Official Visitors address issues and concerns raised by incarcerated people, family and friends to ensure a more just and transparent criminal justice system. Vital information and advocacy are enhanced by regular communication and frank discussions with prison administrators.

Official Visitors go into all state and county facilities in Pennsylvania and sit down one-on-one with incarcerated people who are experiencing problems (harassment, mistreatment, medical neglect, etc.). They then discuss any potential issues directly with staff, or others who may be able to help.

​​​​​If you would like to volunteer as an Official Visitor, please complete the applicationPlease note that all Official Visitors must be active members of the Prison Society. To become a member, click here.

If you have any questions about becoming an Official Visitor, please email the Director of Prison Monitoring.

At this time, the Prison Society is not accepting Official Visitor applications from undergraduate students.



215-564-1830 (FAX)


230 South Broad Street, Suite 605

Philadelphia, PA 19102

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