El Dorado Correctional Facility Visiting Information:
1. ENTERING FOR VISITATION: Visitor traffic on the facility perimeter road is prohibited. Park vehicle in designated visitor’s parking area in North parking areas. Lock all vehicle doors. Proceed to the Visitors Reception Desk located inside the Administration Building. Await further instructions for check-in- procedures. Visitors shall not be permitted in the visiting room until fully processed. * Medical Warning: MICROWAVES IN USE
2. EXITING THE FACILITY: To exit the facility, you proceed back through the same door you entered upon arrival. Once you have left the facility you will not be permitted to re-enter.
3. CONTROL CENTER: All visitors entering the facility must stop at the Visitors Reception Desk. Before you are allowed to visit, you will be asked to produce a valid picture I.D. If you are unable to provide, access to the visiting room will be denied. Drivers license, government identification and passport will be accepted for identification purposes. A birth certificate may be utilized for minors. All visitors are required to fill out a Visitor’s Registration Form. (FULL COMPLETION OF THIS FORM IS REQUIRED EACH TIME YOU VISIT). Any person refusing to complete this form shall be denied access to visitation. All persons entering must pass a metal detector screening. Any person(s) refusing to comply with any part of the check-in process shall be denied visitation. Any person(s) making a disturbance during visiting registration shall be denied visiting access. You will be allowed (3) attempts to pass the metal detector. If you fail to pass on the third attempt you will not be allowed to enter the facility unless you have a medical device and a doctor’s note approving the device. In these cases, you will be pat searched in the area of detection. All medical devices that do not allow a person to pass through the metal detector shall require the person to present a medical approval from a doctor.
4. LOCKERS: Visitors must leave purses, wallets, keys, etc., in lockers located by the Control Center. Electronic devices (i.e. pagers, cameras and cell phones) are not allowed in the visitation area. They must be secured in the visitor’s automobile.
5. UNIT TEAM MANAGER: The Unit Team Manager is responsible for the Inmates assigned to each cell house. If you have any questions regarding an inmate or the facility itself, the officer at the Visitor’s Reception Desk or the Visiting area will instruct you on how to get in contact with a Unit Team Manager. PERSONAL PROPERTY AND/OR MONEY: “UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL PERSONAL PROPERTY AND/OR MONEY BE ACCEPTED DURING VISITATION.” INMATE DEPOSITS: As specified in IMPP 04-103 Inmate Trust Funds, all deposits to inmate accounts are required to be completed electronically through a vendor(s) contracted by the department to conduct such transactions. Please contact the visitation clerk for the location of these KIOSKS. SEATING: Tables with attached seating are provided. Tables shall not be moved from there original position. Additional chairs may be requested when three or more visitors visit one (1) inmate, or if the visitor has a medical condition documented by a physician. These extra chairs shall not be utilized to manipulate contact between visitor and inmate. Sitting on table tops is prohibited.
6. HOSPICE VISITATION: Any inmate that is on the Hospice care list that has taken a turn for the worse may have the UTM or CCII of infirmary get approval from the DWP for visits during the week and weekend. If an inmate is not expected to live through the next couple days the UTM will contact the family members and set up a hospice vigil visitation schedule. During a Vigil visitation the family member(s) are allowed to arrive at 8 am and stay until count time at 3:30 pm and then return at approx 4:30 pm until 10:00 pm. If CCS staff feels that death is imminent then at the discretion of the shift supervisors they may be allowed to re enter the facility after formal count has cleared.
7. INFIRMARY VISITATION: Visitation for inmates housed in the infirmary shall occur in the visitation room unless the inmate is bedridden or on narcotic medications. There will not be any all day visits approved for non hospice inmates in the infirmary; if they can visit in the visitation room then the inmate must request the visit from Monday through Wednesday of the week of the visit. There will not be any visitation for administrative segregation inmates.
8. VISITING HOURS: In order to allow all inmates better access to visiting, the below listed EDCF Inmates Visiting Schedule is in effect. *Visitors may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled visitation sessions to allow for processing but must arrive at least one hour before the end of the visiting period. General Population: A. An inmate whose last name begins with the letter A-L shall be allowed visits AM on Saturday and PM on Sunday* (December 31st – June 16th), and PM on Saturday and AM on Sunday* (June 17th – December 30th). B. AninmatewhoselastnamebeginswiththeletterM-ZshallbeallowedvisitsPM on Saturday and AM on Sunday* (December 31st – June 16th), and AM on Saturday and PM on Sunday* (June 17th – December 30th). C. Twohalf-dayvisitsarepermittedonSaturday,Sunday,andholidaysinaccordance with the above. *AM = 8:30am – 11:00am PM = 12:00pm – 2:30pm
9. ADMINISTRATIVE SEGREGATION (Control Units): A. AllsegregationinmateslocatedinA,B,andC-CHwillhaveonlyvideovisitation privileges on Saturday, Sunday and state-observed holidays. In video visitation, a visitor will visit with the inmate from a video visitation booth located in the EDCF Visitation area. The Segregation inmates will be located in the cell house in a video booth. The visit is conducted by video monitors and audio. Visits shall be scheduled by the inmate’s visitor calling the visitation clerk between the hours of 7:30am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays), at least 48 hours in advance. Visits shall be scheduled during the week of the actual visit. Visits shall be scheduled for one-hour blocks, which may be extended another hour pending prior approval and space availability. The visits begin at 8:00am and end at 2:00pm. Inmate visitors may schedule a one-hour block on both Saturday and Sunday. Limited seating will prevent all-day visits for general population inmates unless previously approved. Inmates will be responsible to contact the UTM or Unit Team Counselor to arrange these special all-day visits. The UTM will review all special requests for approval or disapproval. All requests must be turned in by Wednesday at noon. No all-day visits will be considered unless the inmate’s visitor contacts the UTM at a minimum of 72 hours in advance of the visit and approved by the Unit Team Manager managing that inmate’s caseload. There is a maximum of 12 all day visits on Saturday and 12 all day visit on Sunday each week at this facility. There are no all day visits scheduled on a Holiday. The UTM or counseling staff will need the following information from the inmate: Names of whom will visit, what time they will arrive, and the date of the visit. All day visits may be approved on a case-by-case basis subject to distance traveled, available seating, frequency of visits and inmate behavior. VISITORS MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 10:00AM AND 1:30PM TO BE PROCESSED FOR A VISIT. ALL VISITS SHALL BE PERMITTED ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. Inmates, who receive disciplinary conviction KAR 44-12-312 Illicit drug use, shall be placed on 180-day non-contact visitation.
WHAT IS PERMITTED IN THE VISITING AREA? Laying or sitting on the floor unless playing with minor children in the play area, or sitting on the table tops shall not be permitted. Personal toys and games shall not be permitted. A small clear coin purse is permissible with twenty ($20) dollars in coins and/or Fifty ($50) in tokens per inmate visit. No paper money (or pennies). No inmate shall handle money. Vending machines and microwaves are to be used only by visitors.
WHO MAY VISIT? It is the policy of the facility not to allow any person under the age of eighteen (18) to visit unless that person is an immediate family member of the inmate, i.e., sibling, step-sibling, child, step-child, grandchild or spouse. All persons under the age of eighteen (18) who are members of the immediate family; except for a spouse, may not visit unless they are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or an adult who has been given the power of attorney by the parent or legal guardian vesting the person with authority to transport and supervise the minor child on the premises of this facility for the purpose of visiting an inmate. Nieces, nephews and cousins are not considered immediate family.
IS THERE SOMEONE AT EDCF WHO WILL WATCH MY CHILDREN WHILE VISITING? NO. Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision and behavior of their children. Your visit may be terminated if your children are being disruptive in any manner. Children or pets shall not be left unattended in automobiles. The contents of diaper bags shall be limited to (6) diapers, *(3) plastic (see through) bottles; (1) dispenser of wet wipes, (1) change of clothes for the infant, (1) infant blanket, (1) pacifier and baby/toddler food in factory sealed containers only. Contents of the diaper bag shall be subject to search. *Formula shall be pre-mixed with water or dry formula may be placed in bottle before entering the visitation area. Open formula containers shall not be permitted in the visitation area.
IF I BRING SOMEONE WITH ME WHO IS NOT GOING TO VISIT, IS THERE A PLACE HE OR SHE CAN WAIT FOR ME? There is no waiting area, so do not bring someone who cannot visit if they are intending to wait for you at the facility. Anyone who is not visiting shall be required to exit the facility grounds.
I UNDERSTAND EACH INMATE IS ALLOWED TO HAVE 20 VISITORS ON HIS LIST. CAN ALL VISITORS COME TO VISIT AT THE SAME TIME? Due to space constraints the number of visitors shall be held to a reasonable number (4 to 5). The visiting officer may terminate visits due to space limitations. The limit for persons in the non-contact or video visiting booth shall be three (3). *An inmate is entitled to one visit each Saturday, Sunday and approved holidays. Once a visit is established subsequent visitors will not be allowed entrance. Visitors will be allowed on a first come, first serve basis. All visitors participating in the visit must be processed simultaneously.
VISITATION OF MORE THAN ONE (1) INMATE: Unless you are a relative and have more than one immediate family member incarcerated at this facility, multiple visits are not permitted. Visiting Program Sponsors and clergymen are exempt from this regulation when approval is received in advance from facility staff.
PRIVATE VISITING: A private visiting area shall be provided for consultation by attorneys and clergy, or other persons having a statutory right of privileged communication to permit confidential conversations. Arrangements for this type of visit may be made during normal working hours by contacting the facility attorney or Chaplain 24 hours prior to requested day of visit. There are special requirements for this type of visits which will be explained by the person of contact.
VISITORS DRESS CODE: All visitors allowed to visit this facility must be dressed appropriately. The following type of clothing will not be considered appropriate attire for visiting: A. See-through attire B. Tank tops C. Halter tops D. Foot wear shall be worn at all times E. Braless attire F. Mini-skirts or short shorts G. Slit skirts or dresses where slit extends above the knee H. Revealing, low cut necklines I. Backless tops or dresses J. Tube tops K. Spaghetti strap tie-tops L. Any clothing that reveals bare shoulders, bare midriff or any part of the breast M. Spandex or other stretch clothing N. Red hooded sweatshirts O. Blue denim shirts P. Hats or other headwear (exception shall be a bonafide religious tenet) Q. Pajamas or sleep shirts R. Shorts are allowed for children 10 YOA and under only S. Wrap skirts or shirts T. No tear away clothing U. Sunglasses V. No undergarments showing W. No attire that promotes violence, illegal activities, STG affiliation or are of sexual nature X. No torn clothing or clothing with holes in them Y. Clothing that is above mid-calf or form fitting * Male/female visitors dressed similarly to inmates (blue jeans/blue denim shirt) shall not be allowed to visit. *All clothing considered to be outer garments shall be removed during the entry process. The clothing underneath the outer garments shall be suitable for entry into the facility. The above mentioned list includes clothing that is not acceptable; however, this list is not meant to be all-inclusive. The facility reserves the right to deny any visitor when it is determined a visitor’s dress is not appropriate, even though they may not be wearing one of the previously listed items of apparel.
PERSONAL CONTACT: Embracing and kissing at the beginning and ending of each visit is permitted for the first and last minute. The visit will be terminated for other contact that is considered to be in poor taste. Handholding is the only permissible contact during the visit.
INMATE/VISITOR MOVEMENT: Movement to the restrooms, security station and children’s play area is permitted. Strolling is prohibited. No movement from table to table, or contact with visitors not on the inmates visiting list is allowed.
RESPONSIBILITY OF CHILDREN: EDCF assumes no responsibility for injuries to children under the supervision of parents or guardians while in the EDCF visitation area.
HANDICAP ASSISTANCE: If you are handicapped and need assistance with a wheelchair, walker, etc., notify the Control Center Officer, who will ensure that proper assistance is obtained.
IF I AM ON PROBATION OR PAROLE, WILL I BE ALLOWED TO VISIT? If you are on probation or parole and have an immediate family member incarcerated at EDCF (i.e., brother, son, father), you will be allowed to visit only after one year of successful probation or parole and receiving permission from your probation or parole officer and the Warden at EDCF. This request will be initiated by you through your probation or parole officer.
IF I AM AN EX-EMPLOYEE (INCLUDES CONTRACT PERSONNEL) OF EDCF, CAN I VISIT AN INMATE AT THE INSTITUTION? KAR 44-7-104 totally restricts visitation for a period of two (2) years following departmental employment. After 2 years have elapsed you may be considered for visiting privileges. Final approval rests with the Warden.
WHY WOULD MY VISITING PRIVILEGES BE SUSPENDED? A visit may be denied or terminated under the following circumstances by the unit team manager or, in the unit team manager's absence, by the highest ranking security officer on duty: 1. Visitors under the influence of drugs or alcohol; 2. Insufficient space is available; 3 Refusal of visitor(s) to submit to search procedures per IMPP 12-115; 4. Refusal or failure to produce sufficient identification or the falsifying of information by the visitor; 5. Violation of facility visiting rules by visitor or inmate; 6. Failure to properly supervise children; 7. Excessive physical contact by the visitor and inmate. Contact visits are limited to an embrace or kiss briefly at the beginning and at the end of the visit; 8. Reasons necessary to preserve the security of the facility and reasonable order in the visiting area. 9. Visitor who were found in possession of a cell phone, narcotics and /or tobacco products during the searching procedures. Please note: Visitors can be searched to prevent the introduction of any item considered to be contraband if taken into or from a facility. This includes cell phones and all tobacco and tobacco-related items.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY? This facility has protocols based on the nature of each emergency situation. An officer will brief you on the event and direct you to the nearest safe zone.
WHAT IF I AM A VICTIM OF THE INMATE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT THE INMATE? This does not mean that you will not be allowed to visit. If you are a victim of the inmate, you must indicate this on your visiting application. The officer of Victim Services (OVS) will contact you for more information. If you have questions about this process, please call OCS toll free at (866) 404-6732. In the event you have a problem with visiting, please take it up with the Visiting Processing Officer or ask to see the Unit Team staff or Security Shift Supervisor on duty.
VIOLATION OF VISITING REGULATIONS MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION OF VISITING PRIVILEGES. *BREASTFEEDING: Mothers shall be allowed to breastfeed a child while visiting and the feeding may take place in the visiting room.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The facility is located one mile east of El Dorado on State Highway 54. The correctional facility has 429 full-time employees and has an operating budget of $23.7 million dollars. The average cost to house an inmate for one year at EDCF is $22,837. EDCF is a multi-custody correctional facility with a capacity to house 1,178 inmates and it is designed to house special management, maximum and medium custody inmates. Inmates assigned to the Central Unit are usually repeat offenders with a history of violent behavior.
In fulfilling the mission of the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC), the role of the El Dorado Correctional Facility (EDCF) is to provide a safe and secure working environment for staff and volunteers, a safe and humane environment for inmates to live and work, and to protect the general public from harm while an offender is serving his court imposed sentence of incarceration. The facility's philosophy is that offenders are sentenced to incarceration as punishment, not for punishment. During an offender's incarceration, it is our responsibility to increase offenders' abilities and motivations to practice responsible, pro-social, crime-free behavior through the provision of programs and services designed to assist with both risk reduction and reentry efforts.
EDCF also provides secure housing and management of offenders assigned to long-term involuntary segregation in the State of Kansas. It is our responsibility to manage these offenders safely and assist them in transitioning to general population, where appropriate. The facility also serves as the intake facility for all male inmates sentenced to the custody of the Secretary of Corrections. The EDCF Reception and Diagnostic Unit performs physical, social, and psychological evaluations of offenders to assess risk and recommend appropriate therapeutic interventions.
It is certain that 97 percent of the inmate population will be released to society and it is the staff’s responsibility to promote opportunities for inmates to change their thinking and behavior. This is accomplished through effective role modeling, holding inmates accountable for inappropriate behavior and reinforcing positive actions that result in better prison adjustment and preparation for their ultimate release.
EDCF is distinguished from other correctional facilities in the state because it houses the most dangerous and recalcitrant inmates assigned to long term involuntary segregation. Also, all male offenders sentenced to the custody of the Secretary of Corrections are received and processed through the EDCF Reception and Diagnostic Facility where they are assigned a custody classification, appropriate programs, and a permanent housing assignment. The management and activities at EDCF impact the entire corrections system due to the specialized nature of our operation.
El Dorado Correctional Facility Additional information:
Welcome to the El Dorado Correctional Facility (EDCF), Kansas’ newest correctional facility. The facility was constructed as a result of a 1988 class action lawsuit challenging prison conditions. Former Governor Mike Hayden recommended, and the 1989 Legislature authorized, the $58 million construction of El Dorado Correctional Facility. The facility was originally constructed to house 640 inmates with the potential for future expansion of 725 additional beds. In 1995, a 115-bed, medium-custody dormitory was created by modifying an existing industrial building. In 2001, two additional cell houses were activated at the central unit at a cost of $17.5 million. EDCF's Central Unit opened in January 1991.
The Kansas Department of Corrections will not accept any item mailed into a correctional facility other than letters or photographs. Inmates may purchase postage only through their facility’s canteen. The Department does not allow an inmate to receive stamps.
Please note that any incoming or outgoing mail other than legal, official or privileged mail may be inspected or read at any time in accordance with KAR 44-12-601.
Incoming inmate mail should be addressed as follows:
Envelope for Inmate Communications
Remember to include the inmate’s KDOC registration number with the inmate’s full name in the address of the correspondence or the mail will not be delivered. The envelope also must contain the sender’s name and address as well or the letter will not be delivered.
You may check an inmate’s location and status on the Department’s Kansas Adult Supervised Population Electronic Repository (KASPER). Facility mailing addresses are available from the facilities index.
For more information about inmate mail, please review Kansas Administrative Regulation (K.A.R.) 44-12-601, Inmate Writing and Other Inmate Communications or Publications. Also, Internal Management Policy and Procedure (IMPP) 12-120 Secuirty and Control: Control of Inmate Personal Property provides additional information.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.