Visiting someone on Death Row

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Stefanie1985's picture
Visiting someone on Death Row

Hey guys,

two months ago I`ve wrote a forum topic called "Writing to someone on death row" what I did for the first time now. But mostly for scientific research (for an article about stalking) . I just ask myself: Is it possible to visit someone on death row as a "stranger" if he wants to talk to you in person? I know it`s possible outside of death row but I can imagine that the rules for death row inmates are more stringent. As far as I know you can only talk to them behind a glass window. 

Northernyank's picture

You have to fill out a visitation form and get approved before visiting any inmate, in any institution. Death row inmates are only allowed non-contact visits. If you're worried about your safety in that regard I wouldn't. In the Federal system they have rules you had to have known the inmate prior to incarceration. They do make exceptions and some institutions may have eased up on this rule.

KateAndrews's picture

Death row inmates can receive visits from journalists. I am not overly sure why you wish to visit a death row inmate as a 'stranger' possibly for research purposes?
In some states like Idaho you will have needed a lengthy correspondence before being accepted. A family friend who didn't correspondent regularly with my Idaho penpal had thier visitation revoked but mine was approved because we have known each other for 2 years and have regular contact. Despite me being from the UK.
Different facilities/different states/different rules.

Stefanie1985's picture

I see. Thanks to both of you! To be honest I don`t plan to visit the person I wrote to on death row, it was just a simple question. Apropos non-contact visit, why is that? I mean not every inmate is extremly dangerous. Oh and what about his / her family / friends?  No hugs allowed?