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Visitation

Visitation of Youth in Secure Facilities

 

ON SITE VISITS OF SECURE FACILITIES:

Bridge City Center for Youth (BCCY)
Bridge City
Angela Sutton, Director
Visitation Weekends are every Saturday and Sunday
Hours: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
(504) 436-4253

Swanson Center for Youth (SCY)
Monroe
Vickie Shoecraft, Director
Visitation Weekends are every 1st - 4th Saturday and Sunday
Hours: 12:00pm-4:00pm
(318) 362-5000
 

 
NUMBER OF VISITORS PERMITTED AT A TIME: A YOUTH MAY HAVE ONLY THREE (3) VISITORS AT A TIME. Infants are included as a visitor.

APPROVED VISITORS LIST: PRIOR to visiting any youth, all visitors must submit to a criminal history check and be on the facility's "Approved Visitors List." A criminal record check is also run annually.

APPROVED VISITORS INCLUDE: Spouse, parent, guardian, custodian of the youth, grandparent, sister/brother (includes step siblings and half siblings), biological child or any member of the immediate family who has been approved for visitation by the youth’s case manager.

*Siblings and biological children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult on the approved visiting list.


GENERAL RULES:
There are some general rules applicable to all visitors when visiting a secure facility.
 
ALL VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THE FACILITY'S RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR VISITING YOUTH.  If a visitor has not received a copy of these rules/procedures prior to visiting a copy should be requested from a facility employee and reviewed prior to entering onto the facility grounds to visit a youth.
  1. A Picture Identification is required for ALL visitors 14 years of age and older.
  2. Visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the visiting schedule to allow for processing by Security and Case Management.
  3. Park in the designated visitors’ parking area.
  4. Leave all belongings in the car except for the visitor’s picture identification and the car key/remote to unlock the car.
  5. Lock the vehicle after parking.
  6. Report to the Visitors' Entrance.
  7. Visitors will provide OJJ staff with picture identification and the name of the youth being visited.
  8. OJJ staff will record the visit in accordance with the rules and procedures set forth by the facility’s administration.
  9. Visitors will then be escorted to the designated area to receive a pat down search.
  10.  Proceed to the visitation area.

 

CELLPHONES, BLACKBERRYS, ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices and photographic equipment including cell phones, BlackBerrys, cameras, or hand-held video devices onto the facility grounds.

SMOKING is not permitted on the facility grounds.

 

DRESS/APPEARANCE CODE:

ALLOWABLE clothing for visiting a secure care facility consists of:
  • Blouses, shirts, sweaters, polo shirts and other top garments. Tops should not be tight, low cut, see-through or revealing, and should have sleeves.
  • Slacks or pants that are not tight, revealing or worn low are appropriate. Capri pants are also allowed.
  • Skirts or dresses that are not short, tight or revealing. Skirts may not be worn below the waist.
Clothing NOT ALLOWED includes:
  • Halter tops, tube tops, camisole type T-shirts, tank tops or muscle shirts.
  • Clothing with inappropriate language (obscenities) or pictures.
  • Shorts, mini-skirts, mini-skorts are not allowed.
  • Sleeveless/cutoff shirts are not allowed.
 
CONTRABAND
 
VISITORS WHO VIOLATE THE FOLLOWING RULES REGARDING CONTRABAND MAY BE PROSECUTED UNDER LA. R.S. 14:402 OF THE LOUISIANA CRIMINAL CODE.
 
A. Possession of Contraband is not allowed. A visitor to a Youth Services secure facility shall not  introduce, possess, or store the following whether in a vehicle, office or inside equipment located on facility grounds: unauthorized currency or cash, food, toiletries or clothing not authorized by the Facility Director, intoxicating liquors, tobacco products, weapons, drug paraphernalia, pornographic material, explosives, unauthorized telecommunications equipment, electronics, tape recorders, cameras or camcorders and substances defined in the Uniform Control Dangerous Substance Law.
 
B. Money- Visitors are not allowed to give money directly to youth during visitation.
  • Money for a youth must be given to a designated OJJ facility staff to be recorded and processed.
  • OJJ staff will process the money into the youth’s personal account. Money is not to exceed $100.00.
  • Money orders are not accepted during visitation.
 
C. Basic Needs items - Visitors are not allowed to bring in any items that are already provided for youth. This includes such items as clothing, toiletries, shoes, underwear and food.
 
D. Reporting - Visitors shall report any knowledge, observation or suspicion of contraband to staff on duty.
 
ATTORNEY VISITS
Attorney visits should be scheduled 24 hours in advance (for Monday through Friday visits). For weekend attorney visits, please contact the Facility Director to make arrangements.
 
SPECIAL VISITS
"Special visits" are visits which occur outside the routine visitation hours. Persons requesting a “special visit” should contact the Case Manager to make arrangements.
 
SUSPENSION OF VISITATION
Permission to visit may be denied to any individual and visitation suspended in the event of an emergency at the facility.