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ME DOC - Mountain View Correctional Facility (MVCF)

State Prison

Last Updated: July 09, 2021
1202 Dover Rd, Charleston, ME 04422

Mountain View Correctional is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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ME DOC - Mountain View Correctional Facility (MVCF) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 207-285-0800

The inmates housed at Mountain View Correctional located at 1202 Dover Rd in Charleston, ME are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

The Mountain View Youth Development Center and Charleston Correctional Facility were combined into one facility in 2017 and renamed Mountain View Correctional Facility (MVCF).

The former Charleston Correctional Facility houses the Minimum Custody Unit and the former Mountain View Youth Development Center houses the Medium Custody Unit.

The current capacity of MVCF: 374 male adult inmate beds; 20 male/female juvenile beds. (Juvenile beds are used for detained juveniles awaiting a court date or serving a brief detention sentence.)

Mountain View Correctional Facility staff is dedicated to helping every prisoner develop the skills and judgment necessary to be successful and make a positive contribution to society. The programs and services offered promote each prisoner’s growth toward mature thinking, sound decision making, a realistic understandings of themselves and others, and the knowledge and competence to deal well with problems and challenges they’ll encountered in daily life. The overall program goal is to focus on a treatment and educational foundation that will support inmates with future life goals as well as increase the likelihood that they’ll use these skills effectively in their personal life, both while in and outside of the facility.

A comprehensive treatment program is provided in a structured, safe, and supportive environment which assists prisoners with:

  • accepting responsibility for their behavior
  • developing pro-social skills
  • increasing self-awareness
  • understanding the consequences of poor decisions
  • enhancing their ability to empathize with victims
  • employing more adaptive thinking patterns
  • utilizing effective problem solving strategies

Programming available to all eligible adult inmates:

  • Opportunity to earn a HiSet (high school equivalency) diploma
  • Vocational programming (building trades, culinary arts, and small engines)
  • Certificate programs (NCCER [National Center for Construction Education & Research] Core Curriculum, and OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] 10).
  • Evidence-based programming (Thinking for a Change, Inside-Out Dads, and Family Violence Education and Prevention).

Additional programing available to Minimum Unit inmates:

  • Industries (a building and craft program)
  • Wood harvesting
  • Real-world work experience through work release job sites

A case manager is assigned to every inmate to assist them with transition back into the community at the end of their sentence.

Volunteer programs from within the community visit MVCF to provide inmates religious services, AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings.

ME DOC - Charleston Correctional Facility - Inmate Handbook

Deposits to a phone account can only be used by the inmate to place phone calls through the Maine Department of Corrections debit calling system. Monies in this account cannot be transferred to the general (trust) account.

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ME DOC - Mountain View Correctional Facility (MVCF) is a facility in the Maine Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information

Non-contact visitation resumes the week of July 13, 2020, across MDOC facilities. Please note that visitation schedules can change abruptly based on the current COVID-19 climate.

Anyone unable or unwilling to adhere to the following requirements may be turned away.

Face Coverings

  • Visitors will be required to wear a face covering.
    • If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided to you at no cost.
    • Children 5 years of age and under will not be required to wear a face covering.

Health and Travel Screenings

  • Visitors will be screened upon entry, this includes a questionnaire and temperature check.
    • Visitors may be asked to leave if their temperature indicates a fever, and/or if their answers on the questionnaire indicate a COVID-19 concern.
  • At this time, visitors will only be permitted if they are residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey.
    • Visitors will be asked to show valid identification.

Visit Details

  • Offenders are allowed only one visit per month to accommodate the reduced number of visitation slots.
  • Visit sessions will be shortened to 1 hour to allow extra time for screening and processing.
  • Visits will only be offered on Saturdays and Sundays following the schedule below.
    • Visitation schedules have changed slightly from the pre-COVID schedule such as no gym visits and no Thursday night visits. (Weekday evenings will be reserved for video visits).
  • There will only be 5 in-person visits per period.
  • Visits will be limited to two persons from the same household.
  • Inmates and visitors will be socially distanced with a clear barrier between them; there will be no touching, hand-holding, kissing or hugging permitted.
  • Visitors must arrive by the start time noted on the visit schedule below.
  • Visitors arriving more than 15 minutes late may not be admitted.

To Schedule Visit

  • To request an in-person visit, call (207) 285-0816.
  • Phone calls to schedule an in-person visit will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • All calls must be made at least two business days prior to the date of the scheduled visit.
    • Alternatively, you may use the on-line visit form.
    • All online requests must be sent at least two business days prior to the date of the scheduled visit.
  • To sign up for a visit by mail, print the visitor application

Visitation Information

Mountain View Correctional Facility - Visitation

Scheduling Visits

  1. Appointments are made Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for the current week.The dedicated visit telephone number is 207-285-0816.
  2. All visitors must have an appointment regardless of age. There will be no exceptions to this pre-appointment process. If there is a change needed to a visit, it can be made by calling during the next appointment time.
  3. Online visit request will be accepted beginning with each SUNDAY prior to the date of your visit request. No early requests will be processed.
  4. Visiting hours:
  1. No more than three (3) visitors may visit a prisoner at any given time. A fourth person may visit, but must be under the age of (6).
  2. Only visitors who are on the prisoner’s approved visiting list will be permitted to visit. Any person wishing to visit who has not previously been an approved visitor must submit a visitor application (Aplicacion Para Visitantes (Español)).
  • Prisoners will be notified if their potential visitors are approved or denied visitation.
  1. Visitors may visit only one prisoner at a time unless they receive prior approval in writing from the Superintendent.
  2. Former prisoners of any Department of Corrections’ facility must have been released a minimum of one year before being considered for visitation. Former prisoners who have been released for at least one year must obtain advanced approval in writing from the Superintendent before a visit will be allowed. Special consideration for visitation will be given to relatives of prisoners who are former prisoners regardless of their release dates. Anyone on Probation/Parole must obtain written permission from his/her Probation/Parole Officer as well as the Superintendent in order to schedule a visit.
  1. Adult visitors shall be required to present government-issued photo identification upon admittance (such as a driver’s license). Minor visitors may be required to present government-issued photo identification, such as a State of Maine identification card or other government-issued identification, such as a birth certificate, upon admittance to the facility.
  1. All visitors are to remain in their vehicles until the Visiting Room door is opened
  1. The Facility reserves the right to search any visitor and vehicle it deems necessary under the authorization of the Superintendent or designee. Prisoners may be subject to a search for contraband at any time, during or after visits if the need is indicated by any of the officers on duty or the on-duty Sergeant.

Attending Visits

  1. Visitors must be properly attired.

ACCEPTABLE DRESS: Jeans and slacks, skirts and dresses knee length or longer. Tops and shirts that are loose fitting and completely cover the upper torso.

UNACCEPTABLE DRESS: Gym shorts, boxer shorts, short-shorts or any items of clothing with revealing holes. Clothing which makes reference to drugs, alcohol, sex, violence or with vulgar or obscene language. Bare midriffs, half shirts, halter tops, tank tops, pajamas, lingerie, or see-through clothing of any kind. No bare feet.

Dress code rules may be waived in cases where children (0-10) and senior citizens (60 and over) are involved.

Officers will use common sense, respect and discretion. In instances where clothing worn by a visitor comes into question, the Visiting Desk Officer will notify the Duty Sergeant. Following a visual inspection, the Sergeant will make the determination if the visitor will be permitted to visit. If the visit is not allowed, the visitor will be advised to leave the property. There is no appeal.

  1. Prisoners will be properly dressed for visits. This includes a shirt buttoned up and tucked in, boots/shoes properly tied. Jackets and hats will not be worn in the visiting room.
  1. A prisoner and visitor may embrace or kiss briefly at the beginning and end of the visit. Prisoners and visitors may hold hands during the remainder of the visit. Petting or sexual contact may be considered the reason for ending the visit. The hands of the prisoner and visitor must be visible at all times. Unless otherwise restricted, prisoners may hold their minor children in their laps. All conduct during visits must be within proper limits of decorum out of respect for others.
  1. The on-duty supervisor may choose to assign seating.
  1. Visitors will keep their children under close supervision at all times. Visitors will not be allowed to bring food or drink into the visiting room with the exception of an infant’s nutrition. All children must be seated within the immediate vicinity of the parents or guardians. They may not sit unsupervised. They may not climb on furniture or disturb other visitors in any way, which includes yelling, screaming, throwing things.
  1. Nothing will be passed between the visitors and the prisoner unless it has been cleared by the Visit Officer. Contraband for the purpose of this section is defined as "a dangerous weapon, any tool or other things that may be used to facilitate a violation of Section 757 (Escape), or any other thing which a person confined in official custody is prohibited, by statute or regulation, from making or possessing.
    Examples of contraband are weapons, cutting blades, drugs, marijuana, alcohol, files, money, and tobacco. Persons violating this rule will be suspended from visiting and are subject to criminal prosecution. It is a felony to aid in the escape of a prisoner.
  1. There will be NO LOUD or PROFANE language. Be respectful of others.
  1. Visitors will leave all handbags, suitcases, briefcases and other items not necessary during visits locked in their automobiles. No property will be allowed to be brought in by visitors. Visitors who bring diaper bags into the visit room must leave them with the Visit Officer. Visitors’ coats/jackets will be stored in the prescribed area. The Facility will not assume responsibility for any of the visitors’ personal effects.
  1. Persons suspected of carrying a weapon, who appear to have been drinking intoxicants, or appear to be under the influence of a controlled substance will be not admitted. Consuming or possessing alcohol or drugs on State property is a violation of State law.
  1. No cameras or cell phones are allowed. Visitors will not be allowed to take photographs in or about the Facility.
  1. Prisoners will remain seated once visits commence except to speak to the Visit Officer. Prisoners and visitors shall not move about the visiting room or visit with other prisoners or their visitors.
  1. If there is only one visitor, the visitor and prisoner must sit across from each other. Prisoners are required to sit facing the Visit Officer at all times.
  1. All items purchased in the canteen machines for the prisoners will be consumed in the visiting room.

Conclusion of Visits

  1. All visitors who leave the Visiting Room must go directly to their vehicles.
  1. Prisoners will remain seated at the end of the visit until the Visit Officer directs him to leave. The prisoner will straighten the chairs and clean up his/her visit area.
  1. A prisoner may be prohibited by the Superintendent from receiving a visit from any other person when there is reasonable suspicion that allowing a visit between them would facilitate criminal activity or violation of facility rules and/or would create a risk to the safety of persons, security, or orderly management of the facility.

Other Visit Provisions

  1. The Superintendent may allow special visit accommodations, provided space and staff are available. Some examples of special visits which may be considered are:
    • A visitor traveling from out of state
    • A family making a one-time visit from out of state
    • Other special circumstances
  1. Professional visits may be allowed after receiving approval from the Superintendent. Professional visitors may include an attorney, a representative of a legal advocacy organization, Department of Corrections’ staff from outside of the facility, law enforcement officials, clergy, and others, as determined by MDOC Policy 21.4
    Professional visits shall be provided in an area that affords an opportunity for confidentiality.
  1. Failure to comply with the visiting policy may result in termination of the visit, as well as suspension of future visiting privileges.
  1. The Facility will provide a private area to accommodate breastfeeding mothers for mothers and children only. Prisoners will not be allowed in these areas.

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