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Default Visiting Information for SCI Cresson


8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. daily, Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday including holidays. There are no visiting hours Tuesday and Wednesday. In order to be assured of at least a one-hour visit, visitors should arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. Visitors will not be admitted if they arrive later than 3 p.m.


To be eligible to visit an inmate, an individual must be on the inmate's approved visiting list. The visitor will be asked for identification such as a driver's license for signature comparison, address, birth date, etc.

No more than five people may visit an inmate at any given time. Some discretion is used on the part of the Visiting Room personnel regarding younger children. However, to ensure that no disappointment occurs, it would be wise to limit your group to five, including children.

All inmates will be permitted two visit each week, one weekday and one weekend visit. A week is defined as running Sunday through Saturday. If a visit is not used one week, it may not be carried over to the next.

Each visit will be from a minimum time period of one hour, providing that the visitor arrives no later than 2:30 p.m. However, if space permits, the visit may extend to a maximum of two hours on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and a maximum of four hours during weekdays (Monday through Friday).

In addition, all custody level 2 and above inmates will be permitted additional special visits per calendar month which can be used any weekday except holidays, and which follows the same minimum and maximum rules noted above.

It should be noted that visits cannot be split up. For instance, a visitor cannot come on Monday for one-half hour and then return on Tuesday for another one-half hour. Similarly, if an inmate or visitor terminates a visit for lunch, the visit may not be continued after lunch.

Hot and cold drinks, candy and snacks are available in the Visiting Room, and you can purchase these for the inmate and eat lunch with him rather than terminate the visit. No other exchanges are permitted and can be considered attempts to introduce contraband into the institution.

Visitors are permitted to take money into the visiting room. Some baby items are also permitted, these are: 3 jars baby food (unopened), 3 clear plastic baby bottlse with formula or white milk, 3 diapers. A clear sippie cup may be brought into the Visiting voom for small children (5 years of age or younger). The drink for the sippie cup must be purchased inside the visiting room. All items brought into the visiting room must be in a clear plastic bag, including money, and are subject to search. Leaving the visiting room to procure baby items will result in the visit being terminated.

Outer wear permitted to be worn into the visiting room will consist of cardigan sweater, blazer, or a sports coat. All other outer wear must be left in a locker by the Visiting Room Registration desk. Women are encouraged not to wear metal underwire bras when visiting the facility as it helps eliviate problems clearing the metal detector.
General Visiting Guidelines

All visitors must be on the approved visiting list. It is recommended that you arrive as early in the day as possible so that proper arrangements can be made in time for your visit. It may take time to notify an individual inmate for a visit, so please be patient.

Have proper identification with you, preferably a driver?s license or other photo ID. You will not be permitted to visit without proper identification. Minors must have one photo ID or two other forms of ID which include date of birth.

Please be sure to sign in upon your arrival. If you travel by private vehicle, you will be asked to register the year, make, model and license number of your vehicle.

ALL visitors and vehicles are subject to search upon entering the institution, while at the institution and before leaving the institution. If you refuse to be searched before entering the institution, your visiting privileges may be denied. If you refuse to be searched while in the institution or upon leaving the institution, you may be detained until the appropriate law enforcement authorities arrive.

Cameras, tape recorders, radios, chewing gun, tobacco products and handbags are not permitted in the visiting area.

Visits are a minimum of one hour in length; however, this may be increased depending upon the number of visits scheduled for that day.

Inmates placed in disciplinary custody status may have their visiting privileges restricted.

Please use good judgment and discretion in dress and behavior so as not to embarrass others in the visiting room. Keep children under control. Failure to do so may result in early termination of your visit.

Ex-offenders must have prior written approval from the Superintendent to visit any inmate.

Food may not be taken into the institution. Sandwiches, candy and soft drinks may be purchased and consumed where vending machines are provided. Smoking is prohibited throughout the Visiting and Waiting Area.

Any visitor appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance will not be permitted to enter the institution.

All inmates are informed of changes that may occur in visiting regulations. It is the responsibility of each inmate to inform his visitor of these changes.

Please remember that any violation of visiting regulations may result in the suspension of visiting privileges.

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