Posted 12/21/2014 by Mark Miclette
The hardest part of having your jail visits suspended indefinitely is not having any idea when or if you are going to be able to visit your inmate again. In most cases, visits are suspended due to the visitor violating visitation rules. There are things you can do to try and those visits reinstated.
If your visits were suspended due to your behavior or conduct, you need to change your attitude
. Whether you agree with the rules or not, the staff has the power to stop you from seeing your inmate. Decide here and now that if you get reinstated, you will be the model visitor.
Narrow Down the Reason for the Suspension
After the dust has settled make a call or write a letter requesting the exact reason your visits have been suspended. They do not have to respond, so be polite, professional and keep it short and to the point. “Hi, I would like to know why my visits have been suspended please” works better than anger or demands.
General Rules for Visitation
Write an Apology
It doesn’t have to be long. Take responsibility for the rules you broke
, apologize and request that your visits be reinstated. Let them know you will be respectful of all jail rules. If you truly did not know that something you did was breaking a rule, let them know that with the assurance that you now know not to do it again.
Send It to the Top
Address one to the warden or watch commander and another to the supervising officer of visitation. Call the jail to get their names, or look on the jail’s website for them. Send them through the mail to be sure they get to the right parties. Just dropping them off does not mean they will ever make it to those who need to see your letters.
Wait a week to 10 days and try to schedule a visit. Many times, the suspension will be lifted but they won’t take the time to let you know. Attempt to schedule a visit as if it never happened. If you ultimately arrive and see your inmate, it means your suspension is lifted. If not, send a follow up note to requesting a meeting to discuss it in person.
At the Follow-up Meeting
Be polite, contrite and businesslike. Ask the person you meet with, what you can do to be reinstated for visits. Come up with a plan together, comply with what is asked and then do these steps again.
If you are suspended from visitation due to bringing in contraband, you are going to have a much harder time and in the end will probably be refused. However, it can’t hurt to try.