The following is an outline of the guidelines governing visiting at the Farmville Detention Center.
Visiting guidelines are available to visitors at the Front Lobby and Farmville Detention Center website (www.ica-farmville.com). Detainees are limited to three adults and three children visitors at one time.
Address and phone number: The Farmville Detention Center is located at 508 Waterworks Rd, Farmville, VA 23901. The telephone number is (434) 395-8114.
Local Transportation: Taxi in the Farmville area: (434) 392-4229 and (434) 607-3075. Bus service from Greyhound Lines: (800) 231-2222.
Days and Hours of Visitation: Arrival at the visitor parking lot prior to 8:30 a.m. is prohibited. Farmville Detention Center visiting hours are 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. Contact visitation privileges for detainees classified as Low and Medium-Low is scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Contact visitation privileges for detainees classified as High level is scheduled on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Medium-High detainees retain contact visitation privileges 7 days a week due to ICE standards which allow them to co-mingle with all custody levels. Visitation outside of these times is available by appointment with 24 hours notice in advance and approval by the Director. The processing of visitors will begin at 8:45 a.m. No visitors will be processed after 8:15 p.m. Restricted Housing Unit detainee visiting hours are by appointment with 24 hours notice in advance and approval by the Director.
Dress Code: Female Visitors Age 12 and Older: Shorts will cover customarily covered areas of the anatomy, including the buttocks and groin area, both when standing and sitting. Shorts may be no higher than mid-thigh. Short-shorts, jogging shorts, cut-offs, and other obviously inappropriate short garments are prohibited. Skirts and dresses will extend no higher than mid-thigh, seated. Slits in skirts and dresses will rise no higher than mid-thigh, seated. Leggings may only be worn as an Undergarment; worn underneath a skirt, dress, tunic top as long as the skirt, dress, or tunic top does not extend any higher than mid-thigh when seated. Sheer (see-through) clothing is prohibited. The top of clothing will be no lower than the underarm in the front and back. Bare midriffs and strapless tops, tube tops, and swimsuits are prohibited. Shoes will be worn at all times. Recognized gang “colors” and other gang displays are prohibited. Hats and head coverings are prohibited unless worn for medical or religious reasons; however, they must be removed for security inspection prior to entering. Also prohibited are: smart watches, electronic devices, spandex, leggings as an outer garment, leotards or skin-tight clothing, hoodies, bobby pins, safety pins, decorative pins, hair accessories, and or jewelry items that do not successfully clear the metal detector. Pajamas and other sleepwear worn as outer garments, ripped or excessively worn or dirty clothing, articles of clothing that express obscenities, profanities or other morally questionable indecencies as determined by staff. Undergarments may not be exposed. The Shift Commander will determine if a visitors clothing is in violation of the dress code. Any perfume, cologne or body odor deemed excessive is also prohibited.
Male Visitors Age 12 and Older: Shorts will cover customarily covered areas of the anatomy, including the buttocks and groin area, both when standing and sitting. Shorts may be no higher than mid-thigh. Short-shorts, jogging shorts, cut-offs, and other obviously inappropriate short garments are prohibited. Shirts will be worn at all times. Muscle shirts, bare midriff shirts and sleeveless shirts are prohibited. Shoes will be worn at all times. Gang “colors” and other gang displays are prohibited. Hats and head coverings are prohibited unless worn for medical or religious reasons; however, they must be removed for security inspection prior to entering. Also prohibited are: smart watches, electronic devices, spandex, Leggings may only be worn as an Undergarment, leotards or skin-tight clothing, hoodies, bobby pins, safety pins, decorative pins, hair accessories, and or jewelry items that do not successfully clear the metal detector. Pajamas and other sleepwear worn as outer garments, ripped or excessively worn or dirty clothing, articles of clothing that express obscenities, profanities or other morally questionable indecencies as determined by staff. Undergarments may not be exposed. The Shift Commander will determine if a visitors clothing is in violation of the dress code. Any perfume, cologne or body odor deemed excessive is also prohibited. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Gang “colors” and other gang displays are prohibited. Facility staff will determine the suitability of all visitors clothing.
Identification Requirements: All visitors, except for children under sixteen years, must display valid photo identification (i.e., valid driver’s license, valid state identification card, a valid/current passport or government issued identification card from country of origin) before being permitted into the facility. Visitors under the age of 16 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are exempt from this requirement. Person(s) not permitted to visit, may not remain in the facility or the facility parking lot.
Authorized Items in Visiting: Visitors are not authorized to give anything to a detainee except food and drink purchased from the vending machine. The only articles authorized to be carried into the facility by visitors are monies for vending (limit of $20.00) and a property locker key. All unauthorized items must be secured in a front lobby locker or in the visitor’s vehicle. 18 U.S.C. 1791, which provides a penalty of imprisonment for not more than twenty years, a fine, or both for providing or attempting to provide to a detainee anything whatsoever without the knowledge and consent of the Director.
Special Rules for Children: Children under the age of 16 will not be allowed entry into the facility to visit unless they are accompanied by an adult visitor. Adult visitors will be responsible for the conduct of children under their supervision. This includes keeping them within the authorized visiting areas. Detainees and visitors will be responsible for keeping their children quiet so as not to disrupt others. All care for infants, for example changing their diapers or feeding, must be conducted in the lobby. Infant bottles, diapers, blankets, car seat carriers, or other items are not authorized inside of the visitation room. Lobby officers are prohibited from holding visitor property. Pacifiers for infants are authorized to be brought into the visitation room.
Special Visit Requirements: The Director may authorize special visits to accommodate a unique circumstance (e.g., a person traveling a long distance, visiting a hospitalized detainee). Special visits are not counted as regular visits. Requests should be accomplished as far in advance of the special visit as possible.
Parking: Parking for detainee visitors is available in the main facility parking lot. No parking is allowed on the roadway leading to the facility or on the grass. Designated Handicap parking is available in the main facility parking lot for those vehicles that have properly registered handicap license plates or placards. Violators may be subject to towing, at the owner’s expense. No occupants may remain in parked cars. Non-visitors must leave the facility grounds and may return to pick up the visitors at a prearranged time. Large vehicles (i.e., campers, mobile recreational vehicles, tractor trailers, etc.) are prohibited from being parked on the facility grounds or parking lot at any time. Visitors must ensure their vehicle is locked and the windows are closed so that no person is able to reach into the interior of the vehicle. Loitering or picnicking on the facility grounds is strictly prohibited. Visitors are to enter the facility from their vehicle or remain in their vehicle only, except for the waiting benches in front of the facility. Violators will be asked to leave the premises. The drainage ponds are strictly off limits, they are functional and not for aesthetic purposes. Littering, smoking and photography on facility property are prohibited.
Processing: Visitors and belongings entering the facility are subject to search. Anyone refusing a search of their person or property will be refused entry. Visitors are required to pass through a walk-through metal detector without activation. Anyone unable to clear the walk-through metal detector without activation may be subject to further search procedures, such as a pat search. Visitors must also have all belongings entering the facility screened by the x-ray machine. Visitors should refrain from wearing clothing with metal content. Anyone refusing to be searched will be denied the opportunity to visit. Visiting areas are subject to video monitoring.
Contact: Physical contact is limited to handshaking, embracing and a kiss between the detainee and his visitor(s) upon the initial arrival, and again at the completion of the visit. Holding hands in plain view is permitted. It is the responsibility of the detainee to ensure all visits are conducted in a quiet, orderly, and dignified manner. Inappropriate conduct, as determined by the Visitation Officer or a supervisor, during a visit may result in the termination of the visit and suspension of visitation privileges.
Contraband: Is any item, article, or substance not authorized to be possessed by Farmville Detention Center personnel or detainees and, any authorized item being used in an unauthorized or unintended manner. This includes items or substances that can reasonably be expected to cause physical injury or adversely affect the security, safety, and good order of the institution, or the custody and control of detainees while the item is within Farmville Detention Center grounds and facilities.
- Contraband includes but is not limited to:
- Guns and firearms of any type, their component parts, including, but not limited to ammunition, clips, or magazines,
- Explosives or ammunition,
- Incendiary devices or mechanical or chemical components of them,
- Knives (including pocketknives),
- Razor blades, or blades of any type,
- Narcotics and non-prescription drugs. This does not include a limited supply of over the counter medications such as aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, cold medicines, stored in their original containers.
- Intoxications or alcoholic beverages,
- Currency (not carried on the person or contained in a purse or handbag accompanying the person),
- Unauthorized cellular phones or Laptop Computers, smart watches, or radio transmitters,
- Photographic equipment, including cameras and film,
- Printed material and media that are pornographic, sexually explicit, or sexually inappropriate in nature,
- Media recording devices (MP3 players, iPods, portable hard drives, thumb drives, etc.),
- Extra clothing not worn at the job site,
- Glass Containers,
- Metal fingernail files,
- Weight lifting dietary supplements (Creatine, Ripped Fuel, Metabolic supplements, etc.) This does not include a limited supply of diet or food items such as Slim Fast.
- Personally owned or retained handcuff keys or picklocks, and,
- Tobacco and tobacco related products including but not limited to pipes, lighters, matches, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, leaf tobacco, tobacco paraphernalia, etc.
Legal Representatives: Attorneys, Representatives of an attorney, legal assistants, Translators or Interpreters, Messengers employed by the attorney’s office or other Individuals identified by the ICE PBNDS who wish to visit will be subject to the following. Professionals wanting to gain access to the facility will provide valid ID and proof of being an attorney. Attorneys representing the detainee in an Immigration matter will be asked to provide a G-28. Pre-representation meetings are not subject to this procedure. Legal assistants will need to provide a letter from the supervising attorney, along with a copy of the attorney’s credentials, and a valid state issued ID. Law graduates that are not members of the bar will provide a copy of their law degree. Student attorneys will need to provide a letter from the college professor and a copy of his/her credentials.
Attorney Dress Code: Attorneys are subject to the same guidelines as regular visitation with the following exceptions. Suit coats for men and women will be permitted as part of business attire.
Authorized items allowed during a legal visit: Paperwork, pens/pencils, and notebooks will generally be allowed. Briefcases are not authorized for entry. Paperwork is the only item authorized to be passed to detainees during a legal visit.
Items that must be preauthorized: Laptop computers, audio recorders, video equipment. Requests can be made to the Operations department and will be subject to approval by ICE and/or the facility.
Interpreters: The facility is not responsible for providing interpreters to private attorneys.
Scheduling: Visitation is on a first come first serve basis. You will be subject to the classification and schedule of the regular visitation area due to physical plant restraints. If you have a non-contact visitation paperwork needing to be passed will be completed by staff. Phones in the non-contact rooms are not recorded. If you are scheduling a visit other than a regular legal visitation you can contact the facility operations department for additional accommodations.
Marriages: The facility is not responsible for assisting with any marriage arrangements and is prohibited from doing so by standard. Visitors will be subject to visitation rules, days, and dress code.