Suffolk County House of Correction Visiting Information:
In the fall of 2004, a collaboration between the Sheriff’s Department and Boston Medical Center resulted in a survey being conducted among inmates, visitors and staff. All of the groups surveyed voiced concerns focusing on children visiting. In an attempt to balance security and access to inmate visits, we have determined that we will enact important operational changes to the visiting protocol.
The visitor registration process has been restructured beginning October 3, 2005. At this time, contact visits resumed under new guidelines that will include important safeguards.
Visitor Selection cards have been distributed to all inmates. Each inmate will have the opportunity to designate up to 3 adults from whom they wish to receive personal visits. Each visitor will be required to complete an application and will be subject to a criminal records check as well as an identification check. Applicants may have to provide additional documentation as requested. We hope that this change reduces the amount of time that visitors have to wait to come into the facility.
Visitor applications will be available at the lobby registration desk, daily between 3-11pm only. Each visitor application must be returned for processing with copy of their identification card and a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE). The application processing may take up to 10 days and the applicant will be notified of their visiting status via US Mail.
Visitors must make an appointment to visit inmates and children will only be allowed on institution property until 6:00 p.m. No children will be allowed at the 6:30 or 8:15 visiting periods.
Suffolk County House of Correction Additional information:
Built to replace its antiquated predecessor on Deer Island, the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay opened on Dec. 26, 1991. The seven building facility houses adult male and female inmates convicted of crimes with a sentence of 2½ years or less. This decentralized, direct supervision correctional center is comprised of 27 separate housing units to which inmates are assigned in accordance with a comprehensive classification system. Since 1992, the House of Correction has steadily increased its population from 832 inmates to as high as 1,900 in 2000.
During their incarceration, inmates have the opportunity to progress from their initial classification as maximum-security inmates to minimum-security inmates as they conclude their sentence. For classification advancement, an inmate must demonstrate exemplary behavior, including adherence to institutional rules, compliance with staff orders, and active, voluntary participation in various rehabilitative programs available throughout the facility. Such programs include, six month therapeutic community, anger management classes, vocational training, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), educational courses ranging from basic literacy to general equivalency, AIDS education, and parenting skills. The programs are designed to emphasize accountability and responsibility for inmates. Medical services are also provided to inmates at the House of Correction. The medical staff provides standard health care, assistance with substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and mental health issues. Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department South Bay House of Correction 20 Bradston Street Boston, MA 02118
No time limit unless space availability is limited.