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Coronavirus Published 03.17.2020 Updated 3:25 P.M. 07.22.2020

How Prisons in Each State Are Restricting Visits Due to Coronavirus

As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, prison facilities across the country suspended visits from family and lawyers. Several months into the pandemic, some states are easing those restrictions. We’re rounding up the changes as they occur.

Some states are gradually resuming in-person court proceedings, though reopening plans can differ greatly between districts. Visit the National Center for State Courts, which is tracking the court opening policies in detail.

Have you tried to visit a person in prison or jail recently? Tell us about it here.

18 corrections systems have suspended all visitation
8 corrections systems have resumed visitation with additional precautions and limits

All visits suspended

Alabama

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 13. Urgent legal meetings are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Alaska

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 13.

Arizona

Visitation has been suspended since March 13. Legal visits are also suspended.

Arkansas

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 16. Legal visits may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

California

Normal visitation has been suspended since March 13, and legal visits suspended since April 7. Overnight family visits have been suspended since March 16.

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C., sends its prisoners to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where all visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 13. Attorneys may be approved for an in-person visit on a case-by-case basis.

Georgia

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 13.

Louisiana

Personal visits has been suspended since March 12. Legal visits are also suspended, but exceptions may be made at the discretion of the warden.

Montana

Visitation has been suspended since March 13. Legal visits are also suspended.

Nevada

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 7.

New Hampshire

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 16.

New Mexico

All visits, including contact, non-contact, and legal visits have been temporarily suspended.

Oregon

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 12.

Rhode Island

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended since March 11. Urgent medical visits are allowed.

Tennessee

Personal visits have been suspended since March 12. Legal visits are also suspended, though wardens may grant special requests for in-person access.

Texas

Personal visits have been suspended since March 13. Legal visits are also suspended, though some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for Death Row prisoners with execution dates set.

Virginia

Personal visits have been suspended since March 13. Legal visits are also suspended.

Federal

All visitation, including legal visits, has been suspended by the Federal Bureau of Prisons since March 13. Attorneys may be approved for an in-person visit on a case-by-case basis.

Regular visits suspended, but legal visits allowed

Visits resumed with limitations

Maine

Personal visits were suspended on March 12, but legal visits were allowed. Limited non-cotact visits resumed on July 13.

Massachusetts

Personal visits were suspended on March 13, but legal visits were allowed. On July 8, the corrections department began to phase in limited personal visits at some facilities.

Minnesota

Personal visits were suspended on March 12. Legal visits are allowed, but they will not be face-to-face visits. On July 22, the state resumed limited personal visits at seven prisons that have not had two positive cases in the previous two weeks.

Missouri

Personal visits were suspended March 12, but legal visits were allowed. On June 25, visits resumed at 3 prisons, with some precautions. One of these facilities later had to stop visits while another resumed them.

Nebraska

Personal visits were suspended on March 16. Legal visits are allowed, but attorneys will be screened on entry. On July 15, a limited number of non-contact visits began for those who pre-registered.

North Dakota

All contact visits were suspended on March 12. Legal visits were also suspended but could be arranged with a warden on a case-by-case basis. On June 27, the state began to phase in outdoor visits at some prisons for a limited number of people.

Ohio

Personal visits were suspended on March 12. Legal visits were allowed, and attorneys were screened on entry. Outdoor visits began at some prisons on July 8.

Oklahoma

Visitation were suspended on March 13, and legal visits were allowed. Limited visitation resumed on June 5, with pre-registration required at some prisons.

This is produced in partnership with the Associated Press.

Sources State prison systems

Graphic by Katie Park

Reporting by Cary Aspinwall, Keri Blakinger, Jake Bleiberg, Andrew R. Calderón, Maurice Chammah, Andrew DeMillo, Eli Hager, Jamiles Lartey, Claudia Lauer, Nicole Lewis, Weihua Li, Humera Lodhi, Colleen Long, Tom Meagher, Joseph Neff, Alysia Santo, Beth Schwartzapfel, Damini Sharma, Colleen Slevin, Christie Thompson, Abbie VanSickle and Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Additional development by Gabe Isman