Crime & Law Enforcement Issues & Death Penalty/Visitation While On Trial?

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Hi Jim,

I'm writing a novel, and have hit a (major) snag. My research is telling me that persons looking to visit inmates awaiting trial (in remand) usually don't need a visiting order. Well, that solved part of the problem, but the character then advances to BEING on trial, and I can't seem to find an answer anywhere as to whether inmates are (generally) allowed to participate in visits during this time. I realize that all jails have different rules, but am wondering if there is a "set" one when it comes to this that I'm unaware of? Thank you so much. :-)

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I believe visitation is a basic right, but can be limited or cancelled if extenuating circumstances exist, such as disturbances, inmate attempts at self harm, or assault on anyone, especially staff.  The last one is especially likely to restrict or change the  visitation conditions.  Rule violations during in visitation will result in the suspension of visitation for 30 days or more.

I hope this helps you.

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I can answer questions regarding prison issues, including use of force, classification, security, health service, foodservice, disciplinary issues, and custody levels. I can also answer questions regarding methods of execution, specifically lethal gas and lethal injection, and can address some court decisions regarding both. I am also an FBI certified Negotiator, and have experience in prison hostage situations, and was a tactical team member for almost 12 years.

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I worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections for over 20 years, then for a private prison for a year after my retirement from the the state. I was on the tactical team for almost 12 years, a member of the Special Operations (executions) team for nine years. I worked every custody level , and held every security rank from Correctional Officer to Major. I was Chief of Security of three different custody levels, and two different prison complexes. I am heavily certified in training, including use of force, firearms training, Crisis Avoidance, Inmate Managenet, and many others. I retired as a Deputy Warden in 2005.

Organizations
None now Past: American Correctional Association American Tactical Officers Association

Education/Credentials
I have 78 credits towards a BSBM with the Univerity of Phoenix Online.

Awards and Honors
Meritorious Service Award Supervisor of the Month

Past/Present Clients
Maricopa County Attorney's Office

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