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Florida Department of Corrections announces expanded visitation policy

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 10:56:45-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — In a video statement from the Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch released Tuesday, new guidelines for visiting inmates were announced.

According to the FDC, these new temporary health and safety guidelines are in order to prevent and mitigate further spread of COVID-19 and to keep visitors and inmates safe.

Beginning Dec. 25 and going forward until otherwise stated, the following modifications are included in the newly expanded visitation policy:

  • No limit on the number or age of children
  • Biological and/or legal children of the inmate only
  • A parent or legal guardian of the visiting children must be in attendance (counted in the allowable 3 adults that can visit)
  • Children 6 years of age and older will be required to wear masks
  • Brief embrace at the beginning and end of the visit (with masks in place)
  • Social distancing will be maintained
  • Sanitation protocols will continue between each visitation session
  • For Dec. 25-27: Each day’s visitation will be divided into two sessions, the morning sessions designated for odd-numbered inmates and the afternoon session for even-numbered inmates
  • For Jan. 1-3: Each day’s visitation will be divided into two sessions, the morning sessions designated for odd-numbered inmates and the afternoon session for even-numbered inmates

The window to submit the visitation form will be Sunday from 5 a.m. until Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Christmas and New Year’s week.

These rules will be in addition to the existing normal requirements, which can be found by clicking here.

To read the complete expanded visitation rules, click here.