of Visiting a prison
We try to be flexible in requirements we have during a “Weekend” so that God’s Holy Spirit can use you to the greatest possible extent. At the same time there are rules which must be observed, as well as rules which we have determined will help you and other counselors become effective. Below is a list of DO’S AND DON’TS, which are rules and regulations that must be adhered to.
1. DO be yourself.
2. DO forget about home.
3. DO attend all scheduled activities, and please be on time.
4. DO bring driver’s license or picture ID (You will not be admitted into prison without one!)
5. DO wear casual clothes at all times. Men must wear shirts that have collars. This DOES NOT INCLUDE open toe shoes or sandals, shorts, tank tops, capri length pants, or wind / jogging suits for men or women. NO SOLID WHITE CLOTHING.
6. DO mingle with the inmates and share with officers and officials.
7. DO be familiar with all of our training materials.
8. DO be especially careful not to downgrade or criticize any “religion” during the weekend.
9. DO correspond with inmates through letters only after the Weekend.
10. DO eat with inmates when scheduled and remember that they only have 15 minutes from the time they enter the dining hall until the time they leave.
11. DO let us know, immediately after this meeting, if you have a family member or relative in the prison we are visiting.
1. DON’T take anything into the prison with you:
*no billfolds * no knives * no Kleenex *no pagers * no money * no fingernail files
* no chapstick *no cell phones * no lipstick * no mints or gum * no anything
EMPTY YOUR POCKETS!
2. DON’T take anything from an inmate or give anything to an inmate, even as small as a piece of paper. This is a STATE LAW! You can give them our address, and they can write you through our office.
3. DON’T wear any jewelry other than a watch and wedding ring only. No earrings-women and men.
4. DON’T wear open toe shoes or sandals, shorts, tank tops, capri length pants, or wind / jogging suits for men or women. Men must wear collared (polo type) shirts. NO SOLID WHITE CLOTHING.
5. DON’T make promises you won’t or can't keep.
6. DON’T argue with anyone about anything.
7. DON’T promote your own ministry, solicit funds, or take in any material other than your Bible and the material in your packet.
8. DON’T take bible covers into the unit.
9. DON’T take cameras or tape recorders into the prison. This includes not taking pictures on prison grounds.
10. DON’T get in the way of any prison official assisting inmates.
11. DON’T talk to the sound or camera men during the program.
12. DON’T have firearms or hunting knives in your vehicle.
13. DON’T borrow inmate clothing.
14. DON’T run on prison grounds.
15. DON’T leave your jacket, Bible, or any personal belongings laying around unattended.
16. DON’T ask about their crime, and don’t discuss the death penalty.
17. DON’T go into restricted areas without permission.
18. DON’T enter the cell.
19. DON’T take any tobacco products into the unit.
20. DON’T be concerned about the number of commitments.
21. DON’T offer Bible Correspondence Course, Bibles, or Literature to inmates. (They are to get those through the Chaplain’s office at their unit.)
22. DON’T financially support any inmate (it will automatically ban you from the unit that inmate is on.)