Our Mission

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is a volunteer visitation program for federal and military prisoners throughout the United States.


Our mission is to provide prisoners with regular, face to face contact from the world outside of prison to help them cope with prison life, encourage personal growth, and prepare for successful reentry into society.


Our vision is to provide qualified visitors to fulfill all requests for visits by prisoners in every federal and military prison.


Our priority is to visit those prisoners who:
• do not ordinarily receive visits from family and friends,
• want or need visits,
• are in solitary confinement,
• are on death row,
• or are serving long sentences.

Our Core Values

We value and practice:

          Acceptance           Authenticity          Collaboration          Compassion          Inclusion
                              Integrity                 Patience                          Respectful Communication

Our Guiding Principles

  1. All persons deserve respect as human beings.

  2. Listening is the primary purpose of a PVS visitor’s presence to prisoners.

  3. Visitors are objective and respectful to both prisoners and prison staff.

  4. PVS concentrates on visiting persons who want supportive contact from persons outside of the prison system.

  5. Visiting is focused on the needs of the prisoner.

  6. Visitors maintain confidentiality regarding visits within the guidelines of PVS when reporting to the PVS National Office.

  7. Friendship is extended within the limitations and restrictions of PVS, the Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP), and the Department of Defense (DOD) policies and rules.

  8. PVS, an organization recognized by the BOP and the DOD, regards visiting as a privilege that must be preserved by all involved.

  9. Security of all involved in prison visitation is a primary concern.

  10. Training as an effective visitor is a necessary and continuous process.