Institution Address, Telepbone Number, and Local Directions
100 Prison Road
P.O. Box 699
Estill, SC 29918
FCI Estill is located approximately 63 miles north of Savannah, Georgia; 76 miles west of Chariest on, South Carolina; and 3 miles south of Estill city limits. The institution is accessible by car, via US 321 and South Carolina Route 3.
Social Visiting Hours
Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Holidays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Social visitors will be processed at 4:45 p.m. on Fridays and 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Visitor processing will pause at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, in preparation for the 10:00 a.m. count. Processing of visitors will resume when the count is cleared. Visitors will not be processed after 7:30 p.m. on Fridays or 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The visiting room will be monitored. Once the capacity of the visiting room has been reached, visits will be terminated to allow·additional visitors into the institution.
In addition to the above procedures, consideration will be given for allowing inmates who are related (e.g., brothers, father/sons) to visit simultaneously with one visitor ifthey are at the same facility. Prior to the visit occurring, approval must be obtained from the unit manager and the associate warden of programs at the FCI and executive assistant/camp administrator at the SCPo This will be documented in memorandum form, and a copy will be given to the visiting room officers to be maintained in their area.
A visitor will not be placed on (or approved for) more than one inmate’s visiting list unless he or she is an immediate family member of both inmates.
Visitors Entering the Institution
(2) Staff may require a visitor to submit to a personal search, including any items of personal property, as a condition of allowing or continuing a visit. Items of personal property may be required to be returned to the visitor’s vehicle, or if at the FCI, placed in a secured visitor’s locker. Pat searches are conducted on FCI visitors randomly and determined by the operations lieutenant. All visitors, with the exception of children less than 16 years will be pat searched. The pat searches will be performed by staff members of the same. If for any reason a visitor is denied entrance to the facility,
Attachment A will be completed and forwarded per the distribution noted on the form.
(3) Professional visits: These visitors will be required to sign the official visitor’s log book upon arrival and departure. In addition, professional
visitors, except federal law enforcement personnel, will be required to complete a Notification to Visitor form.
(4) Social visitors: These visitors will be required to complete a Notification to Visitor form upon arrival. These forms will be maintained for a period of 1 year. Visitors will sign in on the inmate visitor’s log book and sign out when they conclude the visit.
Handicapped visitors will be allowed to enter the institution. In most cases, a wheelchair will be available for use by visitors with limited use of their legs. In special cases, visitors may use their own wheel chairs to enter the institution. An example of a special case is an instance when the personal wheel chair has attached equipment like oxygen or the visitor is too largeto transfer into an institution wheel chair. The duty officer will be responsible for deciding when a special case applies.
(5) Only the following articles are authorized to be carried into the institution by visitors:
(a) Small, clear change purse
(b) Money to be used for refreshments, no more than $25 (nothing larger than $5 denominations)
(c) Identification papers (i.e. , photo identification)
(d) Essential medication (will be limited to the amount needed during the visiting period and controlled by the visiting room officer)
(e) Wigs are authorized to be worn into the visiting room if good reason exists, such as the visitor has cancer and is receiving treatment and has no hair, or extensive or significant hair loss.
The following items will be permitted when infants are visiting:
(a) Five diapers
(b) Baby wipes in a small, clear plastic bag
(c) One change of infant clothing
(d) One infant knit hat
(e) Three pre-mixed baby bottles with contents
(f) Three small jars of baby food, unopened, plastic
(g) One clear plastic bag of dry cereal
(h) One receiving blanket
(i) One plastic spoon
(g) One clear and empty infant/toddler plastic/, sippy cup
All items will be subject to search by the front entrance officer at the FCI and visiting room officer at the SCPo
(6) Visitors will be expected to wear clothing which is within the bounds of good taste. Skirts must extend below the knees to be allowed into the visiting room. Any splits in front, back, or sides of the skirt must extend below the knees to be allowed into the visiting room. Only the institution duty officer has the authority to deny a visitor entry into the institution because of his or her attire. In the absence of the institution duty officer, the operations lieutenant will be assigned this authority.
Clothing not Authorized for Visitation
Spandex-type tops or bottoms
Backless, sleeveless, braless, halter tops, bare midriffs, bathing suits
Figure or fonn-fitting (tight) clothing of any type
Shorts of any type (children under the age 0 flO may wear shorts)
Khaki type/colored button-down shirts, trousers similar to
institution-issued clothing (FCI visiting room)
Green-colored clothing similar to institution-issued clothing (SCP visiting room)
Camouflage or combat military-type clothing
Inappropriate logos, quotes, lettering on clothing that is offensive
Hats, hoods, hair wraps, or scarves, with the exception ofthe “Hijab”
Skirts above the knees, including splits
Watches of any kind
Flip-flops or bedroom slipper-type footwear
Inmates may carry the following items into the visiting room area
(b) One handkerchief
(c) One wedding band (no stone)
(d) One religious medallion (with chain)
(e) Legal materials (legal visits only)
(f) Prescription eyeglasses
All items taken into the visiting room will be inventoried, and the same items must leave the visiting room with the inmate. All inmates exiting the FCI visiting area will submit to visual searches. Random visual searches will be conducted on inmates departing the SCP visiting room. Inmates will not be permitted to carry out any items other than those they brought into the visiting room.
- Loitering in the parking lot or on institution grounds is not permitted by visitors.
- Large vehicles (e.g., campers, mobile recreational vehicles, tractor-trailers) will not be allowed to be left on institution grounds overnight. For institution purposes, these vehicles will be parked in the area of the parking lot farthest away from the administration building.
Supervision of Visits
The visiting room officers will be aware of all articles passed between the inmate and the visitor. If there is any reasonable basis to suspect that materials are being passed which constitute a violation ofthe law or regulations, the officer may examine the item. The institution duty officer will be consulted in questionable cases. In the absence of the institution duty officer, the operations lieutenant will
have this authority.
Visiting Attire (Inmate)
Inmate and Visitor Conduct within the Visiting Room
Inmates, upon entering the visiting room, will report to the visiting room officer to check in. Inmates will be allowed to move freely between the inside/outside visiting area. Inmates are allowed in the child areas only if they are accompanying a child visitor. The vending machine areas are off-limits to all inmates at all times.
Physical contact between the inmate and his visitor(s) will be limited to an embrace upon the initial arrival and at the completion ofthe visit. The officers will issue only one warning; afterwards, the visit will be subject to termination, and disciplinary action will be taken, which may result in the loss of visiting privileges for a period of time. Criminal prosecution may be initiated against the visitor, the inmate, or both, in cases of criminal violations.
A copy of the Visiting Regulations (Attachment B) will be posted in the visiting room and written guidelines are available for visitors upon entrance into the institution in the front lobby. Any violation of the institution’s visiting procedures may result in termination of the present visit or in disciplinary action. Only the institution duty officer has the authority to terminate a visit. In the absence of the institution duty officer, the operations lieutenant will have the authority. In the event of a visiting termination, the institution duty officer or operations lieutenant will inform the visitor of the reason for termination, and a “Visitor Denied Entrance to Visiting Room” memorandum will be completed by the front entrance officer.
DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURES
A. Preparation of the Visiting List:
(1) Upon admission to FCIISCP Estill, each inmate will be given a Visitor Information Sheet to be completed with pertinent information and returned to the unit counselor for final approval. The inmate will be required to forward the visiting regulations and the Visitor Information Sheet to the proposed visitor. The Visitor Authorization Sheet, with a signature, must be returned to the unit counselor by the proposed visitor prior to any further action concerning a visit. Upon receipt ofthe completed authorization form, the unit counselor will initiate a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) inquiry. The associate warden of programs will be the approving or denying authority at the FCI, and the executive assistant/camp administrator will be the approving or denying authority at the SCP for any immediate family members who fail to clear the NCIC check. All NCIC inquiries will be retained in the FOIA-exempt section of the inmate’s central file with the visitor’s information sheet.
(2) After the appropriate investigation, the unit counselor will enter the required information into the visiting program on the LAN system. The unit team will be the only ones authorized to place a visitor on an inmate’s approved visiting list. A hard copy of the visiting list will be placed in the inmate’s central file, in the front lobby, and in the visiting room officer’s files. The unit counselor will notify the inmate ofthose visitors who have been approved. It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify a visitor of his or her approval or denial for visiting. It is also the inmate’s responsibility to provide the approved visitor with a copy of the visiting guidelines and directions to and from the institution.
Normally, a maximum of twenty visitors will be authorized on the inmate’s visiting list.
The unit counselor will forward the Visitor Information Sheet with a signed release authorization form at government expense for any inmate
found to be indigent according to Program Statement 2000.02, Accounting Management Manual.
Unless unusual circumstances exist, the requirement to re-approve the visitors already identified on an inmate’s visiting list is no longer required for inmates transferring from one institution to another. However, if an NCIC is not attached, a new NCIC will be processed. Visiting Regulations have been incorporated in the Admission and Orientation Handbook. This handbook is provided to all inmates
designated to the facility.
(3) The unit counselor will periodically review the visiting list to ensure its accuracy. The list may be amended by the inmate’s submission of an Inmate Request to Staff form to his unit team indicating the desired change.
When an inmate requests a visitor be removed from his approved visiting list, he must wait for a period of 1 year before a request may be submitted for the person to be added back to his list.
Individuals who have acquired, through marriage or other legal activity, different last names will be allowed to visit after submitting documentation to the inmate’s unit team prior to the initial visit. The documentation must verify the visitor’s status as immediate family.
The word “spouse” includes a common-law relationship previously established in a state honoring such a relationship. An inmate who has
provided the name of a common-law relation must forward verification documentation to his unit team for their use. This may include, but is not limited to, joint leases or contracts; joint banking accounts; or utility bills in which both parties are named. The inmate’s unit team will review the material and place the common-law relation on the visiting list once the relationship is verified.
(2) Other visitors: When an inmate requests a visitor other than immediate family, the proposed visitor must complete and submit the information sheet with a signed release authorization form. In addition, one separate notarized statement from an individual, other than family, must be submitted. The statement must affirm direct knowledge of a relationship between the inmate and the proposed visitor existing prior to the inmate’s incarceration and the individual’s association with the inmate and the proposed visitor. Visiting privileges will be extended to friends and associates having established relationships prior to confinement.
(3) Consular visitors: Whenever it has been determined an inmate is a citizen of a foreign country, the warden will permit the consular representative of that country to visit on matters of legitimate business. The warden may not withhold a visit, even though the inmate is in disciplinary status.
(4) Visits from representatives of community groups: The warden may approve visits on a recurring basis to representatives from community
groups (for example, civic, volunteer, or religious organizations) who are acting in their official capacities. These visits may be for the purpose of meeting with an individual inmate or with a group of inmates. The requirement for the existence of an established relationship prior to confinement for visitors does not apply to representatives of community groups.
As distinguished from representatives of community groups, past or present participants in volunteer and citizen involvement programs ordinarily will not be added to an inmate’s visiting list without the Regional Director’s approval. Such approval is ordinarily not granted.
(5) Business visitors: The unit manager will be responsible for verifying any potential visitor as a former business associate of the inmate, meeting the criteria outlined in Bureau policy. The warden will then approve/deny the visit, and the unit manager will enter the appropriate documentation in the inmate’s central file.
(6) Prisoner Visitation and Support Visits: Inmates are authorized visits by representatives ofthe National Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) group. PVS representatives do not have to be on the inmate’s approved visiting list; however, they will ordinarily provide advance notification of who they will visit and when. In the event PVS does not give prior notification, PVS should NOT be denied entry based on the lack of
advance notification. Every effort will be made to expedite their entry into the visiting room. Visits are conducted in the visiting room only during normal visiting hours. PVS visits are not to be counted as social visits. PVS visitors are authorized to carry into the institution a pen, pencil, and paper for note-taking purposes. PVS visitors must adhere to all institution and visiting room rules and regulations
Copies of this memorandum will be provided to the lieutenants’ office, front entrance officer, and the visiting room officer. When clergy arrives, he or she will be checked in as expeditiously as possible, utilizing the same procedures used for attorneys. The front entrance officer will be responsible for entering the visitor’s information into the visiting program.
The unit teams will be responsible for scheduling, completing documentation for, and supervising inmate legal visits and official visits from representatives of U.S. Parole Commission and U.S. Probation.
(1) Admission and holdover status: Visits occurring after the initial 72-hour intake period will be limited to immediate family for holdovers and new commitments, pending verification of proposed visitors. During the first 72 hours, newly committed inmates will not be allowed social visits until completion of an investigation of proposed visitors.
Inmates transferred from other federal facilities will maintain their approved visiting lists, unless circumstances warrant changes. All visitors will be re-checked through NCIC when necessary.
(2) Hospital patients: Visits for inmates hospitalized in the community will be determined by the captain and the associate warden of programs after consultation with the respective unit manager and the hospital administrator, with the final approval of the warden. If a visit is approved, it will be limited to immediate family only. All visits will be subject to the general visiting policy of the hospital. An approved visiting list will be forwarded to the escort officer(s) by the unit manager.
(3) Special Housing Unit: The operations lieutenant will be notified when an inmate in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) has visitors. Each case will be individually handled. During the visit, inmates in special housing status will be under constant supervision by the visiting room officer and will be seated in the designated area.
(4) Non-contact visiting. The warden may determine an inmate housed in the (SHU) requires visits using the non-contact visiting area. Only the warden and/or acting warden may authorize non-contact visits. Examples of who may be required to have non-contact visiting are as follows: inmates who pose a threat to the security of the facility, i.e., introduction of drugs into the facility; protective custody inmates; inmates who have displayed assaultive behavior toward staff and/or visitors; and possibly those inmates who may be allowed a special visit as a one-time option upon losing visiting privileges for an extensive amount of time.
When non-contact visiting is deemed appropriate, the same number of visitors as detailed in the institution supplement will apply (five visitors total, to include children). It is the responsibility ofthe inmate to advise the visitors of this restricted status. Non-contact visits will be limited to 2 hours a day for a maximum of 4 hours a month.
A notation will be placed in the visiting program by the unit team indicating the inmate has been approved for a non-contact visit. Upon
arrival, the visitor will again be notified by the lobby receptionist of the visiting restriction and will go through the normal channel of security. The visitor will be escorted into the visiting room to an area arranged for noncontact visits, and the visit will be subject to video monitoring. The operations lieutenant will be notified by visiting room staff of the visit in order to have the inmate escorted from SHU to the visiting room for the no-contact visit, monitored via video. Nearing the completion of the visit, staff will advise the visitor of the time expiration and notify control center staff and the operations lieutenant of the termination. All rules of conduct will apply, and any early termination of the visit due to misconduct will be made by the institution duty officer.
Number of Visitors
necessary to terminate social visits. The visiting room officers are required to contact the institution duty officer, or in hislher absence, the operations lieutenant.
Termination of social visits will be accomplished ordinarily in the order of the visitors’ arrival in the visiting room and after a visit of two hours has occurred. Exceptions will be made for visitors who have traveled long distances and who do not visit frequently. Only the institution duty officer has the authority to terminate a visit, unless he or she is not on institution grounds, in which case it would be the
operations lieutenant’s responsibility. It will be the responsibility of the front entrance officer to complete the appropriate denial form.
The unit manager is the only approving authority for an inmate to have more than four adult visitors at one time. The inmate must have the unit manager’s approval 72 hours prior to the visit.