B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center Visiting Information:
Individuals approved to visit offenders at Rayburn Correctional Center should carefully read the below listed rules and regulations that govern visiting. Visitors are expected to comply with these requirements.
Approved visitors (15 years of age and older) must present picture identification to visit an offender.
Visitors must be dressed appropriately.No tank tops, see-through clothing, low-cut articles of clothing exposing the upper torso, miniskirts or mini-dresses, or any form of seductive garments will be allowed. Shorts, skorts, and culottes must be no more than three inches above the knee. Visitors must wear full-length shirts (long or short-sleeve). They will not be allowed to wear the combination of blue jeans and blue chambray shirts, or blue jeans and gray or white sweat shirts or tee shirts. Shoes designated for street wear, including tennis shoes, must be worn. Sandals and open-toed shoes are permitted. House slippers, beach sandals (i.e., thongs, flip-flops) and shower shoes are not permitted. Individuals improperly or inappropriately dressed will not be allowed to visit.
Facilities are not available for visitors who do not meet this dress code to change their clothing. Visitors, who choose to change their clothing in order to be able to visit, will be required to leave institutional grounds. They may then return when they have changed their clothing.
Visitors must declare all medications, including prescription and nonprescription medications, to the correctional officers at the Front Gate and visiting desk. Alcohol, cameras, and any type of weapon or ammunition are prohibited on facility grounds. Such items should not be brought to the facility, however, in the event contraband items are in the visitor’s possession, they must be declared at the Front Gate. Visitors under the influence of any substance will not be allowed to visit and may be prohibited from future visits.
Visitors must park their vehicles in the designated Visitors’ Parking area. The vehicle’s keys should be removed from the vehicle and then locked. Personal possessions (i.e., wallets, purses, cash) left in the vehicle should be secured in the trunk and/or locked glove compartment, if possible.
Visitors are limited to carrying no more than $25 into the fenced compound and/or picnic visiting area. They should bring sufficient change for the vending machines, as the staff is not permitted to make change. Offender are not allowed to handle money.
The amount of money that a visitor can deposit to an offender’s account is limited to $150. Such deposits must be in the form of cash, money order, or cashier’s checks. Deposits must be made at the registration desk in the A-Building lobby before beginning the visit. Visitors who plan to have photographs made during their visit, must also pay for them at the registration desk before the visit. Visitors will not be permitted to make a deposit into an offender’s account at any other time.
Visitors are not allowed to deliver anything to the offender through the Visiting Room. Visitors may bring photographs (no Polaroid or photo albums), however, they cannot be left with the inmate.
Conduct of Visitors
Actions or language by a visitor considered loud, disruptive, abusive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Such conduct will result in the immediate termination of the visit and possible denial of future visits.
Violations of applicable laws and/or institutional rules by an offender and/or visitor(s) may result in termination of the visit, the visitor’s removal from the offender’s visitor list, disciplinary action against the offender, and criminal prosecution against both parties.
Individuals who have been refused a visit will be required to leave the institutional grounds. Individuals traveling with visitors, but not visiting, must wait in their vehicle. Other than the designated visitor areas, neither visitors nor their traveling companions are allowed access to the facility beyond the visitor’s parking lot. They are also prohibited from talking, shouting, signaling, or passing anything to an offender.
Individuals, including minors, entering the facility are subject to searches of their property, automobile, and person.
Searches include, but are not limited to, visual inspection of persons and property; pat-down searches of their person; inspection of their property by dogs trained to detect drugs, weapons, and other contraband; strip-search of their body; and searches of their body cavities. Introduction of contraband drugs, alcohol or weapons into the facility is a felony (Louisiana Revised Statute 14:402).
Dormitory and Working Cellblock Inmates:
Visiting hours are between 11:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Visitors must arrive at the facility’s Front Gate by 2:00 p.m. in order to be processed for visiting.
Offenders will not be permitted to visit while on extra duty assignments. The offender will be notified, however, on the Wednesday preceding his extra duty assignment so that he may notify his visitors of such.
Number and Duration of Visits
Offenders will be allowed six visitors at a time in the Visiting Room. Non-walking infants will be allowed as a seventh visitor. Approved visitors will generally be allotted two visits per month. Minimum custody offenders and those participating in the PRESS program will be permitted three visits per month from their visitors.
Unless prior approval is obtained from the Warden, visitors are allowed to visit only one offender at a time.
Generally, visits will be for two and one-half hours Thursday and Friday; and one and one-half hours Saturday and Sunday. Minimum custody and IRP inmates will be permitted visits for three hours. In case of overcrowding, these times may be shortened at the staff’s discretion.
Visiting by Minors
Individuals under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult who is an approved visitor of the offender that the minor is visiting. Children 14 years of age and younger are not required to be on the offender’s visitor list. The correctional officers may require that proof of a child’s age (birth certificate) be furnished on their next visit, if his/her age appears questionable. Adults will be responsible for the behavior of minors in their company. Children will not be left unattended on institutional grounds. Minor spouses or emancipated minors (Marriage Certificate/Judgment of Emancipation required as proof) are not required to have adult escorts.
Visitors are allowed to bring into the visiting areas two baby bottles per infant, three diapers and sufficient baby-wipes per infant, and a change purse/wallet.
Conduct of Visitors
Visitors may greet and bid the offender farewell with a non-passionate kiss and must be done so that others are not offended. Visitors may sit next to the offender. However, physical contact between the offender and adult visitors, other than holding hands, is not allowed.
Individuals approved for picnic visits should contact the Visiting Office for information on approved items.
Extended Lockdown- Level 1
Extended Lockdown-Level 1 will be restricted to non-contact visiting. The requirements for such visits are as follow:
Restricted visiting will be held on Thursdays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.Visitors must arrive at the Front Gate by 10:30 a.m. to be processed for visiting.
Only two adult visitors will be permitted per visit. Only one visit will be allowed per day. Each offender is allotted only two visits per month.
Offenders on will not be permitted to make any physical contact with their visitors.
Offenders are not permitted to receive any items from their visitors.
Offenders are not permitted to give anything to a visitor.
Other Restricted Visits
Special Management Unit inmates; Extended Lockdown – Level 2 offenders; offenders who test positive for and/or are found in possession of drugs; offenders who refuse to submit to drug testing; offenders who have received contraband during the visiting process; and offenders who have had a certified drug dog alert to the presence of drugs on their person or property in a drug detection booth, will be restricted to non-contact visiting. The requirements for such visits are as follow:
Visiting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. Visitors must arrive at the facility’s Front Gate by 10:30 a.m. in order to be processed for visiting.
Number and Duration of Visits
Offenders will be allowed one visit per day with up to four adult visitors (only two visitors for SMU inmates.) Visits will take place in the Visiting Room. Approved visitors will be allotted two visits per month. Visitors are allowed to visit only one offender at a time. Visits will be limited to 45 minutes. Because of space limitations, visitors to offenders in Administrative segregation and Isolation must call the Visiting Office to reserve visiting time. In case of overcrowding, visits may be shortened at the staff’s discretion.
Conduct of Visitor
Offenders and their visitors will not be permitted to make any physical contact during their visits. No concessions will be sold during restricted visitation.
Restrictions on Visiting for Offenders convicted of Sex Offenders with minors:
In accordance with Department Regulation #C-02-008, “Offenders who have a current or prior conviction for a sex crime involving a minor child family member, or who have a documented history of sex abuse with a minor child family member, are ineligible to visit with any minor child, including their own biological or step-child.
“Offenders who have a current or prior conviction for a sex crime involving a minor child who is not a family member are ineligible to visit with any minor child. However, at the Warden’s discretion, such offenders may be authorized to visit with their own biological child. The legal guardian shall submit a written request and shall accompany the minor child during the visit. If approved by the Warden, the visit may be contact or non-contact at the Warden’s discretion.”
If an offender under such restriction feels that the determination has been made in error, he will have to provide documented proof (i.e., bill of information, arrest report) to the Warden.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.