JM: How often could you receive visitors? Jonathan: 2 times a week. I didn't have any visitors in
Dedham, but in the alternative center they're 3
times a week. Mike: I think you got visits once or twice a week I never got many so I
don't remember exactly.
JM: Was the check-in process lengthy for those who came to see you? Jonathan: The original check in is 15 minutes maybe, but by
then the visitor has already had to fill out
paperwork in order to be cleared. After that, the
check in is short. Mike: Not more than 45 min I would imagine, you have to get prior
approval, and that can take a week or two I think, but once thats
attained I don't believe it very long.
JM: What was the visiting environment like? Jonathan: In the regular units, visiting is done in a booth
and by phone through glass. In the alternative
center it's done in an open visiting room. So all
the inmates are together in the same room with
their visitor. Some people are happy during
visits, but many are upset, and seem very
depressed during and after. Mike: Sad you either talk on phones through glass or once you are
sentenced you can sit across the table from your visitor. The room
was small and crowded and its far from ideal but thats jail for you.
Once you are in pre release the visits I hear got better but I never
made it to pre release because I had open cases.