June 14, 2021

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DCR resumes visits to inmates

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SAN JUAN – The secretary of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DCR) Ana Escobar Pabón reported that on Monday, May 24, she will resume visits to adult inmates.

“The agency invested over 9 million dollars to have the correctional institutions ready, guarantee social distancing and protect the health of inmates, employees and visitors,” Escobar Pabón said in written statements.

In turn, he reported that the DCR made changes to the visitation process, including the following: each inmate will have a weekly visit (before it was 1 a month), the hours will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at all Correctional institutions. Likewise, the weekdays were extended from Monday to Sunday and two family members will be allowed per inmate. The visits will last 30 minutes.

Escobar Pabón emphasized that visitors will be required to use surgical masks or KN-95 and the use of fabric masks will not be allowed. Also, packages will not 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 symptoms are present, entry will not be allowed. As a preventive measure, the inmate who has not been vaccinated will use additional protective articles during the visit, such as a protective gown, surgical mask or KN 95, Face shield, gloves and any other equipment that may be required.

On the other hand, he reported that the DCR placed modules with acrylics in the visitation area in all institutions to guarantee distance and avoid physical contact. Additionally, DCR staff will clean and disinfect the visiting cubicle before and after each visit.

He highlighted that 92 percent of the correctional population is vaccinated and 95 percent of employees, all with both doses against COVID-19.

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