Social & Dress Code

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SOCIAL CODE

  • Be respectful and self-disciplined. You are encouraged to be cooperative and patient because visiting your loved one is a privilege. Also remember, you will leave and go about your life, but your visit means everything to the person inside. Focus on the goal and try to adopt a kind and appreciative attitude.
  • The prison staff are incredibly helpful and sympathetic to visitor but understand they have a job to do as well but how you treat them goes a long way in how gracious they will be in accommodating requests.
  • Follow the dress code per your gender without exception. This is prison and they are not accommodating with the rules. You must follow them or leave.
  • You will go through searches, dog sniffs, metal detectors, wand detectors and they even mention a strip search if any of those searches go wrong. So again, your social skills are everything in maintaining a good outlook because it will be hours before you see your loved one and you need to reserve your very best attitude for when you see them.
  • You will probably be visiting more than once, so be friendly and ask questions of the visitors who arrived first. Many of the staff and visitors you will be seeing again and perhaps needing info or help or better yet, a favor. They are usually part of a regular crew of men and women who have been trekking to or working at the prison for some time. Usually the staff is fairly helpful but keep in mind not everyone has the same level of knowledge. If you are not satisfied with an answer from one guard, thank them for the info and keep an eye out for an officer who might be more informed on that particular subject.
  • Do not bring anything that is forbidden. It is best to only bring keys, money you intend to spend and whatever you have to be given to the prisoner.

DRESS CODE: WOMEN

SAFEST IS TO DRESS FOR A JOB INTERVIEW WHERE YOUR ATTIRE MEANS EVERYTHING BECAUSE WASTING HOURS AND BEING TURNED AWAY IS HORRIBLE.

  • No short dresses or skirts – dresses & skirts must fall below the knee (the longer the better)
  • No short pants, cycle shorts, ANY SHORTS – no pants above your ankles to be safe!
  • No track pants, nylon pants, joggers – make sure it has button and zipper to be safe!
  • No three-quarter pants or any pants above your ankle
  • No pajama bottoms
  • No/flip-flops/slippers/slides (sandals are ok – must have a back strap) – wear shoes/sneakers to be safe!
  • No vests
  • Nothing transparent, torn or distressed – NO TORN/RIPPED/HOLES IN JEANS/PANTS
  • Nothing tight or revealing
  • No revealing tops
  • No obscene language on clothing
  • Nothing sleeveless – bring a jacket to be safe if you wear short sleeves
  • No caps or sunglasses
  • Any head coverings must be temporarily removed to show your face to whatever guard asks, usually to verify your ID – you must show ID in several different parts of the visit so be prepared to show your face to multiple people, perhaps even men

The full rules as laid out by the prison system can be found here.

DRESS CODE: MEN

SAFEST IS TO DRESS FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION WHERE YOUR ATTIRE MEANS EVERYTHING BECAUSE WASTING HOURS AND BEING TURNED AWAY IS HORRIBLE.

  • No short pants, cycle shorts, ANY SHORTS – no pants above your ankles to be safe!
  • No track pants, nylon pants, joggers – make sure it has button and zipper to be safe!
  • No pajama bottoms
  • No sandals/flip-flops/slippers/slides or open shoes – wear sneakers/closed shoes to be safe!
  • No vests
  • No obscene language on clothing
  • Nothing transparent, torn or distressed – NO TORN/RIPPED/HOLES IN JEANS/PANTS
  • Nothing sleeveless
  • No caps or sunglasses