Wednesday through Sunday and start at 8:45 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. except on Thursdays, when visiting hours begin at 1 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Visitors must arrive at the institution by 3 p.m. (7:30 p.m. on Thursdays) to be granted admittance.
Each inmate is permitted five visits each month to be allocated as follows:
One visit per week with a second visit permitted one week each month.
No more than two of the five visits may occur on a weekend or holiday.
Weekday visits are a minimum of one hour and a maximum of five hours in length with weekend and holiday visits a maximum of two hours. Inmates in Disciplinary Custody (Restricted Housing Unit) are permitted a maximum of a one-hour visit, Wednesday through Friday, each month with immediate family only, and are not permitted visits after 3:00 P.M.
Each inmate will be limited to five visitors per visit. Visitors may visit only one inmate per day, and each inmate shall have no more than one visit per day. In the case of inmates being immediate relatives (brothers or father and son), exceptions can be made.
Inmates in the Central Diagnostic Classification Center shall not receive regular visits during their first 10 days in the institution. Attorneys and spiritual advisors shall be permitted. When the 10-day period has elapsed, inmates will be permitted visits from persons on their approved visiting list. The above also applies to HVA transfer cases in the CDCC for 60-day evaluations.
All persons including children must be on the inmate's approved visiting list before they shall be permitted to visit. It is the inmates responsibility to request additions and deletions to his visiting list.
A. General Rules:
1. Inmates are informed of the visiting regulations and changes to these regulations. It is the
responsibility of the inmates to inform their visitors of any changes.
2. Individuals wanting to visit an inmate must verify before visiting the inmate that the inmate has submitted
their names using a DC-311A, “Visiting List,” and that the institution has approved them. Individuals
must verify this information by writing to the inmate or by verifying this during phone calls placed by the
inmate. Department policy DC-ADM-812, “Inmate Visiting Privileges,” prohibits staff members from
releasing information concerning an inmate’s visiting list. Information concerning whether or not
an individual is on an inmate’s visiting list will not be released over the telephone.
3. Inmates may add or delete individuals from their approved visitors list by submitting a DC 312A -
Supplementary Authorized Visitors” form only after 45 days have elapsed.
4. Upon arrival at the institution, visitors are required to register with the Officer located at the Visitor
Reception Desk. SCI-Camp Hill requires all visitors to have proper photo identification that contains their
full name, current home address, and date of birth. The DC-315, “List of Acceptable Identification,” is
available at the Visitor Reception Desk and contains a list of acceptable forms of identification.
5. The Visitors Reception area and all visiting areas are considered non-smoking. Tobacco products are
not permitted and must be left in the visitor’s car or secured in the provided lockers. Other items such as
cameras, tape recorders, drugs, alcohol, weapons, food, sunglasses, lighters, gum, hats, hooded
garments, coats, pagers, cell phones, handbags, and keys are also not permitted in the visiting area and
must be secured in the provided lockers. The institution shall not be responsible for items left in the
lockers located in the Visitor’s Reception Center.
6. Any individual under the age of 18 years of age is considered a minor. An adult who is on the inmate’s
visiting list must accompany any minors. In order for a minor to be placed on an inmate’s visiting list the
inmate must ensure that a DC-313, “Visitor Inquiry,” form has been completed and approved by the
individual’s parents or legal guardians. This form must be returned to the institution and processed
before the minor is permitted to visit. Individuals should keep copies of the Visitor Inquiry form for their
records and bring it with them for the minor’s first visit in the event there is a question concerning the
7. All visitors are subject to a security search before proceeding to the Visitors Rooms. Visitors must pass
through a metal detector. Visitors will be given two attempts to pass through the metal detector and then
shall be scanned with a." hand held” metal detector in an effort to determine the source of the alarm. If
the source of the alarm is determined to be a non-contraband item (e.g., coins, jewelry, metal zipper/
buttons/snaps, etc.), a contact visit will be conducted provided there are no other reasons to restrict the
visit to non-contact or to deny the visit. The Shift Commander, in consultation with the Visiting Room
Sergeant, shall be responsible for making the determination if a contact or non-contact visit is to be
conducted or the visit denied. If the source of the alarm is contraband the visit will be denied. In
combination with the metal detector, visitors may be selected to pass a drug itemizer (drug detection
device), before being permitted to visit. If the visitor fails to pass the itemizer test two times, the Visiting
Room Sergeant shall consult with the Shift Commander for the possibility of a non-contact visit. If the
visit is denied, the visitor shall be asked to leave the premises.
8. If the source of the alarm is believed to be an article of outer clothing such as a coat, sweater, or shoes,
the visitor may remove the item. The removed item is to be searched and the procedures shall be
repeated. If the item is contraband-free and the visitor successfully passes the second scanning, a
contact visit will be conducted, provided there are no other reasons to restrict the visit to non-contact or
to deny the visit. If the item contains contraband the visit will be denied. If the visitor fails to successfully
pass the second scanning, a non-contact visit will be allowed. The visitor shall be notified that the
wearing of that item for a future visit will result in his/her visit being denied. The Shift Commander is
responsible for making the determination if a non-contact visit is to be conducted or the visit denied.
9. If the source of the alarm is believed to be an article of underclothing, the visitor will not be permitted to
remove the item. The visitor will be offered a non-contact visit, provided there are no other reasons to
deny the visit, and shall be notified that the wearing of that item of clothing for a future visit may result in
his/her visit being denied. The Shift Commander is responsible for making the determination if a noncontact
visit is to be conducted or the visit denied.
10. For a visitor with a metal implant, or who is medically required to wear an item constructed with metallic
items (e.g., back brace, knee support, etc.), or who is medically required to use an ambulatory
assistance device (e.g., wheel chair, walker, cane, crutches, etc.) to have contact visits he/she must
provide a doctor’s certificate verifying the medical requirement. If a claim of such a medical requirement
is made during the initial visit and no doctor’s certificate is available at that time, a non-contact visit will
be permitted. A doctor’s certificate is required at the subsequent visits for contact visits to be conducted.
A visitor with such requirements will be scanned with a “hand held” metal detector for detection of
metallic objects other than those medically required. The Shift Commander is responsible for making the
determination if a non-contact visit is to be conducted or the visit denied.
11. A visitor will be allowed to take medically required ambulatory assistance devices (e.g., wheel chair,
walkers, canes, crutches, etc.), into the visiting area. An inmate in the visiting area is prohibited from
handling any of these articles.
12. Any visitor who is caught trying to introduce or who introduces contraband into the institution shall be
banned from visiting at SCI-Camp Hill or any other Department of Corrections institution. The length of
the visitor’s suspension may be temporary in length or permanent. The length of the suspension shall be
determined on the type of contraband.
B. Dress Code For Visitors
1. Acceptable Dress:
(a) Jeans, trousers, skirts, dresses, and shorts that are close to the knee (must cover at least two-thirds
of the thigh).
(b) Tops/shirts that are not torn or see through and that completely cover the upper torso.
2. Not Acceptable Dress/Clothing:
(a) Spandex of any kind used solely as an outer garment;
(b) Gym shorts, boxer shorts, or short shorts;
(c) Clothing with rips, tears or revealing holes;
(d) Shorts, shirts, or dresses that do not cover two-thirds of the thigh;
(e) Clothing with references to drugs, sex, or with biased statements or vulgar language;
(f) Bare midriffs, half shirts, halter-tops, mesh clothing, tank tops, pajamas, or lingerie;
10. Any individual, who appears to be under the influence of alcohol, or controlled substance, or smelling of
alcohol upon arrival, will not be permitted to enter the institution.
C. Visiting Rules for Diagnostic and Classification and General Population Inmates:
(1) Inmates in the Diagnostic and Classification Center shall not receive regular visits during their first ten
days in the institution. Attorneys and Spiritual Advisors shall be permitted. When the 10-day period has
elapsed, inmates shall be permitted to visit with persons on their approved visiting list. This also applies
to inmates housed here in Hold for Various Authority (HVA) status or inmates in the CDCC for 60-day
(2) Each inmate in General Population or the DCC after 10-day waiting period has elapsed and after their
visiting list has been submitted and approved shall be permitted five visits per month to be allocated as
a. One visit per week with a second visit permitted one week each month;
b. No more then two of the five visits may occur on a weekend or holiday;
c. Weekday visits are a minimum of one hour and a maximum of five hours in length. On weekends and
holidays visits may last a maximum of two hours;
d. Each inmate shall be limited to five visitors per visit. Visitors may visit only one inmate per day, and
each inmate shall have no more then one visit per day. In the case of an inmate being immediate
relative (brother, father, and son) exceptions can be made upon request by the inmate and upon
approval by the Superintendent or designee.
D. Visiting Rules for Inmates in Administrative Disciplinary Custody, Special Management Unit, and
Inmates in Administrative and Disciplinary custody do not have the same visiting privileges as General
1. Administrative Custody Inmates:
Administrative Custody inmates are permitted one non-contact visit of one-hour per week. Visits are
permitted Wednesday through Friday. Administrative Custody inmates are not permitted visits on
weekends and are not permitted to have extended visits. In addition there shall be no visits after 3:00
2. Disciplinary Custody Inmates:
Disciplinary Custody inmates are permitted a maximum of one non-contact visit of one-hour per month.
Visits shall be with immediate family only and are permitted Wednesday through Friday. No weekend,
holiday, or extended visiting hours are permitted. Visits shall be restricted to a maximum of one hour in
duration and shall not be permitted after 3:00 PM.
3. Special Management Unit Inmates:
Inmates in the Special Management Unit shall be permitted the following:
a. Phase 5: inmates are permitted one non-contact visit per month with immediate family only.
b. Phase 4: inmates are permitted one non-contact visit per week and a maximum of two
weekend or holiday visits.
c. Phase 3: inmates are permitted one non-contact visit per week and a maximum of two
weekend or holiday visits.
d. Phase 2: inmates are permitted one non-contact visit per week and a maximum of three
weekend or holiday visits per month.
e. Phase 1: inmates are permitted the same number of visits as General Population inmates;
however, the visits shall be non-contact.
4. Special Visits
a. Inmates assigned to the Community Work Details and Elizabethtown Training Academy shall
schedule their visits on Thursday evening and weekends. These inmates shall be permitted a four (4)
hour visit on weekends. The length of their weekend visits shall be limited to two (2) hours.
b. Exceptions to the visiting policy may be granted by either the Superintendent; Deputy
Superintendent; the Major of the Guard/Major for Unit Management, or in their absence, the
c. Visiting Guidelines for Infirmary Patients
(1) Infirmary patients will adhere to the regulations established in DC-ADM 812. Violation of one or
more of these may result in termination of the visit, suspension of visiting privileges for the visitor,
and/or a misconduct for the inmate.
(2) Visiting in the Infirmary will be permitted between the hours of 0900 and 1500 hours.
(3) Inmates shall be changed into visiting clothes for the visit in the Infirmary area.
(4) Inmate patients shall be examined by the Infirmary Corrections Officer for contraband upon entry
and departure from the visit.
(5) The Medical or Psychiatric physician shall indicate a visiting status upon admission and update
the status as appropriate.
(a) Status 1: No visits permitted
(b) Status 2: One (1) hour visit in the Infirmary supervised by a Corrections Officer
(Psychiatric Observation Room patients)
(c) Status 3: Two (2) hour visit in the Infirmary visiting area supervised by a
(d) Status 4: Visiting in the main Visiting Room
(6) Every attempt should be made by the physician to permit Infirmary patients visiting privileges in
the main Visiting Room.
E. Prohibited Individuals:
Per Department policy DC-ADM-812, “Inmate Visiting Privileges,” certain individuals shall be prohibited
from visiting inmates:
1. Former inmates from any correctional system;
2. Any person who is currently under parole or probation supervision;
3. Any current inmate in pre-release status;
4. Any Department of Corrections Employee, current or former;
5. Any current, active volunteer for the Department of Corrections;
6. Any current or former contract employee; and
7. Any victim of the inmate.
Based on legitimate reasons, exceptions to these restrictions shall be reviewed by the Superintendent and/
or designee upon written request by the inmate. If approved, the inmate shall be informed and the individual
will be added to the inmate’s visiting list.
F. Visiting Room Rules:
1. Visitors are not permitted to bring documents, photos, or other items into the visiting room.
2. During contact visits, an inmate and his visitors may embrace upon meeting and leaving the visiting area.
Small children may sit on an inmate’s lap. Visitors must be respectful of other visitors. Inappropriate
behavior such as excessive touching or children not being under control may result in visits being
3. Visitors are permitted to bring a maximum of thirty-dollars of currency into the institution. Nothing larger
then a five-dollar bill shall be permitted. Only coin change, one, and five-dollar bills. The money must be
placed in a clear, plastic container or bag.
4. Visitors are permitted to bring in three plastic baby bottle of pre-mixed formula or white milk, one jar of
baby food, three diapers, ten baby wipes, and one baby blanket.
5. Visitors shall also be permitted to bring necessary medical equipment into the visiting room. The
equipment shall be approved on a case-by-case basis.
6. Vending machines for food items, candy, and soft drinks are available and may be consumed during the
visit. Inmates are not permitted to take any items from the visiting room.