IDOC member performing annual visitor background checks
Annual background checks are performed on all visitors

General Visiting Rules

WARNING: No paper money is allowed in visiting rooms. Visitors may bring coins in clear plastic bags or debit or credit cards, if applicable, to make vending machine purchases.

All potential visitors must complete a visiting application and submit it to the institution in which the offender is housed.

If the inmate is new to the prison, visitors must wait until the inmate has been classified before submitting the application so that they will know which institution to send it. Inmates are NOT allowed visitors during the reception and diagnostic process. Visiting applications, visiting rules, and related forms are available for download on this page. In addition, inmates can obtain and mail the forms to potential visitors.

Visiting room staff will notify inmates when the application process and background check have been completed.  The process normally takes two to four weeks. Inmates are responsible to notify their prospective visitor of the decision.

The visiting schedule for each facility is available under each facility's link on this website. Please be advised that visiting schedules can change because of weather and/or emergency situations.  In addition, NICI has site-specific visiting rules due its location and weather. Visitors may contact facility visiting staff at all facilities to confirm offender housing locations and corresponding visiting schedules or use offender search

Please note: It is a crime to introduce contraband. Idaho Code 18-2510 states that a person commits a crime by knowingly introducing or possessing contraband in a correctional facility.  Contraband includes but is not limited to tobacco, cell phone(s) or telecommunication equipment, controlled/illegal substances, firearms or dangerous weapons, ammunition/explosives, and escape tools or devices.  Violations are punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years and/or fine of up to $10,000. 

Staff may search any item or any visitor entering the visiting area to enforce Idaho Code 18-2510. No outside food of any kind may be brought in to include gum and candy. The only exceptions are detailed in the Visiting Rules link below. No pictures of any kind are allowed, including those on keychain-sized electronic picture viewers. Also, no oils, religious oils, can openers of any kind, sunglasses or documents of any kind are allowed.


Do not mail the visiting application for out-of-state facilities (Eagle Pass Correctional Facility or Karnes County Correction Center) directly to those facilities. Doing so will only cause a delay in the approval process. Instead, visiting applications for out-of-state facilities must be mailed to the address below:

DW Higgins, IDOC
ATTN: Out of State Facility Visiting Application
1299 N Orchard St, Suite 110
Boise, ID 83706

Visiting Rules for Inmates and Visitors

Visiting Application - Adult

Visiting Application - Minor Child

Visiting Standard Operating Procedures

Visiting Schedules -Southwest Institutions
South Boise Complex and CWC's
CAPP - Correctional Alternative Placement Program
ISCC  - Idaho Correctional Center
IMSI - Idaho Maximum Security Institution
ISCI - Idaho State Correctional Institution
SBWCC - South Boise Women's Correctional Center
SICI - South Idaho Correctional Institution
TV-CRC - Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center
EB-CRC - East Boise Community Reentry Center
Nampa CRC - Nampa Community Reentry Center
Visiting Schedules -Northern & Eastern Institutions
North Idaho (Cottonwood and Orofino)
NICI - North Idaho Correctional Institution (Cottonwood, ID)
ICIO - Idaho Correctional Institution Orofino (Orofino, ID)
East Idaho (Pocatello and St. Anthony)
PWCC - Pocatello Women's Correctional Center (Pocatello, ID)   
SAWC - St. Anthony Work Camp (St. Anthony, ID)
IF-CRC - Idaho Falls Rentry Work Center (Idaho Falls, ID)
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