1. Take extra precaution on how you dress. You should wear
slacks or jeans.
It is a matter of modesty.
No really tight apparel.
No low cut clothing.
Do not wear white slacks or
white t-shirts or blouses, as this apparel shows panty lines
and bra lines and might not be advisable
under these circumstances.
2. Take precaution on how you touch a prisoner. Make sure
they want to be touched.
Don’t assume it’s ok.
If they do allow touching take care
how it is done.
Hugs should be careful hugs from the
Don’t embrace a prisoner.
Don’t hold on to them or allow them
to hold on to you.
No frontal embraces.
3. Remember the buddy system. NEVER go anywhere alone.
If you need to go to the restroom,
ask a woman guard to take a group of you.
Then always go into the restroom with
a partner to check it out.
Then if it is clear, only then can
one of you step outside the door to guard the one inside.
This is a must.
4. When going to chapel, with a group of people, always
wait until the leader says its ok
to leave the chapel.
Do not leave even with another person,
until the leader of the group has said it is ok to leave.
5. Try to leave everything you can in your vehicle.
You only need photo ID to get
into the prison.
Every prison has a different
set of rules to adhere to.
It is best to not take anything
you can do without.
6. Most prisons ask us to sign into the unit and
to sign out as we leave.
Don’t forget to do this.
7. Bibles can be given to prisoners. But you must
get clearance from the leader of the group.
He usually has to get permission
from the chaplain.
8. You will have to go through a metal check.
Try not to have metal on your
Even some small necklaces will
set the metal detector off.
Don’t wear an under wire bra
if you are easily embarrassed. It can and has set the detectors
Some belts and boots set them
off. Boots and belts can be removed without embarrassments.
The only jewelry you need would
be your wedding ring.
Leave everything else at home
or in your vehicle under lock and key.
9. Most prison rather us not take medicine into the
If you are on medication of
any kind take only what you need for the time you are inside the
Be sure if it is prescribed
medication you have it in a prescription bottle.
Do not take gum or mints or
anything eatable into the prison.
It could contain drugs and is
not allowed. Leave it at home or in the car.
All prisons have different rules
on this and it is subject to change with out notice.
If they say no to anything.
JUST DO IT. (Even if you don’t understand
If you have a question ask your
leader later. Never challenge a guard or a prisoner.
Go to your leader and have him
10. If a prisoner gives you a note, even if he says it is a
prayer request, don’t open it up and read
it. Give it to your leader.
This is a must do.
11. If you wish to correspond with a prisoner it must be cleared
with your leader.
You can have a P.O. box number
or a church address or just allow the letters to be sent to you
through the ministry you go
in with and they can forward the letters
12. Don’t agree to make phone calls for prisoners.
Don’t agree to make personal
contact with anyone outside of the prison
for a prisoner. If they ask
this of you tell them you are not allowed to do this.
That it is against our rules.
Tell them you could give the request to their Chaplin or to your
13. If a prisoner tells you of a problem in the prison don’t
tell anyone else in the prison system
what you have been told.
If you feel it is a valid complaint
then tell your leader and he will handle it outside of the
14.Don’t allow a prisoner to tell you why he is in prison.
It is none of your business.
As a woman you could be put in an
It is better to just stop them by
saying you are not there to judge them but to help them
with there spiritual needs.
Then ask them if they have a relationship
with Jesus and continue on with ministering to them.
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