The Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DCR) will resume visits to adult inmates on Monday, May 24, as reported today by Ana Escobar Pabón, the agency’s designated secretary.
“We invested over nine million dollars to have the correctional institutions ready, guarantee social distancing and protect the health of inmates, employees and visitors,” said the official.
Escobar Pabón announced that the agency made changes to the visitation process: each inmate will have a weekly visit (before it was one a month); the hours will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in all correctional institutions; weekdays were extended from Monday to Sunday Y two family members per inmate will be allowed.
The visits will last 30 minutes.
The secretary emphasized that visitors will be required to use surgical masks or KN-95 and the use of fabric masks will not be allowed. Nor will packages be accepted.
In addition, he said that the visitors will go through a registration process and will complete a symptom surveillance screening interview, which includes a process of hand sanitization and temperature taking by the staff of the Correctional Health Services Program.
If they show symptoms, they will not be allowed entry. As a preventive measure, the inmate who was not vaccinated will use additional protection items during the visit (protective gown, surgical mask or KN-95, ‘face sheild’, gloves and any other equipment that is required).
In addition, he reported that the DCR placed modules with acrylic in the area of the visits to guarantee distance and avoid physical contact. Additionally, DCR staff will clean and disinfect the cubicle before and after each visit.
Escobar stressed that the correctional population is 92 percent vaccinated and employees 95 percent, with both doses against covid-19.