A picture showing the way into a prison

Below is an easy to understand picture that shows you what you see when you go to visit your parent in a prison. The things are explained underneath.

Security check

When you arrive at the prison you may be stopped by security so that your car can be searched for things that you cannottake into a prison. Usually a drug dog will help do the search. If they find anything in the car like drugs. Your visit will berefused and it may mean that you cannot come back for a long time. The adult with you will get into serious trouble.


There is only one entrance to the prison. It is usually called a gatehouse. There are a lot of prison officer dressed in a uniform. On each side of the gatehouse is a big fenceYou go in the door and sign in. Then you will go through a metal detector. You may have to take off your shoes and anyjewelry to walk trough. Once you get through to the other side you will then go to the visiting room.

Visiting room

In the visiting room you will see prison officers, other visitors, other children. And it might be noisy. There willbe chairs to sit on. Some prisons may have tables or toys to play with. You will see your parent and they may be wearing overalls.