VISITING AND CONTACTING WITH OUTSIDE

As described in section 33 Penitentiary Act, a prisoner shall subject to the rules laid down by the director general and be permitted to be visited by or communicated with outsiders, especially by the counsel.

 

During imprisonment prisoners are allowed to receive visits and to communicate with the outside world as follows:

  1. VISITING

Prisoner’s parents, husband or wife, son or daughter, friends including relatives as well as diplomatic and consular representatives can pay visits to a prisoner as the date and time set by the prison. Prisoners pending disciplinary punishment of visit deprivation are not allowed to receive visits.

  1. CONSULTING WITH LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES

Prisoners are allowed access to their lawyers or legal representatives every weekday during 09.00- 15.00 hrs. in order to seek legal advice or consultation concerning their cases.

  1. LETTERS

In order to inspect and prevent smuggling of illegal items into prison the officials shall have to examine both incoming and outgoing letters. Improper content in the letters needs to be inspected too. Illiterate prisoners or prisoners lacking stationery can seek assistance from the prison official.

  1. PARCEL POST 

In the prisons where parcel posts to prisoners are permissible the prison official will examine the parcels by unpacking them in the presence of the prisoners. If any parcel contains contraband items or articles, it is assumed that the prisoners are in collusion with the sender and both sides must be interrogated by law.

  1. CONTACT VISITS 

Qualified and well-behaved prisoners are eligible for contact visits held annually inside the prison. During contact visits prisoners and their families or relatives are allowed to talk to each other closely and to have a meal together. Generally each prison will announce the schedule of a contact visit beforehand so that the relatives can make early reservation.

  1. VISITING SERIOUSLY- ILL PRISONERS

Provided by Departmental regulation and conditions, family and relatives can visit seriously-ill prisoners closely at the Medical Correctional Institution.

  1. PHONE CALLS

In some prisons where prisoners are allowed to make phone calls to their families the prisoners shall have to comply with the prison’s regulations and conditions.

  1. E-VISITING  

In prisons/correctional institutions where the technology is available, relatives and prisoners shall be allowed to make contact by using tele-conference visit or electronic mail under the regulations and conditions stipulated by the Department of Corrections.