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Pandemic Visit Session Guidelines

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The inmates of Dutchess County Jail, their loved ones and our staff can be assured that all guidance as given from the Centers for Disease Control and the local Department of Behavioral Health is being followed during this time. Listed below are general practices that have been put into place to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Revised May 7, 2021 (All previous editions are obsolete)

  1. Each inmate is entitled to one (1) booth (non-contact) visit upon the first twenty-four (24) hours of their incarceration. This booth (non-contact) visit is limited to twenty (20) minutes and does not count toward the inmate’s weekly visitation allowance.
  2. After the initial booth visit, all inmates will be placed in a mandatory quarantine. Inmates under a quarantine status will not be allowed to have any visits until they are no longer under quarantine.
  3. Once an inmate is removed from the mandatory quarantine, each inmate shall be permitted one (1), sixty (60) minute visit per week. 
  4. Contact visits are conducted each week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. THERE ARE NO CONTACT VISITS ON SATURDAYS, MONDAYS OR HOLIDAYS. 
  5. Booth (non-contact) visits are conducted every day, except holidays. This facility adheres to the County of Dutchess holiday schedule.
  6. Some inmates may not be eligible for a contact visit, therefore a booth (non-contact) visit may be allowed. Please contact the facility prior to the visit to see if the inmate you are attempting to visit is able to have contact visits. Visitors cannot request a booth (non-contact) visit for an inmate that is eligible for contact visits.
  7. All visitors entering the facility must have on a surgical mask, N95 mask or KN95 Respirator mask. Cloth or makeshift masks are not permitted. 
  8. All visitors must verbally answer a Covid-19 questionnaire immediately upon entering the facility. Hand sanitizer will be readily available for use for all visitors to use. 
  9. All visitors entering the facility to visit an inmate must have their temperature taken upon entering the facility. Any person appearing ill or confirmed to have a fever will be instructed to leave the facility immediately. (A temperature of 100.5 degrees or higher is considered a fever.)
  10. The lobby will be limited to a maximum of six (6) civilian visitors. All visitors must walk through and successfully clear the metal detector wearing all clothing and shoes without the metal detector sounding the alarm. Visitors with a documented medical appliance need to submit proof from a doctor confirming said appliance. The documentation must state their inability to (successfully) pass through the metal detector. These visitors will be hand scanned prior to the visit. The medical documentation will be filed for one (1) year. Only people who are visiting an inmate will be allowed access to the lobby

  11. The use of locker storage is unavailable at this time. Cell phone use is prohibited in the facility. All personal items are prohibited within the facility. Vehicle keys and identification will be the only items allowed into the facility. These items will be secured with the visitation officers at the front desk. 
  12. Only New York State identification will be accepted at this time. 
  13. Visitors will have to come in to schedule a visit.  Visitors cannot sign up or reserve a visit via phone. Only five (5) inmates are allowed in the visit room per session.  
  14. Each inmate is allowed one (1) adult visitor. There will be no children allowed at this time. 
  15. All visitors must adhere to all directions and guidance as provided by security staff. Guidance will include, but not be limited to; social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment requirements. Refusal to comply with any directives will result in the denial and/or termination of the visitation session.
  16. There will not be any physical contact permitted between an inmate and their visitor. Violation of this rule will result in an immediate termination of the visit and may be banned from future visits. 
  17. The visitation session start time may be approximate in an attempt to properly clean and disinfect the visitation room as per the facility cleaning schedule.
  18. There is only one (1) booth visit room. A maximum of one (1) inmate and their visitor is allowed at a time.
  19. 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.
  20. Visitors are not permitted to park in permit parking. Any visitor parked in permit parking will have their visit suspended until further notice.
  21. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the facility in layered clothing, ripped clothing, orange clothing, hooded clothing or tank tops. Removal of a mask by a visitor or an inmate will result in immediate termination of the visit. 
  22. 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.
  23. 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 denial of the visit. Sneakers are strongly recommended.
  24. An inmate and his or her visitor(s) are required to adhere to conduct which is consistent with the standard of public decency.
  25. Any visitor caught attempting to communicate with an inmate from the exterior of the building will be subject to a loss of his or her visitation privileges. 
  26. 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 until further notice.
  27. 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.