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Old 04-03-2017, 11:47 AM
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Food Visit Regulations –
Families shall provide all food for the food visits, either home cooked or purchased by the family.

No beverages shall be allowed into visitation on food visit days. Beverages may be purchased as normal inside of visitation.

All food containers and utensils, per group, must fit into one ice chest/container, which shall be no larger than 36-quart size and must be able to clear the metal detector.

No more than two different groups of visitors may visit the same inmate at the same time and no more than two different ice chests/containers may be with an entire group of visitors during the visit.

Permissible food items shall be pre-cooked and/or properly prepared prior to arrival, wrapped in plastic or wax paper, or stored in a plastic see-through container.

Visitors shall provide their own plastic bags/containers. These items will not be provided by the units.

No food shall be cut on site. All food must be cut and pre-packaged into serving portions prior to arrival.
Allowable items are as follows:

Meat - must be prepared and properly packed prior to entering the unit. Meat shall be deboned, sliced, shredded, diced, or minced.

Salad – Dressing may be brought in a separate, see-through plastic container.

Vegetables - shall be shredded, sliced, or diced. No corn-on-the-cob, but corn may be brought in a see through plastic container.

Baked potatoes - shall be cut in half prior to entering the unit.

Fruits - shall be peeled and quartered/sliced. No whole fruit will be permitted with exception to small fruit such as grapes, cherries, or berries.

Pre-cooked casseroles - in serving portions. Tamales - must be husked and cut in half. Bread - must be pre-sliced.

Cheese - must be sliced or grated.

Tortillas.

Pre-packaged chips. Must be transferred into a clear plastic container or bag.

Pie(s) and cake(s) - must be pre-cut into serving portions.

Ice cream - must be in original sealed/unopened container not to exceed one pint per person.

Ice - limited to one bag. Ice may be kept in the bag or loose in the cooler.

Condiments - (salt, pepper, etc.) in pre-packaged, single serving packets.

Utensils - forks and spoons only; shall be light-weight and disposable (plastic).

Paper plates and cups only. No Styrofoam.

Prohibited items are as follows:
Glass, metal, or non see-through containers.
Appliances of any type.
Cardboard food boxes of any kind

All food not consumed during the visit must be removed by the visitor
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Thank you! Stupid question but do the cups have to be paper or can they be plastic like the common red plastic ones? I know no styrofoam but didn't know about plastic disposable ones as paper cups are not too common anymore
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Thank you! Stupid question but do the cups have to be paper or can they be plastic like the common red plastic ones? I know no styrofoam but didn't know about plastic disposable ones as paper cups are not too common anymore
I never took any cups, so I not sure. Maybe one of the other members has an answer for ya.
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Sorry another stupid question but I'm thinking someone has experience w this - it says ice can be kept loose or in the bag and it's one big ice bag my question is if we r taking a smaller container bc I can't carry a big one due to an injury and thus a big bag won't fit and I don't want the ice all loose bc I don't want it all to melt and the food sitting in water bc I have a long ride about 6-7 hrs are we able to put ice in several little zip lock bags around the food in the container to keep it cold or will they not allow that so if it melts the water is somewhat contained to the baggies??
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If you're taking a long trip, I would suggest putting everything into a larger cooler for the drive, and then transferring into the approved smaller cooler for getting into the visit. That way things will stay cold for the drive, and you'll need less ice for the wait in line.

Since it says ice, I don't think they would allow ziplock bags with water. Same reason you can't bring in drinks, how do they know it's not booze being snuck in?
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So...... are soft bag coolers getting through, or no?
Can we get a report and recap of the food visits that happened this weekend?
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Tucson let the soft in today there were lots of them
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I have a regular plastic cooler, but I saw lots of soft sided coolers. And a few plastic totes even.
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This sunday will be my husband's first food visit. My question is will a ice chest with wheels (28 qt) be allowed in?
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This sunday will be my husband's first food visit. My question is will a ice chest with wheels (28 qt) be allowed in?
An ice chest with wheels generally won't clear metal detectors and they usually have the sensitivity of the metal detectors turned up on food visit days.
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Ok thank you!
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I have another question....do they allow ice packs? (Blue plastic ones).
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I have another question....do they allow ice packs? (Blue plastic ones).
No you cannot take those in. I leave my in for the drive and then remove them when I get to the parking lot.

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No you cannot take those in. I leave my in for the drive and then remove them when I get to the parking lot.

Enjoy your visit!

Yeah that's what I did. Thank you
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Not sure where to put this but for Yuma all IHP food visits you do not have to schedule an appointment. The schedule is on the bulletin board in the visit rooms. It's only a 4 hr visit and first in first out rule applies.
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Default Tucson Whetstone Food Visit

The November 2018 food visit, which was my first one at Tucson Whetstone -

1. Tucson Whetstone required that the ice be in one bag and that it be a purchased ice bag. I was told I couldn't put my own ice from my ice maker in a bag and use it.

2. Leftover food was left on a table (voluntarily, not required) to provide a treat to those inmates whose job it was to come in and clean up the visitation room after the food visit. I think it's a very nice thing to do, but that's the first time/place I had seen that done.

3. Coolers, plastic and soft sided, along with large plastic storage containers (within the size allowed) were all permitted. They allowed me to carry in the paper plates, utensils, napkins, and paper cups in a clear ziploc bag separate from my cooler. I also saw several of the coolers on wheels. (I don't know what their official stance is on those as I know the wheels set off the metal detectors and have been denied in other prisons.)
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In December the notice provided for additional "regular" visits. Those have been deleted and now the bulletin only provides for additional "food" visits. The visitor has to call and arrange for it. Each food visit is limited to 20 families. They have a list of dates available which is different from the website. They are all on Thursdays. So call and ask.

I think they are all still trying to work out the kinks in putting the IHP programs into effect
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