PSD NEWS RELEASE: Non-contact visits to begin at the Oahu Community Correctional Center

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 in Latest News

HONOLULU – Effective October 10, the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) is switching to no-contact visits 7-days a week (except holidays).  The new visit schedule will be 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.  Families are allowed to schedule one 30-minute visit per week with up to 2 people visiting at a time with an inmate.

“Visit availability for inmate’s families forecasted over a seven-day period provides a wider array of options for families to visit and meshes better with scheduled security staffing,” said OCCC Warden Francis Sequeira. “The daily facilitation of non-contact visits will be regimented and safer for inmates and staff alike.”

Implementing non-contact visits also creates a safer environment for staff, inmates and visitors by blocking a primary contraband pathway.

“We know these visits are important for the inmates as well as their families, and this change will allow OCCC to hold visitation with less strain on staff and more oversight and control,” said Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda.

Approved visitors can call and schedule their visit up to 7 days in advance but no later than 24 hours in advance of the visit.  (Please see attached visitor information sheet for more information on phone scheduling and visitation guidelines)

No new construction was needed for the change to no-contact visits.  OCCC will use the five glassed-off interview rooms that are currently in the existing visitation room.

(To see the visitation room set-up go to our OCCC Virtual Tour located on our Public Safety website: http://dps.hawaii.gov/occc-virtual-tour/)

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Toni Schwartz
Public Information Officer
Hawaii Department of Public Safety
Office: 808-587-1358
Cell: 808-683-5507
Toni.E.Schwartz@hawaii.gov
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