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Become a Visitor

It takes a very special type of person to visit people the rest of the world has forgotten about.

Visitors must be mature, good listeners, and willing to visit anyone without prejudice. Although sponsored by many religious groups, PVS visitors do not impose a particular religion or philosophy on prisoners. They accept prisoners as they are and try to support their self-growth. PVS visitors come from all walks of life, and we are always looking to expand our network of prison visitors. Foreign language ability is an asset, and we are always looking for individuals with unique gifts that they can share with the entire PVS community.


For PVS, just twelve days a year can truly make a difference in the lives of prisoners. Visitation, including preliminary correspondence and follow-up reporting, requires the equivalent of one day a month, and visitors are offered constant support through the PVS office and our network of visitors. Orientation, training, and follow-up services are provided for all visitors, and they remain in close contact with our National Office for as long as they serve.

Application Procedure

If you'd like to join our community of unique and diverse individuals, please notify the PVS office of your interest in becoming a volunteer visitor by completing the application to the right and returning it us here.


Once your application is processed and reviewed, you will be contacted for a personal interview with a recruitment coordinator. These interviews allow prospective visitors to learn as much as possible about the work of our organization, and to share with us their interest in furthering our mission. A resume is required for the process, and visitors must be available for a minimum of two years, willing to attend a training conference, and able to write a brief report (online) after each visit.


Please consider joining us in giving a voice to prisoners throughout the nation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Not sure if there is a federal or military facility near you? Click here for a map of all Bureau of Prisons (BOP) locations!

Still have questions? Problem with the application? Not sure if there is a federal or military prison in your area? Contact us! 

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