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Visiting Rules

by cherylca last modified Sep 26, 2019 08:36 AM

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  1. All exceptions to this policy other than those already listed in this General Order must be approved by the Warden, one of the Deputy Wardens or the inmate's unit team when it is shown that such an exception would be in the best interest of the inmate and the facility.
  2. Procedures for placing a prospective visitor's name on an inmate's list is outlined in General Order 16, 101, section V.

Visitors may be on the visiting list of one inmate only. The only exception to this policy shall be in the event more than one inmate and the prospective visitors are all members of the same immediate family.

Each visitor must present one item of positive identification at the time of each visit. This identification must include a photograph of the visitor. Children over the age of sixteen years of age must also have a picture identification card.

Visitors are permitted to accept inmate-fabricated goods and craft items. All such transfers of craft items must be conducted pursuant to General Order 9, 103.

The facility will not accept monies in any form brought in by a visitor for deposit in an inmate account. Money orders or cashier checks payable to the Inmate's name and number may be mailed to the inmate for deposit to his account. (P.O. Box 2 - Lansing, KS 66043)

Due to limited waiting/visiting areas, visitors are urged not to bring non-visitors. Normally, a visitor must have traveled a distance of 150 miles or more to be considered for a courtesy visit. (See Special Visits) Courtesy visits are one-time only and are for immediate family members only.

A member of the clergy, with an approved clergy visit application for a specified inmate (and that inmate only), may visit for up to one hour during regular visiting hours consistent with the inmates security level without charge of visiting time for the inmate. If so requested by a clergy member, or by any other person having a statutory right to consult, the visit may take place in a private consultation room.

Volunteer participants in inmate activities programs may not participate in the inmate visitation program. Exceptions to this policy include public officials, M-2/W-2 sponsors, and members of the M-2/W-2 program staff. Ex-employees including contract employees shall not be permitted visits with any inmate, except n a professional capacity, for a minimum of two (2) years after such employment is terminated, and thereafter, will have visitation strictly at the discretion of the warden upon application of the former employee or inmate.

Minor children who are immediate family members of the inmate may visit if accompanied by an adult on the inmate's visiting list who has been given the power of attorney by the parent of legal guardian and or a notarized letter vesting the person with authority to transport and supervise the minor child on the premises of the facility for the purpose of visiting an inmate, and in those instances where there is not a power of attorney, an adult who is temporary care giver of a minor child may authorize visits by the child after providing an affidavit as to their status and relationship to the child and inmate. The warden or designee will determine if the visit by the minor child will be permitted.

  1. Visitors are responsible for supervising and controlling the behavior of their children. This means that children are not be allowed to wander around the visiting room or make loud noise enough to disturb other visitors. Children who cannot behave must be removed from the visiting room. Visiting officers will warn the visitors of disruptive children twice before asking the visitors to remove the children from the visiting room.
  2. Children over the age of five are not allowed to sit on the inmate's knee or lap.

Ex-inmates are prohibited from visiting unless granted permission in advance by the warden. Probationers and parolees may not visit unless granted permission by the warden, and have written authorization from their supervising agent.

If an inmate refuses to see a visitor, that fact will be stated in writing, and noted in the inmate's visiting record.

A visitor will not be permitted to visit more than one inmate at any visitation time unless the visitor is a member of the immediate family of more than one inmate.

Once a person's name is removed at the inmate's or visitor's request, that person will not be added to the same or another inmate's visiting list for a minimum of 180 days.

On arrival and departure from the facility, all visitors must sign the facility's visiting register. Visitors will be required to show ID upon arrival and departure.

All visitors are subject to search in accordance with IMPP 012-115. Visitors who refuse the search may be subject to loss of visiting privileges.

All visitors must secure personal articles prior to being granted access to the visiting areas.

  1. Visitors for the maximum, medium and minimum security units must secure personal articles in the lockers provided in the Visitors Reception area.
  2. Visitors who visit at the medium or LCF-East must secure personal items in their own vehicles if lockers are not available. Such visitors may retain their vehicle keys and required identification while in the visiting area.
  3. Visitors may not return to their lockers after their visit has started. Visitors will not be allowed to leave the visiting room or reception to go to their vehicle unless they have authorization from the visiting officer in charge.

Vending machines in the visiting room may be used by visitors.

  1. The facility will not provide change for use in these machines.
  2. As these machines are the property of private vendors, the facility and the facility employees are not responsible for losses incurred due to mechanical malfunctions.
  3. All losses must be reported to the vendor.
  4. Inmates can handle tokens.

Attorneys are not permitted to carry any items or papers into the visiting area unless:

  1. They are the legal representative of the inmate they visit; and,
  2. They have prior approval of the deputy warden for programs on the advice of the facility's attorney.

AS OF MARCH 1, 2008

All persons entering a Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) facility are subject to search, including an electronic (metal detector and parcel x-ray machine) and/or physical search. Any individual who refuses to be searched will be denied entry into the facility.

To help prevent weapons and other dangerous objects from being introduced to a correctional facility, highly sensitive metal detectors have been installed at each KDOC facility. The metal detectors used by KDOC are safe and do not affect or interfere with the operations of pacemakers or defibulators but may be more sensitive than those used at courthouses, airports or other public applications. The following procedure may already be in effect at some facilities but will be fully effective for all visits on and after April 1, 2008.

In order to successfully clear the metal detector, you will need to be mostly free of metal objects. You will be asked to place all personal items on a tray for inspection. Be prepared to remove your watch, jewelry, belts, badges, suspenders, hair accessories and/or eyeglasses. Buckles, metal stays, snaps, and under-wire bras may also cause the detector to activate. It may also be necessary that you remove your shoes.

Please note that some medical devices that are worn or some medical implants may activate a metal detector. Orthopedic implants such as hip and knee replacements will almost always activate an alarm.

In addition, implanted plates, screws, wires, nails, rods or pacemakers may be detected as well. If you have a medical condition that may prevent you from clearing a walk-through metal detector, you will need to provide the facility with written documentation from a physician stating the condition(s) that may possibly prevent you from clearing the metal detector. For persons unable to walk through the metal detector (non-ambulatory) written documentation from a physician will be required. The documentation must be provided prior to entry into the facility.

In order to expedite the entry process, all persons entering the facility should avoid excess jewelry, metal hair accessories, and clothing with metal affixed (buckles, snaps, stays etc.). Individuals will be given three opportunities to clear the walk through metal detector. If the person has not cleared after three attempts a hand held metal detector will be used. A pat search of the area where a medical device is located may be required in order to determine that no other items are in that area. Persons needing handheld detection may have to wait until others are processed through the walk-through detector. Please expect a delay if you are unable to successfully clear the walk-through metal detector. Individuals who do not clear the walk through and hand held metal detectors will not be permitted to visit on that day.

The Kansas Department of Corrections is committed to operating safe and secure correctional facilities. While we understand that searches can be an inconvenience, they are critical to the department’s mission. We ask that you cooperate with our mission by reporting to the facility with as little metal or other items on your person as possible.


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