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Attorney/Attorney's Agents Visitation Information

The following information is provided in an effort to accommodate Attorney’s and their agents as efficiently as possible. There may be occasions when visits may be delayed or interrupted due to an unforeseen situation within the facility. A staff member will inform you if such an event occurs so you may make alternative arrangements if required.

Advanced Calling:

To expedite entrance for attorney/attorney’s agent visits please call the facility Lobby Officer at 401-721-0337 prior to the visit. Attorney contact visits are held seven (7) days per week, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Facility Count Times:

Facility count times are at 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 6:30 pm. The lunch meal is served between 12:20 pm and 1:00 pm and the evening meal is served between 5:20 pm and 6:00 pm. In addition, staff breaks are conducted between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Therefore, you may experience some delays during these time periods. Count times are in effect 30 minutes before the count and 30 minutes after count. Detainees will not be allowed to be taken out of their housing units during these time periods. If entrance is delayed more than 20 minutes, we encourage you to inquire as to the reason.

Identification and Processing:

It is our policy that all attorney/agent visits be accommodated in a timely manner. Visits will be processed upon completion of the Notification to Visitor/Request to Visit Detainee Form. A valid driver’s license, as well as, a current bar association card must be presented at the time of check-in. You will then be instructed to record the following information into the attorney logbook upon arrival: Date and time entering facility, name of attorney/agent, address, detainee’s information (name and ID number), signature, time entered, any unusual requests (i.e. tape recorders etc.), you must also log the time you depart.

A token and designated attorney locker will be provided to secure personal items not needed during the visit. All legal material accompanying attorneys/agents into the visitation area will be searched by an officer. Said search will merely be to detect the presence of contraband. No legal material will be read. Electronic devices such as cell phones are not permitted in the visitation area with the exception of laptop computers essential to attorney/client privilege. You are allowed to review with your client only the information regarding their case. Approval for use of electronic equipment must be obtained from the Programs Director prior to the visit. Wi-Fi connections to laptops must be turned off while in the visitation area unless previously approved.

After a successful metal detector screening, you will be allowed to enter the visitation area. Upon completion of the visit, the detainee will be removed from the visitation room, you will be allowed to exit. Attorneys will be required to log their exit time into the attorney log book, retrieve their identification from the Lobby Officer, and retrieve any items from the storage locker.

Law students, paralegals, legal assistants, or investigators working for you will only be permitted into the facility with prior written approval from you submitted to the Programs Director at least two (2) days prior to the visit. Such letters must be on attorney’s law firm stationary and must include the following information: Agent’s full name, title, date of birth, and the name of the detainee they are authorized to visit. Interpreters will not be granted access to the contact visitation area without the attorney they assist being present. The agent must not be related to the detainee being visited, must not be on the detainee’s social visitation list, and not be a former detainee of this facility. If so, you must inform a staff member. *Paralegals and investigators are the only attorney agents permitted to meet with detainees without being accompanied by the representing attorney. Prior approval from the Programs Director is required.

The following items are permitted: Briefcase, case files, memo pads, writing utensils and information relating to the detainee’s case. If you need to provide your client with legal material, please notify the officer who will assist you with this process.

The following items are NOT permitted into the visiting area: Outer coats or jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, money, pocketbooks, hand bags, wallets, keys, or any item that could jeopardize the safety and security of yourself, the detainee, staff, or the facility.

Should an attorney/agent be denied entrance into the facility, you will be notified as to the reason. All attorneys and their agents are subject to the same policies and regulations governing visitors. The Warden will be notified if such action is necessary. If you are denied, you may ask to speak to a supervisor.

If you have any unresolved issues or problems, please contact the Warden’s Office at 401-721- 0313.