General Visitation Rules | Dutchess County Jail

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Colonel Michael J. Walters, Jail Administrator

 

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GENERAL VISITATION RULES

Revised May 8, 2018 (All previous editions are obsolete)

  1. Each inmate is permitted two (2), one (1) hour visits (contact or non-contact) per week. Visits are conducted each week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    THERE ARE NO VISITS ON SATURDAYS, MONDAYS OR HOLIDAYS. 

    (This facility adheres to the County of Dutchess holiday schedule.) 
     
  2. Visits are scheduled on a "walk-in basis" based on availability. "Walk-in" is defined as a visitor being signed in for the contact/booth visit upon arrival to the facility. Once the visitor and the inmate are seated in the visitation room, the one (1) hour session will begin. 
     
  3. In order to ensure both the visitor and the inmate receive one (1) full hour, visitors must arrive at the facility no later than 9:30am for the morning session and 1:30pm for the afternoon session. Visitors must be signed up for a visit by 9:45am for the morning session or 1:45pm for the afternoon session or they may be denied their visit.

    BOOTH VISITS ARE SECHEDULED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.
     
    MORNING SESSION
    CONTACT/NON-CONTACT
    AFTERNOON SESSION
    CONTACT/NON-CONTACT
    EVENING SESSION
    NON-CONTACT ONLY
    8:30am – 10:45am  12:20pm – 2:45pm 5:30pm – 6:30pm
    6:30pm – 7:30pm

     
  4. Each inmate is allowed two (2) adults, one (1) adult and two (2) children, or two (2) adults and one (1) child to visit them at a time.
     
  5. Only the following forms of photo government issued identification will be accepted: 

 

  • Driver’s license or Non-Driver’s photo identification card; 
  • New York State Benefit Card; or 
  • Passport.
     

ANY GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID THAT HAS AN EXPIRED DATE MAY BE ACCEPTED ONLY WITH THE AUTHORIZATION OF A SUPERVISOR. 
 

  1. Any visitor under the age of eighteen (18) will only be allowed to visit an inmate if a facility issued Parental Permission Slip is completed. This form must be completed and signed at the facility and be supported by the child’s original birth certificate (for age verification) and an approved form of parental/ legal guardian ID. 
     
  2. All visitors must walk through and successfully clear the electronic metal detector. All visitors must be wearing all clothing and shoes without the metal detector sounding the alarm.

    VISITORS WHO FAIL TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE SCANNING PROCESS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ACCESS TO THE CONTACT VISIT ROOM OR THE BOOTH VISIT ROOM. 
     
  3. Visitors with medical appliance passes need to submit proof from a doctor confirming said appliance. The medical appliance pass must state their inability to (successfully) pass through the metal detector. These visitors will be hand scanned before being admitted to visit. The medical appliance pass will be valid for one (1) year.
     

GENERAL RULES FOR VISITORS:
 

  • The facility requires each visitor to adhere to a dress code, a copy of which is available at the front desk in the main lobby.
     
  • Visitors will not be permitted to enter the contact visit room or booth visit room in layered clothing, ripped clothing, orange clothing, hooded clothing or tank tops. 
     
  • Visitors must wear clothing that is size appropriate. If visitors wear clothing that is too small or excessively big, they will be prohibited from visiting the inmate.
     
  • It is strongly recommended that visitors do not wear "bib" style jeans, button fly jeans, underwire bras or shoes containing metal supports. These items cause the electronic scanner to sound its alarm and will result in a denial of access to the visit. Sneakers are strongly recommended. 
     
  • Visitors may not bring any items into the contact visit room or booth visit room. The only exception will be baby care items. Baby care items will be restricted to one (1) clear see-thru plastic bottle or one (1) clear see-thru sippy cup.
     
  • All personal items must be left in the visitor’s locker. (i.e. combs, pen/pencils, cosmetics, food items, beverages, gum, tobacco products, money, wallets, cell phones, keys, coats, hats, plastic/metal barrettes and unapproved jewelry.) The only exceptions will be an approved wedding band and an approved religious medal, no larger than two (2) inches with a chain.
     
  • An inmate and his or her visitor(s) are required to adhere to conduct which is consistent with the standard of public decency.
     
  • Physical contact between visitors and inmates is prohibited, except at the beginning and the end of a visit. A hug and/or closed mouth kiss are the only physical contact allowed and will be conducted in the presence of the visit room officer. 
     
  • An inmate and his or her visitor(s) are directly responsible for the conduct and behavior of children in their charge. Children must remain seated and within the immediate area of the inmate and visitor(s) at all times.
     
  • Any visitor caught standing on the walkway or driveway and yelling up to someone or having a conversation with an inmate will be subject to a loss of his or her privileges for a minimum of thirty (30) days.
     
  • Smoking is not permitted on county property. Anyone caught smoking on county property will be subject to a loss of his or her visiting privileges for a minimum of thirty (30) days.
     
  • Violating any of the rules stated herein, posted within the main lobby, or the contact visit room will result in the termination of a visit and/or possible additional penalties.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
 

  • Sneakers are the only items that a person can bring to the facility for an inmate. Sneakers can be dropped off to the facility for an inmate on Mondays only from 8:30am-10:30am and 12:30pm-2:30pm.
     
  • All sneakers must be flat soled, metal free and in good repair or new condition only and will be subject to a search by a K-9 unit before acceptance.

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