Visiting Hours | Dress Code
VISITING HOURS ( Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.)
Inmates in the general population may have visits on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The hours are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Visitor processing stops from 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. If visitors are inside the Visiting Room prior to 3:45 p.m. they may remain inside until 5:00 p.m. or when count clears. Visitors must have a visitor's pass prior to 3:30 p.m. to visit the first half or a visitor's pass prior to 8:15 p.m. to visit the second half.
Holiday schedules shall follow the visiting schedule for the assigned day, unless otherwise authorized by the Superintendent.
Inmates are allowed a maximum number of five (5) visits per week during scheduled visiting hours. During weekdays an inmate may remain in the visiting room throughout both visiting period if they desire. An inmate who is on a visit for any portion of either period shall be charged with utilization of one visit (i.e. if the visit runs from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. then the inmate shall be charged with 2 visiting periods). No visitor or inmate shall be allowed to enter or exit the visiting room between 2:50 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. due to change of shift and between 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. due to the major count. Maximum number of visitors allowed per visit will be two (2) adults and three (3) children.
Visitors may visit for the entire scheduled visiting period. In emergency situations and overcrowding, at the discretion of the Shift Commander, visits may be limited to no less than one (1) hour in duration to accommodate all visitors. Visits that started earliest will be terminated first (excluding visitors who traveled over 100 miles) to provide room when visitors are waiting to enter the visiting room due to overcrowding.
Visitors who have been convicted of a felony or have been sentenced to a penal institution must complete a Felony / Background Form and receive permission from the Superintendent, prior to visiting.
Visitors must present a photo identification, which, in the opinion of the admitting officer(s) is adequate. A current MA. Driver's license, passport or an identification card issued by the Department of Transitional Assistance shall be sufficient. Visitors may be requested to produce their vehicle registration.
Attorney, law student, and paralegal visits will be conducted in one of the three designated attorney-visiting rooms. This will allow offenders confidential contact with their attorneys and/or representatives.
Superintendent shall approve special visits (I.E. Extended hours/visitors).
Request for Special Visits must be made in writing one week in advance. Request made outside this time frame due to a family crisis or emergency shall be handled on and individual basis.
Inmate must request the special visit through their respective Unit Manager. The Unit Manager will review same and make a recommendation to Superintendent.
MINOR CONSENT FORMS
- No child who was a victim of the inmate's offense shall be authorized to visit without the authorization of the Commissioner or designee.
- A parent entering with their minor child must have a copy of the minor's birth certificate and appropriate identification with them each time they visit.
- If the adult entering with a minor is the minor's Legal Guardian and has a court document indicating they are the appointed legal guardian, they must present that court document, along with a copy of the minor's birth certificate and appropriate identification, each time they visit.
- An individual that is not the parent or legal guardian of a minor must submit a completed Minor Request Form to the Superintendent, and obtain the Superintendent's approval to bring the minor in to visit prior to visiting. Staff must verify that there is an approved Minor Consent Form on file for the minor, and that the individual accompanying the minor has a copy of the approved minor form, along with the minor's birth certificate and appropriate identification.
- Staff at Outer Control shall ensure that the parent entering the facility with a minor presents a copy of the child's birth certificate and verify that they are the parent noted on said birth certificate.
- Staff shall ensure that the legal guardian entering the facility with a minor presents a copy of the court document proving they are the minor's legal guardian if they have been court appointed as Legal Guardian, along with a copy of the child's birth certificate and appropriate identification.
- If there is no approved Minor Consent Form on file, the officer will give the individual a blank form and advise them that the form must be completed by the minor's parent or legal guardian, then submitted to the Superintendent with necessary documentation for approval.
- If the MCI-Framingham inmate is the parent of the minor and wishes the minor to visit, the inmate may fill out a Minor Consent Form, which may be obtained from a Unit Team member. The inmate must ensure that:
- The form is filled out completely, noting the name and address of the adult that will bring the minor to MCI Framingham.
- A copy of the birth certificate is provided for attachment to the Minor Consent Form.
Once a. and b. have been completed, the information should be forwarded to the Superintendent for approval. Upon the Superintendent's approval, the form will be returned to the inmate; a copy of same, along with the birth certificate, will be sent to the adult approved to bring the minor to visit; and a copy will be placed on file at Visitor Processing .
- If the Minor Consent Form is on file and the individual accompanying the minor is listed as being authorized to bring the child to visit, the minor will be allowed to enter with the accompanying adult.
- If the minor consent form on file does not list the individual accompanying the minor as being authorized to bring the child in, the minor will not be allowed to enter the facility.
- The machines and their contents are made available for inmates and their visitors for their personal consumption in the visiting room.
- There will be no food or drink removed from the visiting area by any visitor or inmate.
- It is the responsibility of the inmate to ensure that all trash is deposited into the appropriate receptacles.
- Abuse of the machines may result in the suspension of visiting privileges or use of vending machines.
- Sharing of food products and or/drinks will not be allowed. Food or drinks will not be allowed in the children's area.
- Inmates who receive visits, which include small children, are encouraged to utilize the parenting room in the visiting area.
- All children must be supervised by the guardian or parent at all times.
- All toys are to remain in the parenting room and be put away at the end of the visit.
- Inmates and visitors who abuse the privileges of the parenting room may be subject to loss of visiting privileges.
- Food or beverages are not allowed in the parenting room.
INSTITUTION RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Upon entrance to the Visiting Room, inmates will provide the Visiting Room Officer their institutional pass and institutional ID card.
- Seating will be on a first come first served basis and only in those areas designated for inmates. As the inmates enter the visiting room they will take a plastic chair from the stack and place it across from their visitor's seats. When the visit has ended they will return their plastic chair to the stack and wait to be strip searched prior to exiting the visiting room. Seating will be monitored by the Visiting Room Sergeant or the Officer in Charge.
- Inmate are required to sit with their back flat against the chair and their feet flat on the ground. Legs may not be crossed and there is no straddling on the chairs.
- Inmates are not allowed to take or give any item to or from visitors. The exception to this is items purchased from the vending machine. Inmates are not allowed to share items from the vending machine with their visitors.
- Visitors will be allowed to use the toilet facilities in the Visiting Room, when necessary. The visitor must submit to a pat search prior to re-entering the Visiting Room. The Visitor will be required to sign the Search Log upon completion. Whenever a child uses the bathroom an adult shall be present prior to conducting the pat search. If the adult enters the toilet facilities with the child, they are also subject to a pat search.
- The toilet facilities shall be searched prior to any visitor entering and after the visitor has exited and a pat search of the visitor has been completed.
- Footwear must be worn in the visiting room.
- No jewelry other than a wedding ring and medical bracelet may be worn into the visiting room.
- Medication that has been approved by the Shift Commander must be kept at the desk in an envelope. All envelopes are to be marked with the visitor's name and contents of envelope.
- No gum, cigarettes, candy, medication, money, or other items not authorized for retention by a visitor will be allowed into the visiting room. These items are to be secured in the lockers located in the visitors lobby.
- The introduction of guns, controlled substances, alcohol or other weapons is cause for loss of visiting privileges as well as criminal prosecution.
- If a visitor appears to be under the influence of alcohol or any unknown substance or the odor of alcohol is detected they will be denied entrance.
- Visitors may purchase a debit card in the lobby for vending machine purchases. Money is not allowed in the visiting room.
- When visitors have an infant or small child, they will be allowed to bring two (2) clear plastic bottles with either formula, milk, water or juice. A cloth diaper/and or receiving blanket will be allowed.
- Visitors may only visit with one inmate at a time during their incarceration at MCI-Framingham unless special approval has been provided by the Superintendent or her designee. (Visitors cannot visit one inmate on one day and another inmate on another day).
- Physical contact between visitors and inmates shall be limited to a brief greeting at the start and at the completion of a visit. Excessive or inappropriate physical contact may be cause for termination of the visit and loss of privileges.
- Visitors who choose to deposit funds into inmate accounts must do so by making the check or money order payable to inmate and depositing it in the INMATE ACCOUNT BOX located in the main lobby. The funds will be deposited into the inmate account in accordance with 103 DOC 405: Inmate Funds Policy. MCI-Framingham does not accept cash deposits for inmates. Visitors must only deposit money into the account of the person they are visiting.
- Visitors to MCI Framingham, their vehicles and their possessions are subject to search while on state property.
- Inmates who are scheduled to serve disciplinary sanctions, or are otherwise not able to receive visits, are responsible to notify visitors prior to such a visit, if they desire to avoid limited or otherwise restricted visits.
- When an inmate's housing status changes abruptly (e.g. from general population to Close Custody, HSU, etc.), upon the inmate's request, reasonable efforts will be made by the Unit Team staff to contact visitors and have them informed of visiting restrictions.
- All visitors must park their vehicles in the area assigned for Visitors Parking. All vehicles must be locked while on state property. Visitors will be required to list the registration number of the vehicle they arrived in on the Request to Visit Form. If requested by staff, a copy of the registration must be produced. Visitors are not allowed to loiter in the parking lot.
TRANSPORTATION FROM MCI-FRAMINGHAM
Transportation from MCI-Framingham is limited to taxis. The following are companies in Framingham:
The appropriate fare to the train station in downtown Framingham is $2.50. The Station is approximately 1 mile from the prison, therefore it is an easy walk.
Amtrak (train) leaves from downtown Framingham to points east. The last stop on the rout is South Station in Boston. Across from the station is the Peter Pan bus terminal where there are bus routes throughout the state. The fare from Framingham to South Station is $4.00. The Weekday schedule is 10 a.m/12 p.m. / 2 p.m. the Saturday schedule is 9 a.m. / 11 a.m. / 1 p.m.
Bus services are also available in Framingham. The bus terminal is located at Shopper's World in Framingham. The fare from the prison to the terminal by taxi is approximately $10.00. Buses are available to Boston. The fare is approximately $11.00. Connecting bus lines are available in Boston and Worcester to all other points.