Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is an Indiana state prison for men that is located in Carlisle, Indiana. It houses all security levels, from minimum to maximum, and the total capacity is 2,199 inmates.

Minimum-security is a dormitory setting, located outside the maximum-security fence. It consists of two open-bay wings housing up to 198 offenders.

Maximum-security north has three housing units, three with 88, two-man cells. Another unit (DHU) has a unique mission, housing offenders in the (SNAP) Special Needs Acclimation Program with 28 cells on the left side. An additional wing, with 16 cells, is a pre-hearing restricted status housing unit. The right-wing, with 44 cells, houses general population. All cells are double bunked. Average cell size is 8 by 12 feet.

The north side Secured Confinement Unit is a disciplinary/administrative restricted status housing complex, housing up to 288 offenders in single cells.

Maximum-security south includes five units, each housing up to 200 offenders in two-man cells, except for K-Unit, which has been designated as a Special Needs Unit for mentally ill offenders. There is also a 72 single cell unit on the south campus devoted to administrative and short-term restricted status housing offenders. An infirmary unit houses up to 14 offenders.

The perimeter of the facility is surrounded by two fences with rolls of razor ribbon at the bottom, center, and top of the outer chain link fence, which is 14 feet high. The two fences are approximately twenty feet apart. 

The inner fence is a 15-feet high, non-lethal, $750,000 electrified “stun fence” installed in March of 2011. A microwave movement detection system is installed between the inner and outer fences. Positioned at points around the perimeter fence are six security towers with armed officers in two strategic-need towers, providing 24-hour surveillance on the perimeter (the stun fence addition negated need to staff four towers); a seventh “high” tower is centrally located in the South side recreation yard. 

The perimeter fence is penetrated by two sally-ports. Two armed motor patrol officers are also assigned outside the perimeter fence 24 hours a day. Approximately 88 acres are enclosed within the perimeter fence. At the front entrance, on the west side of the facility, rests the Administration/Visitor Processing Building and the Radio Building.

The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility has the responsibility of managing some of the most problematic offenders in the state (maximum-security, restricted status housing, and offenders with mental and physical challenges, end of life offenders). 

MSNBC produced two programs in 2011(Young Kids/Hard Time and MSNBC Lockup/Extended Stay/Wabash) which illustrated the facility’s challenge to millions of viewers. 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Please remember to always contact the facility before your visit. For the latest visit updates, call 812-398-5050 x3165. Also, you can check out the Wabash Valley Facebook page.

Visitation hours for all areas of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, EXCEPT J-Housing Unit, are from 9:00a until 3:00p, Monday through Sunday.

Visiting hours for J-House Unit (Minimum Security Offenders) is from 6:00p to 8:00p, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Weekends/state holidays from 9:00a to 3:00p.

Holidays: All Housing Units from 9:00a to 3:00p.

For additional facility information,  please call 812-398-5050, extension 4500.

Visitors List

If you wish to visit an inmate at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, you must be on their visitors’ list. If you are unsure about your status, please contact the inmate via mail. Do not call the facility for this information. It cannot be given over the phone. 


All visitors entering the facility are subjected to a frisk search by staff which includes the breast and groin area being physically searched. 

Additionally, visitors entering visiting areas are subject to additional searches using metal detectors and ion scanning equipment. Specially trained search dogs (K-9s) may be used as a part of the search process both prior to a visitor entering the visiting area and in the actual visiting room during visits. 

If a visitor does not wish to be searched, either by hand or by using other means, they should not attempt to enter.


Visitors must register with staff prior to entering the visiting area. You will be required to sign the entry log and be approved for the visit before you are allowed to enter the visiting area. 

Everyone 16 years old or older is required to show a picture identification. All visitors must present valid identification each time they visit. The only forms of identification accepted by the DOC are: valid driver’s license from the state of residence, valid state photo identification card from the state of residence, valid photo military identification card (active duty only), or a valid passport. 


Visitors under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at all times while on facility grounds. 

Dress Code

All visitors must wear appropriate clothing reflecting the standards noted in the following Dress Code. The wearing of expensive clothing or jewelry is discouraged. 

The following Dress Code is STRICTLY ENFORCED:

All male visitors must wear shirts with sleeves, and dress shirts must be appropriately buttoned at all times. Cutoffs or see-through shirts are STRICTLY PROHIBITED. 

Male visitors may not wear the following: cutoff shorts/shirts; shorts more than two (2) inches above the knee; tight fitting clothing such as spandex pants/tops or breakaway sports pants. 

Female visitors are NOT be permitted to wear halter or low cut revealing tops, tube top, midriff revealing tops, swimsuit tops, bodysuits, sheer blouses, leotards, spandex, or any other type of skin tight fitting outfit. 

Sleeveless blouses and summer dresses may be worn but no thin strap tops of any type will be allowed. Any blouse or top that reveals any portion of the under garment will be denied entry into the facility. 

Female visitors entering the facility are only permitted to wear dresses or skirts, slacks or full-length jeans and shorts (No Cutoffs) within the lengths listed below. 

Mini-skirts are STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Hemlines of dresses, skirts, and shorts are not permitted to be more than four inches above the knee. Revealing slits and kick pleats exposing more than four inches above the knee must be pinned.

Clothing may not be altered from the manufacturer’s design in any way and must be in clean and in good repair with no holes.

Clothing or other accessories with drug, alcohol advertisements, derogatory slogans, or gang symbolism will not be permitted. Pull-over hooded sweatshirts with kangaroo pockets (i.e. hand warmer pockets) will also not be allowed.

Outerwear (coats, jackets, raincoats, etc.) appropriate for current weather conditions may be worn to the visiting room. Only sweaters and lightweight jackets may be worn or possessed in the Visiting Room; heavy, bulky or long coats will be hung.

What you can and can’t bring to a visit

Visitors are not permitted to possess or carry the following items into the visiting area: 

Firearms, weapons, knives, ammunition, narcotics, medication, controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, tobacco, and tobacco related items, cameras, video, and audio recording equipment and electronic devices.

Each adult visitor is allowed to bring up to $20.00 (coins only) into the visiting area to be used to purchase items from the vending machines. You are not allowed to give any money to an offender. This is considered trafficking and will cause the visit to be stopped, and you will be restricted from visiting the offender in the future. 

Inmates and their visitors may no longer share food during visits; a one-time vending machine purchase for the offender will be permitted. The purchased food will be bagged, tagged, and given to the offender at the end of their visit, all vending machine food will be consumed when the offender returns to his respective housing unit. 

In addition, ALL visits will be non-contact with no hug or kiss at the beginning and end of visits. THIS INCLUDES CHILDREN.

Visitors with an infant may bring one clear, plastic baby bottle and/or pacifier, and one diaper.

Video Visitation

Video visitation is a great way to connect with your loved one over the internet, without having to worry about unpredictable crowds and overly busy visitation hours.

Visits can be scheduled and paid for in advance, allowing you to visit with inmates at times that are convenient for you. For more information on video visitation, please visit the GTL website.

Physical Address

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
6908 S. Old U.S. Highway 41
Carlisle, IN 47838

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Y9zpqi1MQRnQAjJ79

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 500
Carlisle, IN 47838

To write to an offender at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, you need the offender's name and DOC number. You can look up an offender's DOC number on the IDOC website by clicking here

All incoming and outgoing mail is opened, examined, and read by designated facility staff.

Inmates may receive correspondence, legal mail, and publications from publishers only, which are reviewed to determine whether they are obscene or constitute a danger to safety and security.

Electronic messages can be sent to an inmate through the GTL Network

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. However, they do have access to a phone during assigned times, and they can make outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Indiana, please click here.

How to Send Money

The only way to send money to an inmate at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is by using JPAY money orders.

Money orders must be sent with the lockbox deposit slip and must be complete with the inmate name, IDOC inmate number, sender’s name, and address.

You can find deposit slips by clicking here and selecting the JPay option. The money orders should be sent with a deposit slip, be made payable to JPay, and sent to the following address:

PO Box 531399,
Wabash Valley Shores, FL 33153

​Programs For ​Inmates

Inmates are involved in the production of a wide variety of products offered through the Prison Enterprises Network. PEN Products includes a Print, License Tag, Wiring Harness, and Web Gear operation, which produces products for our armed forces. A minimum-security labor line has been instrumental in providing much needed services to area communities, providing labor for projects which otherwise would be impossible to complete. Additional crews are assigned to the Department of Natural Resources.

The Education Department offers a wide range of opportunities to offenders. The facility T.A.S.C. program is coordinated through a contract with Oakland City University. Vocational Education focuses on a comprehensive Building Maintenance program. Literacy and Special Education programming is also offered to offenders through Oakland City University.

U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Certificates are available to offenders in eight different occupational titles, including the facility printing operation and food service, enhancing their employability upon release.

Community Services at Wabash Valley coordinates a wide variety of programs to offenders, depending on strong volunteer support from area communities. Over 375 volunteers provide services to Education, Religious Services, Recreation, Substance Abuse, and Re-Entry Programs. The facility Fatherhood Program is a character based education and support endeavor that helps incarcerated fathers develop skills to become more involved and supportive with their children.

Another P.L.U.S. for the facility is Purposeful Living Units Serve, a faith and character based housing unit. Emphasis is placed on spiritual, moral, and character development for offenders choosing to take part, all determined to improve their lives as they return to society as law-abiding citizens. The PLUS program received the Indiana Correctional Association 2008 Program of the Year award.

The facility operates an extensive recycling program. Waste paper and other card stock, cardboard, steel food cans, beverage cans, scrap steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and motor oil solvents are recycled through contractors, and pull-tabs from aluminum soda pop cans are recycled for the Ronald McDonald House.

In 2012, recycling barrels were placed in all housing units (with the exception of the SNU unit). Aluminum soda cans and plastic bottles are being placed in the barrels for recycling. The recycling effort also created four new offender jobs for separation and movement of the materials.

  • Thinking For A Change
  • Oakland City University Correspondence Classes
  • Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS) / PLUS Quilts & Projects
  • Fatherhood Program (Inside Out Dads) / Special Events / Reading Program
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)
  • Substance Abuse
  • AA / NA
  • Re-Entry Simulation
  • Re-Entry Programming - S.T.A.R.T. / T.I.P.S.
  • American Legion / Sons Post 398
  • The Urban Ministry Institution (TUMI)
  • The Navigators
  • ABE/TASC (Adult Basic Education / Test Assessing Secondary Completion / High School Equivalency)
  • Vocational Education
  •  NCCER – Building Trades
  •  MS/ME – Master Student to Master Employee (JHU Only)
  • WIN Soft Skills
  • Compassionate Companion Program
  • Literacy Life Skills
  • Suicide Watch Companions
  • U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Programs
  • ICI Products
  • Bindery Worker
  • Offset Press Operator 1
  • Sewing Machine Repair
  • Machine Operator 1
  • Electronic Prepress System Operator
  • Material Coordinator
  • Assembler Electromechanical
  • Assembly Technician
  • Housekeeper Commercial Residential Industries
  • Inspector Quality Assurance
  • Office Manager Administrative Services
  • Patternmaker
  • Aramark IN2Work
  • Office Manager
  • Cook
  • Facility
  • Machine Operator 1
  • Barber
  • Housekeeper
  • Landscape Technician
  • Officer Manager
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Cook

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