Sing Sing Correctional Facility Visiting Information:
Visitation by family and friends is encouraged and can be a positive influence during an inmate’s time in prison, as well as after the inmate’s release. Research has shown that an inmate who receives regular visitation adjusts much better once he or she is released from prison.
Directions and Mileage
Correctional facilities are sometimes hard to find and may take longer to reach than you originally anticipated. Please refer to the addresses of state correctional facilities. The DOCS website gives directions to correctional facilities from Albany, New York. Directions may also be obtained through Map Quest on the internet or by calling the correctional facility.
Who can visit
With little exception, anyone can visit an inmate, as long as it is during visiting hours, the visitor has proper identification, and the inmate agrees to the visit. Visitors are required to sign a statement indicating that they have been advised of and agree to abide by the rules and regulations regarding visiting.
Make sure you know how many visitors may visit at one time. Each facility is different. Sometimes special arrangements for extra visitors can be made through the Superintendent’s Office, with several weeks or a month’s notice. You can call the facility to find out about special arrangements.
Special Permission Visitors
The following individuals can only visit with special permission:
A person who is currently under Parole or Probation supervision.
A Department employee.
A current, active volunteer for the Department.
A current contract employee.
A person with pending or past criminal proceedings may be denied pending approval by the Superintendent.
If any of these conditions applies to you, permission should be sought by writing to the Superintendent well in advance. You must do this and receive approval before you can visit. The Superintendent may deny visiting privileges to visitors with criminal histories if they feel that the visitor’s presence could create a threat to the security and good order of the facility. Criteria to be considered shall include, but not be limited to, the purpose of the proposed visit, the former institutional adjustment of the ex-inmate, the nature of the pending criminal proceeding, and the time frame between release and the proposed visit. NOTE: In addition to the Superintendent’s approval, Probationers and Parolees also need written approval from their Probation or Parole Officer.
Visiting Days and Times
BEFORE YOU VISIT, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE VISITING SCHEDULE.
BE THERE ON THE CORRECT DAY !!!!!!!!!!
Except in cases of emergency and instances of termination, suspension, or revocation of the visitor’s privileges, the number, length and frequency of visits by each visitor will be limited only as necessary to accommodate all visitors who arrive during the scheduled visiting time.
Visiting days and times are different for each facility. They are influenced by the security level and population concerns of the facility. At many facilities, you may only visit on certain days of the week, for example, by last name (A-L) (M-Z) or by the inmate’s DIN. As a general rule, maximum security facilities have visiting on a daily basis. Medium and minimum security facilities have visiting on weekends and holidays. Work Release facilities have visiting for inmates in restriction units only. Shock Incarceration inmates have visiting every other weekend. PLEASE NOTE: Inmates designated as SHU status (Special Housing Unit) are limited to one visit per week, excluding legal visits that have been approved. Contact the facility for the specific visiting schedule.
Visiting hours vary by facility, but generally they begin at 7:30 am and end at 3:00 pm. Some may even include evening hours. Many visiting rooms become very crowded and often visitors are told they must leave because there are others waiting to get in. It is good to learn, in advance, as much as possible about the facility you are going to visit.
Contact the facility prior to your initial visit to determine the visiting policy.
Sing Sing Correctional Facility Additional information:
GRAVE ILLNESS OR DEATH OF A FAMILY MEMBER
One of the unfortunate realities that may occur during your loved one’s incarceration may be the grave illness or death of a family member.
It is the family’s responsibility to notify the facility in the event of grave illness or death of an offender’s relative. All information related to the illness or death should be provided as soon as possible. You should notify the Chaplain or Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator if the event occurs during regular business hours. After hours, or on the weekend, contact the facility and ask for the Watch Commander.
If a family member is gravely ill, you may want the offender to have a final visit with their loved one. If a family member passes away, you may want the offender to attend the viewing or the funeral. The approval for a Funeral or Death Bed Visit rests solely with the facility Superintendent. The only persons with whom the offender may visit for funeral or deathbed visits are: father, mother, legal guardian, or former legal guardian, child, brother, half-brother, sister, half-sister, spouse, grandparent, grandchild, ancestral uncle or ancestral aunt. All visitations of this type must be within New York State.
The relationship between the offender and the deceased must be verified by Departmental records, and/ or by furnishing documents that clearly prove the relationship (i.e., birth certificates, obituary notice, marriage certificates). These documents must be provided in a timely fashion for a favorable decision to be considered.
Please remember that final approval for an offender to attend the funeral or deathbed visit rests solely with the facility Superintendent. PLEASE NOTE: Deathbed visits may only occur at recognized healthcare facilities.
INMATE'S RULES FOR POSSESSION/USE OF A PERSONALLY OWNED TELEVISION SET
1. An inmate may not own more than one television.
2. The television set is for use in the inmate’s cell, room, or in dormitory bed space only.
3. Television sets may not be altered in any way.
4. The earphone must be used.
5. Television sets that appear to have been tampered with or altered will be removed and inspected by facility
6. Television sets in need of repair must be repaired by a facility-approved repair shop. Costs will be charged to
the inmate. Television sets under warranty will be returned to the vendor.
7. Violation of any of the above rules will result in loss of the television privileges for a specified period of time,
permanent loss of television, and/or the loss of other privileges (i.e., commissary, recreation, etc.) based upon
the findings of an appropriate disciplinary proceeding.
8. Inmates may not loan, sell, give away or transfer ownership of their television sets to another inmate for as
long as they remain at the facility, without proper authorization.
9. Inmates being discharged or transferred to a facility where personally owned television sets are not allowed
a. With the Superintendent’s approval, transfer ownership of the television set to another inmate, or
b. Send it home (or carry it home if being discharged), or
c. Donate it to charity, or
d. Authorize its destruction.
10. Shipping or mailing will be at the inmate’s expense. The facility will provide a suitable packing box.
11. Following written approval of the Superintendent, transfer of the television set to another inmate shall be
handled through the commissary so that it may be re-engraved and proper records maintained.
12. By purchasing the television set described below:
No time limit unless space availability is limited.