There are restrictions on what you may wear to a prison. In general, there are four rules to remember:
- Do not wear clothing that resembles the clothing that prisoners wear
- Blue denim pants;
- Blue chambray shirts;
- Orange jumpsuits or Orange tops with Orange bottoms;
- Red tops (Pleasant Valley State Prison only); or
- Dresses that resemble prisoner muumuu (female institutions only)
- Do not wear clothing that resembles what custodial staff wear
- Forest green pants;
- Tan shirts; or
- Dress conservatively and modestly; and
- Do not wear any item that cannot be taken off and will not clear a metal detector (such as an underwire bra or clothing with metal buttons).
There are specific restrictions:
- No blue denim, blue chambray, orange jumpsuits or orange tops with orange bottoms;
- No forest green bottoms with tan tops;
- No open-toed shoes.
- No camouflage unless identification shows active or reserve military personnel;
- No strapless, halter, bare midriff, sheer, or transparent clothing;
- No skirts, dresses, or shorts that expose more than two inches above the knee;
- No clothing that exposes the breast, genitalia, or buttocks area;
- No very tight, form-fitting attire;
- No wigs, hairpieces, extensions, or other headpieces except for medical reasons and with prior approval;
- No hats or gloves, except with prior approval or in inclement weather.
Prisons sometimes have their own local rules regarding visiting attire that is deemed unacceptable (i.e., â€œexcessâ€ jewelry, layered outfits, shoes without straps around the heel).
It is wise to check with your local institution prior to your visit.