||What to Expect on a Visit
You will be directed to report to the Visitors Centre for initial registration. Please try to arrive at least twenty minutes prior to the starting time of your visit, to ensure that the entry searching process does not delay the start of your visit.
In the Visitors Centre you will need to produce your acceptable form of identification. Adult visitors will also be enrolled within the Visitor Registration Scheme (VRS), and receive a bar-coded or similar data-specific identification tag or non-removable bracelet.
Social visitors are not permitted to take hand baggage beyond the Visitors Centre, and locker facilities are available for safe storage of such items. Please retain the key during your visit. At this point you will also be informed of the maximum amount of money that you may take into the prison for the purpose of purchasing light refreshments during your visit. The amount you can take through at the moment is £40.00.
Once registered, you will be called forward to the Entry Building Visitors Entrance for searching. Your identification will be rechecked and you will be directed across to the Visits Hall.
If you are bringing babies or small children into the prison and require a pram/stroller, we will provide one for your use during your visit.
Visitors must wear appropriate attire (no clothing above knee length, (skirts, shorts or dresses) no backless or low cut garments, no string vests, no hooded tops/coats, no scarves or gloves, metal toed footwear, no headgear other than on recognised religious grounds, no item of clothing displaying an offensive slogan).
All visitors to HMP Rye Hill are searched on entry to the prison. Consent to being searched is a precondition of entry into any G4S prison, and notices to this effect can be seen displayed in the Visitors Centre and in the entrances to the prison. Exit searching will also take place following every visiting session.
Searching will be carried out with due regard for the dignity of the individual and his/her possessions. Manual searching by staff will be supplemented by the use of x-ray and metal detection equipment, drug detection dogs and equipment, and CCTV surveillance. Children under ten years of age will always be searched by female members of staff. Arrangements for the searching of infants will specifically require the parent or carer to observe the process.
Drug and explosive detection equipment will be deployed in the Visitor Entrance Search Area, supplemented by periodic use of passive drug detection (sniffer) dogs.
The Visits Hall
Once searching has been completed, adult visitors will be issued with a wristband and all visitors will then move to the Visits Hall. You will be directed to a pre-selected and numbered table.
Seating arrangements are designed as to place offenders in specific seats that are visually identifiable. Offenders will not be allowed to sit on seats other than those proved for their use. The same applies also to visitors. Please be aware that CCTV is in operation in the Visits Hall. Explicit sexual, indecent or other antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated and contravention of these rules may result in early termination of the visit.
At the conclusion of the visiting session, visitors will remain in the Visits Hall until their offender has left the building. The Visits Hall is designated a non-smoking area in the interests of public health. Signs to this effect will be prominently displayed. No tobacco products should be carried into visits by offenders or visitors.