The rules governing prison visits:

all the important information about the prison area where visits with the prisoners can take place.

Before the prisoner can receive visits for the first time, he or she must apply for a general permission, according to which he or she shall in principle be entitled to receive a visitor(s).

After this kind of permission has been granted, appointments for visitors can be arranged by phone on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The telephone number for visitors' appointments is as follows:

0521 4896-230

All persons attending such a scheduled visit must be indicated with their names on the list of persons attending the visit. Persons who are not listed by name will not be allowed to participate in the visit.

Visitors must be in possession of valid identification documents. For a single private visit, no more than three (3) visitors are allowed. Private visitors are required to arrive at the institution no later than 30 minutes before the start of the visit due to the visitor access control procedure assigned there.

This is the only way to ensure the smooth running of the visits to everyone's satisfaction.

Visitors who appear to be under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs will not be allowed to enter the facility. Before entering the facility, visitors will have to undergo a metal detector check and a body search in accordance with the Prison Act (§ 19 para. 5 StVollzG NRW). This control can lead to a delay in the reception of the visitors who have been invited to attend afterwards.

Visiting hours available for private visits

In the prison Bielefeld-Brackwede the visiting hours for private visits are as follows:

Monday: 10:00 to 11:00 AM, 12:30 to 05:30 PM
Tuesday: 08:00 to 11:00 AM, 12:30 to 03:30 PM
Wednesday: 08:00 to 11:00 AM, 12:30 to 03:30 PM
Thursday: 08:00 to 11:00 AM, 12:30 to 03:30 PM
Friday:  08:00 to 03:00 PM, Private visit only for prisoners on remand
Saturday: 08:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Sunday: 08:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Please note that visits with inmates do not take place on all weekends.

--> Please note: As a private visitor, for each visit in the institution you are allowed to bring with you no more than 20,00 € in notes for the prisoner to be able to buy tobacco, sweets or various drinks from the vending machines located in the institution.

Please note that these purchases are made by using a chip card system.

Chip card service (max. €20) is only possible with the proper banknotes (€5, €10, €20). It is not possible to change larger banknotes.

The prisoners are not allowed to take drinks into the detention buildings.

Prisoners currently serving their sentences:

The prisoners may receive 4 visits per month of 40 minutes each. The visiting schedule is drawn up by the inmates at their own discretion.

Pretrial detainees:

Visitors of remand prisoners who require judicial permission to receive visits must request this in advance before the judge who is responsible or the public prosecutor's office. Once this permission for visits has been obtained, you can contact us at the above-mentioned telephone number in order to schedule a date for a visit.

The prisoners on remand can receive four visits per month, each of which lasts 30 minutes. The visiting schedule is chosen by the prisoner at his own discretion.

Long visits with prisoners

At the correctional institution Bielefeld-Brakwede there is the possibility for prisoners to receive extended or so-called long visits without supervision and surveillance. The prisoner has to submit an application for this personally, because prior to that a special assessment of the prisoner's suitability has to be carried out.

Video telephony via Skype

Bielefeld-Brackwede Prison offers prisoners and remand prisoners who are not subject to restrictions under section 119 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure the possibility of conducting video telephony via the communication tool Skype. Admission to skype as well as appointments are to be applied for on the part of the prisoners.

Bank details

Bank Postbank Hanover
IBAN No. DE 54 2501 0030 0279 0333 02


Please note that in the bank account transfer form, the beneficiary is the “Justizvollzugsanstalt Bielefeld-Brackwede” (Bielefeld-Brackwede Prison) and the name, date of birth and, if applicable, the book number of the inmate should only be indicated as the purpose of the transfer.