All visitors need to report to the main reception area of the prison on arrival. These are clearly signposted.

Arrive in good time

Clearing security can take some time as there may be a queue of other visitors waiting to be processed.

Searches and security

Upon arrival you will have to pass an ID Check. The first visit will take longer as you need to pass the 100 point ID check  and you will be required to enrol in our biometric system.

Please bring photo ID to all visits.

Electronic and X-ray machines will be used to scan you and your belongings.
An ION scanner that can detect microscopic particles of drugs or explosives may be used.
If the ION scanner has a failed result [of 5% or greater] you will not be allowed access to the prison. A low 'positive' result may result in further questioning.

Visitors with a medical condition (pace maker or metal implant) that prevents them passing through an X-ray machine will need to bring written evidence from the doctor treating them.

You may be searched with a hand held metal detector or pat searched. Visitors will not be stripped searched by DCS.

Trained security dogs may also be present they are often used to detect contraband. Vehicles may be searched.

We take the security of our prisons very seriously. If you refuse to co-operate you will not be allowed to enter the prison

If you are found to have contraband or any restricted item the following may occur:

  • the police [SAPOL] may be called and they may charge you
  • your visit may be made a non-contact visit, or you may be refused entry to the prison
  • you may be restricted from visiting for a specified period of time.

Securing personal items

There are secure facilities to leave personal items such as car keys, and items that security deem inappropriate to be brought into the prison.

Some prisons have a locker system that require a $1 which is returned after the visit.

Mobile phones are banned at all prisons.

Money is not allowed into most of our prisons.

A small amount of money will be permitted at some of the low security prisons that have a vending machine in the visiting area.