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09-19-2004, 09:37 PM
P O Box 500
Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 856-5280
WARDEN: Rick Kearney

The Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI) is located in Georgetown, Delaware. Opened in 1931, SCI is one of Delaware's oldest correctional facilities. SCI houses maximum, medium, and minimum security inmates. SCI houses an all-male population. Additionally, Delaware's only Boot Camp is located on the grounds of the Sussex Correctional Institution. The Boot Camp is a 100-bed facility accommodating 90 men and 10 women.

A major expansion project was recently completed at SCI. Between April 1997 and April 2000, 760 beds were added to the facility. This includes the 100-bed Boot Camp. The expansion brought the total capacity of the institution to 1206. SCI is also home to the nationally recognized substance abuse treatment program called KEY. In an effort to reduce crime and recidivism, Governor Thomas R. Carper and the Department of Correction unveiled the program at SCI on February 10, 1998. SCI's program is called KEY South. The KEY program is an intense, discipline-based therapeutic substance abuse treatment program for 180 offenders at SCI.

Several programs designed to facilitate rehabilitative efforts are in place at SCI. These programs include educational opportunity, vocational training, work assignments, spiritual/religious opportunity and a variety of other classes and programming. In addition, SCI is one of the only sites in the State that houses a special needs population that suffers from mental illness or mental retardation. Appropriate programming and support is in place for this special population.

Visitation Rules/Procedures

Visits will be made by the visitor one week in advance by telephone. Visits are by appointment only and the visitor must report thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled visiting time to the front door or sallyport. The inmate being visited is responsible for confirming his scheduled visiting time with their visitor. NOTE: Once you schedule a visit, it will not be changed!

Visitors sixteen years and older must have photo identification and no more than two car keys. All visitors are subject to a metal detector search at the time of each visit. When deemed necessary, the security staff may request a more intense physical search. Should the visitor refuse to comply, they will be denied entrance and ordered off of the property.

Inmates will be permitted three visitors at each visit, regardless of age, except that one visitor must be an adult, eighteen years of age or older.

Only the following items are allowed into the institution: legal material for inmate being visited; photo identification; two car keys; wedding band/engagement ring; medical alert necklace/bracelet; and life-saving medication. NOTE: If an item is not on this list, it will not go in.

Visitors' attire should be in good taste and grooming when entering the institution. Correctional staff will determine whether the visitor's clothing is appropriate based on the following guidelines: bathing suits; body suits; strapless or low cut, revealing tops; sleeveless shirts; tube tops; and any type of revealing clothing not adhering to the normal standards of decency will not be permitted. Dresses, skirts, culottes, and/or walking shorts must be no shorter than two inches above the knee, as measured from the bend in the back of the knee with the waistband in the normal position. Spandex pants, shorts, and leggings are not permitted alone. Leggings may be worn under a skirt. Any see-through material is not permitted.

Money orders or checks for the inmates must be left at the front door or mailed. Personal checks will be held from the inmate's account for 15 to 21 days for bank clearance. There will be NO CASH ACCEPTED. The inmate's identification number (SBI number) must be on the money order or check. These can be deposited at the Sallyport or Front Door during regular visiting hours.

Talking to any inmate through institution windows or fences, or having conversations with any inmate other than in the assigned visiting area is strictly prohibited. Visitors must go directly to and from the visiting room/waiting area.

Smoking is not permitted by visitors inside the compound.

All visitors will remove their coats and hats before entering the visiting room. Shoes will be taken off and inspected by security staff before entering the visiting room. Blazers and sport coats will be permitted if a part of the visitor's outfit.

The visitor and inmate will sit in a place designated by the Visiting Room Officer. No change in location is permitted. Meeting outside is not permitted.

The inmate may briefly embrace and kiss his visitor(s) at the beginning and end of the visit. They will then be seated. If the visitor is alone (single visitor), they are required to sit across the table. The holding of hands is permissible so long as the hands are kept on top of the table and near the center at all times. Any actions or gestures beyond the established policy will necessitate disciplinary action for the inmate and/or loss of visitation privileges for the visitor.

No property may be exchanged between an inmate and his visitor(s). All cards, letters, etc., must be sent out through the mail.

Only one (1) inmate may be visited at a time. Cross conversations between other visitors and/or inmates is not permitted.

Visitors are not permitted to leave the Visiting Room during a visit except for an emergency or illness, and the may not return to the visit.

Visitors and inmates alike should show respect for others visiting and keep all conversations in a low tone. Loud conversations, foul language, arguments, or fighting will result in cancellation of your visits and disciplinary action. We reserve the right to turn away any visitor due to intoxication, failing to obey the directions of officers, or generally misbehaving.

Special visits are now limited to those who meet the following criteria:

Special visits will be given to those who have a truly special need, such as the death of a family members or a sick relative which must be substantiated by letter or phone call by the person who wants to visit.

If a visitor has to travel 150 miles or more, they are eligible for a Special Visit, but only if a special need exists.

Special visits will be given every six months, unless a serious emergency arises that can be substantiated with documentation.

NOTE: This will be handled by the counselor, when on duty. When counselors are not available, this must be handled by the Watch Commander.

Each inmate housed in Medium, Minimum, and Key is granted 1 1/2 hours visiting time a week. This is used in one (1) visit or broken into two (2) 45 minute visits.

Inmates housed in Pre-Trial are granted one (1) 45 minute visit per week.

Inmates and Visitors may lose visiting privileges for violation of institutional rules.

Visiting Room Telephone For
Pre-Trial, Merit, Medium, Minimum & Key South

(302) 856-5545

Monday thru Saturday
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
4:30 pm to 11:00 pm

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Inmate Mail Address:

Mailing Address
Inmate's name - SBI Number
Sussex Correctional Institution
Building - Tier
P O Box 500
Georgetown DE 19947-0500