New Inmate Visiting Eligibility
How to Deposit Funds to an Inmate’s Account
The Release Process
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The Howard County Department of Corrections requests your cooperation by complying with the following rules and regulations while visiting the facility: Only authorized persons whose names are listed by the inmate may visit.
Visitors must present a valid drivers license, or other government issued photo ID and provide a valid address when registering for a visit. Expired ID will not be accepted. Visitors must be 18 years of age to visit unless accompanied by an adult. Radios, cell phones and other electronics may not be used while inside the visiting area. Smoking is prohibited inside the facility.
Food/drinks are not permitted in the visiting area and must be disposed of before entering the area.
No coats, backpacks, bags, boxes, parcels, or packages of any kind are allowed into the visiting area. Free lockers are provided.
Loitering/wandering in the visiting area is not permitted. Visitors must remain in the lobby area until called for the visit. Once a visitor enters the visiting area they may not leave and return to the lobby area until the visit is complete.
Visitors may only visit with one inmate at a time. Visits are limited to two adults and two children (under 18 years of age) during any single visit.
Appropriate dress is required. No skimpy, suggestive or see through clothing will be permitted at any time while inside the facility.
Visitors who do not comply with the facility policies regarding public and professional visits will have their visit ended and may be denied further approval to enter the facility.
The institution shall accept photographs copied onto regular plain paper, maximum six (6) through the mail. Photographs may not contain prurient or obscene contents. No books, magazines, or newspapers, will be accepted through the mail (only correspondence). Telephones are available to the inmates throughout most of the day and evening hours. The inmate telephone system uses either inmate pre-paid calling cards or allows family/friends to accept calls. Please ask for a brochure about the phone system. The public cannot call into the facility to speak to or leave messages for an inmate.
Inmates are not eligible for social visits while they are on Receiving Status. Generally Inmates may be on Receiving Status for up to 3 business days. If you have a question regarding an Inmate's Status as it relates to his visiting eligibility, please call the Facility Main Switchboard at (410)-313-5200.
Each inmate is authorized two (2) visits per week, Sunday to Saturday. All visits are a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Any extension must be approved by the Director, Deputy Director, Administrative Captain or Shift Leader.
Visitors must be registered at least one-half hour prior to the end of each visitation session.
No general population visits will be authorized during Segregation visiting hours
General Population 9:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m.(except Tuesday and Thursday)
(not minimum security) 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Segregation 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Tuesday and Thursday only
Special Management Unit 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday and Saturday only
Medical Restricted Visits 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only
Hendricks Hall and H-1 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only
Inmates housed on segregation are responsible for notifying their approved visitors of their status and visiting hours. No exceptions will be made to visiting schedules.
Legal/professional visits will not be unreasonably restricted.
All initial and replacement clothing packages must be purchased through our commissary vendor, Keefe Commissary. Packages will no longer be accepted at the Lobby or through the mail. Either, the inmate, family or friends may order allowable clothing/hygiene items through Keefe Commissary in the following ways:
- Family or friends by calling toll free (1-800-546-6283).
- Money may be placed in the inmate account to make a commissary order for the items.
- Website address: www.marylandpackage.com
- Each inmate is responsible for managing their property to ensure they do not exceed the allowed limit, which is listed in the Inmate Handbook.
Note: Keefe clothing commissary prices are comparable with discount department stores.
Inmates may receive one complete outfit from the following items of clothing, seven days prior to their Circuit Court appearance. The inmate will be responsible for sending court clothes back out, or having them picked up by visitors, within 7 working days after their final court appearance.
(One complete outfit only)
What form of payment do you accept for deposit into an inmate’s account? We accept cash, credit card (Master and Visa), debit cards. How can I use cash, credit or debit cards to make deposits against an inmate account? The Secure Deposit Kiosk provided by Keefee Commissary (see link to website) is a new efficient way to collect cash, credit and debit card transactions electronically and post to inmate accounts. The kiosk is located in the front lobby of the Howard County Detention Center. The secure deposit Kiosk accepts cash denominations of $5 $10 $20 $50 & $100.00. The machine will not accept $1 dollar bills. A charge of $3.00 will be accessed for transactions of $.01-$300.00. Credit & Debit Deposits Via Lobby Kiosk or Internet: The Secure Deposit Kiosk also accepts Visa and Master Card transactions as well as debit card transactions as form of payment. Payments can also be made via the internet at www.accesscorrections.com The deposit fees for credit & debit transactions via the lobby or the internet are listed below:
Credit & Debit Deposits via the phone: Funds can be deposited into inmate accounts via the phone. When making deposits via the phone, you will need one or more of the following: Inmate booking date, date of birth, the state where the inmate is currently incarcerated and the name of the correctional facility. The toll free phone number is 1-866-345-1884. The fees for phone charges are listed below:
What is the maximum amount I can deposit? The maximum amount that can be deposited in an inmate’s account is $300.00 per transaction. What if two inmates have the same name in the Secure Deposit Kiosk? In order to verify the accuracy and eliminate mistaken deposits, offender ID is verified at point of sale by last name, date of birth or booking date search. Will I get a receipt after I deposit money? Yes When does an inmate have access to his/her funds? If funds are deposited using the Secure Deposit Kiosk, inmates have access to his/her account immediately. If making payment via the internet or phone it can take up to 10 minutes to post to an account.