Fill out and submit the visitation request form. Click here to get a copy and fill it out.
Once approved, click here to see the current month’s visitation schedule and schedule a visit.
Bring a valid, government-issued photo ID.
Anyone over the age of 18, without a past felony conviction and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
Visitation applicants in Essex County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.
Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults each visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
Call 978-750-1900 x3810 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
It is likely that the Essex County Correctional Alternative Center will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 978-750-1900 x3810 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.
If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit will be denied.
If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.
The Essex County Correctional Alternative Center reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Essex County Correctional Alternative Center requires all visitors to fill out visitation request form before the first visit. The form can be picked up in the lobby or you can find it by clicking here.
Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.
Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.
Call 978-750-1900 x3810 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
This jail changes the visitation schedule on a monthly basis. Click here to view this month’s schedule.
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Essex County Correctional Alternative Center may allow you an extended visitation. Call 978-750-1900 x3810 to ask for special consideration. The jail website states: “Special visits are granted in cases of extreme hardship or extenuating circumstances. All requests for special visits are made to the Security Department.”
Call 978-750-1900 x3810 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The Essex County Correctional Alternative Center staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.
The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time.
The following rules apply:
Clothing will be worn in the manner it was intended at all times.
Clothing will be worn on the upper body at all times.
Bare tops, bare shoulders and bare feet are prohibited.
Halter tops, tank tops, tube tops, cropped tops, body T-shirts, see through tops, and bathing suits are prohibited.
Headgear including hats, caps, kerchiefs, scarves and bandanas are prohibited.
Any clothing that in the opinion of the Visit Officer, does not meet the institutional standard for appropriate dress is prohibited.
Wedding bands, medic alert bracelets and car keys will be the only items authorized to be brought into a visit area.
The following will also likely be turned away:
Clothing promoting gang affiliation.
Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.
Clothing depicting anything obscene.
Call 978-750-1900 x3810 to ask specific questions about the Essex County Correctional Alternative Center Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
An inmate can deny access to a visitor by leaving a written notice in advance with the Visits Officers that they do not wish a visit from a particular individual.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide a birth certificate for each minor child proof of their guardianship.
Visitors under 18 are only allowed to visit parents, siblings, grandparent, legal guardian or step-parents.
Visitor must provide positive identification by verifying their name, address, phone number, age, date of birth, driver's license number (if available), type of vehicle he or she owns, and his or her relationship to the inmate. A driver's license, ID from welfare including a current utility bill, a passport, military ID, governmental agency ID (including "green cards"), or a Massachusetts non-drivers registry ID.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 978-750-1900 x3810 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Essex County Correctional Alternative Center visitation.
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.
Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.
Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Essex County Correctional Alternative Center – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.