Corona virus

Due to the continued high number of infections, the Ministry of Justice of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has reduced the number of visits from now on in such a way that only 1 person can participate per visit.
Underage children may be accompanied if this is necessary due to a lack of childcare facilities.

However, to ensure protection against infection, the visit can only take place under very strict conditions.

Visitor hours for private visits

Day of the weekTime
Monday: No private visits allowed
Tuesday:  10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 12.30 a.m. – 17.30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  08:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 12.30 a.m. – 15.00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday twice a month  08:00 a.m. – 13:30 p.m.

Please pay attention on the fact that the visits of detained persons in jail cannot be attended every weekend and that the visits do not take place at legal holidays.
It is necessary to fix a date for every private visit of a prisoner.
Please always make visit appointments during the working hours and to the following telephone number:

0521 4896-230

Visiting roules

Before the prisoner has been allowed to be visited in prison first it must be reviewed in which relationship he’s being with his visitors.
Therefore the prisoners must apply for a principal admission regarding to the persons, who they have chosen to be visited by regularly.
All persons 16 years of age and above must possess a valid identification card. Children, who want to visit someone unchaperoned should have achieved 16 years of age.

Private visitors must appear at the control point for visitors 30 minutes before their appointment time. The admittance of visitors, who are obviously under influence of alcoholic drinks, medicines or drugs, will be refused.
Before each visit the visitors will be manually checked and with sensor. During the visit objects like car keys, mobile phones and similar things should be hold in a safe box. As a private visitor in the prison you may bring max. 15 euro in coins with you to get the opportunity to buy, if you wish, different things like tobacco products, sweets or drinks at the vending machine inside. It is not allowed to bring bottles in- or outside the prison.
If you want to bring your own laundry (please pay attention to the instructions to keep your clothes in plastic bags and to mark them regarding what they content as well as to write the name of the prisoner) and other similar things, you need the permission on the part of the prison.


Detainees may get up to 4 visits a month for 40 minutes each of them. The visitors planning is at the discretion of the prisoner himself.
Separate visitor time can be summarized (for example 2 times a month for 80 minutes each visit, or one visit a month for 160 minutes.

Visits by minor children of prisoners.

As special support of minor children visits, whose parents are prisoners it can be permitted to get two hours a month in addition.
In these cases detainees must apply!

Pretrial detainees

Visitors of pretrial detainees must have a valid visiting permission issued by the appropriate court or prosecution and only after they have achieved this permission regarding the visitors they should call the telephone number above to make an appointment with the prisoner. Pretrial detainees can obtain 4 visits for up to 30 minutes a month.

Long time visits

At Bielefeld-Brackwede Prison the prisoners are also allowed long time visits. The appointments regarding this matter the prisoners must apply for, because the prison checks the eligibility of the applicants before giving them the permission to get long time visits. The check of this is necessary because of the order and the safety in the prison. The eligibility checking procedure for getting long time visits begins as the prisoner has already applied for that after he`s been there for six months.
The eligibility of the visitors can be found out in a personal conversation. Long tome visits can be permitted once a month for three hours and take place from Monday untill Friday in the time between

  • 08:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or
  • 12:30 a.m. and 15:30 p.m.

Video telephony with Skype

Bielefeld-Brackwede Correctional Centre offers local prisoners and pretrial detainees who are not subject to restrictions pursuant to section 119 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure the possibility of conducting video telephony using the communication tool Skype....

The event Free spaces for father/mother-and-child-groups
– a proposal of the church charity and social services organization Diakonia for Bielefeld Ltd in cooperation with the prison

In cooperation with the Diakonia for Bielefeld Ltd – Free spaces the correctional facility provides different activities for the children of the detained parents.

The “father-and-child” group takes place once a month on Mondays from 3.30 p.m. till 6.00 p.m.; the “mother-and-child-group” – once a month, on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. till 12:30 a.m. Both activities are performed in the room for visitors of the prison.

Children whose fathers are prisoners and their families are allowed family meetings, which take place once in every two months. (Saturdays from 09:30 a.m. till 12:30 a.m.).

Bank contact

Bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN Nr.: DE 54 2501 0030 0279 0333 02

Please, pay attention to specify in the money transfer form that the recipient is the prison Bielefeld-Brackwede and even after that, in the field for the intended use, the name, the date of birth and eventually the book number of the prisoner.