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Visitors for Inmates

1. All visitors to see inmates with the exception of the individuals listed on the back of the Visitors Registration Forms must obtain and complete the following documents:
a. Visitor Registration Form
a. Iris scan Registration form.

2. These forms may be obtained at the Outer Control Lobby Desk.
a. Visitors shall only visit with the inmate indicated on their Visitors Registration Form.
b. Any visitor under the influence of liquor, or with its odor on his/her breath, or under the influence of any drug, shall be denied enhance to the correctional facility or to any HJHC office. A written report of such denial shall be forwarded to the Sheriff or his designee.
c. Visitors who are ex offenders (felons) shall only be allowed access with the permission of the Sheriff or his designee.

3. Before being admitted to the HJHC all visitors for inmates will be required to register in the Iris Scan system. As part of this process each Visitor is required to supply the HJHC with the following information:
  • Complete Name
  • Complete Address
  • Drivers License Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Inmates Name
  • Relationship to Inmate


  • 4. Before being admitted to the HJHC, a visitor shall be required to produce a current photographic identification such as a Massachusetts driverís license or a passport.

    5. All social visitors must be on said inmates approved visiting list or they shall be denied entrance to the HJHC.

    6. Failure to supply all required information and perform the required Iris Scan procedures will result in a denial of the visit. A written report of such denial shall be forwarded to the Sheriff or his designee.

    7. All Attorneys are required to produce a Bar Card and a current photographic identification.

    8. All clergy are required to produce a current photographic identification card from a recognized religious organization.

    Entrance Procedures

    1. Upon submission of the above (Visitor Registration Form, ii is Scan Registration, Picture ID) the visitor is required to lock up all personal property,including but not limited to jewelry (one wedding band, one traditional Engagement ring, and one religious medal permitted along with a Medical Alert bracelet), in his/her possession in a designated locker.
    a. When locker keys are issued for storage of Personal Property, identification is exchanged for the locker key and posted on board and maintained for this purpose at the Outer Control Desk. The HHC is not responsible for any items secured by a visitor in a locker.

    2. Visitors are not allowed to carry anything into tie facility such as pocket knives, purses, prescription drugs (unless lifesaving drugs, See Below), chewing gum, rings (unless a reasonable attempt is made to take off rings), earrings or watches, or any other types of jewelry, nor any other items which may be defined as contraband. This includes food and drink, books, magazines, letters, notes, pens, pencils, periodicals newspapers, etc.

    3. No one is permitted to bring a camera inside the facility other than into the lobby and administrative area without the approval of the Sheriff or his designee.

    4. If an infant enters the facility, one clear plastic bottle is permitted to he brought in.

    5. Visitors requiting to keep Lifesaving Medication in their possession must notify the Officer in Charge of the Outer Control and request to bring in a required supply. Approval will be received from the Shift Supervisor.

    Denial of Visit

    1. In the event that a visitor fails to meet the requirements for entrance to the facility they shall be required to leave the premises of the HJHC.

    Search Procedures for Visitors

    1. GENERAL: Any Visitor may be subject to a search prior to entering the Facility. All Visitors failing to successfully pass the metal detector shall be searched prior to entering the Facility. A sign shall be posted in the Lobby warning that ALL VISITORS ARE SUBJECT TO BEING SEARCHED and containing the same wording in Spanish: TODAS LAS VISITAS ESTAN SUJETAS A REVISION 950.04(1)

    2. All visitors must successfully pass through the metal detector and hand held metal detector before being allowed entrance to the facility. If an individual still cannot successfully pass through the metal detector and hand held metal detector after several attempts, the visitor shall be asked to submit to an authorized body search 950.04(2)
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