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Old 06-24-2013, 04:44 AM
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Lightbulb Essex County Correctional Facility - Visiting Guide

What I learned from visiting my father at Middleton, MA – Essex County Correctional Facility.

You can pick up a two month calendar at the jail. When you drive up there, go up the hill and take a right, then a left. It’s the first large parking lot on the left. You won’t be able to drive any further.

When you go in to the jail – only take 1 key and your id. You can also bring some change for the newspaper machine, but nothing else. No jewelry, hats, handbags, wallets, etc. A belt is ok though, as are reading glasses. Only two persons can visit at one time. Take a calendar when you get there.

You need to arrive 30 minutes early, so change for the paper is definitely something to do. You can ask the guards questions, but be polite and limit your questions. It’s best not make conversation with other visitors and definitely don’t talk about the case or what the inmate is in for. You never know if the other visitor will leak that info to the person they’re visiting.
Be sure when you first arrive, to sign the visitor log (they provide pencils). If it’s your first visit, you need to fill out a short questionnaire about yourself.

DO NOT visit if you have any current warrants out for your arrest, or you will be arrested on the spot! Then, just sit and wait for the guards instructions. If there’s several people there, they’ll call you up by rows (usually starting in the back row), to wait in line at the window.

Provide your id and questionnaire to the office at the window and get your hand stamped. Then sit back down and wait till they call everyone up to the security doors. You’ll get clear instruction as what do next. They walk you through the yard and into a room with several windows and phones. Look for the inmate you’re visiting and go over and sit down. Pick up the phone and listen to the instructions provided.

Don’t speak to the inmate your visiting about anything that could hurt his case, as all the lines are recorded and monitored. The recording can later be used against the inmate in court or at their next hearing. It’s important to be ok and not break down, for the inmate’s sake. Give them something to look forward to, as hope, is a necessity for inmates in jail.

Be sure ask the inmate or guard, what VOC he’s in. You’ll need that to see what days you can visit him/her on. Most of all, remember that all things shall pass. Just keep a cool head and you’ll do fine. I know it can be overwhelming, but you’ll do ok. Good luck!
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