Social & Professional Visitors Visitation

Social Visitation
Social visitation is a privilege that can be restricted or denied for specific periods of time. Self-reporting inmates (weekenders,) inmates on disciplinary restrictions and inmates who have not been classified are not eligible for social visitation.

An inmate must submit a Visitor Approval List to a detention officer each Saturday morning with the name of up to three (3) visitors. If an inmate fails to submit a Visitor Approval List, he is not eligible for visitation on that particular weekend. Social visits are on a first-come, first-served basis. An inmate may receive one 10 to 20 minute visit with up to three (3) visitors.

Social visitation is scheduled according to the first letter of the inmate’s last name. Inmates with last names starting with A through J may receive visitors on Saturdays between 1:00 PM and 3:40 PM. Inmates with last names starting with K through Z may receive visitors on Sundays between 1:00 PM and 3:40 PM.

Visitors: must produce a valid government-issued photo identification card (driver’s license, state I.D. card, etc.) and sign a registry. If your name is not on the inmate’s Visitor Approval List, you cannot visit. Outstanding warrant files will be checked. Special rules apply to persons under age 18.

Juvenile Visitors: Juveniles (persons under age 18) may visit with an inmate if the visitor’s name is on the Visitors Approval List and is accompanied by the juvenile visitor’s parent or legal guardian. A birth certificate or a certified legal document is required to prove relationship prior to each visit.

Juvenile inmates (16 and 17 years of age) may receive social visitors if the visitor’s name is on the Approved Visitor List and the visitor is either the juvenile’s parent or legal guardian or the visitor is accompanied by the juvenile’s parent or legal guardian. A birth certificate or a certified legal document must be produced to prove relationship prior to each visit.

Special Visitors: Special weekday visits for persons living at least one hundred miles from Greenville may be approved. Such visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by calling the Special Visitation Office at 252-902-2868. An inmate may receive one special visit per month.

Visitors who become loud or disruptive, are intoxicated, fail to control the behavior of their children or otherwise violate Detention Center rules may be asked to leave and/or banned from the Pitt County Detention Center.

Professional Visitors Visitation
Under normal circumstances, professional visitors may meet with inmates
Monday-Friday 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM

Restrictions may apply due to meals, sick call, facility emergencies, mass arrests and events beyond the control of facility management. The Shift Lieutenant/OIC may suspend visits for temporary periods of time when necessary.

Professional visitors, including attorneys, wishing to visit an inmate should go to the Public Magistrates Office and proceed to the records window. Visitors must be ready to prove their identity by producing a valid government-issued identification card and proof that they are a licensed attorney (such as a courthouse identification card stating “attorney” or a Bar Association card.) Only the inmate’s attorney and defense team will be allowed to visit with an inmate. Family and friends are strictly prohibited from visiting except during social visitation.

After examining a professional visitor’s identification, the admitting officer will keep the photo identification card until the visitor leaves the facility. Any person who fails to give up their identification card will be denied access to the facility. The identification card will be returned as the visitor is leaving.

Paraprofessionals (including legal assistants, paralegals, private detectives, interpreters and law students sponsored by a law school working for attorneys) must prove their identity by providing an officer with a valid government-issued identification card. Unless accompanied by the inmate’s attorney, paraprofessional aides must also produce a letter signed by the attorney authorizing visitation with the inmate. Such authorization must be on the attorney’s official letterhead and must contain the inmate’s name, the court jurisdiction and case number, the full name of the person or persons authorized to visit with the inmate, and the signature of the attorney. Paraprofessionals must produce this authorization during each visit.

Attorneys and paraprofessionals must be employed by the inmate and may not visit with family members or close friends except by permission of the Detention Chief.

Professional visitors will not give any item to an inmate (to be retained in the inmate’s possession when the visitor leaves) without the expressed permission of a detention officer. For example, a visitor may “loan” an ink pen so an inmate can sign a document, but may not “give” it to him. The same policy applies to a legal brief and other court documents. Personal letters, money, bills, driver’s licenses, books, magazines or other items may not be given to an inmate. Court-related items of paper must be given to a detention officer who will determine if it can be “given” to an inmate. Officers will treat such items as privileged (legal) mail. They will examine it for contraband, but will not read it.

Professional visitors may not bring a briefcase, satchel, suitcase, bulky coat, purse or similar item into the facility. They may bring law books, court documents, legal briefs, files, pads of paper, pens and pencils, and similar items into the facility. Professional visitors are subject to search and temporary detention when entering and exiting the facility.

Professional visitors are authorized to bring cameras and/or recording devices into the facility, but are not allowed to take photographs of the facility or to record any conversation with detention staff without the expressed permission of the Detention Chief or on-duty Shift Lieutenant/Officer In Charge.

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