Termination, Revocation and Suspension
Permanent revocation of visiting privileges –
- The prison may permanently revoke the visiting privileges of any visitor who brings, or attempts to bring, contraband into the prison. Contraband includes cell phones, electronic devices, money, tobacco, drugs and weapons. If there is evidence that an inmate was involved in the introduction, or attempted introduction, of contraband, the inmate may have his visits suspended for at least a year.
- Visiting privileges may be permanently revoked for visitors who repeatedly violate major rules or act in an inappropriate or disruptive manner.
- People under a permanent revocation may not mail postal money orders to an inmate.
Temporary suspension of visiting privileges – Visiting privileges may be suspended for a period of time for violating prison rules.
- Minor rule violations may result in a suspension of at least 90 days.
- Major rule violations may result in a suspension of at least 180 days.
Termination of a visit – A visit may be terminated for that day after warnings have been issued by the Visiting Room Officer(s) to stop disruptive or inappropriate behavior by the visitor, visitor’s child or the inmate. The Visiting Supervisor reviews the circumstances and may decide that a suspension or full revocation is warranted because of an extended pattern of disruptive or inappropriate behavior.
Reasons for terminating a visit include, but are not limited to:
- substantial evidence that the visitor may have a harmful effect on the inmate he or she is visiting, or the visitor poses a threat to the safety and security of the facility, other visitors, staff or other inmates
- suspicion that the visitor is or has been under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs when checking into the visit or while visiting
- refusal by the visitor to submit to a pat search or, if requested, declining to submit to a strip search
- failure of the visitor to produce picture identification and current mailing address, or falsifying his or her identification
- violation by the visitor of a visiting or other institutional rule
- displaying inappropriate or abusive behavior, foul and/or abusive language, or refusing to comply with MSP rules and procedures, and Department policies
- improper physical contact with an inmate
- improper conduct with children by the visitor or the inmate they are visiting
- any other activity that poses a threat to the safety and security of the facility, other visitors, staff or other inmates
Visitors may not call prison staff about the revocation or suspension of their visiting privilege; any concerns must be addressed according to the appeal process explained at the bottom of the Visiting Suspension/Revocation Appeal form.
A visitor who wishes to appeal a suspension or revocation fills out the appeal section on the Visiting Suspension/Revocation Appeal form and mails it, within five days of receipt of the notice, to:
MSP Associate Warden of Security
600 Conley Lake Road
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Within 30 days of receiving the appeal, the Associate Warden of Security notifies the visitor via mail of the final decision. This response is the final step in the appeal process.