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Update from the DOC concerning visitation

Monday, March 16, 2020

The DOC has updated it's visitiation policy during this time due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19):

 

DC Department of Corrections Halts In-Person Visitations

 

UPDATE: Effective 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 In order to protect our residents, staff, and their families, the DC Department of Corrections is suspending all in-person visits, programming, and volunteer activities at its facilities for the entirety of the Public Health Emergency declared on March 11, 2020. The Department will provide video visitation for inmates while in-person visitation is suspended. While we recognize the significant impact this will have on inmates, their families, and loved ones, we are guided by medical experts who recommend social distancing measures as a proven method for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

 

As the Centers for Disease Control and DC Health guidelines and recommendations change, DOC will provide updated information to everyone in our facilities. For more information regarding the coronavirus, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

 

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The DC Department of Corrections takes the safety and well-being of DOC residents, visitors, staff, volunteers, and contractors extremely seriously.

 

As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in our community and follow guidance from DC Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are taking necessary steps to protect everyone in our facilities and ensure that residents can continue to safely receive visitors.

 

  • Established Incident Command Team
  • Medical Staff is staying vigilant and meeting with each housing unit and officer roll call
  • Developed and implemented a strategic communications plan
  • Enhanced cleaning efforts, especially within common areas
  • Ordered additional cleaning and sanitation supplies, including protective gloves, masks and clothing for staff
  • Initiated a two-hour cleaning of the entire facility (sanitizing and reminding people to wash their hands)
  • Continuously partnering and sharing info with our criminal justice partners
  • Sending daily COVID-19 emails to all employees to keep everyone informed