Due to concerns over the coronavirus, all visits to the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction will be suspended until further notice. This suspension does not apply to attorneys and religious advisers.
We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution and are working to ensure that our inmates have increased access to telephone services so that they may maintain their connection to loved ones. This is a fluid situation and will be assessed on a daily basis. Thank you.
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Conduct for Inmates/Visitors
1. Although informal contact visits are encouraged, the following rules must be adhered to:
a. Inmates/visitors shall conduct themselves reasonably and not engage in physical contact that is excessive or inappropriate for a public place.
b. Visitors will dress in accordance with the provisions of the Visitor Dress Code.
c. Serious deviations from appropriate standards of behavior may result in administrative action such as a verbal warning, termination of a visit, a change to non‑contact visits, or a visiting suspension.
d. Disciplinary reports resulting from incidents in the visiting room, e.g., contraband or disruptive behavior may result in suspension of visiting privileges and/or loss of contact visits for a period determined by the assistant superintendent or a designee.
General Laws; Chapter 268
M.G.L Chapter 268, Section 28 Delivering drugs or articles to prisoners in Correctional Institutions or Jails;
Whoever gives or delivers to a prisoner in any correctional institution or in any jail or house of correction, any drug or article whatever, or has in his possession within the precincts of any prison herein named with intent to give or deliver to any prisoner any such drug or article without the permission of the superintendent or keeper, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years, or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two years, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
M.G.L. Chapter 268, Section 3 Delivery or receipt of articles to or from inmates;
Whoever delivers or procures to be delivered, or has in his possession with the intent to deliver, to an inmate confined in any penal institution, or whoever deposits or conceals in or about the institution, or the dependencies thereof, or upon any land appurtenant thereto, or in any boat or vehicle going into the premises belonging to the institution, any article, with the intent that an inmate shall obtain or receive it, and whoever receives from an inmate any article with the intent to convey it out of the institution, contrary to the rules and regulations thereof, and without the knowledge and permission of the Commissioner of Correction or of the superintendent, keeper, Sheriff or other officer in charge thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than three years or in jail for not more than two and one half years.