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  Visitors: Download Request Forms
  "Request to Visit" Forms will no longer be available from a facility security reception desk. Please download and print the forms below:
   
  "Request to Visit" Form (pdf)
  "Minor Request" Form (pdf)
   
  (To view pdf. files, use Adobe Acrobat Reader)
   
   

 
 
VISITING RULES AND REGULATIONS
    The policies mentioned on this website are subject to change without notice. Rules and regulations shall be available to visitors and posted in the entrance of each BCSO correctional facility:
 
  • Inmates and visitors must have consideration and respect for others during visits. They must, therefore, refrain from disruptive or distractive behavior; profane or threatening language and/or physical contact (if possible) that could allow the passing of contraband.
 

 
 
PROHIBITED CLOTHING AND CONTRABAND FOR INMATE VISITORS
(Click here for the Portuguese or Spanish Version)
12-9-13
 

PROHIBITED VISITOR CLOTHING

 

The following clothing shall NOT be permitted inside an inmate visiting room:

1. Outerwear (jackets, coats, raincoats, etc).

2. Exercise, gym or dance clothes (tops or bottoms), or clothes made from same material. Running shorts, leotards, sweat shirts, sweat pants, hooded sweatshirts (“hoodies”) or other hooded tops, bathing suits/swimwear (tops or bottoms) or muscle shirts. Shorts are permitted no more than 3 inches above the knee as long as they are not exercise shorts or inappropriate for a correctional setting.

3. Fatigues/camouflage or law enforcement-style clothing of any kind (except for military or law enforcement personnel with official credentials).

4. Low cut, visibly sheer clothing or revealing clothing (bare midriff, tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, tops that expose back beyond upper shoulders, spaghetti straps, tight or revealing shirts) T shirts, mini skirts, skirts more than 3 inches above the knee, sundresses, wrap around tops, halter tops, fish net stockings, fishnet leggings or any other inappropriate clothing that exposes an undue amount of flesh.) Sleeveless tops are permitted, if appropriate for a correctional setting.

5.  Any clothing similar to inmate uniforms, uniformed staff, or hospital scrubs.

6. Hats, baseball caps, hair wraps, hair coverings, dew-rags (religious hair covering are permitted, but shall be subject  to search. Wigs and toupees are permitted, but subject to search.)

7.  Clothing with patches, rips, torn clothing, torn linings.

8.  Double layer clothing.

9.  Pajamas and pajama style clothes (except for infants).

10. Excessively tight or baggy pants, shirts, skirts or shorts of any style or fabric is not allowed.

11. Wearing no undergarments shall not be permitted.

12. Spandex tops are not permitted. Spandex leggings are permitted, but only when covered with an approved shirt that is no more than 3 inches above the knee.

13. Regularly laced shoes, boots, loafers, sneakers, sandals or open toed- shoes are permitted. Only shoes with flat heels or heels less than 3 inches are allowed.
14. Barrettes or any other metal hair holding device. (Elastic bands and scrunchies are permitted).
15. Visible clothing or tattoo that depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual conduct, act, organs or preferences.
16. Visible clothing or tattoos that depict, describes or otherwise refers to intolerance of, or discrimination against any race, religion, gender, sexual preference or national origin.
17. Visible clothing or tattoo (s) commonly associated with groups that advocate intolerance, discrimination, gang affiliation or violence.
18. Legal visitors, media representatives and private investigators should wear either business or business casual attire when meeting with inmates.
19. Any other clothing that poses a security hazard by the Sheriff’s Office.
 

REFUSAL TO LEAVE: Visitors shall leave the premises when ordered to do so. Visitors who refuse to leave when so ordered will be considered trespassers. Trespassers can be criminally prosecuted in accordance with MGL C. 266 §123.

CONTRABAND ITEMS INSIDE THE VISITING ROOM

Visitors shall not bring the following items inside an inmate visiting room, unless so indicated:
1.   Weapons (firearms, knives, pocket knives, mace/pepper spray).
2.    Scissors, nail clippers or any other sharp object.
3.     Pens or pencils (except for attorneys, legal representatives, government officials, private investigators and media).
4.     Non-prescription medication and prescribed drugs (except when approved with valid medical note).
5.     Food (including chewing gum), beverages in any type of container and utensils.
6.     Rings (except for wedding rings and rings that can not be removed).
7.     Jewelry (earrings, toe rings, body piercings, etc) except for medical alert bracelets/pendants.
8.     Watches (except for attorneys, legal representatives, government officials, media).
9.     Money of any denomination, including pocket change.
10.  Tobacco products of any kind, lighters, matches and smokeless tobacco products.
11.  Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia of any kind.
12.  Nail polish, perfume, polish remover.
13.  Letters or other mail, notes, photos, other documentation and information from the Internet, (except for attorneys,  legal  representative, government officials, private investigators and the media).
14.  Newspapers, magazines or clippings from newspapers, internet or magazines, drawings (unless so authorized by the Security Control Officer).
15.  Packages or gifts of any kind.
16.  Umbrellas.
17.  Diapers, diaper bags, non-plastic baby bottles.
18.  Electric equipment (i.e. radios, TVs, cameras, MP3 players, laptops, tablets, cellular telephones, internet connecting devices, etc.) except when approved in writing by the Superintendent or designee.
19.  Beverage containers made of glass, cans or cardboard.
20.  Purses, knapsacks, books bags, gym bags, paper/plastic bags, etc. (Briefcases, carry bags and computer bags are permitted for attorneys, legal representatives, government officials and the media).
21.  Metal clips and clip binders (except when so authorized).
22.  Books (except for approved religious, legal or special visits).
23.  Pets or animals (except for handicapped purposes, service dogs, security related canines).
24.  Tools and keys of any type (except when so authorized).
25.  Business cards or any other unauthorized card, pamphlet, etc. shall not be distributed inside a Visitor Room or Security Reception Area.
26.  Any other item, as determined by the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

Final  determination  of  contraband  shall  be  made  by the Security  Reception  Officer  Or  designee.

SMUGGLING PROHIBITED: Massachusetts Law (M.G.L. c. 268 §28) prohibits any person from delivering any article whatsoever to an inmate without the permission of the Sheriff or the Superintendent, or to procure an article to be delivered, to possess it with intent to deliver it, or to deposit or conceal it with intent that an inmate shall obtain it. There are no exceptions to this law and the BCSO shall fully investigate any and all claims of such actions.

 

 

 

 

 



VISITOR SCREENING AND APPROVAL PROCESS

  • During inmate orientation/admission, each inmate shall provide to their assigned Social/Case Worker the names of no more than five (5) adults to visit them while incarcerated. The five-name limit shall not include attorneys or minor children. No inmates shall be permitted visits prior to the completion of the visitor approval process.
  • As stated above, each inmate will be permitted to have up to five (5) adults approved for visitors. During or following their orientation, an inmate’s Social/Case Worker will provide him/her with “Request to Visit” forms. At that time, the inmate will mail “Request to Visit” forms to those individuals they wish to visit them. Interested visitors are required to complete the “Request to Visit” forms and mail their completed forms back to the Bristol County Sheriffs Office. All visit request should be addressed as follows:

Bristol County Sheriffs Department 
Attention: COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
400 Faunce Corner Road,
North Dartmouth Ma  02747.             

NOTE:  “Request to Visit” Forms will no longer be available to the general public from a facility Security Reception desk. You may download and print the form from the link on the top of this webpage.

All forms must be processed according to the procedures established above.
 

  • APPROVAL PROCESS: The Communications Division of the Bristol County Sheriffs Department will review properly completed “Request to Visit” forms and verify that the visitor is listed on the inmates visit list. If the visitor is listed on the inmates visiting list, a Warrant Check & BOP on the requesting visitor will be generated. The results of this processing will be forwarded to the Facility Assistant Superintendent of the facility in which the inmate resides for approval or disapproval of the visit request. A person may be disapproved from visiting an inmate for the following reasons:
      • Disciplinary sanctions;
      • Criminal prosecution;
      • Outstanding cases needing court validation;
      • Warrants on the Warrant Management System;
      • Has been released from a correctional facility in the last 6 months (in accordance with BCSO policy 20.01)      
      • Failure to state the truth on the “Request to Visit” forms.
      • Security threat group (STG) membership.
      • Provide the inmate with notice of the approved/denied “Request to Visit”.
 
  • It will be the responsibility of the inmates to contact their visitors (by telephone or mail) to inform them whether their request to visit was approved or denied. 
  • Inmates will only be allowed to change their five (5) selected visitors names on a quarterly basis. Inmates will submit their changes within the first seven (7) days of each quarter on an Inmate Visitor Form with their Social/Case Worker. The quarters are January, April, July and October of each year. The approval/disapproval process identified here shall re-apply for each new submitted Visitor Request Form.
 

ROUTINE VISITOR PROCESSING PROCEDURES
  • Prior to admittance into a BCSO correctional facility, adult visitors (18 yrs of age or older) shall be required to produce a current and valid government issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport, welfare ID)
  • The on-duty Security Reception Officer at the facility will confirm the individual’s approval to be a visitor by reviewing the Inmates Visit List in the BCSO Inmate Tracking System. Individuals who have not been approved to visit with the inmate will not be permitted to visit with the inmate.
  • All visitors will be subjected to routine sign-in and search procedures, in accordance with BCSO policy and procedures.

MINOR VISITS:

(You may download and print the consent form on the top of this page)

  • Prior to an inmate visit, parents and/or legal guardians of children under the age of 18 shall complete a “Minor Visit Consent Form”. Inmates may obtain “Minor Visit Consent Forms” from their assigned Social/Caseworker.
  • All “Minor Visit Consent Forms” shall be completed and notarized.
  • Individuals who completed and have notarized a “Minor Visit Consent Forms” should mail the form to the Bristol County Sheriffs’ Department Facility:

    
Bristol County Sheriffs Department 
Attention: COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
400 Faunce Corner Road,
North Dartmouth Ma  02747         

  • Properly completed “Minor Visit Consent Forms” will be reviewed by the Communications Division to ensure that the guardian of the minor visitor is on the inmate’s visiting list. If so, the visit request will be processed by the BCSO Communications Division. The results of this processing shall be forwarded back to the Facility Assistant Superintendent in which the inmate resides, for final approval or disapproval.
 
  • Inmates will be provided with the original approved/denied “Minor Visit Consent Form” request. (Inmates will be responsible for sending the approval or denial to the parent or guardian of the minor)
  • During each visit with an inmate, minors under the age of 18 shall be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, unless so determined by the facility Assistant Superintendent.
 
  • Minors accompanied by their parent or guardian may visit inmates in accordance to the BCSO visiting schedule.  At the time of visit, the parent or guardian of the minor will be required to produce a current and valid government issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport, welfare ID), a certified copy of the minor’s Birth Certificate, and the original approved “Minor Visitor Consent Form”.  These documents will be required at each visit. The Security Reception Officer will not permit minors to enter the BCSO facility with out verification of such documents.
 
  • NOTE: Copies of Minor Visit Approvals prior to May 10th, 2009 will continue to be honored during an inmate's current period of incarceration, as long as a certified copy of the minors Birth Certificate accompanies it.

 
NOTARIZATION OF FORMS:  It is the policy of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office that no staff member will notarize Inmate Visiting Request Forms or Minor Visit Consent Forms.

 
 
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