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Rules and Regulations While Visiting the Facility

The Howard County Department of Corrections requests your cooperation by complying with the following rules and regulations while visiting the facility.

  • Visitors must present a valid drivers license, or government issued photo ID and provide a valid address when registering for a visit.  Expired ID will not be accepted.
  • A maximum of two (2) adults and two (2) children (under 18 years of age) shall be permitted at a time.  All minor children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, unless otherwise approved by the Security Chief or higher.
  • All minor children must remain with the parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Visitors may only visit with one inmate at a time.
  • 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.
  • Appropriate dress is required.  Visitors must be fully clothed and wear shoes.  Appropriate attire is expected of all visitors.  Examples of inappropriate attire include tops that are see-through, extremely low cut (no cleavage), sleeveless (tops must have some type of sleeve cropped, short or long, no tank, tube, spaghetti or halters tops) shoulders and stomachs must be covered.  Inappropriate bottoms include see-through or does not come to the finger tip. Dresses must be meet the same requirements of the tops and bottoms but must not be too revealing.  Any piece of clothing that has derogatory statements or graphics are prohibited. No head gear.  No sunglasses.
  • 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.

Visiting Schedule

  • Each inmate is authorized two (2) visits per week (except ICE), Sunday to Saturday.  All visits are a maximum duration of 30 minutes.  Any extension must be approved by the Director, Deputy Director, Security Chief, Administrative Captain or Shift Leader.
  • All ICE detainees may receive one (1) hour visit per week.
  • Visitors must be registered at least one-half hour (30 minutes) prior to the end of each visitation session.
  • New inmates will not receive visits while on receiving status.

 

General Population                9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
(not minimum security)         (except Tuesday and Thursday)
                                                  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Segregation VIDEO ONLY      6:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m.
                                                  Tuesday, Wednesday, 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.
                                                   Mon., Tues. and Wed. only

ICE Detainees, Hendricks Hall and H-1      6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
                                                                      Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only

  • Note: Holiday visits for ICE detainees will occur 6:00-9:00 p.m. regardless of the day the holidays falls on. This applies to New Year's Day, Christmas, and Easter.
  • No general population visits will be authorized during Segregation visiting hours.
  • 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.

Inmate Communication

Inmates are encouraged to maintain ties with family and friends.  During the initial phase of processing into the facility, the inmate is given the opportunity to make telephone calls to family/friends, bondsman and/or attorney.  Inmates may use the U.S. Postal Service in order to send and receive correspondence.

The institution shall accept photographs copied onto regular plain paper, maximum six (6) through the mail.  Only black and white photos are accepted.  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 collect calls.  Please ask for a brochure about the phone system.
Note:  The public cannot call into the facility to speak to or leave messages for an inmate.

Inmate Property/Packages

All initial and replacement clothing packages must be purchased through our commissary vendor, Keefe Commissary.  Packages will not be accepted at the Lobby or through the mail.  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.

Note:  Keefe clothing commissary prices are comparable with discount department stores.

Approved Items

  • Lettering, logos or graphics are not permitted on items of clothing, all other items will be subject to approval.
  • Athletic/Casual shoes (1 pair; new $50.00 max. value no metal/plastic supports) slip-on or Velcro – no shoe laces)
  • Bras/Sport Bras–women only–no underwire (max. 7 white or gray only)
  • Gym Shorts (max.2 gray, no draw strings)
  • Money orders and/or approved checks
  • Pajamas (max. 2 gray or predominately gray print)  No gowns or night shirts
  • Personal photographs (max. size 8 ½ " x 11" black & white photographs
  • Shower Shoes (1 pair – one piece construction)
  • Socks (max. 7 pairs white only)
  • Sweat pants - (max. 2 gray only, no draw strings)
  • Sweat shirt (max. 2 gray only, no hoods)
  • T-shirts (max. 7 white or gray only)
  • Thermal Bottoms – (max. 2 white or gray only)
  • Thermal Tops – (max. 2 white or gray only)
  • Underwear–men only–boxers or briefs (max. 7 white or gray only)
  • Underwear–women only– “no thongs” (max. 7white or gray only)
  • Washcloths and Towels (max. 2 each white or beige only)

Note: Approved items for INS/ U.S. Marshal Detainees is the same as the list above for General Population.

Court Clothing

Court clothing will be provided by the detention center.

Family Emergencies

In the event of an emergency such as a death, serious illness or injury to an immediate family member, relatives should contact the on-duty Shift Leader at (410) 313-5200.

Commissary

Commissary services are available to inmates for the purchase of items such as clothing, shoes, undergarments, snacks, hygiene items, and stationary.  Upon request, indigent inmates will be provided with necessary hygiene and stationary items.

Inmate Money- Electronic/ Secure Deposit

Cash is not accepted at Howard County Detention Center. Money orders or cashier’s checks will only be accepted with prior approval of the Director or designee.

Visitors may deposit funds to an inmate account via the Kiosk located in the front lobby, the internet, or by a toll-free number.

Lobby Kiosk:  Located in the front Lobby.  Accepts MasterCard, VISA and Cash Denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.  The machine will not accept $1bills.

Toll Free Phone:  Accepts MasterCard and VISA.
1-866-345-1884

Internet:  Accepts MasterCard and VISA www.accesscorrections.com

 








Inmate Money- Electronic/ Secure Deposit

Cash is not accepted at Howard County Detention Center. Money orders or cashier’s checks will only be accepted with prior approval of the Director or designee.

Visitors may deposit funds to an inmate account via the Kiosk located in the front lobby, the internet, or by a toll-free number.

Lobby Kiosk:  Located in the front Lobby.  Accepts MasterCard, VISA and Cash Denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.  The machine will not accept $1bills.

Toll Free Phone:  Accepts MasterCard and VISA.
1-866-345-1884

Internet:  Accepts MasterCard and VISA www.accesscorrections.com

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Inmate Money- Electronic/ Secure Deposit

Cash is not accepted at Howard County Detention Center. Money orders or cashier’s checks will only be accepted with prior approval of the Director or designee.

Visitors may deposit funds to an inmate account via the Kiosk located in the front lobby, the internet, or by a toll-free number.

Lobby Kiosk:  Located in the front Lobby.  Accepts MasterCard, VISA and Cash Denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.  The machine will not accept $1bills.

Toll Free Phone:  Accepts MasterCard and VISA.
1-866-345-1884

Internet:  Accepts MasterCard and VISA www.accesscorrections.com

Viewed: 130 times  Created on: 12/8/2015  Modified on: 12/8/2015

Medical

Medical staff is on duty 24 hours a day.  Services include, but are not limited to: sick call, dentistry, mental health, emergency treatment, and follow-up and/or ongoing treatment deemed necessary by medical staff.

Bond/Release Information

Bond Information

Bond hearings are held Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) by the District Court.  To receive the results of an inmate’s bond hearing you should call (410) 313-5233 after 2:00 PM on the day of the hearing.  For information on how a bond can be posted contact the District Court Commissioner at 410-313-4740 (24-hours).

The Release Process

Family and friends who arrive at the facility to pick up a released inmate should realize that there will be a waiting period which may vary dependent upon the type of release.  The most common types of release are described below with a few helpful suggestions.

Released Time Served

The inmate will be notified in advance of their scheduled release date and time.  Information regarding an inmate’s pending release date will not be given over the telephone.  You may find out the date and time of the inmate’s release from the inmate.  There should be little, if any, waiting time involved if you arrive at the scheduled time of release. Most releases, for time served, occur at 8:00 a.m.

Released by Payment of Bond

You may post an inmate’s bond at the District Court Commissioner’s Office.  After bond has been posted the Commission will issue the appropriate release documents to the bondsman or person posting the bond.  The release documents should be brought to the Detention Center’s Upper Control window, located in the lobby, and surrendered to the Correctional Officer.  The average time for an inmate’s release is 1-2 hours after receiving the appropriate release documents.

Release from Court

Inmates who are ordered released during a court proceeding must first return to the Detention Center for processing.  All necessary release documentation must be received from the court.  This process may be lengthy since the court documents are not delivered until after all cases have been heard.

Attorney Visits

  • Legal visitors must provide valid identification and credentials or be authorized by the Director's office/designee.
  • For paralegal visitors and interpreters the law firm/employer must request approval on company letterhead. This may be faxed to (410) 313-5226.
  • Attorney visiting hours for contact/ attorney room visits are held during regular visiting hours: 
    Daily 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
    Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
  • Generally hours outside those listed above, attorney visits must be approved by the Shift Leader or higher authority and shall be non-contact visits. There is a visiting booth that contains a non-recording phone.
  • Attorney's must wear appropriate attire and no coats are permitted. Lockers are provided for your convenience in the lobby area.
  • All legal visitors are screened by walking through a metal detector and may be searched by using a hand held scanner wand prior to being escorted to the secure area of the facility interview room. If there is a medical reason you cannot walk thru the metal detector, please advise the officer.
  • Any items you bring in will be searched/ scanned for contraband (NOT READ).
  • Legal visitors must complete the appropriate information in the log book provided.
  • If you need to bring in any equipment (laptop/tablet, DVD) or items other than papers, these must be approved prior to your visit.
  • Legal visitors are prohibited from giving any item except legal papers to inmates/ detainees unless prior authorization has been received by administration.