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Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Federal Holidays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
No cellphones, you will be searched before visiting. NO personal belongings. Persons under probation, parole, or other community corrections supervision must obtain the permission of both their individual supervising officer and the superintendent prior to a visit. Such visitation is not normally approved.
If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is a family member of the inmate, they must be accompanied by an adult family member or guardian to include a member of the inmate's extended family. If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is not a family member of the inmate, the minor visitor must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
It is the policy of RIDOC to encourage inmates, in a manner consistent with sound security practices, to have regular social visits with relatives and other individuals in order to maintain close family ties and other positive relationships.
As defined by the Warden or designee, visiting rules, regulations and schedules for inmates are posted in each living area of each facility. The visiting schedule is posted monthly and regulated by the scheduling, space, and personnel constraints of each facility to ensure normal and orderly operations.
Pursuant to RIGL and RIDOC policy, smoking is prohibited in the visiting areas of all facilities.
You are allowed nine (9) names on your visiting list. Two (2) additional names will be allowed for mail money deposits only and the person must pass the BCI and NCIC checks.
Criminal background checks (BCI and NCIC) will be done on all visitors. Sentenced inmates can add names to their visitor list by submitting a BCI visiting list form (see your Counselor or the Visiting Room Lieutenant for the form). The form must contain the visitors full name, address (street, city, state), date of birth and relationship to you. Requests may be submitted to the housing Officer or the facility Counselor for forwarding to the facility Officer who will conduct BCI and NCIC checks. Names may also be deleted from your visitor list via a Request Slip.
Visitors may only appear on the visiting list of one (1) inmate. The only exception is where the visitor is an immediate family member of more than one (1) inmate confined at the RIDOC. The approval of the Director or Assistant Director of Institutions and Operations is required for any other exception.
A certain clergy person may be designated as a Clergy of Record for you. Clergy of Record Request Forms (see your buildings Chaplain or your Counselor for the form) are submitted to the Assistant Director of Rehabilitative Services. Once verification is completed, the individual is authorized to serve as your Clergy of Record and is allowed to visit daily 8:30 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. The name of the Clergy of Record is added to your visiting list as a separate visit and does not displace family or other professional visits.
A visitor with a felony conviction(s) and/or pending charge(s), and/or if the background check reveals a plea of nolo contendere for a felony offense, or that s/he is on probation for a felony offense who is an immediate family member may be granted visitation, contingent upon the approval of the Assistant Director of Institutions and Operations or designee.
Visits, if granted, will be limited to once per month until the visitor has demonstrated that s/he was a law-abiding citizen for three (3) consecutive years. The once-per-month restriction may be lifted following the 3-year period.
The following categories represent circumstances and procedures for allowing special visits beyond the normal visiting program as outlined in the RIDOC visits policy.
Visits to Hospitalized Inmates
There are special rules which govern visits to hospitalized inmates. These rules are detailed in the RIDOC policy on Visits. You may view a copy of the entire policy in the inmate library. A librarian can help you find the policy and a Counselor can help you with any questions.
Long Distance Visits
Occasionally an inmates family member or friend who is not on the approved visiting list may travel a long distance and arrive at a time and/or day NOT scheduled as a visiting period for a particular inmate. In such instances, approval to visit may be granted by the Warden or designee of the facility on a case-by-case basis.
Any distance exceeding a radius of seventy-five (75) miles from Cranston, Rhode Island is considered long distance for visiting purposes. Long distance visits are limited to four (4) visits per calendar year and visitors must display proper identification.
For example, if a visitor arrived from California for a 2-week stay s/he could visit more than once during that 2-week period. His/her multiple visits would count as one (1) instance.
Likewise, if that same visitor visited only once during his/her 2-week stay, that single visit would also be considered one instance.
B, C, and Disciplinary Confinement (DC) Status Inmates
Professional visits include attorney, clergy, law enforcement officers, social workers, community health care workers, or others approved by the Warden or designee. With the permission of the Warden, professional visitors may be allowed to visit at times not generally considered to be part of the normal workday. The Warden or designee of each facility designates an area to be utilized for professional visiting. All professional visitors are subject to the same rules and regulations as regular visitors. The attorney of an inmate may visit as frequently as necessary for the purpose of assisting his/her client.
Visits from Minors
Minors must demonstrate they have the consent of their parent (s) or guardian(s) to visit you and must be accompanied by an adult while visiting. Parents/guardians will be required to submit a Minor Permission Slip in person to the facility Reception Officer. You can get this form from your Counselor. Your visitors can get this form at the Reception Desk. Your visitors must show valid photo identification along with the child(ren)s birth certificate(s) or some other official court document establishing legal guardianship.
Common Law Marriages
In order to prove the existence and validity of a common-law marriage, the RIDOC has specific requirements. These requirements are detailed in the RIDOC policy on Visits. You may view a copy of the entire policy in the inmate library. A librarian can help you find the policy and a Counselor can help you with any questions.