Inmate visitation to resume May 1, NDOC says

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High Desert State Prison (Provided by: NDOC)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Inmate visitation will resume on May 1, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. All inmate visitation was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are requirements that must be met before visits, including temperature checks upon entry and the use of face masks. Additional rules are:

  • All visitors must be 5-years-old or older
  • Rapid COVID-19 tests will be administered to all visitors. Results must be negative.
  • Visitors will be limited to two per inmate
  • Visitation will be resumed at limited capacity
  • Visiting hours will vary at each institution

Physical contact will not be allowed during visitation. The department says offenders and their visitors will be separated by acrylic partitions. NDOC will include more mitigation measures, including:

  • Electrostatic sprayers used to disinfect visiting stations in between visits
  • Sanitation stations available at all visitation centers

“While the 14-month suspension of visiting was necessary to limit the spread of the virus into our facilities, the NDOC recognizes the emotional toll it has taken on the spouses, children and friends of the offenders,” said Charles Daniels, director of NDOC, in a news release. “We recognize the importance of the support each family provides to incarcerated individuals. Not only does that connection help offenders cope with their current situation, but also promotes a strengthened healthy family cohesion and leads offenders to a more successful transition back into the community.”

Institutions will move to phase 2 after they reach a vaccination rate of 75%. This will allow for fewer restrictions and larger visiting capacities. A vaccination rate of 80% will mean moving toward phase 3, removing restrictions.

NDOC says to check for further updates here.

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