From points along the Massachusetts Turnpike: MA Pike (I 90) West to Route 30 (Framingham / Natick Exit). After toll booth follow the Framingham Route 30 West signs to a set of lights at the intersection of Routes 30 & 126. Take a left onto Route 126 and continue on Route 126 by the Framingham District Court and into downtown Framingham. Continue through downtown Framingham, over a set of railroad tracks and through the Route 135 intersection. Take a left onto Irving St. Follow Irving St.to the third set of lights and take left (Framingham Fire Station). Continue along the MCI-Framingham perimeter fence. Bear right to the parking lot at the fork . South Middlesex Correctional Center is on the left.
Public transportation is available via Amtrak trains, the MBTA Commuter Rail (purple line) and several taxi companies in the Framingham area. Transportation schedules for public transportation (taxi, trains) shall be posted on the visitors bulletin board located by the pay phones in the main lobby.
Monday - Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 pm - all inmates
Saturday afternoons 1:00 - 4:00 pm - inmates with last name beginning A - M only
Saturday evenings 6:00 - 9:00 pm - inmates with last name beginning N - Z only
Sunday afternoons 1:00 - 4:00 pm - inmates with last name beginning N - Z only
Sunday evenings 6:00 - 9:00 pm - inmates with last name beginning A - M only
Holidays: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
In addition to the rules and regulations of 103 CMR 483, the following rules are applicable:
A. There will be no limitations on the number of visits an inmate may receive at one time or on a weekly basis.
1. Inmates anticipating receiving five (5) or more visitors during one session should make prior arrangements with the Shift Commander.
2. Visitors may only visit with one inmate at a time unless the inmates are related.
B. The Shift Commander may at his/her discretion terminate visits if overcrowding occurs. Criteria for terminating visits shall be as follows:
1. Visitors who arrived first will be asked leave first.
2. Visitors will have a minimum of one (1) hour visiting time before the visit is terminated.
3. The Shift Commander shall write an Information Report any time a visit is terminated.
C. In the event an inmate is unable to receive visits, for any reason, she shall be responsible for notifying her visitors.
D. No child who was a victim of the inmate's offense shall be authorized to visit without the authorization of the Commissioner, or his designee.
E. Visitors may not bring in property for inmates during a visit. Additionally, visitors may not bring in:
4. Drug related paraphernalia,
5. Electrical appliances, tv's, radios, cameras
6. Handcuff keys
7. Beepers and/or Cellular phones.
8. Cigarettes, Tobacco or Tobacco products
**Visitors using public transportation may store cigarettes, tobacco products, beepers and / or cellular telephones in the lockers provided. This institution is not responsible for any articles placed in the lockers.
F. The following personal items may be brought into the facility and retained by visitors during the course of a visit:
1. Children's articles (diapers, bottles, etc.);
2. Money for use in vending machines. Visitors must use the Debitek System for vending purchases. Visitors may not give e money directly to inmates at any time or leave inmates their Debitek Card. Money may be left for inmates in accordance with (G), below;
G. Visitors may leave money for inmates (NO CASH) by placing the money order, bank check, certified check or personal check in the locked box in the lobby between the pay phones. All money orders, and checks must be signed and contain the address of the person leaving the money in order to be processed.
H. Visitors must park their vehicles in the Visitor's Parking Area. All vehicles must be secured at all times. Neither SMCC nor the Department of Correction is responsible for theft or damage incurred while parked on the property. All vehicles while on State property are subject to search.
See Visitor Dress Code under State Correctional Facilities.
NOTE: The Shift Commander has the authority to refuse entrance or terminate a visit when he/she feels a visitor is inappropriately attired.
J. Inmates must dress appropriately for visits. Inmates must wear pants, shoes and a shirt. Inmates may not wear only an undershirt. The Shift Commander has the authority to terminate a visit when he/she feels the inmate is inappropriately dressed.
1. During summer months, inmates may wear shorts of acceptable length. Inmates shall not remove their shirts, lay under blankets with visitors, or sit on top of picnic tables.
K. Personal radios, walkmans, hot pots or tv's may not be used in the Visiting Room.
L. Visiting in the parking lot area(s) is prohibited.
M. Visiting will take place in the Visiting Room or the designated outside visiting area only. All visitors and inmates must return to the Visiting Room at dusk or when the Shift Commander closes the yard.
N. All visitors must be off SMCC grounds by 4:15 p.m. during afternoon visiting hours, 9:00 p.m. during evening hours.
O. Visitors are not allowed in the inmate cafeteria and are not to partake of meals from the cafeteria.
P. Visitors with children must ensure that the children are supervised and remain with them at all times.
Q. Smoking is prohibited at SMCC.
R. Conduct or behavior that is disruptive to the orderly running of the facility will not be tolerated and may result in the termination of the visit.
S. Inmates and visitors are expected to conduct themselves reasonably and not engage in physical contact that is inappropriate or excessive. Deviations from appropriate standards of behavior may result in disciplinary action, termination of the visit, or suspension or loss of visiting privileges.
T. In order for a minor to gain permission to visit SMCC, he/she must demonstrate that they have consent of a parent or legal guardian that has physical custody. In addition, he/she must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian or by an adult pre-approved by the parent or legal guardian to visit.
In cases where the parent or legal guardian is accompanying the minor child, he/she must present the minor child's birth certificate verifying parentage or guardianship. In cases where the parent or legal guardian is not accompanying the minor, a "Minor Authorization to Visit Form"(Attachment I) must be completed/notarized and submitted to the Superintendent for approval and the copy presented each time they visit.
U. A copy of the institutions visiting rules and procedures shall be made available to any visitor requesting one.
V. Food and property items (with the exception of games)may not be brought from the inmates room into the visiting room or outside visiting area. Exceptions can only be authorized at the discretion of the Shift Commander.
1. Attorney visits
a. All attorney visits will be conducted during normal visiting hours, except where prior approval has been granted by the Superintendent or his / her designee.
b. Attorney visits shall normally occur in the designated visiting areas. On special request, a separate area may be provided to insure attorney / client privacy.
c. All attorneys requesting special visiting accommodations may be asked to provide appropriate credentials such as : Mass Bar Assoc Card, evidence of attorney intern status, or other documentation giving him / her attorney privileges.
2. Person Coming from Long Distances
a. Any person intending to visit, and who may have to travel a long distance may request special permission from the Unit Team Supervisor for an extended and / or alternative visiting period. Such requests shall be made at least two weeks prior to the intended visit and must be approved by the Director of Security (Attachment 3).
3. Visits to Hospitalized Inmates
a. Notwithstanding the general policy 103 CMR 483, the Superintendent of the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Correctional Unit, or of any reception / diagnostic center, may restrict visiting to family members, and attorneys and others visiting in a professional capacity.
b. No one may visit an inmate temporarily confined in an outside hospital (other than the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Correctional Unit, as noted above), without the prior approval of the Superintendent of South Middlesex Correctional Center or of the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner.
4. Visits to Inmates in Disciplinary Status
a. Unless otherwise stipulated by a disciplinary sanction (i.e., loss of visiting privileges, room restriction), inmates with pending disciplinary matters or appeals may continue to receive visits as usual.
In addition to the requirements of 103 CMR 483.12: Identification and Sign In Requirements, the following is applicable:
A. All visitors must report directly to the Shift Control Center upon arrival and completed a "VISIT REQUEST FORM" (Attachment II).
B. Visitors are required to present picture identification that in the opinion of the Control Center Program Officer is adequate. This includes a current Massachusetts (or other state) driver's license, passport, Massachusetts Identification Card, Department of Transitional Assistance Identification Card, etc.
C. All visitors will be asked by the Control Center Program Officer if they are in possession of any weapons, cuff keys, or medication.
1. Inmate visitors in possession of a weapon may not visit. The weapon cannot be kept on the premises.
2. Visitors with medication shall turn it in to the Control Center Officer until the end of the visit. The visit may come to the Control Center during the course of the visit and the medication shall be made available, as needed.
3. If a visitor needs to keep medication on them at all times, a letter from a physician, stating the type of medication and the amount to be retained, must be presented at the time of visiting to the officer on duty.
D. The introduction of guns or other weapons, controlled substances, alcohol, or any other contraband into or out of SMCC may result in the loss of visiting privileges, as well as criminal prosecution.
5. VISITOR SEARCHES:
A. INITIAL SCREENING OF VISITORS:
1. Visitors entering SMCC shall present all personal effects to the Control Center Program Officer for inspection at the time they are signing in. Refusal to present any item to the Officer for inspection may result in denial of the visit.
B. SUBSEQUENT SEARCHES:
1. In the event a staff member suspects (either by the visitor's behavior, physical appearance, or other observation) that the visitor may be concealing personal effects and failed to present them for inspection, he/she shall notify the Shift Commander immediately and request that a personal (pat) search be conducted.
2. Personal searches of visitors may not be conducted without the authorization of the Shift Commander.
3. A visitor shall be granted the opportunity to leave the institution rather than submit to a personal search, unless:
a. The employee has those arrest powers granted under the authority of MGL Chapter 127, Section 127; (ARREST PROCEDURES).
b. The employee has probable cause to believe that the visitor has committed an arrestable offense;
c. The employee has probable cause to believe that the visitor has seizable evidence concealed on his person.
Under these conditions, a personal search incidental to arrest may be conducted.
4. Any Shift Commander approving the use of a personal search prior to the entry of a visitor to SMCC shall file an Incident Report. The observing Officer shall file a full report of his/her observations with the Shift Commander prior to the end of the tour of duty. The report shall contain the name of the visitor, the names of the searching officer(s), the extent of the search and what, if anything, was found.
1. As part of the admission criteria, Correction Program Officers may ask a visitor seeking admission to submit to a strip search, in order to ensure that the visitor is not smuggling any articles or personal effects.
2. Before conducting a strip search of a visitor, the observing Officer shall relate to his/her Shift Commander the reasons the for request.
3. Strip searches of visitors may only be conducted upon the authorization of the Superintendent or his designee, during business hours and the Institution Duty Officer during non-business hours.
4. A visitor shall be granted the opportunity to leave the institution rather than submit to a strip search, unless:
a. The employee has those arrest powers granted under the authority of MGL Chapter 127, Section 127;(ARREST PROCEDURES).
b. The employee has probable cause to believe that the visitor has committed an arrest able offense;
c. The employee has probable cause to believe that the visitor has seizable evidence concealed on his person.
Under these conditions, a strip search incidental to arrest may be conducted.
5. The Officer(s) conducting the strip search shall file an Information Report concerning the search with the Superintendent prior to the end of the tour of duty. The report shall contain the name of the visitor, the names of the searching Officer(s), the administrator who approved the search, the extent of the search and what, if anything, was found.
6. Officers may only conduct a visual inspection of a visitor's oral, anal, or genital cavities. Any more intrusive form of search requires a search warrant. The assistance of the District Attorney of Middlesex County shall be requested in that event.
C. Any person refusing to submit to any aspect of the search procedures shall be denied entrance to SMCC for visitation. Where the refusal occurs under circumstances indicating the most likely motive for refusal may be to prevent the discovery of concealed articles, where a suspicious pattern of refusals is apparent, or where a visitor engages in offensive or assaultive behavior during the search process, his visiting privileges may be suspended or terminated.
D. Employees conducting searches shall do so in a professional and courteous manner.
E. All personal and strip searches shall be conducted by employees of the same sex as the visitor.
F. All personal and strip searches will be conducted in private.
G. Papers and documents carried in or out by a judge, attorney, law student, paralegal, the Governor, any legislator, or member of the Parole Board, may be inspected for concealed articles but shall not be read.