ODRC Visitation Guidelines

What to Wear When Coming to Visit

1.  All attire worn upon entry into the facility must be worn throughout the duration of the visit, with the exception of appropriate outerwear such as a coat and gloves.

2.  Appropriate undergarments must be worn (i.e., bra, slip, and underwear).

3.  No additional clothing is permitted to be carried into the facility.

4. No smartwatches or fitness monitors (such as fitbits).

5.  Inappropriate attire includes, but is not limited to:

• See-through clothing of any kind.

• Tops or dresses that expose the midriff or have open backs or open sides (such as any sleeveless clothing such as halter tops, tube tops, cropped tops, tank tops, and muscle shirts).

• Low-cut clothing cut in a manner that exposes the chest.

• Any clothing that inappropriately exposes undergarments.

• Skirts, dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes with the hem or slit above the mid-knee.

• Wrap-around skirts/dresses or break-away type pants.

• Clothing with any gang related markings.

• Clothing with obscene and/or offensive pictures, slogans, language and/or gestures.

• Form-fitted clothing made from Spandex or Lycra or other similar knit material such as leotards, unitards, bicycle shorts, tight jeans, or tight pants.

• Clothing with inappropriate holes/rips, including shoulder cut-outs.

6.  Purses, handbags, backpacks, or similar items are not permitted. Diaper bags and infant carriers, are permitted, but are subject to regular search procedures Clear plastic bags are preferred in place of diaper bags. Diaper bags may include:

• A reasonable number of diapers and baby wipes

• Three plastic baby bottles

• Three plastic containers of baby food

• One pacifier

7.  All visitors are subject to clear the metal detector. The following items may prevent clearance of the metal detector:

• Hairpins

• Bras with metal underwires

• Certain boots and shoes

• Clothing with multiple zippers

• Excessive jewelry

General Visitation Guidelines

1. The DRC General Visiting Instructions (DRC2274) and Declaration of Understanding (DRC2554) is made available to all staff, offenders, and visitors. Each institution has different physical facilities and programs; therefore, the Warden at each institution will have discretion in determining the number of visitors allowed to visit an offender at any one time, the frequency, duration, priority of visits, and the visiting hours. Any significant changes made by the institution in the number of visitors allowed to visit an offender at any one time, the frequency, duration and priority of visits, and the visiting hours will be made available for the visitor and offenders to review thirty (30) days prior to the change effective date. These changes are displayed in the front entrance of the institution, in the visiting areas, and in the living areas of the units. However, no institutional specific policies will supersede the General Visiting Instructions.

2. Visitation areas have facilities fully accessible to disabled visitors, including restrooms and entrance ramps to the visitation area. Offender visiting facilities will permit opportunities for formal/informal communication.

3. Staff facilitated institution programs that include family contact activities will not count towards the number of visits an offender is permitted to receive. Contacts of this type are categorized as formalized activities in programs facilitated by staff and are established in addition to normal visiting.

4. Each designated visiting department has an area designated as a Reading Room. Reading Rooms are “child-friendly” and contain a diverse supply of age appropriate books, learning aids, and toys that appeal to the interest of children. Procedures have been established to ensure the safety, sanitation, and availability of the Reading Room to parents and children. In addition to scheduled readings, special activities have been planned to enrich the child’s visiting experience and foster family ties.

5. DRC employees assigned to an area in which they have significant interaction with the public are provided with additional training by their institution. Each employee will be required to participate in and complete an initial four (4) hour Front-Entry/Visitor’s Training Course. The lesson plan is maintained through the Corrections Training Academy. This training course provides each employee with a holistic view of balancing good security and public relations and once completed should be documented in the employee’s training file.

Each institution makes available to visitors information about local means of public transportation to the institution and will provide a means for visitors to contact public transportation agencies for needed services.