What Are The Rules And Regulations Regarding Telephone Calls For Inmates When Hospitalized?
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(Reference: CRW 5267.08a of Federal Bureau of Prisons – Institution Supplement issued on February 29th, 2008)
Given below are the guidelines that have been proffered by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in order to allow inmates the opportunity to make telephone calls when they are hospitalized.
Under what conditions can inmates make telephone calls?
1. The inmate has to be in the hospital for a minimum period of seven days before he is allowed to make a telephone call.
2. In other cases, it is within the authority of the SDO, Prison Liaison or Unit Manager of the prison to allow the inmate to make a call to someone whose number is listed on the inmate’s approved telephone list.
Approving telephone calls
The procedure for approving telephone calls from inmates when hospitalized is detailed below:
The unit management must prepare a memorandum and to be faxed to the Hospital Liaison. This will be forwarded to the duty officer or the service officer who is in charge of supervising the prisoner. The memo can also be handed over to the contract guard or the manager in charge of the unit. The Hospital Liaison can provide verbal approval for allowing the inmate to make a telephone call and also provide the duty guard with other relevant information.
There is an escort log record where the duty officer in charge will enter the approval for the telephone call. Details such as the name of the person to whom the call is going to be made, the number of the recipient and the frequency or the duration of the call, have to be entered in the log book. The officer must also enter the name and the designation of the staff member or official who has granted permission for making the telephone call.
The officer has to see to it that the inmate is informed about certain procedures. The inmate cannot mention his location, as this will result in immediate termination of the call. If the inmate still mentions his location, the officer supervising the call must contact the FMC Carswell and speak to the Lieutenant’s office in order to take further action on the issue.
Method of making an inmate call during hospitalization
- The officer who is supervising the call will first dial the number and will ascertain whether the number he has called belongs to a party who is approved on the telephone list of the inmate.
- Alternatively, the call can be initiated by the Prison Liaison in the hospital by using the telephone calling card.
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