call (406) 247-5118

Approval to Visit

Individuals must be approved at least 72 hours prior to their planned visit at Montana Women's Prison. 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 shredded and/or secured. No personal information, including criminal records, will be released. Prospective visitors will be notified of approval or disapproval by the offenders. Questions regarding disapproval must be directed to the Visiting Officer. Appeals may be sent to the Deputy Warden of Security, if necessary.

Family and Friends who wish to visit will receive a visitation questionaire from the respective offender, or may contact the Visitation Officer at:

Visiting Officer
701 South 27th Street
Billings, MT 59701

Visitation forms must be filled out completely and will include the prospective visitor's full name, social security number, date of birth, and gender.

Special Visits

Visits of otherwise unapproved visitors, extended visits, or visits on non-visiting days may be approved by the Visiting Officer on a case-by-case basis only.

Legal Visits

Attorney visits will be scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Attorneys need to call 24 hours in advance and are expected to show up on time or the visit may be denied due to institutional time constraints.

Conversations between offenders and attorneys may visually observed by officers but not listened to. Attorneys and offenders may exchange written material that has previously been searched, without being read. A non-contact booth is available to assure confidentiality.

Hospitalized Offenders

Hospitalized offenders are not generally allowed visitors or phone calls. Exceptions (i.e. long-term or critically ill offenders) will be approved by the Deputy Warden of Security on a case-by-case basis only.

Special Housing Cases

Maximum and Administrative Segregation offenders may be allowed one (1) visit a week, in the non-contact booth, if approved by the Visitation Supervisor or Deputy Warden of Security.
Visits to offenders in medical isolation status require approval by medical personnel.

Identification Required for Entry and Exit

All persons over the age of 16 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.

Searches of Visitors

All visitors will be asked if they possess weapons, narcotics, alcohol, or tobacco products (see MWP Prohibited Items).
All visitors entering the facility are subject to search via a walk-through metal detection device, hand-held metal detectors, drug detection dogs or detection devices, and when appropriate, pat down 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.

Visiting Hours and Allowances

Visiting hours at Montana Women's Prison are normally on the following days and times:

Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(If possible, we request visitors from the local area use the Tuesday and Thursday visiting times, to free up space for out of town visitors on the weekends.)

Friday 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

** Every 3rd Saturday of the month is Kid's Day. This is for Children of Offenders with approval and scheduling through the Parenting Program only; no drop-ins. Teens are from 9:00 am-11:00am and children 12 and under are from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. There is regular visiting in the evening from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Visitors are required to check-in one-half hour before the scheduled visiting time and leave personal items outside the facility except for the following:

  • Identification with picture
  • One handkerchief
  • One small plastic comb (no pick, brushes, or rat-tail combs)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Prescribed medical appliances (must have medical documentation if needed)
  • Medications will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
  • No more than $15.00 on quarters in a clear plastic bag.

Visitors with small children may also bring:

  • One clear plastic bottle of formula/juice
  • One factory sealed jar of baby food and a plastic spoon
  • Four diapers
  • One baby blanket (not quilted no larger than 3' x 3')
  • Baby carrier (secured in the visiting foyer)
  • One new factory sealed container of baby formula
  • One small toy
  • One diaper bag containing the items listed above (secured in the visiting foyer)

Unless pre-approved, no more than five (5) approved people (including children) may visit each offender. When the maximum capacity of the Visiting Room (44 persons), is reached, out-of-town visitors will be given priority over local visitors.

Food - Drink - Smoking

No smoking, chewing tobacco, gum, food, or drinking items are allowed to be brought into the prison by visitors. No alcohol or drugs of any kind are permitted. There are vending machines in the visiting area for visitors and offenders.

Visiting Conditions

Appropriate Clothing will be worn during visits. Appropriate Clothing is:
Visitors shall be well groomed and in appropriatre attire. Clothing must not be distracting to visitors, the offenders, and must be clean and without holes. Tank tops, tube tops, spandex, Lycra, and see-through clothing are not allowed. Tops that expose the midriff or show excessive cleavage will not be allowed. Tops with hoods are not allowed. Culottes, shorts, skirts, and dresses are not to be above mid-thigh. Bib overalls and wind pants are not allowed.
Coats, shawls, ponchos, down-filled vests, jackets, headscarves, hats and caps will be checked in and kept on the coat rack. Sweaters used as a coat will be dealt with at the discretion of the officer. All visitors must stay appropriately dressed throughout the visitation session; this includes wearing footwear at all times. Violations of the dress code are cause for 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.

Children 10 and under may sit on the offender's lap during visiting. Separate bathroom facilities are designated for offenders and visitors. Visitors will accompany children 10 and under to the bathroom. With the exception of using the restroom, when visitors leave the visiting area, the visit is terminated. Visitors may not return to the same visiting session.
No items may be directly exchanged between offenders and visitors.

Visitors will receive a pamphlet that explains in more detail the dos and don'ts, and other rules governing visitation.

Hobby Items

Hobby items and property may be sent out to an approved visitor if:
The offender has an approved kite; this will be given to the Visiting Officer prior to visiting.
The Visiting Room Officer will give the property to the visitor at the end of the visit
The kite is to be signed and dated by the Visiting Room Officer and the offender's visitor once the property has gone out.

Denial or Termination of a Visit

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 Montana Women's Prison Institutional Rules
Visitor/offender fails to prevent children from disturbing others in the visiting area
Inappropriate displays of affection, sexually inappropriate behavior, or inappropriate clothing
Conduct or conditions deemed by the Visiting Room Officer to be disruptive to visiting operations or to the secure and orderly operation of Montana Women's Prison