If you are planning to visit a prisoner:
- Contact the prison before you visit. If you don't know where a prisoner is located, refer to Arranging a visit.
- Make sure you are on the prisoner's visitors list (you cannot visit if you are not on the list). Refer to Arranging a visit.
- Have the correct form of identification ready to take with you when you visit.
- Refer to information on a specific prison to find out what times you can visit and whether there are any particular rules for visitors.
- Only take property and money that is allowed.
- Do not take any prohibited items into a prison.
Professionals, including lawyers and police, may arrange with the prison for professional visits with prisoners.
All prison visitors are subject to prison regulations and orders. Disobeying prison orders is an offence and could result in a visitor being banned from entering a prison.
By law, all prisons in Victoria are completely smoke-free. No one is permitted to smoke anywhere on prison property, including carparks and any other land surrounding the prison. Tobacco and tobacco smoking accessories such as pipes, lighters and matches are considered contraband.
While visitors to prisons are permitted to bring tobacco and tobacco smoking accessories onto prison property, they must leave them in a car or in a locker at the prison. They are not able to leave visits centres for a cigarette and return to the visit.
Visitor fact sheets are available at visit centres at all prisons.
Smoke free prisons provide a healthier and safer workplace for everybody, a safer prison system and a better quality of life for people who quit smoking.
Assistance for visitors
The Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO) can help you or the prisoner you are visiting with family and welfare matters. VACRO has an office in Melbourne’s CBD and at the Melbourne Assessment Prison.
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