The friend that I have been visiting in jail was moved to state prison recently and I have not driven the three hours to see him yet. I decided that today was going to be the day. I read the state prison website several times this week being sure that I knew what I could and could not bring in, when to arrive, where to go etc. I called the special hotline to make sure that no one was on lockdown and I wouldn’t be turned away after making the drive.
When I got to the dress code in the visitor information I paid special attention. The rules are very specific. No blue clothing, including jeans because that’s what the prisoners wear. No khaki pants or green tops because that’s what the guards wear. No orange. Right when I started thinking I’d be safe with a long dress, I read No Mumus- apparently some women prisoners wear mumus. Dresses can’t be shorter than 2 inches above the knee. No revealing clothing. Seems reasonable. Oh, and don’t forget that it is going to be 80 degrees and creeping upward when you get there. My clothing options narrowed as I read.