FCI Cumberland Visitation

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Directions and Transportation


The Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution is located approximatelysix miles south of the city of Cumberland, Maryland, within an areadesignated as the Allegany County Industrial Park. Directions to the institution from some major areas are as follows:

Baltimore, MD./Washington, D.C. areas:
Take I-70 West to Hancock, MD.;
Take I-68 West at Exit 1A from I-70 and proceed to Cumberland, MD.;
Take Exit 43B, Industrial Boulevard/State Route 51 South;
Turn left on Howard Street at the end of the exit;
Turn right after .1 mile onto Industrial Boulevard/State Route 51;
Proceed South for 5.6 miles on State Route 51 to the Allegany CountyIndustrial Park area;
Turn right on PPG road for 1.6 miles;
Turn left at the Institution entrance;
Proceed .4 miles to the FCI Administration Building;
Parking facilities are available in the right side parking lot.

Pittsburgh, PA./Morgantown, W.V. areas:
From Pittsburgh – Take I-79 South to Morgantown, W.V.
From Morgantown, W.V. – Take I-68 East and proceed to Cumberland, MD.
Take Exit 43B, Industrial Boulevard/State Route 51 South;
Proceed South for 5.6 miles on State Route 51 to the Allegany CountyIndustrial Park area;
Turn right on PPG road for 1.6 miles;
Turn left at the Institution entrance;
Proceed .4 miles to the FCI Administration Building;
Parking facilities are available in the right side parking lot.

Public Transportation
Public transportation is also available to inmate visitors.

Below is a list of commonly used services:

  • Amtrak E. Harrison Street Cumberland, MD 21502 (301) 724-8890
  • Yellow Cab Company 405 Henderson Avenue Cumberland, MD 21502 (301) 722-4050
  • Queen City Taxi 825 Virginia Avenue Cumberland, MD 221502 (301) 722-2800

General Visitation Rules


Inmates are encouraged to have visits in order to maintain family and community ties. Visiting hours are provided to inmates so they can advisetheir prospective visitors. The visiting hours for general population inmates are 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends and all federal holidays. Visiting hours for Special Housing Unit inmates are the same except they will terminate at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 2:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The visiting hours for Trans-seg inmates are 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays. Each inmate will be allowed no more than six weekend and holiday visiting days per month.There are no limitations on weekday and non-holiday visits. Unused weekend and holiday visiting days from one month cannot be carried over to the following month. Any visit, regardless of the length, will constitute one day of visiting.

All inmates are asked to submit a visiting list which will be given to their Counselor for approval. Members of the immediate family (wife, children, parents, brothers, sisters) will be placed on the approved list subject to verification through the Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) report for a period of 30 days after the inmate’s arrival at FCI Cumberland. During this 30 day time period, the inmate should mail a Visiting Questionnaire form to all proposed visitors including immediate family members. In the event a Visiting Questionnaire form is not returned to the unit team within 30 days,the name of the immediate family member will be removed from the inmate’svisiting list until the appropriate form is completed. A common-law spouse will usually be treated as an immediate family member if the common-law relationship has previously been established in a state which recognizes such a status. Other relations and friends may be approved after certain checks are made.

Requests for approval for these additional visitors and/or special visits should be made to the Counselor at least three weeks in advance of the intended visit. Request for emergency visits should be made through the Unit Team.

At any given time, inmates are authorized to have a total of three adults and three children from their approved visiting list visit them. Any request for additional visitors/changes in this procedure should be made to the Counselor for approval from the Captain at least three weeks in advance of the intended visit.
All visits will begin and end in the visiting room. Kissing, embracing, and handshaking are allowed only on arrival and departure.

Inmates must be properly dressed in order to be admitted to the Visiting Room. Clothing must be neat and clean. Inmates are required to wear their khaki uniform with institution issued shoes/boots. Personal tennis shoes purchased from the commissary are not to be worn in the Visiting Room.Inmates must present their identification card to the Visiting Room Officerupon entrance into the Visiting Room.

All regular visits will be conducted in the institution Visiting Room. All inmates must present an institution-issued identification card to the Visiting Room Officer upon entrance into the Visiting Room. These cards will be maintained in the Visiting Room during the visit. Identification cards will be used to identify all inmates upon their arrival to the Visiting Room, and will be returned to inmates upon departure from the Visiting Room. All inmate visitors will also be identified upon their departure from the Visiting Room.

Visiting hours for the FCI and FPC


Friday-visiting hours are 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the FCI and FPC. Monday-visiting hours are 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the FCl (holdover inmates only) and FPC. Visiting for the Special Housing Unit will terminate at 8:00 p.m.

Visiting hours for Saturday, Sunday, and all Federal holidays are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visiting for the Special Housing Unit will terminate at 2:30 p.m.


Number of Visits Allowed


FCI and FPC inmates will be allowed no more than six weekend and holiday visiting days per month. There is no limitation on weekday, non¬-holiday visits. Unused weekend and holiday visiting days from one month cannot be carried over to the following month. Any visit, regardless of the length of visit, will constitute one day of visiting. Federal holidays, unless stated, will count as a weekend visit. Attorney visits do not count as part of the six days of authorized weekend and holiday visits.

Visitor Arrival Procedure


Upon a visitor’s arrival to the institution, the Front Lobby Officer will question each visitor to ensure he/she is not in possession of alcohol, narcotics, firearms, ammunition or any other unauthorized item. If visitors are found to be in possession of any of these previously mentioned items, they will be advised of the proper disposition procedures. The Lieutenant’s Office will be notified of any and all instances when this breach of security occurs.

Prior to entering the Visiting Room, all visitors must complete a form BP-224 “Notification to Visitor”, in accordance with Title 18, USC, Chapter 87, Section 1791. (NOTE: IN ORDER TO DISCOURAGE THE ALTERATION OF VISITING ROOM FORMS, ALL VISITORS MUST COMPLETE THE PROVIDED FORMS IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FRONT LOBBY OFFICER.) This applies to each individual member or a group of individuals who are entering for the purpose of visiting an inmate.

The Front Lobby Officer will verify the inmate is housed at this facility upon review of the inmate roster provided by the Control Center Officer each visiting day. The Front Lobby Officer will access the inmate’s approved visiting list to ensure the visitor is authorized to visit. If the visitor is not on the inmate’s approved visiting list, the inmate’s Unit Team will be contacted. If the Unit Team is not on duty, the Institution Duty Officer and/or the Operations Lieutenant will be notified of the situation. The inmate’s central file will be accessed by the Unit Team or Institution Duty Officer to verify the visitor’s status.


Visitor Identification


All adult inmate visitors will be requested to present a valid photo identification card. Staff shall verify the identity of each visitor using a driver’s license, photo identification, etc., prior to admission of the visitor to the institution. Photo identification must be a valid state or government issued photo identification. Photo identification will be maintained by the Visiting Room Officer for proper identification by the Visiting Room Officer of visitors leaving the visiting room, as well as by the Control Center Officer for visitors exiting the institution. Visitors under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and are exempt from this provision.

Passing Through Metal Detector


Visitors to the FCI will be screened through a walk-through metal detector prior to their entry into the institution. Visitors to the Camp will be randomly screened using a hand-held metal detector. At the discretion of the Camp Visiting Room Officer, any visitor(s) believed to be in possession of unauthorized items will be required to submit to a metal detector screening. Any visitor refusing to be processed through the metal detectors will be denied entrance to the institution, and the Operations Lieutenant or the Institution Duty Officer will be notified.

When a visitor is unable to clear the walk-through metal detector, a hand-held metal detector will be utilized by the Front Lobby Officer in an attempt to locate and clear the source. If the source cannot be cleared and/or identified, the Operations Lt. or 100 will be notified to authorize a pat or visual search. The shift supervisor’s approval is required prior to performing a pat search and the search must be documented as such in the Front Lobby Visual Pat Search Log Book. Whoever conducts the pat search must note what items(s) are setting off the metal detectors in the Front Lobby Visual Pat Search Log Book (i.e. name of visitor and item(s) setting off metal detector).

Some situations may not be remedied by a pat search, thus requiring a limited visual search. For example, a concealed medical device (e.g. knee brace under clothing, or insulin delivery system) may trigger the walk-through and hand-held metal detectors. In such case, a limited visual search will ordinarily be required to confirm the device’s presence and qualification as a permitted object. It is important that a limited visual search always be performed directly, in a private area away from others, and by staff members of the same sex as the visitor being searched. The Warden’s authorization is required when conducting both limited visual searches and visual searches of persons based on reasonable suspicion.

Refusal on the part of the visitor at any point during the screening process will result in the visitor being denied entry into the facility.


X-ray of Property


Permitted property will be thoroughly searched by the Front Lobby Officer and processed through the x-ray machine to ensure contraband is not present. Use of plastic gloves for the protection of the officer is encouraged and a supply of gloves is made available for this purpose.

Metal-free Clothing


Visitors should ensure that clothing items and undergarments are free from metallic pieces. Metallic pieces will test positive and are extremely difficult to identify. This may cause the visitor to be denied approval to enter the institution.

Visitor Searches


All visitors will be subject to a random pat search as part of the screening process. A random selection method must be established and documented in the Front Entrance Officer’s Log Book each day before searching visitors entering Bureau grounds and facilities. The shift supervisor will ensure appropriate random selection methods are implemented and documented each day.

Staff may not search visitors out of the predetermined random selection order unless reasonable suspicion indicates the visitor’s possible involvement with prohibited activities or objects. The same procedures for pat and/or visual searches apply and must be prior approved by the Operations Lieutenant or IDO.

Pat Search/Visual Search Log Book:
When a visual search is performed based on reasonable suspicion, or when a visitor is pat searched out of established random order, a logbook entry must indicate:

  • Date, time, and place the search is conducted.
  • Persons involved (person being searched, staff conducting search, witnesses, if any).
  • Circumstances justifying the search.
  • Search results.
  • Action taken, if any.

Visitors such as law enforcement personnel, inmate attorneys, contractors, volunteers, and other official visitors should not ordinarily be subject to routine pat searches unless prior approval is received from the Warden. Pat searches will be conducted out of view of other visitors and inmates.

Religious headwear is not considered part of a visitor’s belongings, but rather their person. Random pat searches should NOT ordinarily include removal and inspection of religious head-wear.

Except in emergencies, the Warden’s authorization is required before staff pat or visually search religious head-wear.

Authorized pat or visual searches of religious head-wear must be documented as reasonable suspicion searches in the appropriate log book.

The following is the ONLY exception.

Religious head wear that obscures a visitor’s face must be removed sufficiently to reveal the face for identification upon entering and leaving facilities, and does not require the heightened conditions described above or documentation. In these cases, the entire headwear need not be removed if partial removal will reveal the face for identification. The Warden’s approval and documentation are not required in this case.


Visitors Under the Influence of Drugs of Intoxicants


When reasonable suspicion exists that a visitor is under the influence of a drug or intoxicant, the Captain will seek permission from the Warden to obtain a breathalyzer test, as a prerequisite to entering the institution.

Ink Stamping


Prior to being admitted into the FCI Visiting Room, all inmate visitors will be stamped with “invisible ink” by the Front Lobby Officer. Once all paperwork has been completed and the visitor is approved, the Escorting Officer will direct a group of five ADULT visitors to the Visiting Room at one time. Each visitor’s hand will be inspected under the black light to ensure they have been stamped with the invisible ink when entering and when departing the sally port area. No more than 5 adults will be escorted at one time when departing the Visiting Room.

NOTE: VISITORS’ HANDS WILL BE INSPECTED UNDER THE BLACK LIGHT BEFORE LEAVING THE VISITING ROOM AND AGAIN AT THE CONTROL CENTER BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO EXIT THE FCI.


Number of Visitors


Each inmate will be permitted a maximum of 6 visitors. However, no more than 3 adults are permitted to visit, without prior written approval from the Captain and Camp Administrator for Camp visits. (For the purpose of this supplement, an adult visitor is considered to be 16 years of age and above.) The inmate must seek prior approval in writing from the Captain thru his Unit Team before additional visitors are permitted to visit. A copy of this approval will be distributed to the Front Lobby and Visiting Room Officer. When conditions of overcrowding exist, the number of visitors may be limited to allow each visitor adequate space and time to conduct the visit.

In the event of overcrowding in the Visiting Room, the Operations Lieutenant is authorized to limit the length of the visit. NOTE: VISITS MAY BE LIMITED TO A MINIMUM OF ONE (1) HOUR DUE TO OVERCROWDING. UPON COMPLETION OF THE VISIT, THESE VISITORS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE INSTITUTION GROUNDS AND RETURN AT A LATER TIME. After a minimum of one (1) hour, the Visiting Room Officer-in¬ Charge will notify the Operations Lieutenant that he/she is terminating inmate visit(s) in order to accommodate all other waiting visitors. Visitors from the local area will be among the first to be terminated. Consideration will be given to those visitors who visit infrequently and/or have traveled long distances. Such visitors will be among the last to be terminated.


Visits by Minors


Children under sixteen (16) years of age are not required to complete the Visiting Questionnaire. However, all children must be accompanied by an approved adult visitor for that inmate. Visitors who are 16 or 17 years of age and not accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or immediate family member at least 18 years of age, must have written approval of a parent or legal guardian. All adult visitors will be expected to maintain control oftheir children at all times.

Inmates and their visitors will be expected to maintain control of their children at all times. Proposed visitors who are sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age and not accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or immediate family member at least eighteen (18) years of age must have the written approval of a parent, legal guardian, or immediate family member at least eighteen (18) years of age prior to visitation.

The signature of a parent or guardian on form BP-629, “Visitor Information” is necessary to process a request for a Visiting Room applicant under eighteen (18) years of age. Completion of the entire form is required before visitors are permitted to visit.

NOTE: ALTHOUGH VISITING IS NOT NORMALLY ALLOWED FOR UNESCORTED JUVENILES, THE WARDEN MAY AUTHORIZE SUCH VISITS.


Visiting Room Regulations


Inmates and visitors alike must remember that social visiting is a family activity and that good conduct is expected at all times. Socially accepted gestures of communication and affection are allowed within the limits of “good taste,” Staff will limit physical contact between visitors and inmates to reduce opportunities for the introduction of contraband and to maintain the orderly operation of the Visiting Room. Kissing, embracing and hand shaking are the only socially accepted gestures allowed in the Visiting Room at the beginning and end of a visit. Indecent or excessive contact will not be tolerated. Inmates or visitors who violate Visiting Room regulations will have their visit terminated or placed under increased supervision at the discretion of the Visiting Room Officer-in-Charge, in consultation with the Operations Lieutenant and the Institution Duty Officer. All areas of the Visiting Room, including rest rooms, will be monitored to prevent the passage of contraband and to ensure the security and welfare of all concerned.

Behavior from a visitor that negatively effects the secure and orderly operation of the institution, to include abusive/assaultive behavior (verbal or physical), will result in a loss of visiting privileges. In addition, a Bureau officer or employee has the authority to arrest without warrant any person who forcibly assaults, opposes, resists, impedes, intimidates, or interferes with an employee of any Federal institution while engaged in or on account of the performance of official duties (ref: Program Statement 5510.12, Searching, Detaining, or Arresting Visitors to Bureau Grounds and Facilities, and 18 USC 111).

FCI and FPC Cumberland are tobacco-free environments. For purposes of this rule, tobacco-free is defined as carrying or inhaling a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lighted tobacco product, or any product containing tobacco which is chewed.


Visitor Dress


All visitors are to be dressed appropriately during social visiting.

PERSONS WEARING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS OF CLOTHING WILL NOT BE ADMITTED FOR SOCIAL VISITING. THIS LIST IS NOT ALL INCLUSIVE. THE FRONT LOBBY OFFICER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OPERATIONS LIEUTENANT OR DUTY OFFICER, WILL DETERMINE WHAT IS INAPPROPRIATE.

  1. Khaki shirt and/or trousers similar to FCI inmate clothing -FCI visitors only.
  2. Mini-skirts, halter tops, or halter dresses;
  3. Strapless blouses, dresses, sleeves shirts or other apparel which is revealing in nature. Visitors will not be allowed to utilize a jacket to use as a cover.
  4. Spandex-like pants or spandex-like shorts, cotton athletic sweat pants, camouflage attire, medical scrubs/uniform.
  5. Visitors must wear clothing which is free from obscene, inappropriate or offensive messages that have been imprinted, embroidered, handwritten or machine applied;
  6. Visitors must wear appropriate foot apparel at all times. Thongs, flip-flops, or shower shoes are not appropriate forms of foot wear, sandals and/or open toed footwear is appropriate providing they have a heal strap.
  7. Umbrellas, gloves, sunglasses or non-prescription glasses, and scarves.

Visitors requiring the use of a wheelchair, walker, cane, etc., will be provided with an institutional equivalent. Visitors requiring the use of a special (oversized, special equipped, etc.) wheelchair or guide dog may be admitted upon approval of the Operations Lieutenant and only after a thorough search for prohibited items.

Men and women may wear walking shorts. Women are also permitted to wear culottes or shorts.

All shorts or dresses will be no shorter than approximately 4 inches from the center of the knee.


Authorized Items


All items authorized for entrance into the Visiting Room will be searched by the Front Lobby Officer.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE PERMITTED INTO THE VISITING ROOM:

  1. One clear change purse not to exceed 6″ by 6″ that can be easily searched;
  2. Money in the form of U.S. coinage (not to exceed two rolls of quarters totaling $20.00). Coins must be removed from the paper wrapper prior to entering the institution; INMATES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HANDLE ANY FORM OF CURRENCY. VISITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE MONEY FOR DEPOSIT INTO AN INMATE’S ACCOUNT OR REMOVE ANY INMATE ITEMS AT THE CONCLUSION OF A VISIT.
  3. A comb or hair brush;
  4. Two plastic baby bottles;
  5. Two diapers and baby wipes in a clear container;
  6. Three, unopened plastic containers of baby food and one small plastic spoon;
  7. One set of baby clothes, one baby bib, and one small blanket;
  8. Jewelry may be worn, but not carried, into the Visiting Room;
  9. A sweater, light jacket, or coat;
  10. Females are permitted to carry three feminine hygiene items into the Visiting Room. A feminine hygiene dispenser will be provided for female visitors in the rest room;
  11. Life maintenance medication for cardiac patients and epileptic seizure sufferers, and inhalers.

NOTE: MEDICATIONS AND INHALERS FOR CARDIAC PATIENTS AND EPILEPTIC SEIZURE SUFFERERS WILL BE KEPT IN THE VISITING ROOM OFFICER’S STATION DURING THE VISIT.

DIABETIC MEDICATIONS (AND THE SYRINGES NECESSARY FOR THEIR APPLICATION) ARE NOT CONSIDERED LIFE MAINTENANCE MEDICATIONS AND WILLBE STORED SECURELY IN THE VISITOR’S PERSONAL VEHICLE.

INMATE VISITORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO TO THEIR VEHICLE TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION AND THEN RETURN TO THE VISITING ROOM (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A JUSTIFIABLE MEDICAL NEED, APPROVED BY THE LIEUTENANT AND/OR DUTY OFFICER).


Prohibited Items


THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED:

  1. Cameras and any other form of audio or visual recording equipment, unless approved in advance by the Warden;
  2. Diaper bags and baby carriers;
  3. Magazines, newspapers, books;
  4. Matches, lighters, tobacco products;
  5. Photographs and photo albums;
  6. Personal business papers, forms or similar items;
  7. Food items or beverages, except for infant care.


Vending Machines


Vending machines are available in the Visiting Room. The vending machines will not be used by inmates. Items purchased from the vending machines but not consumed will be disposed of in the Visiting Room at the conclusion of the visit.

Employees of the Bureau of Prisons are not responsible for the operation of the vending machines or loss of money due to machine malfunction.


Attorney Visits


The attorney/client rooms will only be used for approved, non-auditory supervised attorney visits.

Prior to any and all visits, attorneys will be required to provide proper identification to the Front Lobby Officer. All attorneys will present an “Admittance to the Bar” card or other documentation verifying where the attorney is licensed to practice, and a valid driver’s license (with photograph), or a government issued I.D. before they are permitted entry to the institution.

All inmate attorney visits must be approved by the Associate Warden of Programs, AW (P), and coordinated by the Unit Manager, in advance. Legal visits at the Camp will be approved by the Camp Administrator. If approved, the attorney will be permitted to visit during regularly scheduled visiting days and hours.

Attorneys requesting visits with inmates on non-regular visiting days or after normal visiting hours, will be accommodated as far as time, security and availability of supervision permits.

Special legal visits involving more than one inmate must also be approved by the AW (P).

When entering or exiting the institution in an official capacity, attorneys shall be required to sign the Official Visitors Log (located in the Front Lobby). Attorneys must also complete and sign a Visiting Attorney Statement (BP-S241.013). A paralegal or legal assistant, acting on behalf of an attorney, will be admitted, provided a completed Paralegal or Legal

Assistant Confirmation (BP-S242.013) has been received and reviewed by the inmate’s Unit Team. Investigators are not granted the same accommodations as attorneys.

An attorney who wishes to visit as a social visitor must be on an inmate’s approved visiting list.At this time, attorney status is forfeited and the attorney is considered a social visitor. When an inmate’s attorney visits as a social visitor, he/she does not have to sign the Official Visitors Log nor do they have to complete and sign a “Visiting Attorney Statement.”


Special Visit Regulations


Approval for special visits is delegated to the Unit Manager in consultation with the Captain for FCI inmates and the Unit Manager for FPC inmates. After regular visiting hours (or when unit staff are not available), the Institution Duty Officer in consultation with the Operations Lieutenant, may approve a special visit, if determination is made that no violation of security or inmate privacy exists. Special visits may also be limited by the availability of staff to supervise the visit.

NOTE: THIS SECTION DOES NOT IMPLY THAT SPECIAL VISITS MAY OCCUR DURING NON-VISITING HOURS.

The Unit Manager may approve an extra visit due to special or unique circumstances. The Unit Team will supervise the extra visit if additional supervision is required.

Ordinarily, written documentation of this approval by the Captain will be submitted to the Visiting Room and Front Lobby Officers two weeks prior to the visit, through the appropriate Unit Manager. Upon completion of the special visit, written documentation will be maintained in the inmate’s Central File.

The Warden may authorize special visits for clergy, former or prospective employers, sponsors, and parole advisors. These visits are intended to assist in the release planning, counseling, and discussion of family problems.


Approval and Denial of Visits


The Unit Team will process the list of requested friends and associates, not to exceed a total of 10 individuals, in addition to immediate family members. Inmates are responsible for mailing the BP-629, Visitor Information form and written guidelines, Visiting Information and Regulations (Attachment 0) to visitors.

Inmates requesting approval of visitors must, upon arrival at the FCIIFPC Cumberland, submit a list of requested visitors to his Unit Team. Immediate family members are normally placed on an approved visiting list if they are properly identified in the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report (PSI), or other reliable document. Normally, immediate family members will be allowed to visit prior to the submission of the approved visiting list for a period of 30 days. Only immediate family members will be allowed on two inmates’ visiting list at either the FCI or FPC. The inmate will be notified by the Unit Team of the individuals who are approved for the visiting list.

A background investigation is required before approving a visitor for a visit at the FCI. The inmate will be held responsible for having a “Release Authorization” form forwarded to the proposed visitor. This form must be signed and returned to the staff by the visitor before staff can investigate the proposed visitor.

Visiting privileges will normally be approved for visitors who have proven an established relationship with the inmate prior to his confinement. However, if it is determined that such visits create a threat to the orderly running of the institution, the visits will be disallowed.

For holdover inmates, visiting will be limited to immediate family members only.

The Approved Visiting List form, from the computer-based visiting room program, (represented by Attachment A), will be prepared by the Correctional Counselor and the appropriate information will be processed on the approved visiting list software. Copies of the visiting list will be placed in the inmate Central File, and also given to the inmate. An inmate visiting list may be amended at any time in accordance with the procedures of this section. When additions or deletions are made to the approved visiting list, the appropriate changes will be made by the Counselor and the files updated.

Visiting files of inmates who are out of the institution on writs or furloughs will remain in the computer system and at the locations described above in Section (e). When an inmate is transferred from this institution, the assigned Correctional Counselor will print a current copy of the visiting file from the computerized visiting room program and place it in the Central File.

The Unit Team has the primary authority to deny inmate visitors. In the absence of the Unit Team, the Operations Lieutenant or the Institution Duty Officer may deny a visit. After checking the Central File for documentation, the Unit Team will make the decision to approve or deny the visit. If the visit is denied, the “Inmate Visitor Denial” form, Attachment B, will be completed and placed in the inmate’s Central File. The Associate Warden (Programs) and the Captain will each be forwarded a copy of the form.

Approval of visitors with no prior relationship to the inmate must be reviewed by the Warden, with a recommendation provided by the Unit Team.


Inmate Dress


The appearance of any inmate who enters the Visiting Room will be neat and clean at all times.

Authorized clothing for the FCI Visiting Room will be institution-issued khaki pants, khaki shirt with plain white t-shirt underneath, belt, socks, underwear, and institution shoes or personal tennis shoes. Double layer clothing to include thermal underwear is not permitted on inmates entering the visiting room in order to expedite processing.
Authorized clothing for the FPC Visiting Room will be an institution-issued green pants, green shirt, belt, socks, underwear and institution shoes or personal tennis shoes.

NOTE: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL FCI OR FPC INMATES BE PERMITTED TO WEAR INSTITUTION-ISSUED CLOTHING THAT HAS BEEN ALTERED IN ANY MANNER. CLOTHING WITH TORN OR FRAYED POCKETS, CUT-OFF SLEEVES, OR ALTERED SEAMS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE VISITING ROOM(S).


Inmate Allowed Property


Inmates will enter the visiting area through the Shakedown Room. Only authorized personal property (listed below) will be allowed into the Visiting Room after being properly inventoried and recorded on the Visiting Room Inmate Property Log, Attachment C.

The following personal property items are authorized for use by inmates in the Visiting Room:

  1. One comb;
  2. One handkerchief;
  3. One wedding band (without a diamond or precious stone);
  4. One religious medallion on a chain;
  5. Religious headwear (authorized by the Chaplain);
  6. One pair of prescription glasses (no sunglasses);
  7. All inmates must present an institution-issued identification card (inmate account card) to the Visiting Room Officer upon entrance into the Visiting Room.


Hospitalized Inmates


The Clinical Director (or, in his/her absence, the Health Services Administrator), in consultation with the Captain, will make the recommendation for or against the arrangement of visits for inmates he/she observes to be suffering from infectious diseases or emotional, psychotic episodes.

NOTE: THE HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR WILL DRAFT THE RATIONALE FOR REFUSING AN INMATE VISIT. IN THE EVENT THE UNIT TEAM ADVISES AGAINST AN INMATE RECEIVING VISITORS, THE SITUATION WILL BE CAREFULLY DOCUMENTED IN THE INMATE’S CENTRAL FILE BY A MEMBER OF THE INMATE’S UNIT TEAM.

Inmates hospitalized in the community will not receive visitors unless authorized by the Warden with the advice of Health Services Administrator, Captain, Associate Warden (Programs), or Camp Administrator for Camp inmates. When a visit is authorized, the Institution Duty Officer will be present.

NOTE: VISITS TO INMATES NEAR DEATH WHO ARE HOSPITALIZED IN THE COMMUNITY WILL BE RESTRICTED TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY. VISITS TO INMATES WHO ARE HOSPITALIZED FOR MINOR SURGERY DO NOT WARRANT VISITS BY IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS. ALL VISITS ARE SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL VISITING POLICY OF THAT HOSPITAL.


Inmates in Administrative Detention and Disciplinary Segregation


Inmates from Administrative Detention and Disciplinary Segregation are required to sit with their visitors in close proximity to the Visiting Room Officer. Visiting for these inmates terminates one-half hour prior to the end of regular visiting hours.

Supervision of Visits


It is the responsibility of the inmate to ensure all visits are conducted in a quiet, orderly and dignified manner. Visits that are not conducted in the appropriate manner may be terminated by the Visiting Room Officer-in-Charge with the expressed consent of the Operations Lieutenant and/or Institution Duty Officer.

The Operations Lieutenant and/or Institution Duty Officer must be notified if staff have reasonable suspicion and/or probable cause to believe contraband has been passed during the visit.

NOTE: THE FCI VISITING ROOM OFFICER WILL ASSIGN SEATING FOR ALL VISITORS BASED UPON THE SECURITY NEEDS OF THE INSTITUTION. INMATES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WALK AROUND THE VISITING ROOM, UNLESS USING THE RESTROOM, GETTING A DRINK, OR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS.


Temporary Suspension of Visiting Privileges


An inmate’s visiting privileges will be suspended whenever the activity of an inmate or inmate’s visitor compromises the security of the institution. Inmates whose visiting privileges are temporarily suspended will be notified and also receive a Restricted Visiting Notification memorandum (Attachment F). The memorandum will be signed by the Warden and a copy of the form(s) will be placed in the inmate’s Central File. When visiting privileges are suspended due to DHO sanctions or SIS investigations, the Captain will route the necessary memorandum of suspension to the Unit Team, Front Lobby, and the inmate’s family. UDC suspension letters will be routed by the Unit Team.

Parenting Program FPC


Any inmate at the FPC actively participating in the Parenting Program is eligible to sign-up to use the Parenting Room located in the Visiting Room. The Parenting Room sign-up sheet is located in the Leisure Library. The Parenting Room is available for use on Mondays and Fridays from 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM and on Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM. Inmates are only permitted to use the Parenting Room one hour per day.

The sign-up sheet lists a primary slot holder and two alternatives. All time slots begin on the half-hour. The individual signed up for the primary time slot will have fifteen minutes to enter the Parenting Room. If at that time the Parenting Room is still empty, the individual signed-up in the Alternate1 spot will be able to use the room. This individual also has fifteen minutes to report to the room. At this time, if the room is not being utilized, the person signed-up in the Alternate 2 spot will be allowed to enter the Parenting Room. If the individuals signed-up in the primary time slot and the alternate time slots do not utilize the room, the room will remain locked. The inmate and the inmate’s children, are the only people allowed in the Parenting Room. All inmates must adhere to the Visiting Room policies and regulations. The Visiting Room Officers will have the final say on all issues concerning the Parenting Room.

Only inmates and their child and/or children will be permitted in the designated parenting room. No other adult family members will be permitted to enter the room. If a child needs to leave the room for a bathroom break or for any other reason the family will be permitted to help the child back to their assigned seats.

Inmates currently being housed in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) will not be permitted to participate in the parenting program.

Inmates on the NO PRNT RM wait list are not authorized use of the Parenting Room. Final decisions regarding placement of inmates on the NO PRNT RM list will be made by the Associate Warden, Programs.

Inmates will sign-up for a 30 minute block of time to use the room (See Attachments G & H). This will be on a first-come, first serve basis. The inmate will sign-up for the room immediately upon entering the visiting room when he gives his id card to the Visiting Room Officer. On slow evenings or days in the visiting room it will be up to the discretion of the Officer to allow more time in the parenting room.

Inmates who use the parenting room will be responsible for clean up of the room. All toys and games will be replaced before leaving the room. The room should be straightened up for the next inmate and his children to use.

No items may be removed from the room. All games and toys must be left in the parenting room. All games pieces and toys will be replaced before the inmate may exit the parenting room and return to his visitors.

Visiting room orderlies may enter the parenting room after all visitation has ended to vacuum the carpet and dust. The orderly detail may also straighten any books, videos or games that are out of place.

No beverages or food of any kind is permitted in the parenting room.

No diaper bags or any other kind of bags are permitted in the parenting room.

The goal of the parenting room is to promote better interactions between the incarcerated father and his child by providing educational and entertaining activities.


Photographs in the Visiting Room


Inmates in general population and/or Administrative Detention may purchase tickets from the commissary for the purpose of obtaining photographs of themselves in the Visiting Room. Photographs will be taken by an authorized inmate photographer on all visiting days. All photographs will be in good taste. Inmates and Visitors hands must remain in full view at all times. Inmates may be photographed only with their approved visitors. Inmates assigned to Disciplinary Segregation will not be photographed. Note: Administrative Detention inmates may purchase two tickets from Commissary and enter the Visiting Room with a maximum of two tickets.

INMATES MAY NOT BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH OTHER INMATES IN THE VISITING ROOM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.


Use of Camp Visiting Room Patio


Use of the patio area of the Visiting Room at the FPC will be regulated by memorandum from the Unit Manager.

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