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The following is an outline of the guidelines governing visiting at the Farmville Detention Center (FDC). Visiting guidelines are also available to visitors at the Front Lobby. Detainees are limited to three adult and three children visitors at one time.

Days and Hours of Visitation:

Visitation hours are from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M., seven days a week for social and legal visits. Special requests for visitation outside these times may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. The FDC welcomes you to spend as much time as possible during your visit. At times, the Director may restrict visits in order to accommodate the volume of visitors within the limits of space and staff resources, and to ensure adequate security, but no visit will be less than one hour. Arrival at the facility parking lot prior to 8:30 A.M. is prohibited. The processing of visitors will begin at 8:45 A.M. No visitors will be processed after 8:15 P.M. Detainees housed in the Restricted Housing Unit (RHU) may have visits by appointment with 24 hours notice in advance and approval by the Director.

Contact visitation is available for low level detainees on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M.

Visitation for High Level Detainees:

Contact visitation is available for high level detainees on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M.  High level detainees can also have contact visitation outside of normal visitation hours by request. Please allow 72 hours for the request to be processed. All high level detainee contact visits, for days other than Wednesday, will be scheduled to begin no earlier than 9:00 P.M. and end no later than 9:00 A.M. High level detainees have non-contact visitation privileges during all other normal visitation hours, 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. daily.


Parking for detainee visitors is available in the main parking lot. No parking is allowed on the roadway leading to the facility. Designated handicap parking is available in the main facility parking lot for those vehicles that have properly registered handicap license plates or placards. Violators may be subject to towing, at the owner’s expense. No occupants may remain in parked cars. Non-visitors must leave the facility grounds and may return to pick up the visitors at a prearranged time. Large vehicles (i.e., campers, mobile recreational vehicles, tractor trailers, etc.) are prohibited from being parked on the facility grounds or parking lot at any time. When you have parked your car, make sure it is locked and the windows are closed so that no person would be able to reach their hand to the interior of the vehicle. Littering and smoking on facility property is prohibited.

Identification Requirements:

Visitors must present a valid government-issued photo identification card to enter the facility. All visitors, with the exception of children under sixteen years, must display valid photo identification (i.e., valid driver's license, valid state identification card, a valid/current passport) before being permitted into the facility. Visitors under the age of 16, and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, are exempt from this requirement. Person(s) not permitted to visit, may not loiter in the facility or the facility parking lot.


Visitors and belongings entering the facility are subject to search. Anyone refusing a search of their person or property will be refused entry. Visitors are required to pass through a walk-through metal detector without activation. Anyone unable to clear the walk-through metal detector without activation may be subject to further search procedures, such as a pat search. Visitors must also have all belongings entering the facility screened by the x-ray machine. Please refrain from wearing clothing with metal content. Anyone refusing to be searched will be denied the opportunity to visit. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility. Visiting areas are subject to video monitoring.

Dress Code

Female Visitors Age 12 and Older: Dress Code

Shorts shall cover customarily covered areas of the anatomy, including the buttocks and groin area, both when standing and sitting. Shorts may be no higher than mid-thigh. Short-shorts, jogging shorts, cut-offs, and other obviously inappropriate short garments are prohibited. Skirts and dresses shall extend no higher than mid-thigh, seated. Slits in skirts and dresses shall rise no higher than mid-thigh, seated. Sheer (see-through) clothing is prohibited. The top of clothing shall be no lower than the underarm in the front and back. Bare midriffs and strapless tops, tube tops, swimsuits and excessively tight clothing as determined by staff are prohibited. The excess use of perfume is also prohibited. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Recognized gang “colors” and other gang displays are prohibited.

Male Visitors Age 12 and Older:  Dress Code

Shorts shall cover customarily covered areas of the anatomy, including the buttocks and groin area, both when standing and sitting. Shorts may be no higher than mid-thigh. Short-shorts, jogging shorts, cut-offs, and other obviously inappropriate short garments are prohibited. Shirts shall be worn at all times. Muscle shirts, bare midriff shirts and sleeveless shirts are prohibited. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Recognized gang “colors” and other gang displays are prohibited..

Authorized Items in Visiting: 

Visitors are not authorized to give anything to a detainee except food and drink purchased from the vending machines. The only articles authorized to be carried into the facility by visitors are monies for vending (limit of $20.00) and a property locker key. All unauthorized items must be secured in a front lobby locker or in the visitor’s vehicle.

18 U.S.C. 1791, provides a penalty of imprisonment for not more than twenty years, a fine, or both, for providing or attempting to provide to a Detainee anything whatsoever without the knowledge and consent of the Director.

Sanctions for Violation of Visitation and Contraband Rules:

Any violation of the visitation rules may result in disciplinary action against the detainee, including loss of visitation privileges. A visitor's failure to abide by visiting rules may result in immediate cancellation or termination of a visit and/or suspension of future visitation privileges. A visitor’s privileges are at the sole discretion of the Director. Introduction of contraband or other criminal violations may lead to criminal prosecution of a visitor, detainee or both.

Special Rules for Children:

Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Minors must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area. Children under the age of 16 will not be allowed entry into the facility to visit unless they are accompanied by an adult visitor. Adult visitors will be responsible for the conduct of children under their supervision. This includes keeping them within the authorized visiting areas. Detainees and visitors will be responsible for keeping their children quiet so as not to disrupt others. All care for infants, for example changing their diapers or feeding, must be conducted in the lobby. Infant bottles, diapers, blankets, car seat carriers, or other items are not authorized inside of the visitation room. Lobby officers are prohibited from holding visitor property or children. Pacifiers for infants are authorized to be brought into the visitation room.

Special Visit Requirements:

The Director may authorize special visits to accommodate a unique circumstance (e.g., a person traveling a long distance, visiting a hospitalized detainee). Requests should be accomplished as far in advance of the special visit as possible.

Contact During Visits:

Physical contact is limited to handshaking, embracing and a kiss between the detainee and his visitor(s) upon the initial arrival, and again at the completion of the visit. Holding hands in plain view is permitted. It is the responsibility of the detainee to ensure all visits are conducted in a quiet, orderly, and dignified manner. Inappropriate conduct during a visit may result in the termination of the visit and suspension of visitation privileges.  

ICE Regulations (Source ICE Farmville website)

Attorney Visits:

Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients during the following hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., seven days a week. Special requests for visitation may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis with advance notice. A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all detainee housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a detainee wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the detainee’s responsibility to contact them for an appointment.

Consular Visits:

Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible, and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer in charge of the facility can be reached at (804) 330-8264.

Clergy Visits:

Clergy may visit detainees at any time, but must make prior arrangements with the Chaplain’s Office at (434) 395-8114.