Procedural Statement for 103 CMR 483 Inmate Visits
Visiting Hours - General Population
Inmates are allowed five (5) visits per week. Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday. The amount of visits shall be strictly enforced.
Visitors shall be allowed to remain in the visiting room from one period to another; however the inmate shall be charged for two (2) visits with the exception of Sunday due to there are NO BACK TO BACK VISITS ON SUNDAYS.
Visiting Special Housing Unit (SHU) - EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 19, 2012
Visiting time periods are as follows:
Visiting Time periods are as follows:
Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.
Non-Contact Visits for Population Inmates
The Superintendent shall be the only authority who shall place a population inmate on non-contact visiting status based on instances of substantiated security risk.
Assignment of an inmate to the non-contact visiting room is not to be used as a form of punishment nor is it to be used as a disciplinary sanction.
The passing of contraband, the attempt to introduce contraband, the refusal to provide a urine for drug screen, or the testing positive for illegal drugs shall constitute sufficient cause to assign an inmate to non-contact visiting. Any other incident or action which interferes with the security or orderly operation of the institution and which the Superintendent determines to be a substantiated security risk, may result in an inmate's assignment to the non-contact visiting room.
The assignment of non-contact visits by the Superintendent shall be for a indefinite period of time. Once an inmate has been assigned to the non-contact visiting room, that status may be reviewed:
Procedures for Population Non-Contact Visits
Upon the Superintendent's determination that a population inmate shall be on non-contact visiting status, a memo in writing stating such will be signed and distributed to the following areas:
It shall be the responsibility of the OIC in Outer Control to ensure that the Inmate Visiting Rolodex Card File is marked in black bold letters that said inmate is on non-contact visiting status. The OIC of Outer Control shall also ensure that the staff in Outer Control is aware of this procedure.
All visitors shall be processed in accordance with 103 CMR 483 and OCCC site-specific procedures for visits.
Visitors for non-contact visits shall not be allowed to bring debit cards into the visiting room.
Visitors shall not be required to make appointments for visits. However, if a visitor in Outer Control lobby is waiting to visit in the non-contact visiting room for population inmates and the visiting room is to capacity the visit in Outer Control shall have to wait until a non-contact visiting room is available. Visits for population inmates assigned to the non-contact visiting room shall be on the regular visiting schedule, Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, regular hours and shall be handled by a first come basis. There shall be no termination of visits for population non-contact visits.
The officer in Outer Control shall notify the unit, that the inmate has a visit. The officer shall also notify the Visiting Room OIC.
The inmate shall be escorted through the back corridor to the non-contact visiting room and shall be secured in the cage.
Upon completion of the visit the inmate shall be strip-searched.
Nursing of Infant child:
Female visitors shall be allowed to nurse their child in the V.R. privately in an attorney room. The room shall be searched before and after it is used, the officer shall be posted outside so no access is allowed in the room. Only the child and mother are allowed in the room.
Inmates cleared by the Health Service Administrator to go to the Visiting Room may have visits.
Special Restraint Status
Inmates who have been designated "Special Restraint Status" by the Deputy Superintendent are permitted attorney visits only. Visits shall occur in the attorney visiting area.
Outside Hospital Visit
When an inmate is housed at an outside hospital and is determined by the attending physician to be at risk of imminent death, the Superintendent or Acting Superintendent only may authorized a special visit. All requests for these visits must be made through the Superintendent's office per 483.11.
Visitor Dress Code
Old Colony will adopt the standardized dress code.
In all instances, the Shift Commander will make final determination for admittance. For Further information you may contact 508-279-6000
Inmate Dress Code
Cold Weather Dress
Warm Weather Dress Code
Restrictions and Limitation
All inmate visitors shall park in the visiting parking area adjacent to the main parking lot.
Remote control keyless ignition start will be prohibited by all Inmate visitor(s) in Old Colony Correctional Center parking lot(s).
All vehicles will be kept locked (secured) at all times.
Institution Visiting Rules and Procedures
The following rules shall be enforced and adhered to by all visitors:
All children (17 years or younger) wishing to visit must be accompanied by an adult.
Children accompanying an adult other than their legal guardian must have written permission from the legal guardian and this permission slip must be notarized in advance of the visit with the forms signed by the Superintendent. A birth certificate is also required for each visit. The birth certificate must be an official document with a raised town seal on the certificate.
Children in the visiting area shall be the responsibility of the adult visitor and shall not be allowed to engage in disruptive behavior or the visit will be terminated.
Diapers may be changed in the diaper changing room by the visitor only, and an officer will monitor this procedure.
Bathroom Facilities for Visitors/Inmates
Infant Diaper Change
Medication for Inmates
Inmates requiring special medication (i.e. Insulin, etc.) shall be allowed to receive their medication and return to their visit. However, the same entrance procedure for inmates arriving for a visit shall be followed.
Visitors may drop off checks or money orders (no cash) in the box marked INMATE CHECKS in the outer control lobby. It should be in a sealed envelope with the inmate's name and number clearly marked.
Any funds not declared at Outer Control may be cause for barring action.
Only persons/visitors who are documented relatives or friends may drop off money or property for inmates.
Persons/visitors shall not be allowed to drop off money for more than one inmate.
If it is documented that a person/ visitor visits one inmate (visiting card) he/she shall not be allowed to drop off money for an inmate other than the one he/she visits.
The Superintendent shall post a schedule of public transportation in a conspicuous location at the entrance or lobby of the institution.
Violation of Rules
Any violation of visiting rules by inmates may result in disciplinary action and/or loss of visiting privileges.
Any violation of visiting rules by visitors may result in termination of the visit and/or barring action.
Visitor's Access to Rules and Regulations
A copy of the institution's visiting rules and procedures shall be made available to any visitor who requests it.
Introduction of Legal Documents
At 1:00 P.M., visitors may obtain Request To Visit Inmate Forms at the desk, complete them, and give them to the Visiting Room Officer.
Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.
The Minimum Unit Visiting Room Officer will process all visitors' visiting slips. The officer will ensure that the visiting slip is completely filled out, acceptable identification (driver's license, military identification, government issued identification, passport, identification card from the Department of Transitional Assistance) are presented and that the visitor is not on the PASS System. Identification presented by visitors, but not specifically listed above as acceptable, may or may not be allowed to be utilized at the discretion of the Shift Commander. Visitors will be processed on a first-come, first-served, basis.
All visitors are required to:
Secure their vehicles.
Store any personal items in their vehicles or in the lockers available in the Visitors' Locker Room. Personal items include, but are not limited to; the following articles:
The carrying of guns or other weapons, controlled substances, alcohol, or any other article whatsoever into or out of the institution/visiting room may result in the loss of visiting privileges, as well as criminal prosecution.
Tobacco and tobacco related products are contraband and are not allowed in the visiting room. Smoking is prohibited on state property.
Visitors may bring the following items into the institution:
No packages or parcels shall be accepted from visitors for delivery to inmates.
Once the visitor's Request to Visit Inmate form has been processed, the visitor shall then proceed to the seating area and be seated.
The Visiting Room Officer will then do the following:
When an inmate enters the Visiting Room, he shall proceed directly to the officers' desk and submit his photo identification card to the officer. The inmate shall then proceed to the seating area. The officer will then fill in the section "Inmate In" on the visiting slip and visitor-tracking sheet with the time the inmate arrived in the Visiting Room.
At the conclusion of an inmate's visit, the visitor(s) shall report to a Visiting Room Officer that he/she is ready to leave. The Visiting Room Officer will notify the Minimum Unit which inmate is returning to the unit. The visitor(s) will remain in the Visiting Room until the inmate's physical return to the Minimum Unit has been confirmed by staff.
Visitors are subject to search at any time while on state property.
The Shift Commander has the authority to refuse entrance or terminate a visit when he/she feels a visitor is inappropriately dressed.
Inmates must dress appropriately for visits. Inmates must wear pants, shoes, and a shirt. Inmates may not wear undershirts in place of an outside shirt. Sweatpants, shorts and hats shall not be worn in the visiting room.
No jewelry, except wedding bands, medical alert bracelets/necklaces, and religious medals. Religious medals may only be worn under the inmates' shirts and must remain under their shirts at all times. Religious hat may be worn.
Note: The Shift Commander has the authority to terminate a visit when he/she feels the inmate is inappropriately dressed.
Staff assigned to the Minimum Visiting Room will return all processed Minimum Visit paperwork to the Outer Control upon closing of the Visiting Room. Staff assigned to the Minimum Unit on the 11-7 shift shall pick up the paperwork and bring it to the Minimum.
Reviewing Authority DATE
OLD COLONY CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Old Colony Correctional Center is located 35 miles southwest of Boston. It is easily accessible via automobile from:
BOSTON - Follow Rte. 93 (Southeast Expressway) south to Rte. 128. Take Rte. 128 North to Rte. 24. Take Rte. 24 South to Rte. 106. Take Rte. 106 East to Rte. 28. Take Rte. 28 south though Bridgewater Center continuing approximately 5 miles out of town. The Institution's access road is located on the left, marked by a large MCI Bridgewater sign listing all the institutions. The first institution you come to is Old Colony.
WORCESTER - Follow Rte. 495 south to Rte. 44. Take Rte. 44 east approximately 2 mile to the Middleboro Rotary. Follow the rotary 3/4 around exiting on Rte. 28/19 North. Follow 28/18 for approximately 5 miles. The Institution's access road will be on the right.
NEW BEDFORD/FALL RIVER - Follow Rte. 24 north to Rte. 44. Take Rte. 44 East to the Middleboro Rotary. Follow the rotary 3/4 around exiting on Rte. 28/18 North. Follow Rte. 28/18 North for approximately 5 miles. The institution's access road is on the right.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Public Transportation to and from Old Colony is limited, but available. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (M.B.T.A.) stops in Bridgewater at the Great Hills Parking Lot. Bill's Taxi Service (697-4343) is available from there.
Old Colony Correctional Center
Segregation Visits by appointment only. Appointments can be made on Monday and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
VISITING ROOM RULES
No straddling chairs and benches.
No sitting with legs crossed over one another.
Feet will be on the ground at all times, not on chairs or benches.
No lying across or sitting on another's lap.
No sitting or lying on the ground.
Hands shall be in plain sight at all times.
Sit with back against the chair.
Coats, jackets and outerwear are to be hung on appropriate coat racks located at the entrance to the visiting room.
Behavior, which may be offensive to another visitor or inappropriate in the presence of children, will not be tolerated.
Any contact that is more than commonly acceptable as a public display of affection and which is embarrassing to others will not be tolerated. Inmates be allowed to kiss their visitor(s) in a closed-mouth fashion only, once upon greeting their visitor(s) and once again at the conclusion of their visit.
No article shall be passed between a visitor and an inmate without the permission of the visiting room officer.
Disruptive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.
Once seated, visitors and inmates may not change their seating.
Upon entering the visiting room, the inmate will provide his I.D. to the search officer and proceed to the visiting room desk, where he will leave his I.D. until the completion of the visit.
Serious deviation from appropriate standards of behavior may result in administrative actions, such as a warning, termination of visit, suspension or loss of visiting privilege.
Inmate and visitors are responsible to clean up and throw away all trash and left over vending machine items and wrappers that have been purchased during their visit.
At the conclusion of the inmate's visit, the inmate shall remain seated until his visitor has left the visiting room unless otherwise instructed by visiting room staff.
No cross visiting between inmates and visitors.
No sharing of beverages or bagged food items.
Inmates are not allowed to bring anything into or take anything out of the visiting room.
Inmates and visitors are not allowed to put their arms around each other when sitting or standing. The only exception will made for once at the beginning and end of the visit during an exchange of common display of affection (hug and/or closed-mouth kiss).
Inmates and visitors will follow the orders of the officers assigned to the visiting room and its related areas.
Parents of children will be responsible for the child's behavior at all times. Children will not be allowed by their parents of legal guardians to roam the visiting room unattended.
Inmates are not allowed to have contact with the vending machines or microwave and the area around these items is now considered out of bounds to all inmates during the visiting period. Failure to abide by these rules will result in disciplinary action.
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