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Old 09-18-2006, 06:11 PM
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Here are the Menard Visitng Rules as of 8/01/06. I re-typed and reviewed them several times before I posted them but if you notice anything that looks like a typo let me know and I will check it against the original.


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Menard Correctional Center
VISITING PROCEDURES AND RULES
Effective August 1, 2006

All visitors are subject to search of their vehicle, physical search of their person, and are required to clear search with a metal detector or other contraband detection equipment. Illinois Law provides that it is a felony to attempt to bring into a correctional facility an item of contraband. Contraband includes alcohol, cannabis, controlled substances, hypodermic syringes or needles, weapons, knives, explosives, guns (loaded or unloaded), hacksaw blades and key and lock picking devices. Anyone attempting to bring in contraband on facility grounds will be subject to prosecution.

All visits are subject to monitoring and video recording unless prior approval is given for confidential attorney or other privileged visits.

OFFENDER VISITATION:

Prospective visitors who have been convicted of a felony, have criminal charges pending, or are currently on parole or probation may visit only with prior written approval of the C.A.O. Previously incarcerated offenders that have been denied a visit are not permitted to remain on State property.

Individuals 17 years of age or older must be on the approved list in order to visit. Visitors 16 years of age and below need not be on the approved list to visit; however, such visits are permitted only when accompanied by a parent or guardian who is an approved visitor or when prior notarized consent has been given by a parent or guardian who is in the free community for the child to visit accompanied by an approved visitor who is at least 17 years of age. Visitors may only visit once per day. Attorney and Chaplain visits are to be excluded from this limit.

Visitors who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol are prohibited from visiting with any offenders.

Visitors are required to fill out a Prospective Visitor Interview Form prior to visiting. All questions must be answered completely and truthfully. If it is determined that any information provided is false, visitors will be denied entry to the facility and are subject to permanent visitor restriction from all Illinois Department of Corrections facilities.

REQUIRED IDENTIFICATION:

All visitors 12 years of age and older (including legal visitors) are required to present 2 forms of identification. Forms of identification shall be a valid sealed photo I.D., such as driver’s license, state I.D., military I.D., or acceptable documentation of non-US citizen including a current passport, Visa or Matricula, and documentation that includes a date of birth. Only visitors 12 years to 16 years of age will be permitted to use a current school picture I.D. as a form of identification. Appropriate staff shall do a name search on V.T.S. prior to an offender visits.

VISITOR’S REQISTRATION LOG:

Except for officials, all persons entering the facility shall sign in upon entry including name, time in, vehicle license number, home address, race, date of birth and the name and registration number of the offender receiving the visit. When departing the institution visitors will be required to log signature and time out.

VISITING LIMITATION:

General Population Offenders- Contact/Non-Contact Visits:

Visiting Hours: Sunday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sign in time is from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sign in lime is from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Visitors are normally allowed a
two (2) hour visit, unless extenuating circumstances exist as designated by the C.A.O. or designee (Duty Warden).

Contact Visits: Offenders not under visit restriction are allowed five (5) visits per month. Three (3) adult visitors may visit simultaneously. This number includes children three (3) years and older. When more than six (6) visitors (three years or older) visit, it will be counted as two (2) visits.

Non-Contact Visits: Level “E” offenders are allowed five (5) visits per month.

Orientation status offenders are not permitted visits with the exception of legal visits.

NOTE: If a child is under the age at three (3) and can he held on an adult visitor’s lap, they will not he counted as one the three (3) visitors.

Segregation Offenders/Administrative Detention- Non-Contact Visits:

Visiting Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. daily. Sign in time is from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Visits are a maximum of one (1) hour.

Offenders not under visit restriction are allowed two (2) visits per month. Segregation offenders may only visit once per day. Two (2) adult visitors may visit simultaneously. This number includes children three (3) years and older. Each adult may accompany one (1) child less than three (3) pears old. When more than four (4) visitors (three years or older) visit, it will be counted as two (2) visits.

NOTE: If a child is under the age of three (3) and can be held on an adult visitors lap, they will not he counted as one of the two (2) visitors.

MEDIUM SECURITY UNIT:

Visiting Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily. Sign in time is from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visitors will not be processed for a visit during shift change (2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.) Visits are normally allowed two (2) hour visits. Under normal circumstances and space availability, length of time may be extended. In no case will visits be allowed past the established visiting hours.

Offenders not under visit restriction are allowed five (5) visits per month. Three (3) adult visitors may visit simultaneously. This number includes children three (3) years or older. When more than six (6) visitors (three years or older) visit, it will be counted as two (2) visits.

NOTE: If the child is under the age of three (3) and can he held on an adult visitor’s lap, they will not be counted as one of the three (3) visitors.

GENERAL RULES:

Visiting privileges may be suspended or restricted for security and safety requirements, space availability, disruptive conduct, abuse of visiting privileges, violation of Departmental Rules and state or federal laws by the offender and/or visitor.

Returning to the Electric Eye prior to the end of your visit may result In the termination of your visit.

All children 16 years of age and under must be escorted and under direct supervision by a parent or guardian at all times.

Smoking is not permitted in any visiting room or waiting room. Visitors and offenders are not allowed to be in possession of tobacco items in the Visiting Room.

Visitors may rent lockers in order to lock their property. The cost of the locker is .50 cents (two quarters). The locker key is the responsibility of the visitor and is to be kept by the visitor until they have signed out.
Upon signing out, the visitor should then secure the key inside of the lock.

Parking is permitted ONLY on the North Parking Lot designated for visitor parking. Handicapped Parking is available in the South Parking Lot. All vehicles must have the windows rolled up and the doors locked prior to departure.

Contact Visits: Visitors and Offenders are allowed to have a brief embrace upon entering and exiting the Visiting Room. Open mouth kissing is prohibited. Visitors and Offenders are required to sit in an upright position. This means feet flat on the floor and hands above the table. While seated at the table, the Offender and Visitor may hold hands above the table. Intentional contact to the breasts or genitals is prohibited. Any acts of sexual misconduct are not permitted and will result in the immediate termination of the visit and may result in a temporary or permanent restriction of visiting privileges. Visitors are not allowed to exchange any item with an offender or take any items from as offender without the approval of the C.A.O. or Duty Warden. Once in the Visiting Room; visitors will be subject to a standard pat search before and after using the restroom. One adult visitor must accompany children, as children will also be searched after using the restroom. Offenders who use the restroom will be pat searched before being allowed to use the facility and pat searched after.

Money: Any visitor 17 years of age or older, may bring in one (1) debit card. This card can be purchased with a one-dollar bill at the debit machine located in the Electric Eye entrance. Refunds will only be processed if the offender is no longer a resident of Menard Correctional Center. Visitors should only add the amount of money to the debit card that is anticipated to spend for each visit. No one under the age of 17 years is permitted to carry a debit card. All other property (including identification and car keys) must be secured inside of the locker. No chewing gum, candy, mints, etc. maybe taken in by the visitor. All snack items bought in the Visiting Room must be consumed during the visit.

Medication: Immediate life care medication (nitroglycerin pills, asthma spray or inhaler) may be taken to the Visiting Room by the visitor. If a visitor needs to take a maintenance-type medication at a required time, they must inform the officer at the Electric Eye prior to being processed in. The visitor will be allowed to return to the front desk and obtain the medicine. The officer will then observe the visitor consume their medication. The visitor will then be allowed to return to the Visiting Room. With the exception of the above-mentioned taking of medication, under no circumstances shall a visitor be allowed to return to his/her looker until the visit is completed.

Clothing: Appropriate clothing for visits must be worn or the visit will not be permitted. Clothing which reveals buttocks and breasts is not allowed (short shirts or dresses, wrap around skirts, short shorts, see through clothing, low cut blouses, etc.) Clothing must be in good taste and not advertise nor suggest any product that is illegal. Clothing that advertises or suggests gang-related comments or sexual material are not permitted to be worn in the institution. Dark glasses or sunglasses are not allowed as well as any other material that may distort the identity of the visitor. All visitors shall be required to wear underwear. Female visitors will be required to wear a bra. All visitors must wear clothing that will clear the metal detector or the visitor will not be permitted to visit (i.e. under-wire bra, bib overalls, etc.). Religious headgear may be permitted only with prior approval of the C.A.O.

Jewelry: Visitors will be allowed to wear no more than one (1) ring, one (1) watch, one (1) pair of earring and one (1) necklace. Lockets and wrist or ankle bracelets will not be allowed. Female visitors are not permitted to wear men’s jewelry into the institution. Jewelry with writing (names, initials or words), pictures, heavy in weight, or that could be considered intimidating to any person such as replicas of guns, knives, ammo and drug paraphernalia will not be allowed into the institution.

Books, Magazines and Newspapers: A visitor may leave approved publications at the Electric Eye. Publications shall be limited to a maximum of five (5) per visit and shall be not packaged, wrapped, or otherwise contained in any other way. Each item must have the offender’s name and register number clearly labeled on it.

Infants: Infants will be allowed to have one (1) blanket, one (1) clear plastic bottle containing white milk or formula, one (1) pacifier and one (1) bib. The parent or guardian will be required to change and dispose of the infants diaper in the presence of an officer prior to shakedown. The institution will provide diapers and baby wet wipes.

Offenders will not be allowed to approach the vending machines, microwave or garbage cans. Offenders are to remain seated unless approaching the Officer’s desk to use the restroom. Offenders will remain at the table at the end of their visit until instructed otherwise.

Offenders will be seated at the designated Offender seat. One adult visitor will be required to sit directly across the table from the Offender. Children and additional adult visitors may be seated on either side of the Offender.

There will be no cross visiting. Visitors will only be permitted to visit the offender registered upon sign in. Talking or yelling across the Visiting Room is prohibited. This may result in possible termination of the visit and possible restriction of visiting privileges.

Cell phones, pagers, recording devices and cameras are not allowed on state grounds other than the visitors parking area. They are to be secured in the visitor’s vehicle prior to entering the Main Gate.
Offensive and/or profane language is prohibited.

INFIRMARY VISITS

If a patient’s condition allows, visitation will be done in the Visiting Room. Guard Hall may also be used if approved by Duty Warden or above.

In the case where a patient’s condition does not allow for visitation in the Visiting Room, a visit may be approved in the Infirmary. This must be approved by the Warden or his designee only.

Such visits will be one (1) hour or less in duration depending on the patient’s condition and treatment program.

No snack items are allowed.

Visitors are not allowed in the room during Medical Treatment.

OUTSIDE HOSPITALS

Visits are restricted to clergy or immediate family members with prior written approval from the Warden or his designee. The Assistant Warden of Programs will review the requests on a case-by-case basis.

ATTORNEY/CLERGY/AGENCY VISITS

Legal visitors and government officials who request to visit an Offender for the purpose of conducting business on behalf of the Department or other government agency shall be exempt form completing the DOC 0148 (P.V.I.) form.

Legal visitors and government officials shall be required to list only their names and business address on the Gatehouse Sign-In Sheet.

Legal visitors and government officials shall be required to show photo identification including government identification, official credentials, attorney registration or law student certification.

Legal visits will be arranged through the Litigation Coordinator at least two days in advance.

Attorney visits do not require the attorney, student lawyer, etc., to be on the Offender’s Visiting List.

Special Clergy visitation will be approved in advance through the Assistant Warden of Programs. The requesting clergy must provide proof of legitimacy prior to entering the institution.

Bibles and Korans are allowed during Pastoral Counseling.

Agencies (Government, Social Security, etc.) must coordinate with Assistant Warden of Programs prior to a visit.

Authorized by:

Donald A. Hulick
Warden
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:28 AM
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Thanbk you for that, it's really helpful.

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Old 02-26-2007, 10:43 AM
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When I was visitng Menard MSU this weekend a sign was posted about the new money cards.

The new cards will go into effect this Tuesday 2/27/07. Money on the old cards will not be refunded or transfered. In order to puchase the new card you will need a $5 dolllar bill. The card costs $2 and the remaining $3 will be put on the card.

Accroding to the CO in the visitng room Menard is not just getting new money cards and vending machines but is changing the vending company all together.

The new money machine had already been installed at the MSU and the new vending machines are to arrive on the 27th.

This change is happening at the Pit also but I don't know if it is the same date.
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Thanks for that, it's really helpful. Let's hope they have a good selection of food and drink in the new machines.

Shame, I have a couple of cards with money on and no way to use it up. Still, I doubt there's much on them.

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So they take our money and tell us we cannot get a refund? Well, only the IDOC would get away with that swindle!
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I've heard the machines are in at the Pit and that they're expensive. But then we knew that would be so, didn't we???

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