Visitations: New Hampshire State (DOC) Prisioners

NH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CHAPTER Resident Programming
POLICY AND PROCEDURE DIRECTIVE STATEMENT NUMBER 7.09
SUBJECT: VISITING POLICY EFFECTIVE DATE 06/1/2017
REVIEW DATE 04/1/2019
PROPONENT: Christopher Kench, Director
Name/Title SUPERSEDES PPD# 7.09 & 5.78
Commissioner’s Office 271-5603
Office Phone # DATED 02/12/13
ISSUING OFFICER: DIRECTOR’S INITIALS:
DATE ____________
APPENDIX ATTACHED:
William Wrenn, Commissioner YES NO
REFERENCE NO: See reference section on last page of PPD.
I. PURPOSE:
To establish a policy and procedures for facilitating a safe, secure, orderly, manageable and pleasant
visiting process for persons under Department of Corrections (DOC) custody with their family
members and friends; with “official” visitors and for approved visits with other people for
conducting legal counsel, religious counsel, etc.; and to implement COR 305.02 and COR 306.04 of
the NH Code of Administrative Rules, (Attachment 1). This policy and procedures are also intended
to help with fostering relationships with family and community volunteers that will improve the
opportunities for persons under DOC custody to successfully reintegrate into the community.
II. APPLICABILITY:
To all persons under DOC custody, staff, and visitors at Department of Corrections’ facilities.
III. POLICY:
Visiting is a privilege. It is the policy of the NH Department of Corrections to provide the time and
facilities space for visitations with persons under DOC custody in order to support and maintain
relationships with significant people in their lives. It is intended to be no more restrictive toward
visitors than is necessary for the security of the visitation, the welfare of those persons under DOC
custody and staff, and to exclude contraband.
IV. PROCEDURE:
A. Authorized Visits
1. Each person under DOC custody is authorized two visits weekly. Visits from attorneys,
clergy and other “official” visitors are not counted against this quota. Official visitors
are any government or social service agency personnel within the scope of their official
duties. While a person under DOC custody is in their reception period under quarantine
status, visits will not be allowed except for bonafide family emergencies approved in
advance by the Warden.
2. Women under DOC custody who give birth will be authorized two additional visits per
week with the newborn for eight months post-delivery. The visitor with the newborn and
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the woman under DOC custody must meet all other criteria set forth in this policy. Visits
are contingent upon the facility’s ability to accommodate the visit.
B. Authorized Visitors
DOC staff must approve all visitors. All persons under DOC custody will be authorized an
unlimited number of family members on their visiting list. Immediate family members include
those recognized in COR 305.02 (h), and grandchildren (attachment 1). All potential visitors
will undergo a criminal records check. All persons under DOC custody must provide a
criminal records release authorization form (attachment 3) to all potential visitors 18 years of
age or older. A visitor will not be added to an approved visiting list until the criminal release
authorization form has been completed, notarized, and a background check has been
conducted. The person under DOC custody should attach the completed criminal record
release authorization form to the inmate visitor request slip.
1. Visitors removed from any visiting list will be removed immediately and cannot be
added to another person’s visiting list for a 3 month period of time from the date of the
removal.
C. Visiting Hours
All persons under DOC custody are grouped depending on their status within each institution.
Different groups have different visiting schedules. Visiting schedules are available on the NH
DOC Web-site, through the Visiting Control Room and are posted in each unit. Attorneys may
visit regardless of incarcerated person’s shift, during their regularly scheduled visiting times,
or during an approved special visit. Clergy may visit on an incarcerated person’s off shift only,
during their regularly scheduled visiting times, or during an approved special visit.
D. Community Corrections / Transitional Housing Units (THU and TWC)
1. TWC and THU residents shall be authorized to have visits with approved visitors as
outlined in the resident handbook. Visits shall not interfere with work, meetings,
programming or house job responsibilities. Residents shall only participate in curfews,
outings and approved absences with those persons on their approved visiting list.
2. TWC and THU residents who while residing in the prison have had their visiting
privileges suspended will have their visiting privileges re-instated while residing at
TWC or a THU. This exception is in effect only while the resident is residing at TWC
or a THU. Should a resident be returned to the prison from TWC or a THU, their
visiting restrictions will revert back to the status they were prior to their arrival at TWC
or a THU.
3. The Director of Community Corrections may establish additional visitation privileges at
the TWC and the THUs to further re-entry efforts (e.g. food at facility visitations,
resident home visits, etc.)
E. Disciplinary Segregation
Disciplinary segregation is a period of time when all privileges are restricted because of a
specific infraction of the rules. All persons under DOC custody who are in disciplinary
segregation are not allowed visitors at all. It is that incarcerated person’s responsibility to
notify prospective visitors when they are in disciplinary segregation and that they are not
permitted to have visitors while in this status.
F. Hospital Patients
When persons under DOC custody are admitted to hospitals outside of the DOC facilities or to
a DOC Health Care Center, visits normally are curtailed or restricted for medical or security
reasons. Visitation privileges may be granted with approval of the Warden/Director:
1. All persons under DOC custody who are patients at outside hospitals: When the patient
has a life threatening injury/illness, the Warden/Director may grant visits to outside
hospitals consistent with the hospital’s visiting policy and security regulations. All
approvals will be accomplished in writing with copies to the hospital administrator and
hospital security.
2. All persons under DOC custody who are patients at the DOC Health Care Center: Shift
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Commanders may grant visits for any patient after consultation with medical staff.
Visits will take place in the visiting room unless visits in the Health Care Center are
arranged and mandated by the health care staff.
G. Official Visitors
Official visitors (of or related to and representing at the visit a governmental office, post of
authority, non-profit organization or other visitor approved by the Warden/designee) will be
subject to the same approval process, rules and regulations as the incarcerated persons regular
visitors except:
1. The visit will not be counted against the incarcerated person’s allocation of visits.
2. Background investigations may be waived for government entities visiting for a one
time only issue with the approval of the Chief of Security.
All official visitors will be subject to the same rules and regulations as regular visitors. The
following procedures for business visitors will apply:
1. All official visitors will enter through the designated entrance at each facility. All
visitors must sign the visitor’s log and will be issued a visitor’s badge to be worn on the
left breast area of the outer garment.
2. A picture identification (IDs need not be current) for the visitor and the name of the
person under DOC custody to be visited will be given to the officer on duty.
3. The responsible staff member will escort all visitors while inside the secure perimeter.
H. All Persons under DOC Custody Eligibility to Have Visits
1. The person under DOC custody must be free of any bans on visiting.
2. The person under DOC custody must not be in disciplinary segregation.
3. The visit requested will be authorized only during those times established for the
incarcerated person’s visiting.
4. All persons under DOC custody will only be allowed visits from approved persons on
their visiting list.
5. All persons under DOC custody on precautionary watches or in pending administrative
review (PAR) status must receive the expressed approval of the Warden or Director of
the facility to be allowed contact or non-contact visits.
I. Visiting Lists
1. All persons under DOC custody must request that a prospective visitor be placed on the
approved visitor list.
The person under DOC custody must request their prospective visitors complete the
form authorizing the Department of Corrections to complete a criminal background
check. The prospective visitor then returns the form to that person under DOC custody
who is requesting the visitor via US Mail. The person under DOC custody will then
attach the form to the Visitor Request Slip for processing.
2. As part of the visitor approval process, each prospective visitor must provide their full
name, address, phone number, date of birth and identifying number (driver’s license
number, military ID number, state non-driver ID number, passport number). The person
under DOC custody who is requesting the visitor must certify that no court or parole
board has ordered that the person under DOC custody refrain from contact with any of
those prospective visitors. For children under the age of 18, special attention shall be
given to verify this information including clearance by the Victim Services Unit. This
information will be completed, so that it may be checked and verified before the first
visit. Children under 18 will only be required to furnish their date of birth. Persons
under DOC custody who have legal restrictions regarding visits with minors that require
direct supervision of the visit shall make arrangements to provide for an appropriate
person or trained chaperone to be present during the visit. Visiting room staff shall not
be used for this purpose of providing the direct supervision of that minor.
3. Visitors under the age of 18 shall not be permitted to visit unless accompanied by an
adult who shall be an immediate family member, guardian, or other person who shall
demonstrate in writing by a notarized letter that the minor has permission to visit from
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an adult who is responsible for the child such as a parent, guardian, or immediate family
member. The behavior of visitors under the age of 18 is the joint responsibility of the
person under DOC custody and visitor, and visits will be terminated if children are
allowed to misbehave or become out of control. Although children are allowed in the
visiting room, no toys are allowed. Empty, clear, plastic, baby bottles and a sealed
package of formula will be permitted.
4. Potential visitors with criminal records involving felony drug offenses within the last 10
years from date of conviction will not be allowed to visit.
5. Potential visitors with criminal records involving a drug offense violation within the last
five years from date of conviction will not be allowed to visit.
6. Potential visitors with pending drug related offenses will be not allowed to visit.
7. Potential visitors with a criminal history that resulted in confinement to a correctional
facility for any offense will not be allowed to visit within five years of the date of the
release from confinement regardless of the duration of the confinement.
8. Potential visitors with any criminal record for non-drug related offenses within one year
from the date of the most recent criminal conviction will be not be permitted to visit.
9. Potential visitors who are on probation/parole will not be granted visiting privileges
without the written recommendation of the supervising Probation/Parole Officer and the
written approval of the Warden. Consideration will be given for immediate family
members only.
10. A visitor cannot appear on more than one approved visitor list unless those persons
under DOC custody are related to each other and the visitor falls under the immediate
family definition in COR 305.02 (h) and grandchildren.
11. Current or former employees of the NHDOC or any other confinement facility may visit
incarcerated immediate family members upon written request and approval by the
Warden/Director/designee of the institution housing the person under DOC custody.
12. The visitor will be given a copy of the Guidelines for Visitation upon request.
13. No item whatsoever may be passed to or from the person under DOC custody and the
visitor. Legal material is exempt during attorney visits as noted in section L. If advance
approval has been obtained, approved items may be exchanged by handing them first to
the visiting room officer for inspection.
14. Visitors should dress appropriately and consistent with this policy when visiting so as
not to distract from the family atmosphere in the visiting room. Clothing similar in
appearance to the clothing worn by persons under DOC custody is prohibited. No one
wearing provocative or revealing clothing will be allowed access to the visiting room.
Good judgment and consistency of enforcement are the rule. Clothing that promotes
sex, drugs, alcohol or violence will not be allowed.
15. The person under DOC custody is responsible for providing the prospective visitors
with information regarding the day and time they are allowed to receive visits.
16. The person under DOC custody will receive a copy of “The Visitor’s Guide” during the
intake process at the institution. A copy of this guide may be sent to prospective visitors
by the person under DOC custody after they have been officially added to their visitor
list.
17. Any articulable risk to the security of the facility and/or safety of the DOC staff, persons
under DOC custody and/or visitors will cause a visitor’s privilege to visit to be
immediately revoked and it will continue until the Warden/Director of the facility
approves to restore the visiting privilege to that person.
18. Exceptions to this policy may be requested by a written appeal to the Warden/Director.
J. Processing Visits
1. The attending officer will verify each potential visitor with the list of approved visits for
all visiting slots.
2. In addition, on weekday visiting slots, the attending officer will verify that the person
under DOC custody to be visited is on their off-duty shift.
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3. The visitor must present and surrender a valid form of photographic ID (current or
expired) to the officer for the duration of the visit. The only acceptable forms of
photographic identification include the following:
• a driver’s license issued by any US state or territory,
• a non-driver ID issued by any US state or territory,
• a US military ID or
• a passport issued by any country.
4. Visitors under the age of 18 will be required to present a valid photographic ID (current
or expired) or a valid birth certificate to the officer for the duration of the visit. The only
acceptable forms of photographic identification are listed in section J-3 of this policy. If
the minor is accompanied by an adult person other than the parent or guardian, the adult
person will be required to produce a notarized letter from the parent or guardian
authorizing the minor to visit at the prison.
5. All persons under DOC custody shall be required to reprocess a visitor who was
originally a minor under the age of 18, once they become an adult upon reaching the age
of 18.
6. The visitor must secure all items not allowed in the visiting room in their vehicle or in a
waiting room locker (where available). The visitor assumes all risk and responsibility
for items left in their vehicle or in a locker.
7. The attending officer must clear the visitor for entry by one of the following procedures:
a. Checked and cleared by metal detection equipment; or
b. Physical search of a visitor’s person by two or more officers of the same gender as
the person being searched.
8. The attending officer coordinates with the visiting room officer to assure no
overcrowding occurs. Visits will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. A
maximum of three adult visitors may visit a person under DOC custody during any one
visiting session.
9. Exceptions to Section IV, J may be granted by the Shift Commander when institutional
and public safety is not compromised.
K. Special Visits
Special visits may be granted for infrequent visitors that do not warrant being on the visiting
list of the person under DOC custody. They must occur during the designated visiting
schedule of the incarcerated person unless extenuating circumstances warrant an exception.
The Warden/Director/designee may also grant special visits when one or more of the following
circumstances exist:
1. Emergency family matters when the normal visit quota has been exhausted.
2. Visits of a highly compassionate nature that does not meet other visiting criteria.
3. Visits involving visitors who, due to extreme distance (a radius of 300 miles or more) or
other hardship, cannot meet visiting schedule constraints.
4. Visits with a visitor not appearing on the incarcerated person’s approved visitor list
whose appearance could not have otherwise been planned or expected and where
approval would be deemed in the interests of the incarcerated person and the institution.
L. Attorneys and Clergy
1. Visits from verified members of the clergy and verified attorneys involved with the legal
affairs of a person under DOC custody will be admitted without regard to visiting lists
and will not be counted against an incarcerated person’s visit quota. Clergy will be
verified through the Chaplain’s office and attorneys will be verified by the use of the
NH Bar Association membership book or by presentation of their state bar association
identification/membership card.
2. Clergy must complete an Official Visitor Registration (Attachment 2) to assure that the
required background screening is completed prior to visiting and must visit during the
incarcerated person’s designated visiting schedule.
3. Approved clergy and volunteers who resign or are terminated cannot be added to any
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other visiting list for a 3 month period of time from the actual date of resignation or
termination. Exceptions may be considered for immediate family members of a newly
admitted incarcerated person.
4. Attorneys wishing to visit an incarcerated person in quarantine status housed in R/D or
SHU at NHSP/M and all incarcerated persons housed at NCF and NHSP/W must have
requested an appointment 24 hours in advance. R & D incarcerated persons already
cleared have regular access to the visiting room.
4. Attorneys may give inspected legal material to the person under DOC custody during
5. the visit. Persons under DOC custody may bring a reasonable amount of inspected legal
material into the visiting room. For more information, refer to PPD 5.17.
6. Clergy and attorneys in their official capacity will be allowed to visit wearing
professional attire to include the following:
• Suit, Sport Coat, Blazer.
• Jacket (that is part of the individual’s outfit, but does not include a jacket/coat
designed specifically for outdoor wear).
• Sweater. In addition, it can also be worn under a jacket, suit or sport coat, or
blazer.
• Skirt, Dress, (with or without “kick pleats” (short slits intended solely for
freedom of movement)) and Dress Pants.
• Sleeveless Blouse may be worn under a jacket, suit or sport coat, or blazer
provided that the jacket, suit or sport coat, or blazer is worn throughout the visit.
7. Clergy and attorneys are prohibited from wearing the following:
• See-through clothing of any kind.
• Skirt, dress, or shorts that are two inches or more above the knee when standing
• Low-cut sweater, blouse, or shirt that exposes any level of cleavage or breast
area; tank top, halter top, or tube top.
• Blouses or shirt too short to tuck in and/or that expose the midriff.
• Tight-fitting athletic type clothing.
• Long or short legged: Spandex outerwear, stirrup, sweat, yoga, or swish pants.
• Hat, headband, and/or hooded clothing. No hooded garments, including but not
limited to, sweater, sweatshirt, and long-sleeved T-shirt will be allowed in the
visiting room.
• Zippered shirt, sweater, sweatshirt, or long-sleeve T-shirt.
• Outdoor jacket.
• Shawl, scarf, wrap or loose open over-shirt.
• Clothes with holes, rips, and/or tears (clothing must be completely intact).
• Clothing with pockets torn out or torn to allow access beneath the garment
• Sleeveless garments.
• “Farmer jeans” overalls.
• Any clothing which could be mistaken for inmate clothing.
• Military clothing (actual uniform or look-alike)
• Clothing which closely resembles uniforms (Correctional Officer, Police,
Sheriff, Marshal, etc.)
• Nursing uniform (scrubs).
• Metal hair ornaments.
• Clothing that displays gang affiliation or gang culture, clothing that is obscene,
racist, or displaying sexual content, alcohol or drugs.
8. The Visiting Room Officer shall use reasonable judgment in determining whether an
article of clothing is prohibited. The Officer may defer to the Shift Commander for a
final decision if needed.
9. Clergy and attorneys visiting a person under DOC custody in their official capacity
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whose attire does not comply with this policy will be notified of the violation to be
corrected for future visits. The Shift Commander shall be notified and shall respond to
view the violation to determine if the clergy or attorney will be allowed to proceed to
meet with their client. The Shift Commander shall only deny a visit when in their
opinion the violation of the policy is of a most extreme nature. A report shall be made
of the violation and forwarded to the Warden/Director of the facility.
10. Clergy and attorneys who are visiting a person under DOC custody as a visitor and not
in their official capacity must comply with the restrictions intended for all visitors.
11. Any request for a religious accommodation for a prohibited item must be made in
advance of the visit to the Warden of the facility.
M. Media Visits
Members of the media may visit persons under DOC custody with approval from the
departmental Public Information Officer and the Warden/designee of the facility. Such
individuals need not be on the visiting list of that person under DOC custody. See PPD 1.13
for complete rules and procedures for media visits.
N. Conduct
1. Visitation is a privilege and not a right, and violation of rules may result in termination
of the visit, loss of the visiting privileges of persons under DOC custody, banning of the
visitor from entering the institution or its grounds and/or criminal charges as
circumstances warrant. All persons under DOC custody and their visitors will comply
with the following:
a. The instructions and requests of the visiting room officer(s).
b. Unauthorized items may not be brought to the visiting room by either party.
c. The following items are allowed:
1) Health aids required for the well-being of the visitor e.g. oxygen tank or
wheel chair;
2) Handkerchief;
3) Any medication deemed necessary for the health of the visitor during the
visit must be submitted for inspection and approval prior to admission to the
visiting room.
4) Religious material to be used during the visit by members of the clergy or
by visiting volunteers shall be donated in advance of the visit to the
institution chaplain who will review and inspect the material. The
institutional chaplain, after approving the donated material, will add the
material to the Visiting Room Library. Clergy and visiting volunteers shall
not be allowed to bring any book and/or material item/s into the visiting
room. Donated items shall become the property of the NHDOC and shall
not be returned. The Department shall not be responsible for the
replacement of any lost, stolen, or damaged material. The Department shall
retain the right and authority to remove any material from the Visiting
Room Library at any time.
d. No forms of visitor identification are allowed inside the visiting room.
e. Physical contact and displays of affection will be kept within bounds of decorum
with hugging only allowed at start and end of a visit for 3 seconds or less.
Holding hands in plain view is allowed during the visit. Physical contact with
children under 18 years of age is permitted in accordance with COR 305.02 q. 1.
f. Loud and boisterous behavior is forbidden
g. Abusive, obscene, or vulgar language or disruptive behavior on the part of adults
or children is forbidden and shall result in termination of the visit.
h. Management by the visitor of the behavior of minor children must preserve an
atmosphere conducive to the visiting of others.
i. No smoking or tobacco products are allowed on prison grounds.
j. All visitors shall be logged into the visitor’s section for that individual inmate in
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CORIS.
k. Refusal to follow the instructions of the officer in charge of visiting shall result in
the termination of the visit.
2. Any time a visit is terminated for cause or admittance is denied, a written report of the
circumstances will be submitted to the Shift Commander by the end of the shift.
O. Security
1. Everyone on prison grounds, regardless of whether they are persons under DOC
custody, visitors, staff, or anyone defined in some other category, are subject to search
without warning of their vehicles, possessions and persons. This is necessary to
prevent the introduction of weapons, ammunition, explosives, alcohol, escape devices,
drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco, or other forbidden items or contraband into the
prison environment.
2. Visitors wearing religious headwear shall allow an officer to perform a security
screening of the individual and their headwear and/or facial covering according to the
procedures outlined by this policy.
a. For routine security screening and identification purposes, a visitor shall be
required to temporarily remove their religious headwear, including a facial
covering, before being admitted into the visiting room.
b. The staff member assigned to complete this task will be of the same gender as the
visitor. Persons under DOC custody shall notify staff that a visitor wearing
religious headwear and/or facial covering will be arriving to visit with them at
least 48 hours prior to the visiting time to allow staff to make arrangements for a
staff member of the same gender to be present for the security screening.
c. The removal of the religious headwear and/or facial covering should be completed
in a private area to prevent the visitor from being seen by other visitors and staff
when they are removing their religious headwear and/or facial covering.
d. While the visitor is holding their headwear and/or facial covering, the staff
member will visually inspect the headwear and/or facial covering without
touching the items.
e. If no contraband or suspected contraband is detected by the staff member, the
visitor shall be permitted to place their religious headwear and/or facial covering
back on their person and return to the visitor processing area.
f. The visitor will need to complete the security screening process before entering
the visiting room which shall include one or more security screenings and
inspections that may incorporate the use of electronic devices, visual searches, pat
searches, or search by DOC canine.
g. The visitor shall be allowed to wear their religious headwear and /or facial
covering in the visiting room after successfully completing the visitor screening
and identification process.
h. If the staff believe it is necessary for security reasons to verify the identity of the
visitor wearing religious headwear and/or a facial covering before the visitor
departs from the institution, staff shall follow the same procedure outlined in
2 (c.) of this section of the policy.
i. In the event that the assigned staff member observes contraband or suspected
contraband during their visual inspection of the visitor’s religious headwear
and/or facial covering, the staff member shall take possession of the contraband or
suspected contraband item/s and immediately notify the Shift Commander.
j. The visitor will remain in the private area where the visual inspection took place
and shall be kept under direct supervision until a decision is made to contact local
law enforcement officials for assistance, or the visitor is allowed to leave the
institution.
k. The Shift Commander shall notify the Warden/Director or designee whenever
contraband or suspected contraband is detected in the possession of a visitor
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attempting to enter the prison facility.
P. Contraband
DOC promotes a drug free environment. A drug free environment is essential to rehabilitation
and a safe institution. New Hampshire Statute RSA 622:24 states: “Regulations: No person
shall deliver or procure to be delivered or have in his possession with intent to deliver to a
prisoner confined in the State Prison, or deposit or conceal in or about the prison, or in any
building or upon any land appurtenant thereto, or in any vehicle entering the premises
belonging to the prison, any article with intent that a prisoner shall receive or obtain it, or
receive from a prisoner any article contrary to the rules and regulations established by the
Commissioner of Corrections and without the knowledge and permission of the Commissioner
of Corrections.” DOC will seek criminal prosecution of those violating this statute. If it is
determined that a particular visitor brought contraband into the prison, that visitor may be
barred in accordance with COR 305.04 and prosecuted in accordance with RSA 622:24.
Q. Non-Contact Visits
1. Any person under DOC custody who has been classified as C5 or who is housed in the
Special Housing Unit (SHU) will only be allowed non-contact visits subject to the noncontact
visiting rules outlined in this section. Persons under DOC custody who are not
classified as C5 Inmates but are housed in SHU may be allowed contact visits upon the
expressed approval of the Warden of the facility.
2. The Warden/Director may place a visitor on a non-contact visitation status for the safe
and secure operation of the institution. Visitors placed on non-contact visitation status
may have their status reviewed every six months.
Any person under DOC custody who pleads guilty or has been found guilty of a
disciplinary report for one or more of the following reasons will be subject to noncontact
visits or loss of visitation privileges:
a. Having an illicit substance (and/or alcohol at a concentration above .04) in the
blood, breath or urine (AHC, C1, C2 & C3 only) (29.2B)
b. Possession of any drug or drug paraphernalia. (27A);
c. Producing a positive or adulterated urine sample. (30A or 30.1A);
d. Refusal or substantial delay to provide a urine sample. (30A);
e. Introduction of contraband into the institution. (76A); or
f. Any major rule violation that occurs in the visitation area.
3. Non-contact visits may be modified or suspended dependent upon the level of the
incarcerated person’s compliance and participation with the programming and treatment
services offered under the Drug Use Management Policy (PPD 5.23).
4. After disciplinary sanctions restricting all visitations (initial 30-day period) are
complete, non-contact visits will be in effect for the remainder of the one year period.
Non-contact visits with immediate family members will need to be scheduled in advance
by sending a request slip to the visiting room OIC at least one week in advance. Visits
will be based on the availability of the non-contact area and these visits will be
conducted on the person under DOC custody unit’s scheduled visiting days only.
Exceptions will be permitted with the Shift Commander’s approval. Each person under
DOC custody will be permitted one visit a week pending approval of request slips and
visitors. These visits will be for a one- hour timeframe and are limited to two approved
visitors including children.
5. All other visitors are still barred for a one year period. After the one-year period is
completed, the person under DOC custody must request in writing to the
Warden/Director stating why regular visits should be reinstated. The reply will be
issued within 30 days.
6. Visitors and persons under DOC custody will still follow all previous policies still in
effect.
7. The following rules apply to non-contact visits, where applicable:
a. If the person under DOC custody or visitor needs to leave for any reason, the visit
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will be terminated.
b. Once a visitor is processed at the front door, they will be escorted to and from the
non-contact area by an officer and will sit at the assigned numbered table.
c. Persons under DOC custody will be patted down first, and then escorted from the
door of the visiting room to their visit in the non-contact room.
d. All persons under DOC custody will be stripped searched after any visit no matter
the duration.
e. When the visit is complete, the visitor will be escorted back.
f. All non-contact areas will be searched before and after each visit to inspect for
contraband or damage to the area. All persons under DOC custody or visitors will
be held responsible for damage to the area.
g. The visiting room Officer-in-Charge (OICs) will be responsible for obtaining a list
of non-contact visits that day and provide a copy to all officers on duty.
h. Non-contact visits will be processed first so that visits will commence in a timely
manner.
i. Visitors for non-contact visits who arrive 30 minutes or more late regardless of
conditions will not be permitted the visit.
j. No food or drink will be allowed in this area at any time.
R. Marriage
Pre-marital/pre-civil union counseling sessions and weddings/legal civil union ceremonies
(PPD 7.13) are part of the visiting program. If the inmate has lost visiting privileges through
disciplinary actions, the sanction must be served before eligibility for pre-marital/pre-civil
union counseling can occur.
REFERENCES:
Standards for the Administration of Correctional Agencies
Second Edition Standards
2-CO-5D-01
Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions
Fourth Edition Standards
4-4498 thru 4500; 4-4501; 4-4503
Standards for Adult Community Residential Services
Fourth Edition Standards
4-ACRS-5A-17 thru 5A-18; 4-ACRS-5A-23
Standards for Adult Probation and Parole Field Services
Third Edition Standards

Other
NH RSA 622:24
Administrative Rule COR 305.02
Administrative Rule COR 305.03
Administrative Rule COR 305.04
Administrative Rule COR 305.05
Administrative Rule COR 306.01
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Administrative Rule COR 306.04
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Cor 305.02 Access to Departmental Facilities for the Purpose of Visiting Inmates and Patients.
(a) Persons confined in departmental facilities may receive visits on a schedule established by their facility as outlined in
departmental policy and procedure directive 7.09.
(b) Visits may be conducted as contact visits, meaning that inmates or patients and visitors sit together without any barriers
between them.
(c) Non-contact visits shall occur when:
(1) Contact visiting would enhance the likelihood of contraband being introduced; or
(2) The department’s investigations bureau or the facility’s chief of security has evidence from a credible source that a
disruptive incident might occur.
(d) Visits shall be denied or restricted when:
(1) Security or safety is jeopardized; or
(2) When visitation by specific individuals would be detrimental to the mental health interests of the inmate or patient
involved as determined and documented by the SPU mental health treatment team or treating psychiatrist.
(e) Space shall be set aside for attorney visits that provide privacy where attorney-client confidentially can be maintained.
Attorney visits shall occur during normal business hours.
(f) The chief administrator of each facility shall assure that a list of individuals approved to visit each inmate or patient is
maintained. Attorneys who wish to visit an inmate or patient in a personal capacity shall be on the inmate or patient’s list of approved
visitors. In order to apply for approval for visitation the individual’s name, address, telephone number, relationship and date of birth
shall be submitted by the inmate or patient for approval. The department shall conduct a national crime information center criminal
background check after receipt of a signed and notarized consent form from the proposed visitor. A visitor shall not be listed on more
than one inmate or patient’s approved list unless he or she is a member of the immediate family of each inmate and patient.
(g) There shall be no limit on the number of members of an inmate or patient’s immediate family who can be approved to visit.
(h) For the purpose of (g) above, immediate family shall include:
(1) Husband;
(2) Wife;
(3) Children, either natural, adoptive or step;
(4) Mother, either natural, adoptive or step;
(5) Father either natural, adoptive or step;
(6) Grandparents either natural, adoptive or step;
(7) Brothers either natural, adoptive or step;
(8) Sisters either natural, adoptive or step;
(9) Aunts;
(10) Uncles;
(11) Brother’s spouse;
(12) Sister’s spouse, and
(13) Legal civil union partners.
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(i) A maximum of 20 visitors outside the immediate family shall be approved to visit. At the inmate or patient’s request these
persons shall be taken off the approved list and replaced with another approved visitor. Any such visitor removed from the approved
list shall not be placed on any other inmate or patient’s list of approved visitors for a period of 12 months.
(j) Visitors shall not visit inmates or patients hospitalized in the community unless the inmate or patient is affected with a life
threatening illness or injury as verified by the treating physician.
(k) Adult visitors shall establish their identity by presenting a photographic identification document issued by a government
agency such as a driver’s license, military identification card, passport or similar document. Each visitor shall personally surrender this
identification document to the security officer prior to entry into the facility for visiting and shall personally recover the identification
document from the officer upon departure from the facility. Children under 17 shall not be required to have a photographic
identification card to visit. Child visitors shall establish their identity by presenting a birth certificate issued and authenticated by an
appropriate government entity.
(l) Children under 17 shall not be permitted to visit unless accompanied by an adult who shall be a family member, guardian, or
other person who shall demonstrate in writing that the minor has permission to visit from an adult who is responsible for the child such
as a parent, guardian or family member.
(m) All visitors shall consent to a search of their persons, possessions and vehicle, if the vehicle is on departmental property or
remove themselves from departmental property. Visitors shall not introduce anywhere on or within departmental property any items
identified as contraband and restricted in Cor 306.01. Visitors shall not introduce items not authorized within the secure confines of a
facility. Such items shall be secured in their vehicles or in the small lockers provided outside the visiting room prior to visiting.
Visitors found to possess contraband contrary to law shall be reported to law enforcement authorities for possible prosecution and shall
be barred from entry in accordance with Cor 305.04.
(n) Each visitor shall obey the orders and instructions furnished by the facility staff. Failure to do so shall result in termination
of the visit and possible debarment pursuant to Cor 305.04.
(o) Persons convicted or under present indictment for a misdemeanor or felony in any jurisdiction shall not visit any resident
without first obtaining written permission from the commissioner of corrections, or his designee pursuant to Cor 200.
(p) No visitor shall give, convey or leave any item or thing to an inmate or patient without advance approval of the administrator
of the facility or his designee pursuant to Cor 200.
(q) Each visitor shall conform to the rules regarding visiting in the specific facility visited which include the following:
(1) Displays of affection such as hugging, kissing and embracing shall be limited to short durations, 15 3 seconds or less
at the beginning and end of visits. No bodily contact, except for handholding, shall be permitted during visiting for
visitors above the age of 16;
(2) Abusive, obscene or vulgar language shall not be used on the facility grounds;
(3) Small children shall be restrained from disruptive behavior by the visitor responsible for them;
(4) Disruptive behavior on the part of adults or children shall result in the termination of the visit; and
(5) Refusal to follow instructions of the persons in charge of visiting shall result in the termination of the visit.
(r) Each visitor shall conform to the rules regarding a visitor’s attire while visiting in the facility which include without being
limited to the following:
(1) Jackets, coats or outer sweaters shall not be taken into the visiting room; and
(2) Garments that expose the breasts, the midriff, the upper thighs or buttocks or the genitalia shall not be allowed.
Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Cor 300) #7448, eff 2-6-01; ss by
#9383, INTERIM, eff 2-3-09, EXPIRES: 8-3-09; ss by #9508, eff 7-8-09
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Cor 305.03 Visitor Requirement to Follow Rules. All visitors who visit, or go on, or cross the grounds of a facility or area under
the control of the department shall be subject to the rules established in Cor 305. Failure to follow such rules shall subject the visitor to
removal from the grounds, arrest and/or prosecution.
Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Cor 300) #7448, eff 2-6-01; ss by
#9383, INTERIM, eff 2-3-09, EXPIRES: 8-3-09; ss by #9508, eff 7-8-09
Cor 305.04 Debarment from Departmental Facilities. Visitors or others who fail to follow the rules pertaining to departmental
facilities or areas shall be barred from re-entry thereon by the commissioner, or person in charge of the facility or their agent, by
notifying them in person or in writing of the debarment, the reasons therefore, and the duration of the debarment. Persons found to be
in violation of the debarment order shall be reported to law enforcement authorities for possible prosecution under the provisions of
RSA 635:2, or other appropriate statutes. All debarred persons shall have the right of appeal pursuant to Cor 200.
Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Cor 300) #7448, eff 2-6-01; ss by
#9383, INTERIM, eff 2-3-09, EXPIRES: 8-3-09; ss by #9508, eff 7-8-09
Cor 305.05 Permission to Re-Enter. Persons desiring to re-enter departmental facilities once being removed or debarred, shall
not re-enter said facilities without filing a complaint pursuant to Cor 200 and/or requesting the commissioner of corrections or his
designee to have the visits restored. The commissioner or designee shall render a written decision based on an assessment of future
risks, rehabilitative needs of the inmate or patient and security of the institution.
Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Cor 300) #7448, eff 2-6-01; ss by
#9383, INTERIM, eff 2-3-09, EXPIRES: 8-3-09; ss by #9508, eff 7-8-09
PART Cor 306 CONTROL OF CONTRABAND ON DEPARTMENTAL PROPERTY
Cor 306.01 Contraband.
(a) Items identified as contraband shall fall into 2 general categories:
(1) Items not allowed anywhere on departmental property; and
(2) Items not allowed inside departmental facilities that must be secured either in a visitor’s vehicle or within a locker
available in a visitor reception area.
(b) Contraband items not allowed anywhere on departmental property shall consist of the following:
(1) Any substance or item whose possession is unlawful for the person or the general public possessing it;
(2) Any explosive device, bomb, grenade, dynamite or dynamite cap or detonating device including primers, primer cord,
explosive powder or similar items or simulations of these items; and
(3) Lock-picking kits or tools or instructions on picking locks, making keys or making surreptitious entry or exit.
(c) Neither visitors from the general public nor DOC employees shall be permitted to have in their possession items not allowed
anywhere on departmental property.
(d) Contraband not allowed inside departmental facilities shall include the following:
(1) Any firearm, simulated firearm, or device designed to propel or guide a projectile against a person, animal or target;
(2) Any bullets, cartridges, projectiles or similar items designed to be projected against a person, animal or target;
(3) Any drug item, whether medically prescribed or not, in excess of a one day supply or in such quantities that a person
would suffer intoxication or illness if the entire available quantity were consumed alone or in combination with other
available substances;
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(4) Any intoxicating beverages;
(5) Knives and knife-like weapons;
(6) Clubs and club-like weapons;
(7) Maps of the prison vicinity or sketches or drawings or pictorial representations of the facilities, its grounds or its
vicinity;
(8) Sums of money or negotiable instruments in excess of $100;
(9) Pornography or pictures of visitors or prospective visitors undressed;
(10) Radios capable of monitoring or transmitting on the police band in the possession of other than law enforcement
officials;
(11) Identification documents, licenses and credentials not in the possession of the person to whom properly issued;
(12) Ropes, saws, grappling hooks, fishing line, masks, artificial beards or mustaches, cutting wheels, or string, rope or
line impregnated with cutting material, or similar items to facilitate escapes;
(13) Balloons, condoms, false-bottomed containers, or other containers which could be used to facilitate transfer of
contraband; and
(14) Tobacco products, except those secured in a visitor’s locked vehicle.
(e) Visitors from the general public and DOC staff, when the items are not owned or issued by the department, shall secure
items that are not allowed inside any departmental facility either in a visitor’s vehicle or within a locker available in a visitor reception
area.
Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Cor 300) #7448, eff 2-6-01; ss by
#9383, INTERIM, eff 2-3-09, EXPIRES: 8-3-09; ss by #9508, eff 7-8-09
Cor 306.02 Contraband on Departmental Property Prohibited. The possession, transport, introduction, use, sale or storage of
contraband on departmental property shall be prohibited under the provisions of RSA 622:24 and RSA 622:25.
Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Cor 300) #7448, eff 2-6-01; ss by
#9383, INTERIM, eff 2-3-09, EXPIRES: 8-3-09; ss by #9508, eff 7-8-09
Cor 306.03 Searches and Inspections Authorized.
(a) Any person or possessions on departmental property shall be subject to search to discover contraband. Searches shall be
necessary to prevent the introduction of contraband into the facilities and the hands of inmates and patients and to prevent escapes,
violence and situations where violence is likely. Travel onto departmental property shall constitute implied consent to search for
contraband pursuant to RSA 622:24-25, and RSA 622:39. In such cases where implied consent exists, the visitor shall be given a
choice of either consenting to the search or immediately leaving departmental property. Nothing in Cor 306.03, however, shall prevent
non-consensual searches in situations where probable cause exists to believe that the visitor is or has attempted to introduce contraband
into a departmental facility pursuant to the laws of New Hampshire concerning search, seizure and arrest or otherwise authorized by
law.
(b) All motor vehicles parked on departmental property shall be locked and have the keys removed. Correctional personnel
shall check to insure that vehicles are locked and shall visually inspect the plain view interiors of the vehicles. Vehicles discovered to
be unlocked shall be searched to insure that no contraband is present. Contraband discovered during searches shall be confiscated as
evidence and turned over to law enforcement authorities for use in possible prosecution.
(c) All persons entering departmental facilities to visit with inmates, patients or staff, or to perform services at the facilities or to
tour the facilities shall be subject to having their persons checked for contraband. In order to minimize the scope of such searches,
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items not needed for the visit such as purses, coats and other baggage shall be left either in the vehicles or in the small lockers provided.
All items and clothing carried into the institution waiting area shall be searched for contraband. Items left at the storage area shall be
subject to inspection and search. Contraband seized shall be retained as evidence and turned over to law enforcement authorities for
use in possible prosecution.
(d) Departmental employees shall be subject to search as follows:
(1) General searches of groups of employees shall be scheduled with prior approval of the chief administrator of the
facility where the employees are assigned or designee. General searches shall not be subject to the probable cause
standard for individual searches as set forth below. Such searches shall be limited to contents of pockets and bags or other
items used to carry personal belongings unless otherwise authorized by the chief administrator of the facility or designee;
and
(2) Individual searches of employees who are not part of a group being searched during a general search, shall be
conducted when there is probable cause to do so with the approval of the chief administrator of the facility or a staff
member named as acting chief administrator. Based upon the information used to determine probable cause, such searches
can include such measures as pat searches, strip searches or cavity searches.
(3) Such searches, pursuant to (2) above, shall be subject to the following:
a. Individual employees shall not be searched by a person of lower rank or the opposite sex; and
b. Such searches shall only be conducted when the chief administrator of the facility is satisfied there is reason to
believe the employee is in possession of contraband or unauthorized property.
(e) When reliable information exists from informants or law enforcement agencies that a visitor is expected to deliver
contraband to an inmate or patient, the visitor shall be offered the opportunity to choose to be searched, including strip searched and a
viewing of body cavities, or not to enter the facility. Since such searches are unpleasant and time consuming for all involved, they shall
be required only on the authority of the chief of security, chief administrator of the facility or higher authority on a special need basis
where such apparently reliable information clearly mandates the need for contraband exclusion. Such searches shall be accomplished
by 2 or more staff members of the same sex as the person to be searched and shall be done out of the public view.
Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Cor 300) #7448, eff 2-6-01; ss by
#9383, INTERIM, eff 2-3-09, EXPIRES: 8-3-09; ss by #9508, eff 7-8-09
Cor 306.04 Inspection of Material Subject to Attorney-Client Privilege.
(a) Material the confidentiality of which is protected by attorney-client privilege shall be, nevertheless, subject to some
inspection, as outlined below, to insure the absence of contraband. The interest of inmates and patients and attorneys in maintaining
the confidentiality necessary to effectuate legal representation shall be accommodated to the maximum extent possible consistent with
the facility’s need to insure internal security.
(b) Prior to entering a departmental facility, all visiting attorneys and other persons designated in writing by the attorney as
his/her agent, such as paralegals, law clerks, or private investigators, shall be required to certify in writing that no written or other
contraband is contained in any material brought into the facility by the attorney or the attorney’s agent.
(c) Prior to entering a departmental facility, all visiting attorneys and other persons designated in writing by the attorney as
his/her agent, such as paralegals, law clerks, private investigators, shall submit their persons and all books, briefcases, folders, files or
other containers of whatever description being carried by them to a search by the appropriate officer.
(d) Prior to any search, the attorney or his/her agent shall designate which materials in his/her possession, if any, are subject to
an attorney/client privilege of confidentiality.
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(e) The inspecting officer shall search all material except that designated as coming within the scope of attorney/client privilege.
Material designated as privileged shall only be inspected in a manner detailed in (f) below and in the immediate presence of the visiting
attorney or the attorney’s agent.
(f) The inspecting officer shall not scrutinize any material designated as privileged for textual contraband. Rather, the attorney
shall place the privileged material or file face down or text side down on a flat surface designated by the officer. The officer shall then
by touching or mechanical means inspect the privileged material to insure the absence of concealed physical contraband other than
textual contraband. Such inspection shall include a page-by-page separation of and pat down of the privileged written material
provided the inspected material is examined text side down and in the presence of the visiting attorney. The attorney shall insure that
no attempt to read any confidential material occurs, and shall report any suspected violation to the warden or his/her agent immediately.
The warden or his/her agent shall initiate immediate and appropriate administrative action against any officer violating any provision of
this rule.
(g) The procedures set out herein pertaining to the inspection of privileged material sought to be introduced into a facility shall
also be applicable to privileged material upon departure from the facility.
(h) Inspected legal material may be given to the inmate or patient client during the visit.
Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Cor 300) #7448, eff 2-6-01; ss by
#9383, INTERIM, eff 2-3-09, EXPIRES: 8-3-09; ss by #9508, eff 7-8-09
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
OFFICIAL VISITOR REGISTRATION
PLEASE PRINT – ATTACH STATEMENTS OF EXPLANATION AS NEEDED. ALLOW 15 BUSINESS DAYS FOR PROCESSING
For implementation of COR 305 and COR 306 of the NH Code of Administrative Rules.
REQUIRED PERSONAL INFORMATION STRINGENT PERSONAL DATA CONFIDENIALITY MAINTAINED
GENDER
 Female
 Male
 Dr.
 Mr.
 Mrs.
 Ms.
 Rev.
 _________
_
LEGAL NAME: First Name MI Last Name Suffix Title
Entity that Registrant represents:: House of Worship or Faith Community, Law Office, Social Services or
Government Agency
– include Name, Office Address, Phone Number:
NOTICE: All Persons Must
Surrender a valid governmentissued
Photographic ID when
entering any state correctional
facility. Indicate the expected
document you will surrender.
 Driver License
 Agency-issued
ID
 Passport
 Specify Other:
____________
Photo ID Identifier Number
ID Issuing Authority or Jurisdiction
Emergency Contact
Information: Name
Relationship Contact Phone
ANSWER EACH QUESTION. FULL DISCLOSURE REQUIRED FOR EACH AFFIRMATIVE ANSWER BELOW; USE ADDITIONAL PAGES AS NEEDED **
EVER CONVICTED OF ANY CRIME? [ ] NO, [ ] YES
ARE YOU SUBJECT TO ANY ORDER OF THE COURT OR OTHER JUDICIAL AUTHORITY? [ ] NO, [ ] YES
BEEN INCARCERATED, ON PROBATION OR PAROLE IN PAST 5 YEARS? [ ] NO, [ ] YES
ARE YOU NOW UNDER CHARGES FOR ANY VIOLATION OF LAW? [ ] NO, [ ] YES
ANY FAMILY MEMBER A PERSON UNDER CUSTODY WITH THE NH DOC? [ ] NO, [ ] YES, WHO
ANY HOUSEHOLD RESIDENT UNDER SUPERVISION OF NH DOC? [ ] NO, [ ] YES, WHO
DURING THE PAST 3 MONTHS, ON ANY OTHER PERSON’S VISITING LIST? [ ] NO, [ ] YES, WHO
CORRESPOND WITH OR RECEIVE PHONE CALLS WITH ANY INCARCERATED PERSONS [ ] NO, [ ] YES, WHO
All Persons intending to be on any property of or in contact with an Offender under the supervision of the NH DOC are subject to Criminal History Records Review
To verify your identity, maintain criminal offender management standards and assure public safety, furnish all information requested below:
Are You a US Citizen? ____ Yes _____ No
If Yes, provide Social Security # ______ ____ __________
If No, provide Alien Registration # ____________________
Provide Passport # ________________________________
Driver License
#____________________________________________
State of Issue
Place of Birth Date of Birth
Any Other Name(s) Ever Known by:
List any other Address used in past 5 years:
ALL PERSONS AND VEHICLES ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING AT NH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITIES {RSA 622: 24, 25}
I do hereby certify that all information I have provided the department on this form, and any attachments, is accurate and complete. I agree to abide by all applicable New Hampshire laws, and NH Department of
Corrections rules and regulations governing persons within a state correctional facility, especially those policies relating to confidentiality. I hereby authorize a review of and full disclosure of any and all records,
including criminal records, concerning myself to any duly authorized agent of the NH Department of Corrections. I also certify that any persons, agencies, or businesses who may furnish such information
concerning me shall be held harmless for releasing said information. I understand such review is required before I am allowed to enter/serve at any NH DOC facility and that refusal to provide all necessary
information may result in 1) denial of entry and 2) denial of certification. This authority shall continue for five years from date signed unless revoked by me in writing. I recognize the potential risks with, and
assume personal responsibility for, my involvement with the Department of Corrections. I will inform the NH DOC of any changes to the information furnished on this application, once approved, including change
of address and phone, location or area of service, and will report any ensuing criminal arrest, conviction or related justice system matter. This application is signed under penalty of unsworn falsification
pursuant to RSA 641:3.
_____________________________________________________________________________ DATE: ___________________
Complete both pages of this application.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, in my presence, this ______________ day of ___________________, 20______.
My commission expires________________________, __________.
___________________________________________ Notary Public
Signature
PERSONAL
SIGNATURE
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Print
Your Name
PURPOSE & DATES OF
NH DOC CONTACT
WHAT NH DOC FACILITIES
State Prisons
& Institutions
Transitional Housing/Work Centers
& Field Services
 NH State Prison for Men (Concord)  Calumet House (Manchester)
 NH Correctional Facility for Women (Goffstown)  North End House (Concord)
 Northern NH Correctional Facility (Berlin)  Transitional Work Center (Concord)
 Residential Treatment/Secure Psych. Unit (Concord)  Shea Farm (Concord)
 DOC Health Care Center/Outside Hospital  Probation-Parole District Office:
 Central Office/HQ (Concord) Office Locations:
OPTIONAL Personal Contact Information
Mailing Address Town State Zip Code+4
Telephone
Home #
Work # Work
Ext. #
Cell or
Mobile #
Email address
Complete Page 1 & above. Only complete the following section related to your Official Visitation purpose
 ATTORNEY AT LAW
Please verify current membership the
New Hampshire Bar Association
Certification as Legal Representative for following Inmate (s) print Name(s), ID #, Housing
Expected duration of
legal representation
Affirmation
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 CLERGY OR OFFICIAL RELIGIOUS DELEGATE
The PRIVILEGE of SPIRITUAL CARE VISITATION is limited to the VISITING ROOM ONLY for individual inmate contact during established visitation
schedule at state prisons, institutions or correctional centers. Clergy Applicant, or designated representative of a faith community, must attach a letter from
affiliated ecclesiastic authority specifying an endorsement of religious qualification, preparation, experience and competence for spiritual care and pastoral
counseling of criminal offender(s) incarcerated within the NH state prison system.
DO NOT complete this form if you intend a voluntary ministry to multiple criminal offenders through group religious study, corporate worship, or other temporal
activity with offenders. Obtain and submit a CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT APPLICATION and attend an orientation for approval as an authorized Volunteer.
A person may not be designated as both an official visitor and an authorized volunteer by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.
 GOVERNMENT INTER-AGENCY OFFICIAL
An employee, or elected or appointed official, of the Federal, State of New Hampshire, or a local government unit, acting in their official capacity
Jurisdiction or
Agency Represented
Administrator or
Supervisor
Phone
Function or Purpose of
Inmate Visitation
 SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE
Any employee or agent of a non-government community organization acting in their official capacity
Name of Non-Profit Agency or
Social Services Organization
Head Administrator
& Office Address
Office Phone
Agency Mission or Purpose
Anticipated Benefit to
Criminal Offenders
The New Hampshire Department of Corrections shall grant OFFICIAL VISITOR authorization for a term not exceeding three years. This
authorization may be renewed upon satisfactory renewal application and credentialing.
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
(PLEASE USE THE APPROPRIATE FACILITY LETTER HEAD
FAX:
TDD Access: 1-800-735-2964
William Wrenn,
Commissioner
Dear Sir/ Madam:
You are receiving this form because ____________________, a person under the custody of the New Hampshire Department of
Corrections is requesting you to be placed on his/her approved visitor list. In order for you to be placed on this list, a criminal
background check must be conducted. Please fill out this form, have it notarized, and return it to the respective inmate.
The Criminal Records Central Repository collects and distributes criminal history record information (CHRI). CHRI consists of
descriptions and notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, information, formal criminal charges and subsequent dispositions.
CHRI is forwarded to the repository from criminal justice agencies throughout the state. In addition, the repository tracks
information pertaining to sentencing, correctional supervision and release.
Several tiers of rules govern the collection and dissemination if CHRI including the Code of Federal Regulations, the New
Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules and state statutes to include RSA 106-B:14 and RSA 106-B:7 (b). Based upon these
rules, law enforcement personnel, or an individual requesting his or her own CHRI, will receive both non-conviction and
conviction data. Additionally, any individual or agency may receive the CONVICTION INFORMATION of another, provided they
produce a notarized CRIMINAL RECORD RELEASE AUTHORIZATION FORM signed by the individual whose record is sought.
To assist you in this transaction, I have enclosed this copy of the required CRIMINAL RECORD RELEASE AUTHORIZATION
FORM. FAX OR TELEPHONE REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY. ALL INFORMATION IN THIS SECTION MUST BE COMPLETED
NAME_______________________________________________________________________________________________ LAST (MAIDEN / ALIAS) FIRST MI
ADDRESS____________________________________________________________________________________________ STREET CITY STATE ZIP CODE
DATE OF BIRTH______________________ HAIR COLOR____________ EYE COLOR_________SEX_____________ MM/DD/YYYY
Are you currently under Probation or Parole supervision in NH or any other State? Yes No
If yes, where? __________________________________________________________________________________________
DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER__________________________________ STATE__________________
Are you a victim of the incarcerated person making the request? Yes No Explain if yes: _________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
YOUR SIGNATURE_____________________________________________ ____________ DATE___________________ SIGNED UNDER PENALY OF UNSWORN FALSIFICATION PURSUANT TO RSA 641:3
Subscribed and sworn to before me, in my presence, this_____________ day of ___________________________________, 20__________
County of ___________________________________ State of ____________________________
________________________________________________ My commission expires___________________________, 20_____________
(Signature) Notary Public
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NHDOC ADULT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTUION
VISITOR DRESS CODE
All visitors MUST wear undergarments
Visitors to any NHDOC facility are prohibited from wearing:
• See-through clothing of any kind;
• Low-cut sweaters, blouses and shirts that exposes any level of cleavage or breast area, tank tops, halter tops, or
“tube” tops;
• Skirts or dresses with long slits or shorts with slits. Skirts or dresses may have “kick pleats” (short slits no longer
than 4 inches) ;
• Skirts, dresses or shorts that are two inches or more above the knee when standing;
• Blouses or shirts too short to tuck in; blouses or shirts that expose the midriff;
• Tight-fitting athletic-type clothing
• Long or short legged: Spandex outerwear, stirrup, sweat, yoga, or swish pants;
• Hats, headbands and/or hooded clothing. No hooded garments will be allowed in the visit room including
sweaters, sweatshirts, and long-sleeved T-shirts;
• Zippered shirts. This will include any and all shirts, sweaters or long-sleeved T-shirts that have a zipper of any
kind;
• Outdoor Jackets. No jackets designed to be worn outdoors will be permitted into the visit room. This includes
but is not limited to pullover style jackets sport coats, and suit coats;
• Shawls, scarves, wraps or loose open overshirts;
• Clothes with holes, rips, tears (clothing must be completely intact);
• Clothing with pockets torn out or torn to allow access beneath the garment;
• Sleeveless garments;
• “Farmer jeans” – overalls;
• Any clothing which could be mistaken for inmate clothing;
• Military clothing (actual uniforms and look-alikes);
• Clothing which closely resembles uniforms (Correctional Officer, police, sheriff, marshal, etc);
• Nursing uniforms (scrubs);
• Metal hair ornaments;
• Clothing which displays gang affiliation or gang culture, clothing that is obscene, racist or displaying sexual
content, alcohol or drugs;
• The Visiting Room Officer will use reasonable judgment if an article of clothing is questionable. The Officer
may defer to the Shift Commander for a final decision if needed.
• Any request for a religious accommodation must be made in advance of the visit to the Warden of the facility.

EXCEPTIONS: Children under 10 years of age may be allowed to visit wearing shorts, skirts and/or dresses shorter
than mid-thigh, rompers, sleeveless shirts, etc. The Visiting Room Officer’s discretion will prevail. Also, exceptions for
members of the clergy and attorneys visiting in their official capacity are listed within this policy in Art IV, L (6).

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