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Ms.Heather
04-30-2004, 02:52 PM
MCI-Norfolk
2 Clark Street
PO Box 43
Norfolk, MA 02056

Security Level: 4
Superintendent Luis Spencer,
Phone 508-660-5900

MCI-Norfolk is a medium security facility just south of Boston, with an average daily population of 1250 inmates. Though it is rated medium security, MCI-Norfolk has a maximum security perimeter with a wall five thousand feet long and nineteen feet high, enclosing an area of thirty-five acres. Within the confinement of the wall, there is a minimum security environment of eighteen dormitory-style living units and two modular units divided by a large central grass quadrangle. Other buildings within the perimeter provide space for administrative and security personnel, health services, support staff and services, and other vocational and educational programs.

Visiting Information

General Population Visiting Hours
Monday through Friday
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
**The visiting center is closed the third Wednesday of every month. The cleaning schedule is subject to change according to the needs of the Institution. The schedule will be distributed and posted well in advance. **

Saturday Visits
8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. for all inmates with last names beginning with letters A through L.

12:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. for all inmates with last names beginning with letters M through Z.

Sunday Visits
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. for all inmates with last names beginning with letters A through L.
6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. for all inmates with last names beginning with letters M through Z.

Holiday Visits
Are split sessions 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
The A through L and M through Z schedule will rotate. All inmates will be notified in advance, and a schedule will be posted in the outer control lobby.

Visitors may not enter the Institution after 2:30 P.M. for all afternoon visiting sessions or less than 30 minutes prior to the end of any visiting session.

NOTE: Visitors may not enter the Outer Control Lobby until 7:15 A.M. on weekends and holidays.

Visitors may not leave the Visiting Center during: Shift change 2:30 P.M. to 3:15 P.M. or any Official Count or Emergency.

Special Management Unit (S.M.U.)
Visiting Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Slot 1: 1:05 PM to 2:05 PM
Slot 2: 2:10 PM to 3:10 PM
Slot 3: 6:05 PM to 7:05 PM
Slot 4: 7:10 PM to 8:10 PM
Thursday
Slot 1: 1:05 PM to 2:05 PM
Slot 2: 2:10 PM to 3:10 PM
Slot 3: 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Saturdays and Holidays
Slot 1: 10:05 AM to 11:05 AM
Slot 2: 12:25 PM to 1:25 PM
Slot 3: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Slot 4: 3:40 PM to 4:40 PM

The S.M.U. is not on an alphabetical schedule. Visits may be scheduled by calling M.C.I. Norfolk at (508) 668-0800 ext. 139, Monday through Friday, 5:30 P.M. through 7:30 P.M. With the exception of Friday for Monday, appointments will not be made more than 48 hours in advance.

Visiting Procedure

Each adult visitor must obtain and complete a "Request to Visit Inmate" form. These forms are available in the Outer Control Lobby. Each visitor must complete and sign his/her own form. Minor visitors do not need to complete Request to Visit Inmate forms. The adults bringing them into the Institution may write each child’s name and date of birth at the top of their slips. The completed form, along with a current and valid government issued picture identification card (e.g., Dept. of Transitional Assistance identification card, passport, driver's license) and current vehicle registration must be given to outer control staff for processing. *Each adult visitor must present an original birth certificate for every minor child he/she is requesting to enter with. A notarized “Minor Request Form” (Attachment IV) that has been approved and signed by the Superintendent of MCI-Norfolk is required for each child in the party that the adult visitor is accompanying but is not the parent or legal guardian of. Verbal consent by the parent, even if he/she is present, is not acceptable. * The only items that visitors will be allowed to bring into the Institution are Locker keys, Request to Visit Inmate forms, One debit card per adult visitor, Life saving medications i(if approved and declared), Approved jewelry.
When the Pedestrian Trap door opens, the Officer will stamp the visitor’s hand with invisible ink and process the visitor into the Institution.
ONCE A VISITOR ENTERS THE PEDESTRIAN TRAP, HE/SHE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO HIS/HER LOCKER TO LOCK UP FORGOTTEN ITEMS. HIS/HER VISITING PRIVILEGES WILL BE DENIED FOR THE DAY OR LONGER DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF THE FORGOTTEN ITEMS.

Visiting Room Processing
1. If a visitor is going to visit an inmate who is in general population, he/she will take a left after he/she gets through the Pedestrian Trap doors, walk up the walkway to the Visiting center. He/she shall press the doorbell once. The door has an electronic release and the Officer inside will press the release button. Upon hearing the door being released, the visitor may open the door.
2. Upon entering the building the visitor will hang up any coats, hats (except religious headgear), etc.
3. The visitor will proceed to the desk and give the Officer his/her request to visit inmate form.
4. The Officer will then instruct the visitor as to the available seating areas.
5. Visitors and inmates may not cross visit with other visitors or inmates.
6. Visitors and inmates will adhere to the requests/orders of the Visiting Center Officers.
7. Restrooms are available for use by visitors. To gain access to the restroom, the visitor must go to the Officer at the Visitors' Entrance desk. The Officer will have the visitor sign the Restroom Log. Everyone using the restroom will be searched before resuming his or her visits.
8. No inmates are allowed in the vending machine area. Inmates are not allowed to handle, have on their person or be in the possession of debit cards.
9. Each visitor must conduct himself/herself in an appropriate manner. The visiting center is an area used by all races, age groups, religions and cultures. Any behavior other than what is commonly viewed as a general public showing of affection will be deemed as offensive and may cause the termination of a visiting session and be subject for review by the Superintendent for possible suspension of visiting privileges.
10. Visiting parents, guardians, adults escorting children into the Institution shall control and be responsible for their children at all times shall escort them to use the lavatories and shall be present during their searches afterwards.
11. At the conclusion of the visit, inmates/visitors must dispose of drink containers, snack wrappers, papers, in their area and deposit them in the receptacles provided.
12. Five (5) minutes prior to the end of the visiting period, the Officer will announce visiting hours will be over in five minutes. The inmate shall see to it that his visitors leave the visiting center before the end of the visiting period.
13. Good-byes must be said while inmates and visitors are seated in their seats. Good-byes must be brief so there is no interference with the Officers' view.
14. Visitors shall go to the foyer after they retrieve their articles. The Officer will release the door allowing visitors to depart. Visitors shall proceed down the walkway to the steel door and enter when instructed to do so by staff. Once in the Pedestrian Trap, an Officer will check each visitor's hand stamp. Visitors will then be allowed to leave the Institution.

Limitations
a. Visits are for a 2.5 to 3 hour duration.
b. No back-to-back visits on weekends and holidays.
c. Request To Visit Inmate forms will not be accepted after 2:20 P.M. for afternoon visiting sessions. They will also not be accepted less than 40 minutes prior to the end of any sessions.
d. Inmates must return to their respective units at the conclusion of the visiting period.
e. Inmates in general population may receive up to five (5)-visiting periods per week. First and second-degree lifers are permitted ten (10) visiting periods.
f. A five-minute warning will be issued prior to the end of each visiting period.
g. Holiday visits will be counted as visiting periods, the same as any other days.
h. Visitors who have traveled over 75 miles one way to visit (Monday through Friday only), may be allowed two (2) consecutive visiting sessions occurring on the same day to count as one visiting session. This privilege may not exceed two (2) days in a week and does not include weekends and holidays.
i. Inmates will be allowed to receive a maximum of two (2) adults and a reasonable number of children. If, in the judgment of the Visiting Center’s Officer-in-charge or higher authority, the visiting center is not overly crowded, a third adult may be allowed to visit. All minors are to be accompanied by an adult. At no time will a minor be left unattended on state property by the parent, legal guardian or adult who brought them in to visit or on state property.
j. Inmate visitors will be allowed to return for the evening visitation period (Monday - Friday) if they so desire. With the exception of visitors who have traveled over 75 miles (as described above), the respective inmate will be charged with a second visit for this period.
k. Inmates in the Special Management Unit will be allowed to contact their visitors (via telephone call) when they know their visitors are coming and their visiting privileges are suspended. Inmates on pending investigation status with suspended phone privileges do not have access to the phone; therefore, the Special Management Unit Correctional Program Officer will notify the inmate's visitors of the suspended visiting privileges.
l. Money deposits for inmates by visitors may be transacted daily during normal visiting hours (receipt forwarded to inmate). Visitors will place deposits (check or money order) in the provided depository. Cash deposits should not be left.

Visitor Dress Code

1. All visitors must wear footwear.
2. No jewelry, other than traditional wedding ring and/or traditional engagement ring (i.e., diamond - left ring finger), medic alert bracelet/necklace, one (1) religious medal (necklace type only).
3. Clothing that is ripped, torn, or with holes (even if manufactured with holes), may not be worn. Clothing with fringe may not be worn.
4. No items may be worn in the hair (i.e., bobby pins, curlers, hair clips, hair scrunches, head bands). Detachable shoulder pads may not be worn into the Institution. Any adornments or accouterments that cannot be removed to be examined and could constitute a security problem will not be allowed.
5. Gloves and scarves may not be worn into the Institution.
6. Any type of medical appliance, wheelchair, cane, brace, ace bandage, cast, dressing, must be removable for thorough search and/or be visibly searchable. The Officer must be satisfied that no contraband exists. A note documenting medical necessity is required for the aforementioned items. A licensed physician (medical doctor) must sign the note.
7. Any article of clothing worn by the visitor, displaying obscene, racial, sexual, or any other offensive statement, pictures, caricatures, or symbols and gang affiliation, is not allowed.
8. With the exception of maternity clothes for pregnant women, elastic waistband pants may not be worn (regardless of material ).
9. All visitors must have their shirts tucked in. At no time will visitors or inmates be allowed to wear shirts that are untucked while in the Visiting Center . Sweaters, and light suit/ pantsuit jackets that are part of the outfit do not need to be tucked in.
10. All hairpieces (wigs, toupees, etc.) must be searched.
11. Farmer jeans and bib-coveralls are not allowed.
12. All visitors are required to wear appropriate and traditional undergarments. Bras (for mature visitors) and underwear are required, as appropriate. Camisoles and related articles are not an appropriate substitution for bras.
13. No bathing suits or shorts (including culottes, skorts, etc.).
14. No double layered clothing on the lower half of the person.
15. No tight fitting, low-cut or see through clothing is allowed.
16. Sleeveless shirts, tank tops and related attire may not be worn. Bare midriffs are not allowed.
17. Skirts and dresses - Slits and Hemlines, may not exceed the center of the knee by four (4) inches.
18. Footwear – must be worn at all times.
19. No fatigue or camouflage type clothing.
20. Denim coats, jackets, vests, and shirts may not be worn.
21. Male visitors may not wear white dress shirts with blue, black or gray pants.
22. Clothing similar to that worn by/issued to staff/uniformed personnel may not be worn (e.g., scrubs, nurses' uniform).
23. Male visitors 12 years old and older may not wear jeans.

The following items may be brought in by adults accompanying infants: Two (2) bottles of either milk, juice or water only, Two (2) Disposable diapers, One (1) Small blanket, One (1) Bib, One (1) Pacifier, Baby wipes in a clear container or clear plastic bag (only enough to adequately cleanse a child)

Visiting Center Rules and Regulations
1. All inmates will review and comply with the inmate dress code while utilizing the Visiting Center . Copies of this are posted in all units and in the inmate entrance in the Visiting Center.
2. Upon completion of the Officer's pat search in the inmate trap area, all inmates will check in with the Officer at the inmate entrance desk, drop off his identification card and begin his visit.
3. Inmates and visitors will sit straight in their chairs at all times, this means no sitting sideways or straddling chairs.
4. No sitting with legs crossed over one another's.
5. Both feet will be on the ground at all times, not on chairs or benches.
6. No lying across, leaning into, or sitting on another's lap or chest area.
7. No sitting or lying on the floor inside the visiting center.
8. Inmates' and visitors' hands will be in plain sight at all times.
9. Inmates and visitors will follow all orders given by the visiting center officers.
10. Parents of children will be responsible for their children's behavior.
11. Behavior, which may be offensive to another visitor or inappropriate in the presence of children, will not be tolerated.
12. Any sexual contact that is more than commonly acceptable as a public display of affection and which is embarrassing to others will not be tolerated.
13. There will be no horseplay of any kind by inmates or visitors.
14. With the exception of the coffee machine, inmates may not go near any vending machines or microwave area and inmates may not have their visitors' debit cards or locker keys in their possession at any time.
15. All food is to be consumed in the Visitor's Center. No food purchased from these machines will be allowed to be taken into the yard or out of the Institution.
16. Inmates and visitors will say their good-byes at the seats they were sitting in during their visit. This will be the policy whenever inmates end their visits or whenever the visiting center is closing for that session.
17. Coats, jackets and hats will not be allowed into the visiting center's seating area. All questionable clothing (heavy flannel shirts and certain sport coat/leisure wear) as well as the above mentioned articles of clothing will be hung in the designated areas for both visitors and inmates.
18. Violations or attempted violations of these rules will not be tolerated and may result in the termination of visiting privileges and/or disciplinary action.


The following programs are available at MCI-Norfolk

Departmental Services:
Building Bridges to Employment
Chaplaincy Services
Library Services
Recreation Services
Volunteer Services

Departmental Programs:
Correctional Recovery Academy
Release and Lower Security Preparation Program
Security Threat Group Program, Phase II
Sex Offender Treatment Program – Pre-Treatment

Correctional Industries:
Our largest operation, MCI Norfolk has one hundred and eighty inmates working in a wide range of manufacturing settings. This operation houses a Clothing Shop where fabric is cut from rolls and sewn to create garments used in a number of areas throughout the Commonwealth. The Mattress Shop produces a variety of mattresses for use in a number of environments. The Metal Operation is able to supply custom fabricated metal cell furniture at substantial savings to the taxpayers. The Upholstery Shop produces a number of quality upholstered office chairs, reupholsters sofas and chairs. The Binder Shop produces 3 ring vinyl binders in a number of sizes. The Furniture Assembly Shop assembles various furniture items from a number of furniture manufacturers.

Education and Training:
Adult Basic Education
Barber School
Boston University Program
Computer Technology
Culinary Arts
Educational Counseling
GED
Pre-GED
Welding

Institutional Programs:
American Veterans in Prison
Chess Club
Cultural Groups
Family Awareness
HIV/AIDS Education
Library Law Clerk Training
Lifers' Group
Music Program
Nuestra Familia
Parenting/Family Services
Poetry Group
Project Youth Program
Self/Help Twelve Step Programs
Smoking Cessation Program
Toastmasters
Veteran's Program
VOSH/NECO
Young Fathers Group
Youth Outreach

Ms.Heather
01-27-2005, 08:35 AM
From Boston: Take Route 93 South/Southeast Expressway to the Braintree split at Route 3. Take Routes 128/93 to Route 95 South. Take the route 1 South/Wrentham exit. Follow past Foxboro Stadium to the third set of traffic lights (Lafayette House Restaurant on right). Turn right onto Pine Street. At the stop sign, turn right. Pine Street joins Route 115. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Route 1A North. Go past Pondville Correctional Center on the left and up a steep hill past MCI-Cedar Junction at the top. Take the first left onto Winter Street. Continue on Winter Street for approximately of a mile. MCI-Norfolk is the second prison on the left.

From the North: Take Route 495 South to exit 15 (Route 1A North/Wrentham). Go approximately 9 miles and through 2 sets of traffic lights. Go past Pondville Correctional Center on the left and up a steep hill past MCI-Cedar Junction at the top. Take the first left onto Winter Street. Continue on Winter Street for approximately of a mile. MCI-Norfolk is the second prison on the left.

From the South: Take Route 495 North to exit 14A (Route 1 North). Follow Route 1 North past the Foxboro State Police barracks to the first set of traffic lights (Lafayette House Restaurant on left). Turn left onto Pine Street. At the stop sign, turn right. Pine Street joins Route 115. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Route 1A North. Go past Pondville Correctional Center on the left and up a steep hill past MCI-Cedar Junction at the top. Take the first left onto Winter Street. Continue on Winter Street for approximately of a mile. MCI-Norfolk is the second prison on the left.

From the East: Take Route 140 West to the center of Wrentham. Take a right at the set of lights onto Route 1A North. Go past Pondville Correctional Center on the left and up a steep hill past MCI-Cedar Junction at the top. Take the first left onto Winter Street. Continue on Winter Street for approximately of a mile. MCI-Norfolk is the second prison on the left.

From the West: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Route 495 South to exit 15 (Route 1A North/Wrentham). Go approximately 9 miles and through 2 sets of traffic lights. Go past Pondville Correctional Center on the left and up a steep hill past MCI-Cedar Junction at the top. Take the first left onto Winter Street. Continue on Winter Street for approximately of a mile. MCI-Norfolk is the second prison on the left.