From Commissioner Joseph K. Spano-“Recognizing the importance and value of family visitation our agency has continued to work closely with the Westchester County Health Department and the New York State Commission of Corrections throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic to determine when it would be safe to resume in-person family visitation. To that end, based on the current positivity rate in New York State and our region, we are going to begin transitioning back to in-person visitation on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. To minimize the risk of a significant COVID-19 spike at our agency, the transition back to in-person visitation will be done in stages and include the following guidelines.

  1. We will continue to utilize the newly developed call-in scheduling process. Family members wishing to schedule a visit must call (914) 231-4116 Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) between the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday visits must be requested by 1 p.m. the Friday before. (All calls will be recorded for quality assurance). Visits can only be scheduled up to one week in advance. All visits must be scheduled via telephone in advance - there will be no walk up appointments.

  2. Residents will be limited to one 45 minute visit per week (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays). This schedule is designed to ensure that interested family members have an opportunity to safely visit once weekly and to provide staff the opportunity to clean and disinfect visitation areas between visits.

  3. WCDOC is taking measures to ensure that you can visit safely with your loved one, and this incudes limiting the number of visits available each hour for necessary social distancing. These procedures require both resident and their visitor to be social distanced from the next group within the visiting room.

  4. Residents in quarantine or isolation will not be permitted to visit until they are cleared by medical services.

  5. All visitors should report to the Jail Post-1 entrance location 20 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled visit.

  6. As part of the screening process visitors will have to fill out a questionnaire and have their temperatures checked. If an individual’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, or the individual is showing any “COVID-19” symptoms, the visitor will be turned away. He/she can return at a later date, once medically cleared by a physician.

  7. All visitors must bring and wear a face mask/covering before entering our facility grounds. Residents will also wear a surgical face mask during the visit. Removal of mask by a resident and/or visitor will result in the immediate termination of the visit and may result in the suspension of future visits. Also, out of the abundance of caution, embracing, kissing, handholding and any other form of contact is prohibited at this time.

  8. A maximum of two adults and one child under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit at this time. Any visitor under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will be required to provide proof of relationship, i.e. birth certificate or guardianship documentation. Failure to follow any of the aforementioned rules may result in the visit being terminated.

To expedite the signup process please be prepared to provide their name, phone number, email address, and mailing address at the time of scheduling. You are also encouraged to print and fill out the COVID-19 questionnaire and bring it with you on your scheduled visitation day. The current available visitation time slots are as follows:

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
9 to 9:45 a.m.
10 to 10:45 a.m.
11 to 11:45 a.m.
1 to 1:45 p.m.
2 to 2:45 p.m.
3 to 3:45 p.m.
4 to 4:45 p.m.

Our agency will closely monitor this new in-person visitation process and through collaboration with the Westchester County Health Department and State Commission of Correction will modify as deemed appropriate and safe.

In-Person Professional Visit Procedure
In person professional visits (attorney, probation, parole, social services etc.) will continue to be available on a walk up basis and be conducted five days per week as described below.

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
9 to 11:45 a.m.
and
1 to 4:45 p.m

Every entrant will be required to submit a COVID-19 screening form at the time of the visit, wear a facemask and maintain proper social distancing. Professional visitors will be permitted to bring materials necessary for the visit into the facility and all such materials are subject to search.

Our agency takes seriously its duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those that work, and reside in our correctional facilities. Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding during this extraordinary public health crises.