The administration of Louisiana State Penitentiary views visiting as a vital aspect of an offender’s rehabilitation process. This connection to family and friends allows the offender to make a smooth transition to prison life and helps him adapt to society and family life upon release from custody.
Upon his arrival at LSP, an offender must submit a list of individuals with whom he wishes to visit. Once approved, this list becomes their official visiting list. Only the visitors who appear on this (current) approved visiting list are allowed to visit. Children under the age of eighteen may visit, but must be accompanied at all times by an adult listed on the offender’s approved visiting list.
Visiting days/hours: Visiting days are Friday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m., until 4:15 p.m. Visitors should plan their arrival prior to 2:00 p.m., at which time the bus makes its final departure to the visiting area(s). NOTE: On the rare occasion when there are five Sundays in a given month, there will be no visiting on that Sunday or the Saturday preceding it. There will only be visiting on that Friday only.
Length of Visits: Each offender is afforded a two-hour visit on any visiting day. The Warden or designee retains the discretion to determine the duration of visits based on available space and staff.
Number of Visitors: An offender is allowed ten approved visitors plus one religious advisor on his list. Each visitor on the approved visiting list will be permitted to visit twice a month. Each offender is allowed to visit with up five visitors, including children, at one time.
Visitor Searches: All visitors are subject to a search of their vehicles, possessions and persons. This is necessary to preclude the introduction of weapons, ammunition, explosives, cell phones, alcohol, escape devices, drugs and drug paraphernalia or other forbidden items or contraband into the prison environment. All searches of visitors will be conducted in accordance with Department Regulation No. C-02-005 and Penitentiary Directive No. 09.004, and 09.004\A.
Visitors will be allowed to take the following to the visiting area:
a. Wallet or clutch purse with no more than $300.00 cash money;
b. Nitroglycerine tablets (must remain on person);
c. Prescription medication in original container (to be given to bus driver and kept at security counter and returned to visitor at Front Gate Visiting by bus driver. Medication should be limited in quantity to no more than that required for the duration of the visit);
d. Prescription asthma spray (to remain on person);
e. Small amount of candy, if diabetic;
f. One car key (remote car locks are allowed if they are attached to the key ring);
g. If the visitor has a baby, the following items will be permitted: Up to 4 diapers; 2 jars vacuum-sealed baby food; 2 bottles of milk or juice; 1 change of clothing; 1 diaper bag; 1 baby blanket, maximum width or length not to exceed 48 inches.
h. Wallet-size photos
NOTE: No items listed above can be left with the offender at the termination of the visit.
Visitor Dress Code
Visiting areas are designed to cultivate a family atmosphere for family and friends of all ages. Visitors should dress and act accordingly. The following apparel is considered inappropriate and shall result in the denial of visits:
a. Clothing that is similar in appearance to the clothing worn by the offender population; male and female visitors shall not wear denim or chambray shirts, gray, blue or white sweatshirts, or white t-shirts; male visitors must wear underwear; female visitors must wear bra and panties;
b. Undergarments, underwear and bra, must not be visible. Underwear must be worn by all visitors;
c. Clothing that is similar in appearance to the clothing worn by correctional officers (i.e. camouflage, blue BDU's, etc.);
d. Transparent clothing;
e. Swimming suits;
f. Skirts, shorts, skorts, culottes, and dresses shorter than one inch above the knee cap or those with revealing slits;
g. Strapless, tube and halter tops, tank tops and strapless dresses;
h. Tops that expose the midriff;
i. Blouses, shirts, and dresses that are low cut;
j. Spandex, Lycra or spandex-like athletic pants, aerobic/exercise tights or leotards;
k.Clothing with revealing holes or tears one inch above the knee cap;
l. Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures;
m. Gang or club-related clothing or insignia indicative of gang affiliation;
n. House slippers and shower shoes and flip flops are not allowed. Footwear must remain on feet at all times. These restrictions apply to all visitors.
o. Hats or other head coverings are not permitted, except as required by religiious beliefs.
Identification: All approved visitors must have in their possession a picture ID (valid state issued driver’s license or state issued ID card obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles). All visitors 15 years of age and above must have a picture ID in order to visit an offender.
Other Accepted Forms of Picture ID: Passport, Military, Law Enforcement, College/University, School Identification
Through partnerships with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Ashland University and the Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana State Penitentiary provides opportunities for participation in the following educational programs:
NOBTS (N.O. Baptist Theological Seminary)
Ashland University (Bachelor's degree in general studies)
SSD#1 (Special School District)
P.R.E.P. Pre-Release Exit Program
Reentry and Rehabilitative Program
Automotive Technology – ASE Certification
Building and General Construction
Collision Repair – ASE Certification
Corrections Reentry Court Workforce Program
HVAC Excellence Certification
Outdoor Power Equipment
Print Ed Certification
NCCER Certification — Carpentry, Welding, Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrical, Industrial Painting, Concrete Finishing and Brick Masonry
Eye Glass Repair