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Visiting Information for Friends and Family

We understand that coming to visit someone in prison can be a stressful and daunting prospect. We strive to make your visit to HMP Kilmarnock as straight forward as we can.

Remand Prisoners

All remand visits must be pre-booked using the wing kiosk. The ability to pre-book remand visits using this system took effect on Monday 18 September 2017.

Our visit times for Remand prisoners are:

Tuesday 10:00-11:00
Wednesday 16:00-17:00
Friday14:45-15:30 & 15:45-16:30

Convicted Prisoners

Convicted prisoners at Kilmarnock are responsible for booking their own visits and also have the responsibility to inform their visitors of the day and time of the visit.

Our visit times for Convicted prisoners are:

Tuesday 13:15-14:15 & 15:00-16:00
Wednesday 18:45-19:45
Thursday13:15-14:15 & 15:00-16:00
Friday13:15-14:15 & 18:45-19:45
Saturday13:30-14:30 & 15:00-16:00
Sunday13:30-14:30 & 15:00-16:00

In addition to the above changes to both remand and convicted visiting arrangements, there are also changes to process and procedures for visitors arriving to the prison.

All visitors should arrive at the prison for the purposes of booking in 20 minutes prior to the visit session taking place.

All new visitors (who have not previously attended the prison) or visitors who have not visited the prison within the last 6 months will be required to provide valid photographic ID (passport, driving license, validate card etc.) and a utility bill etc. showing current address.

Visitors arriving after 15 minutes of the session commencing will not be permitted entry to that session.

Visitors who have not been named on the visiting order will not be permitted entry.

Prisoners can to add or remove visitor's names up to 4 hours prior to the session start time.

Identification Requirements

To gain access to the prison for the purpose of visiting, you must have two forms of identification, one of which must be photographic. Entry to the prison will not be permitted without acceptable identification.

The following examples shall be accepted as suitable for photographic ID purposes:

  • Valid Passport
  • Photographic Driving Licence
  • Citizen/Validate UK Card
  • Senior Citizens Bus Pass
  • Workplace photo ID card
  • Photographic Bank Card
  • Other official photo ID i.e. membership card

The following examples shall be accepted as suitable for proof of address provided it is less than 3 months old:

  • Utility bill
  • Council tax bill
  • Benefit book
  • Bank statement
  • Other letter from official source

Security Considerations

Please note that any personal belongings can be left in a locker in the Visitor Centre. Please do not bring any other items to the prison with you, and most importantly, do not bring any mobile phone or communication items such as mobile phone charger or SIM card, as it is a criminal offence to attempt to introduce such items into the prison.

On entering the Gatehouse, you will be required to undergo searching, when you will be asked to remove your jacket and any metal items including belts, and perhaps your shoes. These will be passed through an X-Ray Machine, and you will be asked to pass through a metal detecting portal.

You may also be subject to a rub-down search by a member of our Dedicated Search Team.

Please rest assured that this is normal procedure, and we would be grateful for your full cooperation.

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