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Link to "TDCJ Offenders Rules and Regulations for Visitation"

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/publicat...0(8-13-08).pdf

Visitation plays an important part in upholding the association between offenders and their families and friends. However, offenders are not assigned to specific TDCJ facilities for the convenience of visitation. Visitation rules are posted in areas available to visitors and copies of the rules are provided upon request.

Visitation Hours: Visits are normally conducted on Saturdays or Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The names of all visitors, except children under the age of sixteen and the offender’s attorney, must be on the approved visitors’ list, which is limited to ten persons.

Number of Visitors: All offenders, except those in the intake process, solitary confinement, G5, lockdown status, or administrative segregation, are allowed one visit every weekend, not to exceed two hours and not to exceed two adult visitors. Children under the age of sixteen are not counted in this number, and must be accompanied by an approved adult visitor (18 years or older).

Visitor Identification: Approved visitors must present photo identification before entering the facility. Identification may include a valid driver’s license, a valid Department of Public Safety I.D. card, a current employee I.D. card or badge, a valid passport, or a current student I.D. card. Visitors under the age of sixteen may be required to present identification.

Contact Visits: Limited physical contact between eligible offenders and their visitors may be allowed if the visitors are immediate family (natural or adoptive parents, stepparents or grandparents; natural or adopted children, stepchildren or grandchildren; natural or adoptive siblings or stepsiblings; spouse; or persons related by marriage, if accompanied by an immediate family member). With prior approval from facility administration, non-immediate family members may be allowed contact visits if immediate family members are unable to visit the offender. Due to the nature of their offense, some offenders cannot have contact visits with children under the age of 16.

Search of Visitors and Vehicles: Visitors and their vehicles can be searched before entering the facility. Any visitor refusing the search procedure will have to leave the facility property. All visitors will be screened by a metal detector prior to visiting an offender. Cash (except coins), alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, firearms, escape implements, or dangerous weapons are strictly prohibited by TDCJ rules and policies.

Dress Code: Visitors must follow the dress code. Shirts and shoes must be worn. Shorts, cut-offs, halter tops, undershirts, and tank tops are prohibited. Shirts and blouses of fishnet, transparent material or open midriff are not allowed. Male visitors must wear long pants, and female visitors must wear dresses, skirts, capri pants or long pants. Exceptions for pre-adolescent boys and girls may be made. Dresses, capri pants or skirts that appear too short will require a decision by the duty officer. Clothing marked by words or pictures considered profane or offensive by current public standards will not be allowed.

Carry-in items: Visitors may bring only specific items into the facility. These items include a small wallet or change purse containing no more than $20.00 in coins. Only visitors may purchase soft drinks to be consumed by offenders during the visit. Visitors with infants or small children may bring no more than three diapers, baby wipes and two baby bottles (sippy cups for toddlers). Visitors are not permitted to bring items of any kind to offenders.

Tobacco Policy: TDCJ facilities are tobacco free. Visitors are not permitted to bring cigarettes, cigarette lighters, matches or any tobacco products into TDCJ facilities.

Visits must be orderly to assure that visitors and offenders are not disturbed. Visitors who cannot control their children will be escorted out of the facility. Visitors are prohibited from loitering, walking the perimeter road, or taking photographs. Radios played at a high volume and shouting at offenders will not be allowed.

Visits may be cancelled and future visits may be denied for security reasons or because of improper conduct by the visitor or the offender.

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Old 02-05-2006, 11:33 AM
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Thank you! This is very helpful! Jeannie
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If we are allowed to buy them sodas, how do they get them if we are not on a contact visit?? Thanks for the info!!
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:39 AM
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You give them to the guards and they get it to them. I think the new rule is that you buy his food with the guards right there and they put it in either a bag or a bowl to be passed through to the guards inside where they are and they get the food to them.
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mlk, just curious - are all units different about how many trips you can make to the vending machines? At Gurney they told me to get everything he wanted the first time because I was not allowed to go back a second time. But, at Hondo, I can go as many times as I want and they will get the food to him.
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:10 AM
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Yes I believe that all units are different. It used to be that you could go to the vending machines yourself and then open the food up and put it in bowls and then they would hand it to them but that seems to be changing accross the units. I would venture to guess it is a warden decision or the co's that are in the visiting room making the rules.
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:21 AM
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Each unit is different. At Dawson State Jail, you get the snacks and drinks on the first floor. You are not allowed to go back down if you want anything else. If you are caught going back down, the visit is terminated.

Thanks for posting the rules. Always good to refresh my memory on what is supposed to be happening.
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That is kinda what I thought.
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Does anyone know the visiting rules for Ferguson Unit?
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Looking for rules for Wynne unit in Huntsville. Planning on going down there.. And about touching the inmates, can we hug them? What about Conjugal visits?
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The basic rules are the same from unit to unit. As a general rule, IF you have contact visits, you are permitted a kiss and hug at the beginning and the end of each visit. you are also allowed to hold hands during the visits, but that is supposed to be the extent of the touching. And they CAN terminate the visits for more than that.

Texas does not have conjugal visits at all.

My theory on dress code is that if you are in doubt about something....don't wear it. To me there is no sense is pushing that issue and possibly not being able to visit at all.
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No, I dont plan on dressing inappropriately. I am coming from cali, and to travel all that way to not be able to see him cause how I am dressed? It's not worth it. Thank you for the info.. is there a way I can tell them I want contact visits if I am not married to him yet?
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texas has a lax visitation system,at least on most units
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You can write to the warden for approval - if he's got no one else on his list that visits, then you have a good chance of getting them, but the warden has the final say on it. It never hurts to try though! Be sure to call the Monday before you visit to request your "special visits" - 4 hours BOTH days instead of just 2 hours!!

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I am planning on going in April with a homegirl of mine. She is going to accompany me there and then pick me up when it's over. It's going to be my first time seeing him! I am really nervous! I mean I have known him for more than a year, so I think it's time to go and see him... I hope it all works out though! This forum helps me so much though! I just want to be sure I have everything straight, so I dont go there and then I get denyed for some ungodly reason! I hope i can at least hold his hand.. that's all I ask for....
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You might also check with the unit about your friend driving you. At our unit, they aren't allowed to leave. They have to wait at the highway gate in a parking lot while you visit. You might check in advance, so she can be prepared.
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me and my boyfriend are getting married (by proxy) this Saturday. I've called to the unit to see if he has a visitation list and they say no but he's sent me a print out saying he has had no visits. Do you think the warden will allow us to visit Saturday or not?

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At the unit my honey is in, although I call him my husband and we are common law married and share a child, the warden denied my request for a contact and said that per TDC the only way I could get a contact was to do the marriage by proxy thing and then apply for visitation.
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hello if you going down from cali you can call aweek ahead and request special visit that will get you a 4hour on sat and a 4hour on sun but you must call ahead !
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My parents live in Florida and once my son is transfered to a unit they would like to come to Houston so that we can go visit him to whatever unit he is transfered to. My question is, well the three of us be able to visit at the same time? if I send a request to the warden for a two day visit due to them traveling from State to state to visit their Grandson would we be granted that right?
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No, TDCJ is pretty strict on the 2 adult rule. You can ask, but don't be surprised if it gets turned down. It would be nice if they would allow it in certain cases..

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You can write to the warden for approval - if he's got no one else on his list that visits, then you have a good chance of getting them, but the warden has the final say on it. It never hurts to try though! Be sure to call the Monday before you visit to request your "special visits" - 4 hours BOTH days instead of just 2 hours!!

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Hey Jess, I have a question? my parents (His Grandparents) live in Florida but will travel to come and see him during the duration of his stay in prison at least once a year. He will have them on his list but my question to you is, would they, including myself be able to visit him at the same time if I request permission? I think for them to go alone would be hard on them and I would want to be with them while they visit. Not to mention I would be the one who drives all that way and not being able to see him would kill me. How many adults per visist is allowed? Thanks for your help...Jeannie
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As Nance said, it is only 2 adults allowed per visit. Sometimes, in very rare cases, the Duty Warden will allow split visits. Keep in mind it is extremely rare, but it does happen. They will let two people have a two hour visit, then one can leave and the other can continue for the remaining two hours. Usually it only happens if everyone is from a great distance. Someone will always be left sitting in the car though. As usual, it is at the Duty Warden's (not necessarily the unit Warden) discretion. All you can do is ask in advance, all they can do is say no. Best of luck.
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Someone on a different post (can't locate it now) posted that we are allowed to hug and kiss for 5 minutes before and after visit. But I searched in the hand book, and it only states that we have limited physical contact (which you also state in the thread). Is this 5 minute rule true? I'd rather not take the chance.
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Hey Jess, I have a question? my parents (His Grandparents) live in Florida but will travel to come and see him during the duration of his stay in prison at least once a year. He will have them on his list but my question to you is, would they, including myself be able to visit him at the same time if I request permission? I think for them to go alone would be hard on them and I would want to be with them while they visit. Not to mention I would be the one who drives all that way and not being able to see him would kill me. How many adults per visist is allowed? Thanks for your help...Jeannie
It is possible that this could be granted - I seem to remember one member that traved from Chicago and was able to visit the entire 4 hours and two friends split the time during the same visit. She visited at Dawson. As 30Flat said, all you can do is ask - you sure won't get it if you don't ask. But I'm pretty sure that all 3 won't be allowed in at the same time - splitting will be the only option. Good luck!!
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