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Visitors — An Overview
Friday, February 06, 2009


ICE/ERO Performance-Based National Detention Standards 2011
5.7 Visitation - V. Expected Practices
A. Overview
Facilities that house ICE/ERO detainees shall provide visiting procedures for detainees to maintain communication with persons in the community. Safety, security and good order are always primary considerations in a detention facility, and visitors must be properly identified and attired and are subject to search upon entering the facility and at any other time. Except as otherwise permitted herein, visitors may not give anything directly to a detainee, although it may be permissible for visitors to leave certain items and funds for a detainee with a staff member, at the discretion of the facility administrator. An itemized receipt that lists funds and property brought for the detainee shall be provided to the visitor.

Any violation of the visitation rules, by the detainee, may result in disciplinary action against the detainee and introduction of contraband or other criminal violations may lead to criminal prosecution of a visitor, detainee or both.

Differences in the various conditions of each visit, including who may visit, when they may visit, how they may be approved to visit and where in the facility they may visit, are detailed later in this standard and are dependent on the type of visitation, according to the following designations:        

1. social visitation: family, relatives, friends and associates; minors may be subject to special restrictions (see “I. Visits by Family and Friends” in this standard);
2. legal visitation: attorneys, other legal representatives, legal assistants (see “J. Visits by Legal Representatives and Legal Assistants” in this standard);
3. consultation visitation: for detainees subject to expedited removal (see “K. Consultation Visits for Detainees Subject to Expedited Removal” in this standard);
4. consular visitation: similar to legal visitation but with consular officials who have State Department issued identification (see “L. Consular Visitation” in this standard);
5. community service organization visitation: representatives of civic, religious, cultural groups, etc. (see “N. Other Special Visits” in this standard); and
6. other special visitation (see “M. Visits from Representatives of Community Service Organizations” in this standard; for non-governmental organizations (NGO) please see standard “7.2 Interviews and Tours.”