Federal Prison Springfield MO

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Federal Prison Springfield MO

The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.

What is the Federal Prison in Springfield, MO?

The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners is a large United States federal prison located in Springfield, Missouri. It provides health services, including medical, mental health, and dental care to male inmates. The Federal Prison in Springfield MO is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a United States government agency that falls under the United States Department of Justice.

Today, the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners houses 1,042 total inmates – many of whom have serious health conditions that require ongoing medical treatment. The average length of stay for prisoners at the facility is five to 10 years.

General Visiting Information at Federal Springfield MO

To protect inmates and the public, visits to federal prisons – including the Federal Prison in Springfield MO – are restricted and subject to many federal rules.

Visitors to the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners must be pre-approved by both the inmate and prison officials. When they arrive at the prison, prisoners must complete a form adding individuals to their visiting list. Visiting lists can includes immediate family, relatives, and a broad category of other people, including friends/associates, foreign officials, members of religious groups including clergy, members of civic groups, employers (former or prospective), sponsors, parole advisors, and attorneys.

Once the inmate has added an individual to their visiting list, the Bureau of Prisons conducts a background check. If the visitor is approved, they may then begin to visit the prison during visiting hours – typically weekends and federal holidays. Visitors are expected to be on their best behavior and comply with a strict dress code. The duration and schedule of visits is at the prison’s discretion.

Purpose of the Federal Prison in Springfield MO

The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners was created to care for federal prisoners from across the entire country who were suffering from illnesses, chronic diseases, and mental disorders. Under the United States Constitution, the federal government must provide adequate medical care to all federal prisoners under its care.

Patients at the Federal Prison in Springfield MO range in designation from minimum-security to maximum-security inmates. They are typically transported from their original prisons to the Medical Center by cars, buses or airplanes. Even though it’s a medical facility, the residents are still federal prisoners. The prisoners are extended the same rights as others in the corrections system, such as the ability to speak with their federal criminal lawyer. Although there is certainly time restrictions placed on this activity, it allows inmates the ability to continue working on appeals. 

While patients suffering from acute conditions are brought to the Medical Center by a chartered plane, a 94-passenger airplane travels across the country to pick up and return prisoners with health conditions from their home prison to the Federal Prison in Springfield MO and vice versa.

Federal Prison Springfield MO History

The Federal Prison in Springfield MO originated from a donation made by the people of Springfield, Missouri to the federal government during the Great Depression.

Originally built at 1900 West Sunshine Street, the corner of Wabash and Sunshine, the prison sat on 620 acres of land. It was formally created as a Medical Center for federal prisoners by an act of Congress in 1930. The original name of the facility given by the federal government was the “United States Hospital for Defective Delinquents.” Construction was completed on the first buildings in the facility in 1933.

After the buildings were complete, the prisoners used some of the existing 620 acres for farming projects. This effort was abandoned in 1966, and the federal government returned some of the land surrounding the prison to the city of Springfield in 1977.

Notable Inmates at the Federal Prison in Springfield MO

The most well-known current inmate at the Federal Prison in Springfield MO is Mohammad El-Mezain. He is currently serving a 15-year sentence for providing material support for terrorism by funneling money from the Holy Land Foundation – one of the largest Islamic charities in the United States – to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. El-Mezain is scheduled for release in 2021.

The inmates here are a completely different set than what you might find at the Springfield Jail after being arrested in Springfield. For criminal situations inside the city, it’s advisable to speak with a criminal attorney in Springfield, MO.

Previous inmates have included two of the nation’s most notorious mobsters, Joseph Bonanno and John Gotti. Bonanno, the boss of an eponymous crime family in New York, was released from custody in 1986 after serving 14 months for refusing to testify in a federal racketeering trial. Gotti, the so-called “Teflon Don,” died in the prison in 2002 after serving years in the prison for his role in numerous murders committed during the time he led the Gambino crime family.

On a more humorous note, Larry Flynt – the erstwhile publisher of the pornographic magazine Hustler – served six months in the prison after being found in contempt of court for disrespecting a federal judge.

Springfield Camp at Federal Prison Springfield MO

In addition to the services for federal inmates with medical needs, the Federal Prison in Springfield MO also includes a minimum-security facility known as the Springfield Camp.

The Springfield Camp has dormitory housing. Prisoners are considered to have a low security risk. Although camps vary, many do not have perimeter fencing. There are also fewer guards per inmate at prison camps than at other, more high-security facilities.

Prison camps in the Bureau of Prisons system are typically the closest approximation of life outside prison walls that inmates will experience. In many cases, prisoners in the camp are the closest to being released from the federal prison system.

Federal Prison Springfield MO Visiting Regulations

VISITING REGULATIONS AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO

Approved: Linda Sanders, Warden USMCFP Springfield

PROCEDURES AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO: USMCFP Springfield is an administrative institution and visiting for inmates will take place within the visiting room for inmates assigned to the Medical Center. Visiting for preferred housing inmates (Camp) will be conducted in the dining/outside visiting area.  Due to the fact this institution is a Medical Center which holds many ill inmates, unique situations may arise where visiting will need to be conducted for certain inmates in areas other than the visiting room. Accommodations for those inmates with special needs or inmates needing a visit in an alternate location will be requested by the Unit Manager, reviewed by the Captain and approved by the Associate Warden of Programs. Written guidelines are available to inmates and visitors regarding visiting procedures, times and days of visiting within this supplement and attachment 2 and 3.

VISITING TIMES AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO: Medical Center visiting hours will be conducted from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and all recognized Federal Holidays. The Camp visiting room hours will be conducted from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and all recognized Federal Holidays. No visits will be processed after 2:30 p.m. Processing of visitors will temporarily halt at 9:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays until the 10:00 a.m. count clears. Processing of visitors for Preferred Housing will be suspended during the same time period as the secure facility.

The Unit Team is responsible for facilitating bedside visits in the institution. The request for a bedside visit will be submitted by the Unit Team to the Captain prior to the visit.

The Unit Team and Medical Staff are responsible for establishing visiting times and supervision for inmates unable to go to the Visiting Room or on the seriously/critically ill list. Refer to Section 14(b)(c) Bedside Visits for Hospital Inmates for procedures to be followed.

The Captain is responsible for establishing visiting times and supervision for inmates in Administrative Detention/Disciplinary Segregation status and Psychology Locked.

Consistent with institution resources and scheduled activities, visiting times have been established to ensure institutional programs are not hampered or interfered with.

Administrative expenses incidental to arranging and supervising visits will be decided on an individual basis by the Warden.

FREQUENCY OF VISITS AND NUMBER OF VISITORS AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO: The Receptionist will enter visits as they occur into the computerized visiting program. The Visiting Room officer will document all visits on the visiting room log sheet. An inmate may receive a visit on any of the visiting days but is limited to, visits which total eight (8) points per month. A visit on a weekend or holiday is counted as two points, excluding the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays. There will be no charged points for these three holidays. A visit is recorded as one full visit, regardless of whether the visitor stays for the entire visiting period. Exceptions to the number of visits, as well as any special visit, may be approved by the Unit Team under special circumstances described in Program Statement 5267.09.  The approving staff member shall document the visit by entering a notation on the Visiting Room computer program. The Unit Team may approve such visits. Inmates are permitted to have a total maximum of six (6) visitors at a time. This total of 6 may be comprised of both children and adults; however, there can be no more than four (4) adults or four (4) children at one time. (For example: an inmate may have 4 adults and 2 children during a visit.  An inmate may not have 5 adults and 1 child during a visit, or 6 adults during a visit.) Any inmate request for additional visitors will be requested by the inmate in writing at least one week prior to the visit.

The Correctional Counselor and Unit Manager will review the request and forward the request to the Captain for approval/denial.

Visiting privileges ordinarily will be extended to friends and associates having an established relationship with the inmate prior to confinement, unless such visits could reasonably create a threat to the security and good order of the institution.  Exceptions to the prior relationship rule may be made, particularly for inmates without other visitors, when it is shown that the proposed visitor is reliable and poses no threat to the security or good order of the institution.  Inmates cannot combine their visit with another inmate or inmate visitor.  Inmates may only visit with those persons on their list. The Correctional Counselor and Unit Manager will review and forward to the Warden through the Captain for approval of any exceptions.

Ordinarily, a maximum of twenty (20) visitors, with no more than ten (10) friends will be authorized on an approved visiting list. A married couple will count as two on this list. This is due to each member of the married couple requiring a separate computer entry with specific information pertaining only to that individual.

Children under sixteen will not be included as part of the twenty but should be on the approved visiting list. Anyone who is 16 years or older must have an approved state ID and be on the approved visiting list.

In the event the Unit Team feels visitation privileges for the individual visitor would present security concerns or disrupt the orderly running of the institution, they are to route a memorandum to the Warden with the Unit Team’s recommendation. The Warden will determine the validity of the concern and documentation will be maintained in section two of the privacy folder in the inmate’s central file with the disposition.

The inmate will be notified by the Unit Team of the approval or disapproval of his request.

Ordinarily all visitors permitted entrance to the visiting room must be on an inmates approved visiting list prior to their arrival at the institution. If an individual arrives at the institution that is not on an approved visiting list, the IDO will be notified. The IDO will request the unit team reviews the inmate’s central file to determine the relationship of visitor to the inmate. Ordinarily the visit will not be approved unless the visitor is verifiable in the inmate’s Pre-sentence Investigation as immediate family, or was previously approved for visiting at another institution and the Unit Team is confident all necessary paperwork and background checks on file are sufficient to make an informed decision. The IDO may verbally approve the visitor based on verifiable information. The Counselor will add the approved visitor to the inmate’s visiting list immediately or no later than the next normal business day; therefore, no future exception will be required by this same visitor.

Additions not to exceed the maximum number of visitors can occur at any time. Inmates requesting visitors in excess of the maximum allowed (20) must submit a request to the Unit Manager for approval. If an inmate desires to have a visitor removed from his visiting list, the request must be made in writing to the respective Unit Team.  An inmate is allowed to make changes to his approved visit list once per month.  Once a visitor is removed, it will be permanent.

Termination of Visiting at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The maximum capacity of the main visiting room is 100 and the Camp visiting room’s capacity is 39.  Due to the limited size of the Visiting Room, it may be necessary for some visits to be terminated to allow other inmates to visit. The termination of visits will be viewed as a last resort by staff. If termination becomes inevitable, the Visiting Room Officer will contact the Operations Lieutenant and the Institution Duty Officer (IDO). The Operations Lieutenant and the IDO will then begin terminating inmate visitors who reside in the local area, based on the time they entered the Visiting Room. If this does not alleviate the overcrowding, consideration will then be given to the distance traveled by the visitor and the frequency of visits.

BUSINESS VISITORS AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO: The Counselor will verify any potential visitor who may be a former business associate of an inmate who meets the criteria outlined in Program Statement 5267.09. The Unit Manager will approve or disapprove the visit and make appropriate documentation.

CONSULAR VISITORS AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO: The Counselor and Unit Manager will determine whether the inmate is a citizen of a foreign country and verify the visit is concerning matters of legitimate business. Consular visits conducted during normal visiting hours will be treated as a social visit. No items will be permitted into the Visiting Room without prior approval from the Captain. In the event a Consular visit is conducted during non-visiting days, the Unit Team will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the visit. Appropriate documentation of the visit will be made in the Central File. The Executive Assistant will be notified, in writing, of the requested visit.

VISITS FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMUNITY GROUPS: The Counselor will investigate the interest and qualifications of community groups or representatives wishing to visit.  The Executive Assistant will be notified in writing of the requested visit.

SPECIAL VISITS AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO: The Counselor will investigate all special visits and determine whether the visit would meet the criteria outlined in Program Statement 5267.09.

An inmate desiring a special visit shall submit to his Unit Team a “Request to a Staff Member” at least one week prior to the anticipated visit.

The inmate should give the name and address of the individual with whom he desires a visit, their relationship, and other pertinent information which will assist the Unit Team in reaching a decision. The inmate’s Counselor will notify the inmate of the approval or disapproval of the visit. A copy of all approved special visits will be sent to the Visiting Room Officer, who will supervise the visit during normal visiting hours. Whether approved or disapproved, a copy of the Unit Team’s response will be placed in the inmate’s central file, identifying the reason for the approval or disapproval. The staff responsible for scheduling the special visit will complete a memo to the Warden through the Captain in advance of the visit.

    1. Clergy Visits: Community clergy may be approved for a one-time visit by the Chaplain.  If the inmate wishes continued visits, the inmate may have the clergyplaced on his visiting list as his Minister of Record. An inmate can have only one Minister of Record.  The institution Chaplain will have input into this decision. These visits will be restricted to two visits per week and two hours in length. Visits from clergy (other than the minister of record) will be in accordance with the general visitor procedures, and will count against the total number of regular visits allowed. A copy of all approved special visits will be sent to the Visiting Room Officer, who will supervise the visit. Religious Services will arrange and provided supervision of all Clergy Visits. In the event the visit does not take place on a normal visiting day, Religious Services staff will provide supervision for the visit.
    2. Attorney Visits: Attorneys should be on the inmate’s visiting list; however, this does not preclude other attorneys from visiting if the inmate requests such visits. The attorneys must have proper identification identifying them as a Licensed Attorney. Normally, attorneys will be permitted contact visiting with inmates except for security reasons or when violations of institutional regulations occur. Locked inmates will not be permitted contact visits during normal visiting hours. A copy of all approved legal visits will be sent to the Lieutenant’s, Captain and Visiting Room Officer. The Visiting Room Officer will supervise Attorney visits during normal visiting hours; however, no supplies or paperwork will be allowed as the visit will take place as a social visit. In the event an Attorney visit is conducted during non-visiting days, the Unit Team will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the visit and all items being brought in will be approved by the Captain prior to the visit. Unit Team is responsible for coordinating and supervising all Attorney Visits.
    3. High Profile/High Publicity/ADX Inmate Visits: All High Profile, and ADX inmate visitor requests shall be forwarded to the SIS Office for review prior to approval of the visit. The Counselor will review the inmate’s Pre-Sentence Investigation Report to ensure the visitor is identified as a family member or prior acquaintance. In the event the visit does not take place on a normal visiting day, the inmate’s Unit Team will provide supervision for the visit.

VISITORS WITH PRIOR CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO: The Warden must approve prospective visitors who have prior criminal convictions. The Counselor will submit a written recommendation through the Unit Manager, Captain, and Associate Warden of Programs to the Warden noting the visitor’s relationship to the inmate and the nature and extent of the prior criminal record. The inmate will be notified by the Counselor of the approval or disapproval of his request.  All requests will be routed through the SIS Office.

The Counselor will notify the inmate when a prospective visitor is denied.

TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE AT FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO: The Receptionist may call via the institution phone line, the local cab company requested by visitors. Commercial transportation phone numbers are posted in the Front Entrance Lobby.  Directions to the institution and visiting rules and regulations are available to inmate visitors at the front lobby.

VISITS FOR INMATES NOT IN REGULAR POPULATION STATUS/NON-VISITING ROOM VISITS:

i. Admission and Holdover Status:  The Unit Team will ensure visits are limited to the immediate family (brother, sister, parent, step parent, foster parent, spouse/partner, children over the age of 16) for holdovers and new commitments, thus allowing time for processing and investigation of visiting forms submitted by the inmate. Holdover/Pretrial inmates will be notified of the visiting procedures through issuance of the institution admission and orientation handbook upon their arrival at the institution. An inmate transferred from another institution will be able to use his approved list from that facility after review and approval by his Counselor and Unit Manager. This procedure will be initiated by the inmate and completed by the Counselor for approval ordinarily within the first two weeks of the inmate’s request. These inmates will receive visits during normal visiting hours within the established institutional visiting areas unless determined to be a security risk by the Captain.

j. Inmate Visits While In Local Hospital:

  1. Visits are made by immediate family only, ordinarily no one under the age of 16.
  2. Downtown hospital visits must be pre-arranged by the inmate’s unit team, reviewed by the Captain and approved by the Warden. Specific times for the visit will be outlined on the visiting form (Attachment 5).  The Unit Team will ensure Attachment 5 is completed and signed by the appropriate authority. The Captain will identify any special instructions on the visiting request.
  3. Following approval of the visit, the Unit Team shall be notified to coordinate the visit at the local hospital. The IDO will initially meet with staff (i.e. correctional, escort, and hospital staff at the local hospital) and ensure that there are no correctional or medical concerns with the visit occurring.
  4. A visiting list of immediate family members will be taken to the community hospital. The Unit Team will inform the immediate family member/members who are approved that they must come to the institution first and complete the Notification to Visitor Form (BP224). Upon completion, the Front Desk Officer will give the visitor a copy of the form to take to the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) or the Contract Guard Service at the local hospital. Staff assigned to the inmate at the local hospital will supervise the visit. The Receptionist will notify the Operations Lieutenant who will notify, the OIC at the hospital or the contract guard service. Without verbal notification from the Lieutenant, the visit will not take place.
      1. The Unit Team will notify the Receptionist and the Lieutenant’s Office in writing when a visit is approved for an inmate in a downtown hospital. A copy of the signed memorandum will be taken to the escorting staff by the Duty Officer or Unit Team.
      2. The visiting hours will comply with the visiting hours identified for the specific hospital. Hospital visits will not exceed 2 hours in length on any approved visiting day. 

Institution Bedside Visits at the Federal Prison Springfield MO:

  1. Bedside visits must be prearranged by the inmate’s unit team, reviewed by the Captain and approved by Warden (Attachment 4). Visits may be scheduled for any day of the week.
  2. Visiting times will be one (1) hour in the morning between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. or one (1) hour in the afternoon, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Once a visitor departs the institution, they are not to return on that same day.
  3. The unit officer will conduct a thorough search of the inmate and the inmate’s cell prior to and immediately following the completion of the bedside visit.
  4. The inmate’s Unit Manager will designate a member of his Unit Team to serve as supervising staff for the visit. Staff supervising bedside visits in hospital wards must provide constant and immediate visual supervision of inmates and their visitors to prevent security violations.
  5. Scheduling of all bedside visits will take into consideration any medical treatment needed, (i.e. medication), and any recommendations the physician may make (i.e. length of visit, limiting number of visitors, etc.).
  6. While visiting is encouraged, visiting arrangements must be consistent with the security and good order of the institution, with staff resources available, and with the wellbeing of the inmate in mind.

Detention or Segregation at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The Captain is responsible for providing an adequate place to visit and will determine the visiting hours. All of the regular visiting room rules and regulations shall apply. Maximum custody or mental health inmates who are in a locked section will have a non-contact visit, unless otherwise approved by the Captain. Before escorting any inmates from a locked section to the visiting room, staff will ensure the inmate has no separation issues in the visiting room. These inmates will visit during normal visiting hours and will be seated in the front of the visiting room under direct supervision by the visiting room officer.

Ward Restriction at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: When an inmate on ward restriction receives a visit, the following procedure should be followed. The Housing Unit officer will notify the inmate he has a visit.  The inmate will have time to properly groom himself and he will remain in a jumpsuit. The Unit Officer will notify the Tunnel Patrol officer of an inmate needing to be escorted to visiting. Tunnel Patrol will report to the unit, receive the inmate and his inmate I.D. card and escort the inmate to the visiting room.  Restraints are not to be used.  The inmate and visitors will be seated in the front of the visiting room under direct supervision of the visiting room officer. Upon completion of the visit, the inmate will be visually searched and Tunnel Patrol will be notified. The Tunnel Patrol officer will report to the visiting room, receive the inmate and his inmate I.D. card and escort them to their assigned unit returning the I.D. to the unit officer.

Non-Contact Visits at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The Warden delegates to the Captain authority to suspend contact visiting privileges for inmates when and where such visiting presents a potential threat to the security or orderly running of the institution. If more than one inmate requires Non-Contact visits, the inmate will only be allowed one hour of visiting each as to allow inmates an opportunity to visit. This will be done on a first come first serve basis. The non-contact visiting area is in the back of the visiting room and is divided by glass. Inmates will be visually searches and placed in this area on the opposite side from their visitor. No more than three visitor’s may visit in the non-contact room.

Children age 16 and under may not:

  1. Visit in any living area;
  2. Traverse any living area to visit.
  3. Children are the responsibility of the inmate and the visitor. They must be supervised at all times and they may not run or climb on objects within the visiting room. A children’s play area has been established and they may utilize this area. Inmates are not permitted in this area; however, adult visitors who are supervising a child may enter this area.

PROCEDURES at Federal Prison Springfield MO:

  1. Responsibility: The Captain is responsible for the maintenance and assignment of supervision to the institution visiting room. The Unit Team is responsible for the procedures set out in Section 18(b) of Program Statement 5267.09.
  2. Preparation of List of Visitors: The Correctional Counselor is responsible for evaluating the proposed visiting list submitted by an inmate and preparing all documents required in Section 18 (b) of Program Statement 5267.09. An NCIC check is required of all visitors not verified in the inmate’s Pre-Sentence Report or not listed on a visiting list prepared at another facility. In the event a proposed visitor is identified with a discrepancy in their background, a review process is in place and a memorandum will be forwarded to the Warden who has final authority regarding the approval/disapproval of the visitor. Attachment 1 of this Supplement will be provided to the inmate to make additions or deletions to the approved visiting list. The completed form will be returned to the Counselor for review and processing, changes in visiting list can be made one time per month. The inmate will be notified by the Counselor of the approval or disapproval of his request. Unit Team will enter approved visitors into the Visiting Computer Program and a copy of the approved visiting list will be placed in the inmate central file. The inmate will be provided with a copy of the Medical Center visiting regulations. Volunteers will not be placed on an inmate’s visiting list even if they discontinue volunteer group participation. The inmate is responsible for notifying the visitor of the approval or disapproval to visit. The inmate is also expected to provide the approved visitor with a copy of the visiting guidelines/regulation and directions for transportation to and from the institution. Regulations are posted in the front lobby and posted on the institutional web page.

WALSH ACT REQUIREMENTS:  The Unit Team will evaluate all inmates on their caseload and all incoming inmates to determine if they have an inmate who has been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor (WA W CONV).

Any inmate fitting this criterion will have the following annotation placed in the visiting program under the comments section: “this inmate was convicted of a sex offense involving a minor.”

Any inmate identified as having a Walsh Act assignment involving a minor will have his/her visits closely monitored. Specific procedures will be determined locally by the Warden.

Identification of Visitors at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The Receptionist is responsible for the identification of all visitors to the institution.  All visitors must have valid picture identification, such as a driver’s license, state approved photo identification card, or passport. Visitors will not be permitted into the institution without proper identification. Any questions concerning proper identification will be directed to the Operations Lieutenant or IDO.

In the event the visiting room computer program fails, the receptionist will contact the IDO and the Operations Lieutenant immediately. The IDO will contact a member of the unit team to review documentation in the inmate’s central file to confirm whether or not visitors have been approved to visit. If there is no documentation for the visitors in the central file, the IDO may reject the visit.

Notification to Visitors at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The visitor will sign the Notification of Visitors form (BP- 224).

The Joint Commission (JC) requires that measures be taken to control and prevent the spread of disease among Inmates, staff, and visitors. A letter (Attachment 6) has been created to warn visitors of the potential negative impact they could have while visiting inmates. This letter will be on the back side of the sign in roster in the front entrance reception area. The visitor will be required to read the letter as they sign in for the visiting session.

Searching Visitors at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Visitors are subject to search and under certain circumstances, detention and/or arrest. Refer to PS 5510.15 for exact specifications.

It is the responsibility of the Receptionist to ensure only authorized items are allowed into the visiting area and only after the items have been thoroughly searched for contraband.

Authorized items at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: A small clear plastic purse, no larger than 8”x8” will be utilized to carry authorized items into the institution. 1 Handkerchief, 1 comb, coins or $40.00 of currency per adult visitor, female hygiene items and an identification card.

Infant Items at the Federal Prison Springfield MO:  Sufficient care of infants such as two (2) bottles with formula, two (2) jars of baby food (must be in a factory sealed container), one (1) change of outer garments, three (3) diapers, one (1) baby blanket, baby wipes in a clear plastic bag.

Medications at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Only essential medications such as for heart disease, respiratory malfunctions, etc. will be allowed and only enough to get through a visiting period will be allowed.  The medication will be checked in and left at the officer’s desk.

Unauthorized items  at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: shall include but are not limited to; all tobacco products lighters, cell phones, diaper bags, large purses, letters, notes or documents without prior written approval, photographs, chewing gum, car keys, etc. Clear plastic bags will be provided for use in carrying infant supplies in lieu of a diaper bag. It is recommended that unauthorized items be secured in the vehicle; however, should this not be possible, lockers are available in the front lobby. All items requiring storage in the lockers will first be thoroughly searched by the Receptionist prior to allowing placement.

Visitors may not leave money in the Visiting Room or Front Entrance for credit to an inmate’s account. All money must be mailed to the inmate via the Lock Box at: Federal Bureau of Prisons, Inmate Register Number, Inmate Name, Post Office Box 474701, Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001. A Postal Money Order is recommended because personal checks will be held for fifteen (15) days before they will be credited to the inmate’s account.  Inmate visitors will not be allowed to receive anything of value or give anything of value to the inmate. No items may be given to or received from an inmate without prior written approval from the Warden.

Screening at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Visitors will be required to successfully pass through the walk-through metal detector. In the event this is unsuccessful, a hand-held metal detector will be used to identify the location of the metal and it is the responsibility of the visitor then correct the issue and clear the walk-through detector.   In the event the visitor can not remove the item or they suspect the item is a part of their clothing such as buckles, straps, hair pins, bras, etc… they are responsible for departing the institution and rectifying the issue. All visitors are required to clear the walk through metal detector without exception.

Should the visitor still be unable to successfully pass screening, the Operation’s Lieutenant will be contacted for further assistance. No visitors will be allowed entrance without clearing the walk thru metal detector.

Visitors with medical devices that cannot be removed must have supporting documentation from a physician.

Record of Visitors at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The Receptionist shall require each visitor to complete the Notification to Visitor Form (BP-224) of Program Statement 5267.09 in the lobby area and carry it to the Visiting Room Officer, who shall ensure it is properly completed and signed. The Visiting Room Officer shall forward this form to the SIS Office for filing.

Random Pat Searches at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: All inmate visitors, both social and legal, official visitors, contractors, and volunteers are subject to random pat searches.

Pat searches must be conducted by a same sex staff member and consist of that staff member pressing his/her hands on the visitor’s outer clothing to determine whether prohibited objects are present. Where possible, staff should conduct pat searches of visitors out of view of other visitors and inmates.

A random selection method must be established and documented each day before pat searching any visitors. The receptionist will maintain a bound ledger for the purpose of documenting the selection method. Upon reporting to his/her post the receptionist will contact the operations or activities lieutenant and advise him/her of recent selection methods documented in the bound ledgers. Additionally, the receptionist will advise the lieutenant of any large or extraordinary groups of visitors, contractors or volunteers expected. The lieutenant will use the information provided by the receptionist to determine one random selection method for the day.  The receptionist will immediately document that selection method and the name of the lieutenant in the bound ledger. The Receptionist will contact the rear gate officer and advise him/her of the random selection method and both posts will use the same selection method. This selection method will be used for a 24 hour period (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.) until the beginning of the next duty day for the receptionist and rear gate officer.

Except when the random selection method is “all visitors,” recommended predetermined selection methods include the following, using numbers between one and ten:

  • “Every third visitor.”
  • “ Search four, skip two.”
  • “ Search two, skip four, search three, skip four.”

Staff may not search visitors out of the predetermined random selection order unless reasonable suspicion indicates the visitor’s possible involvement with prohibited activities or objects and unless all requirements for approval as prescribed by P5510.15 are present.

Inmate visitors under 18 years of age should not be randomly pat searched as part of the daily random routine.

Visitor Attire at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The Front Lobby Receptionist/Officer will ensure all visitors are dressed appropriately. All visitors will be properly dressed when coming to visit at MCFP Springfield. Visitors will be expected to wear clothing which is in good taste. Visitors are prohibited from wearing shirts or coats with hoods, sleeveless shirts, low cut, or see-through clothing, tube or tank tops, shorts, skorts, jogging suits, backless clothing, open-toed shoes or any other apparel of a suggestive or revealing nature (skirts/ dresses can be no more than two (2) inches above the knee) no skin-tight clothing. No wearing orange clothing, camouflaged colors (except for active duty military) or the color khaki. No hats, nonprescription sunglasses or watches of any kind are allowed in the Visiting Room. Inmates are responsible for advising their visitors of the dress requirements in the Visiting Room.

The Operation Lieutenant or Duty Officer will be consulted prior to denying a visitor entry into the institution because of his or her attire. Excessive provocative attire is a reason to deny and/or preclude visiting privileges.

Inmate Attire at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Inmates will wear the full Khaki uniform and inmates inside of the secure institution will be issued institutional shoes in the visiting room. Soft shoes will not be permitted inside of the visiting room. Any questions regarding the necessity for medical shoes will be forwarded to the Clinical Director. Only inmates who have been identified will be allowed to wear medical shoes in the visiting room.

Inmate and Visitor Conduct and Termination at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: It is the responsibility of the Visiting Room Officers to ensure the visiting area regulations are followed as outlined by Bureau of Prisons policy and that visits are conducted in a quiet, orderly, and dignified manner. The officers will pay strict attention to ensure articles are not being passed between the inmate and his visitor. A visual search of each inmate is required at the beginning and at the end of each visit.  This practice is designed to reduce the possibility of the introduction of contraband into the institution through the visiting room. All inmates will be subjected to a metal detector search at the end of the visit. Searches will be conducted out of the visitor’s view and in privacy.  Inmate visitors arriving in the Visiting Room will report to the Visiting Room Officer for processing prior to being seated. Inmates, upon entering the Visiting Room, will report to the Visiting Room Officer for check-in. Inmates will remain in their seats unless authorized by the visiting room officer to utilize the bathroom or take a picture. Inmates are restricted from the vending machine area and the visitor’s restrooms.  Inmates will not be allowed  in the designated child play areas. Adult visitors are allowed in these areas only if they have a child in the play area. Cross visiting between inmates and other inmates’ visitors is not allowed. Physical contact between the inmate and his/her visitor(s) will be limited to a hand shake, embrace, or a brief closed mouth kiss upon the initial arrival and at the completion of the visit. Once the inmates and visitors are seated, they may not slump in the chairs, put their feet on the tables, lay on each other, cross legs with one another, embrace, massage, or anything else which involved excessive and constant touching.  Visitors, with the exception of a small child, will not be permitted to sit on the lap of an inmate.

The officers will issue only one warning. If inappropriate conduct continues, the visit will be subject to termination, and disciplinary action will be taken which may result in the loss of visiting privileges for a period of time.

Preferred Housing (Camp) at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Contact between FPC inmates and visitors outside the authorized visiting area is unauthorized.   Inmates and their visitors will be able to walk around and utilize both the inside and outside visiting areas. A copy of the Visiting Regulations will be posted in the Visiting Room and will be given to each approved visitor upon request by the Visiting Room Officer. Any violation of the institution’s visiting procedures may result in termination of the present visit or in disciplinary action. The Institution Duty Officer and Operations Lieutenant have the authority to terminate a visit. It is the responsibility of the inmate to ensure all visits are conducted in a quiet, orderly, and dignified manner. A visit not conducted in an appropriate manner may be terminated. The Operations Lieutenant will confer with the Institution Duty Officer (IDO) before the visit is terminated. The IDO is the final authority. The Lieutenant will prepare a written memorandum to the Captain and Unit Manager explaining the circumstances relied upon in terminating the visit. The Visiting Room Officer will be aware of all articles passed between the inmate and his/her visitor. If there is any reasonable basis to suspect that materials are being passed, which constitute a violation of the law or regulations, the officer may examine the item(s). The Operations Lieutenant will be consulted in questionable cases.

Special Procedures at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The SIS office will identify those inmates who require additional supervision during a visit based on a history of narcotics, contraband introduction, drug use, and/or excessive physical contact. Those identified inmates will be seated in an area that provides optimum visibility for staff. The Visiting Room Officers will notify SIS for further monitoring and will annotate the inmate’s name and register number in the log book.

MCFP CAMP VISITING FEDERAL PRISON SPRINGFIELD MO:  The Camp visiting will be allowed during the hours of 8:15a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays.

Location at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Visits will be conducted on the concrete pad, the marked area adjacent to the concrete pad, the playground area, and inside the multi-purpose building. There will be no visiting outside these designated areas.

Processing of Visitors at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Visitors wishing to visit Camp inmates must first report to the Receptionist (lobby) at the main institution. All visitors will be processed in and complete the Notification to Visitors Form (BP224). Each visitor must be identified and placed in the computer visiting program. Visitors will be logged in and out by the Camp Visiting Room officer on the visiting room work sheet.

The Receptionist will stamp the visitor’s hand during processing and advise the Camp Officer of the number of visitors present. Upon arrival at the Camp, the Camp Officer will check the visitor’s hand with the black light to ensure it is the same person which was processed. When the visit is concluded, the Camp Officer will advise the Tower One officer of the number of visitors returning to the parking lot.

Authorized Property at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Inmates are prohibited from giving or receiving any items from a visitor during a visit (including food items not purchased from the vending machines). Vending machines are available for use by the visitors. Inmates are not authorized to retain currency or coins. Inmates, while visiting, are not permitted to eat food from the institution food cart. Meals will not be saved or kept at the Camp for later consumption. The Receptionist is responsible for making available written guidelines to the visitor. (Attachment 3, Camp Visiting Room Rules and Regulations)

Apparel at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Inmates receiving visitors will be dressed in institutional clothing. Visitors will display appropriate dress as defined in Section 15(h).

Religious Services at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: Visitors may attend Camp religious services with the inmates being visited. Services are conducted by institution Chapel staff in the library or annex. The Protestant service begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday Morning and the Catholic mass is conducted as needed on Sundays.

PENALTY FOR VISITING ROOM VIOLATIONS AT THE FEDERAL PRISON IN SPRINGFIELD: The right to have future visits may be denied to anyone who tries to circumvent visiting regulations. Unlawful actions will be referred to the appropriate federal agency for prosecution.

DEFINITION OF UNIT TEAM AT THE FEDERAL PRISON IN SPRINGFIELD: Unit Manager, Case Manager, Counselor, Secretary.

 

Visiting Room Rule and Regulations at the Federal Prison Springfield MO

The following guidelines have been established to provide inmates and their friends and families an opportunity to visit within the confines of the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. Visiting is an integral part of this institution’s operations and assists inmates in maintaining important family ties. Visiting must be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines to ensure a safe and secure process for all. Questions regarding these policies should be directed to the Receptionist or Visiting Room Officers.

Visitor Attire at the Federal Prison Springfield MO: The Front Lobby Officer will ensure all visitors are dressed appropriately. All visitors will be properly dressed when entering USMCFP Springfield. Visitors will be expected to wear clothing which is in good taste. Visitors are prohibited from wearing anything with a hood, sleeveless shirts, low cut, or see-through clothing, tube or tank tops, shorts, skirts, jogging suits, backless clothing, open-toed shoes or any other apparel of a suggestive or revealing nature (skirts/ dresses can be no more than two (2) inches above the knee) no skin-tight clothing (Skinny Jeans). No hats, nonprescription sunglasses or watches of any kind are allowed in the Visiting Room. Inmates are responsible for advising their visitors of the dress requirements in the Visiting Room, including not wearing orange clothing, camouflaged colors (except for active duty military) or the color khaki.

The Operation Lieutenant or Duty Officer will be consulted prior to denying a visitor entry into the institution because of his or her attire. Excessive provocative attire is a reason to deny and/or preclude visiting.

Physical contact between the inmate and his visitor(s) will be limited to a hand shake, embrace, or a brief closed mouth kiss upon the initial arrival of the visitor and at the completion of the visit.  Inmates and their visitors are not permitted to put their feet on the tables, slump or lay on each other, cross legs with one another, embrace, massage, kiss, or otherwise touch one another after the initial greeting. Physical contact between the inmate and his visitor is limited to hand holding. Visitors, with the exception of small child, will not be permitted to sit on the lap of an inmate.

The visiting room staff will issue only one warning. This will be documented as your one and only warning concerning excessive contact. Any additional contact will be subject to termination of the visit, and disciplinary action may result in suspension of visiting privileges.

It is the responsibility of the inmate to ensure all visits are conducted in a quiet, orderly, and dignified manner. All visits not conducted in an appropriate manner will be terminated.

If there is any reasonable basis to suspect items are being passed, which constitutes a violation of the law or regulations, the officer will examine the item(s) and the Operations Lieutenant will be consulted for guidance.

Children are the responsibility of their parents and will remain with their parents while in the Visiting Room. They are not permitted to roam through the Visiting Room or disturb other visitors. Inmates are not allowed in the designated child play areas; therefore, adult visitors must care for their children in those areas.

Visitors with infants WILL NOT BE PERMITTED to carry a diaper bag into the Visiting Room. A clear plastic bag will be provided to carry items needed for sufficient care of the child. The items allowed are limited to: two (2) bottles with formula, three (3) diapers, one (1) change of outer garments, (1) baby blanket, and two (2) jars of baby food (must be in factory sealed containers).

Coats (outer garments) and hats may be left in the lockers provided and are not permitted inside the Visiting Room; however, the Medical Center assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items. After outer garments are left on the coat racks provided, visitors will not be permitted to retrieve any items from the garments.

Visitors will only be allowed to bring in to the Visiting Room a small clear bag no larger than 8×8, handkerchief, comb, coins, or $40.00 of currency per adult visitor, female hygiene items, identification cards, and immediate needs for medications such as those needed for heart disease, respiratory malfunctions, etc. Billfolds are not allowed to be taken into the Visiting Room.

Inmates are permitted to bring only the following items into the Visiting Room: handkerchief, comb, wedding band, religious headwear/medallion and prescription glasses. Inmates are not permitted to take food items, letters, pictures, etc., from the Visiting Room back inside the institution.

The Visiting Room at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Special visits for these days must be arranged through the inmate’s Unit Team. Visiting hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Inmates are allowed eight (8) visiting points per month. Visits on weekdays count as one (1) point; however, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays count as two (2) points. Clergy and legal visits do not count against the inmate’s monthly allowance. Clergy visits are limited to two-hour duration. Additional or “special visits” must be approved at least one week in advance by the inmate’s unit team. Completion of the necessary paperwork is the responsibility of the inmate.

Inmates are permitted to have a total maximum of six (6) visitors at a time.  This total of 6 may be comprised of both children and adults; however, there can be no more than four (4) adults or four (4) children at one time. (For example: an inmate may have 4 adults and 2 children during a visit. An inmate may not have 5 adults and 1 child during a visit, or 6 adults during a visit.) Any inmate request for additional visitors will be requested by the inmate in writing at least one week prior to the visit.

When no additional seating is available in the Visiting Room, those inmates who have local visitors (within a twenty-five mile radius of the institution) and have visited the longest will terminate their visits to allow visiting space for out-of-town visitors.

Private attorneys and consular officials are permitted to carry legal materials into the visiting room as long as they have been pre-approved and the visits do not take place on a normal visiting day.

An inmate wishing to show legal documents to his attorney will mail them to him/her prior to his visit. In situations where the inmate has a time-sensitive deadline, he may have a member of the unit team seal the legal documents in an envelope and take it to the Visiting Room when the attorney arrives.  The inmate will make these arrangements prior to reporting to the Visiting Room.  These legal documents will again be inspected for contraband upon termination of the visit and the inmate’s return to his unit. The inmate’s unit team member will return to the Visiting Room to pick up the documents and return them to the inmate. No legal documents will be brought through the Shakedown Room.

Any inquiries made by visitors concerning an inmate will be directed to the inmate’s unit team.  The inmate can advise the visitors of the names of his unit team members.

Visitors who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to visit.

Visitors may not leave money in the Visiting Room or Front Entrance for credit to an inmate’s account.

Visitors will visit only with the inmate on whose visiting list they appear.

WARNING: IT IS A FEDERAL CRIME TO BRING UPON THE INSTITUTION GROUNDS ANY WEAPONS, INTOXICANTS, DRUGS, OR OTHER CONTRABAND. 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1791 PROVIDES A PENALTY OF IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS, A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN $250,000, OR BOTH, TO A PERSON WHO PROVIDES, OR ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE, TO AN INMATE ANYTHING WHATSOEVER WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT OF THE WARDEN. ALL PERSONS ENTERING UPON THESE PREMISES ARE SUBJECT TO ROUTINE SEARCHES OF THEIR PERSON, PROPERTY (INCLUDING VEHICLES), AND PACKAGES. THE WARDEN, UPON A REASONABLE SUSPICION THAT A PERSON MAY BE INTRODUCING CONTRABAND OR DEMONSTRATING ACTIONS THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE ENDANGER INSTITUTION SAFETY, SECURITY, OR GOOD ORDER, MAY REQUEST THE PERSON, AS A PREREQUISITE TO ENTRY, TO SUBMIT TO A VISUAL SEARCH, PAT SEARCH, URINE SURVEILLANCE TEST, BREATHALYZER TEST, OR OTHER COMPARABLE TEST. A VISITOR HAS THE OPTION TO REFUSE ANY OF THE SEARCH OR TEST OR ENTRANCE PROCEDURES, WITH THE RESULT THAT THE VISITOR WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRY TO THE INSTITUTION.

Violation of any of the above stated regulations may result in termination of visiting privileges or prosecution, if appropriate.

Visitors will be allowed to visit with one inmate at a time. Requests for approval of a visitor already on another inmate’s visiting list will be closely reviewed by staff.

The U. S. Medical Center address is 1900 W. Sunshine, Springfield, Missouri 65807, phone number 417-862-7041. The U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners is located on the western edge of the city of Springfield, Missouri, at the corner of Sunshine Street and Kansas Expressway. Visitors traveling to the Medical Center from U.S. Highway 60 will exit off the Kansas Expressway interchange and travel north on Kansas Expressway approximately three (3) miles. Interstate 44 is approximately six (6) miles north of the Medical Center on Kansas Expressway.  Visitors arriving on Interstate 44 will exit off and travel south on the Kansas Expressway to reach the institution.

Local Taxi Cab Services:

Springfield Yellow Cab – (417) 862-5511

Airlines:

The following airlines provide service to the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport: American Eagle/American Airlines, US Airways/US Airways Express, United Express

PREFERRED HOUSING (CAMP) VISITING ROOM RULES AND REGULATIONS:

The following guidelines have been established to provide an opportunity to visit within the Camp of the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in a safe and orderly manner. They have been formulated so visiting privileges may continue to be a productive and integral part of this institution’s operation and the inmate’s adjustment.  Questions concerning these guidelines should be directed to the Visiting Room Officer.

  1. Visitor Attire: The Front Lobby Receptionist/Officer will ensure all visitors are dressed appropriately. All visitors will be properly dressed when coming to visit at MCFP Springfield. Visitors will be expected to wear clothing which is in good taste. Visitors are prohibited from wearing sleeveless shirts, low cut, or see-through clothing, tube or tank tops, shorts, skirts, jogging suits, backless clothing, open-toed shoes or any other apparel of a suggestive or revealing nature (skirts/ dresses can be no more than two (2) inches above the knee) no skin-tight clothing. No hats, nonprescription sunglasses or watches of any kind are allowed in the Visiting Room. Inmates are responsible for advising their visitors of the dress requirements in the Visiting Room, including not wearing orange clothing, camouflaged colors (except for active duty military) or the color khaki.The Operation Lieutenant or Duty Officer will be consulted prior to denying a visitor entry into the institution because of his or her attire. Excessive provocative attire is a reason to deny and/or preclude visiting.Inmates are permitted to have a total maximum of six (6) visitors at a time. This total of 6 may be comprised of both children and adults; however, there can be no more than four (4) adults or four (4) children at one time. (For example: an inmate may have 4 adults and 2 children during a visit. An inmate may not have 5 adults and 1 child during a visit, or 6 adults during a visit.) Any inmate request for additional visitors will be requested by the inmate in writing at least one week prior to the visit.
  2. Physical contact between the inmates and his visitor(s) will be limited to a hand shake, embrace, or a brief closed mouth kiss, upon the initial arrival and at the completion of the visit. Once the inmates and visitors are seated, inmates may not slump in the chairs, put their feet on the tables, lay on each other, cross legs with another, embrace, massage, or anything else which involves excessive and constant touching. Visitors, with the exception of small child, will not be permitted to sit on the lap of an inmate.Visiting room staff will issue only one warning. This will be documented as your one and only warning concerning excessive contact. Any additional contact will be subject to termination of the visit, and disciplinary action will result in suspension of visiting privileges.It is the responsibility of the inmate to ensure all visits are conducted in a quiet, orderly, and dignified manner. All visits not conducted in an appropriate manner will be terminated.If there is any reasonable basis to suspect items are being passed, which constitutes a violation of the law or regulations, the officer will examine the item(s) and the Operations Lieutenant will be consulted for guidance.
  3. Children are the responsibility of their parents and will remain with their parents while in the Visiting Room.  They are not permitted to roam through the visiting room or disturb other visitors.
  4. Visitors with infants WILL NOT BE PERMITTED to carry a diaper bag into the Visiting Room; however, essential items needed for infant needs may be carried in a clear, plastic bag.  The items allowed are limited to; two (2) bottles with formula, three (3) diapers, one (1) change of outer garments, and two (2) jars of baby food (must be in factory sealed containers).
  5. Visitors will only be allowed to bring in the Visiting Room a small clear bag no larger than 8”x8”, handkerchief, comb, coins, or $40.00 of currency per adult visitor, female hygiene items, identification cards, and immediate needs for medications such as those needed for heart disease, respiratory malfunctions, etc.  Billfolds are not allowed to be taken into the Visiting Room.
  6. Inmates are permitted to bring only the following items into the Visiting Room: handkerchief, comb, wedding band, and prescription glasses. Inmates are not permitted to take letters, pictures, etc., from the Visiting Room back inside the Camp living unit, with the exception of the photographs taken in the Visiting Room that are purchased by the inmate with tickets.
  7. The Camp visiting hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays. Additional or “special visits” must be approved at least one week in advance by the inmate’s unit team. Completion of the necessary paperwork is the responsibility of the inmate concerned. Processing of visitors for the Camp will be suspended for the count.
  8. When no additional seating is available in the Visiting Room, those inmates who have local visitors (within a twenty-five mile radius of the institution) and have visited the longest will terminate their visits to allow visiting space for out-of-town visitors.
  9. Private attorneys and consular officials are permitted to carry legal materials into the visiting room as long as they have been pre-approved and the visits do not take place on a normal visiting day.
  10. An inmate wishing to show legal documents to his attorney will mail them to him/her prior to his visit. In situations where the inmate has a time deadline, he may have a member of the unit team seal the legal documents in an envelope and take it to the Visiting Room when the attorney arrives. The inmate will make these arrangements prior to reporting to the Visiting Room. These legal documents will again be inspected for contraband upon termination of the visit and the inmate’s return to his unit. The inmate’s unit team member will return to the Visiting Room to pick up the documents and return them to the inmate.
  11. Any inquiries made by visitors concerning an inmate will be directed to the inmate’s unit team. The inmate can advise the visitors of the names of his unit team members.
  12. Visitors who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to visit.
  13. Visitors may not leave money in the Visiting Room or Front Entrance for credit to an inmate’s account. All monies must be mailed to the inmate. A Postal Money Order is recommended because personal checks will be held for fifteen (15) days before they will be credited to the inmate’s account.
  14. Visitors will visit only with the inmate on whose visiting list they appear.
  15. Outside playground area is designated for children, adult supervision is required.
  16. WARNING: IT IS A FEDERAL CRIME TO BRING UPON THE INSTITUTION GROUNDS ANY WEAPONS, INTOXICANTS, DRUGS, OR OTHER CONTRABAND. 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1791 PROVIDES A PENALTY OF IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS, A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN $250,000, OR BOTH, TO A PERSON WHO PROVIDES, OR ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE, TO AN INMATE ANYTHING WHATSOEVER WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT OF THE WARDEN. ALL PERSONS ENTERING UPON THESE PREMISES ARE SUBJECT TO ROUTINE SEARCHES OF THEIR PERSON, PROPERTY (INCLUDING VEHICLES), AND PACKAGES.  THE WARDEN, UPON A REASONABLE SUSPICION THAT A PERSON MAY BE INTRODUCING CONTRABAND OR DEMONSTRATING ACTIONS THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE ENDANGER INSTITUTION SAFETY, SECURITY, OR GOOD ORDER, MAY REQUEST THE PERSON, AS A PREREQUISITE TO ENTRY, TO SUBMIT TO A VISUAL SEARCH, PAT SEARCH, URINE SURVEILLANCE TEST, BREATHALYZER TEST, OR OTHER COMPARABLE TEST. A VISITOR HAS THE OPTION TO REFUSE ANY OF THE SEARCH OR TEST OR ENTRANCE PROCEDURES, WITH THE RESULT THAT THE VISITOR WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRY TO THE INSTITUTION.
  17. Violation of any of the above stated regulations may result in termination of visiting privileges, or prosecution, if appropriate.
  18. The U. S. Medical Center address is 1900 W. Sunshine, Springfield, Missouri 65807, phone number 417-862-7041. The U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners is located on the western edge of the city of Springfield, Missouri, at the corner of Sunshine Street and Kansas Expressway. Visitors traveling to the Medical Center from U.S. Highway 60 will exit off the Kansas Expressway interchange and travel north on Kansas Expressway approximately three (3) miles. Interstate 44 is approximately six (6) miles north of the Medical Center on Kansas Expressway. Visitors arriving on Interstate 44 will exit off and travel south on the Kansas Expressway to reach the institution. Phone numbers for local transportation to and from the institution, Yellow Cab 417-862-5511, and Metropolitan City Cab 417-865-7700.
  19. Local Taxi Cab Services:
    Springfield Yellow Cab – (417) 862-5511
    Airlines: The following airlines provide service to the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport: American Eagle/American Airlines, US Airways/US Airways Express, United Express

 

Dear Visitor of the Federal Prison Springfield MO:

The mission of the Medical Center at Springfield is to provide necessary medical, dental, and mental health services to inmates by professional staff, consistent with acceptable community standards. It is our goal to provide the safest environment for health care delivery.

This letter follows recommendations recognized in the civilian health care community. It is imperative these guidelines be followed at the Medical Center for the protection and health care of the staff, inmates, and the surrounding community; otherwise it could have serious consequences on these populations.

When planning to attend the visiting room at USMCFP, Springfield, please keep in mind if you or your children are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms of an infectious illness, we ask that you consider postponing your visit.

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees)
  • Infectious eye or skin disease
  • Colds or flu
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Strep infections such as strep throat
  • A recent known exposure to an infectious disease such as measles, mumps, or chicken pox Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to continue to provide the best medical care possible.

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