Visitation

Inmate Visitations

Visitation

Scheduling

Check In

Professional Visits

Rules

 

VISITATION

Visitation is a privilege, it is not a right. Visiting privileges may be revoked at any time.

Visits conducted at this facility will be no contact, unless specifically authorized by the Superintendent or designee.

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Scheduling:

Inmates must complete a visiting list for approval, identifying no more than ten (10) friends and/or family members he/she wishes to receive visits from. Only those on the approved visiting list will be allowed to visit. Inmates may add or delete individuals from their list at any time.

Weekend inmates, or an inmate serving seven (7) days or less, are not entitled to visiting privileges.

All visits are to be scheduled at least one (1) day in advance. It is the inmate’s responsibility to contact family and friends regarding the date/time of the scheduled visit.
Calls received inquiring about visiting dates/times will not be entertained.

Visitors not on an approved visiting list, arriving unannounced, or do not have proper identification will be denied entry. Visitors arriving late will forfeit the time lost due to their tardiness.

Persons who have been incarcerated within the past twelve (12) months or those who are pending a criminal investigation will be denied visitation unless authorized by the Superintendent. Former inmates may visit within twelve months if they are immediate family and with the prior approval of the Superintendent.

Visiting times will be available equally to all housing unit inmates.

Visitation will be conducted based on the inmate’s current classification and housing unit assignment. Visiting blocks are as follows for each visiting day:

* 7:30 am – 8:20 am 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm 7:30 pm – 8:20 pm
8:30 am – 9:20 am 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm 6:30 pm – 7:20 pm
9:30 am – 10:20 am 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm

* This visiting slot is reserved for inmates in programming.

The following is a list, by classification, of the days visitors are allowed. This list may be modified as the needs of the facility dictates.

A. Minimum Classification: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

B. Medium Classification: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

C. Maximum Classification: Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

D. Protective Custody: Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

E. Disciplinary Detention: Thursday, and Saturday.

Inmates housed in the Disciplinary Detention unit fulfilling punitive sanctions will be limited to professional visits only for the first five (5) days assigned to the unit.                                                                 

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Check In:

Visitors under the age of 18 will be accompanied by their legal guardian. Proof of legal guardianship must be submitted prior to the visit. A parental consent form may waive this requirement.

All visitors will have a picture form of identification, i.e. valid State Driver’s License, valid Non-Driver’s License, Military ID, or Passport. All visitors will be signed in by the Lobby Officer and issued a Merrimack County Visitor Badge, to be displayed at all times.

Visitors will leave all personal property in their vehicle or a locker located in the Lobby.

Visitors will leave the facility with all personal property. Items left behind will be considered abandoned and disposed of if not claimed within fifteen (15) days.

Visitors will not wear any article of clothing deemed excessively revealing or inappropriate. Visitors will be dressed in an appropriate manner. Visitors wearing inappropriate attire will not be allowed into the facility.

Visitors will successfully pass through the metal detector and/or hand held wand. Visitors who refuse to or fail to successfully pass through will be subject to delay, additional searches, and/or denial of visit.

Visitors are subject to search or their person, vehicle, and property to the degree necessary to ensure facility security and the prevention of contraband. Failing to submit to this search will result in their inability to enter the facility. No exceptions.

Visitors, including children, must be signed in on the Visitor Sign In Log located in the Lobby.

All visitors will be signed in by the Lobby Officer and issued a Merrimack County Visitor Badge. The badge shall be displayed at all times.    

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Professional Visits:

Professional visits, including clergy, attorney, probation, or other law enforcement agencies, may be allowed to visit without being on the inmate’s approved visiting list, provided that individual is not related by blood or marriage.

Visiting exceptions would be during mandatory lockdowns, emergencies, meal time, and when the attorney booth is occupied. The amount of time allotted for professional visits will be regulated by the needs of the department and other professional visitors waiting.  

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Rules:

Visitors will be removed from a visitor’s list if found bringing in or attempting to bring in any item or article not previously approved by the department.

Visitors will not engage in verbal disputes with staff. All concerns will be addressed to the Shift Supervisor.

Visitors acting inappropriately or thought to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied entry or asked to leave.

A maximum of two visitors are allowed at one time, at one visiting block per day. Visitors will remain seated at all times.

Visitors or their children found to be in unauthorized visiting booths or wandering the visiting corridor will be asked to leave.

Visitors are to conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times and properly control their children.

Visitors found purposely damaging, destroying, or defacing County property will be escorted out of the facility and placed on a visitation restriction list. Restitution will be enforced.

Visitors failing to promptly leave County property when directed shall be prosecuted as the law dictates.

Failure to follow these rules will result in the visit ending and may affect visiting privileges.   

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