1936/1944 Jail Rules Booklet
Forerunner to Current Statewide Minimum Standards
The NY Correction History Society presents text from the SCOC's oldest Regulations for Management of County Jails booklet.

Page 26 of 28 pages.

than those specifically authorized by law.

The law requires that visitors be carefully supervised to prevent passing in of weapons, tools, drugs, liquor and other contrband.

County Jail Regulations Page 26.
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A record should be kept in each jail, giving the name and address of each visitor, date of birth, name of inmate visited, whether the visitor brought a package to the inmate, and a statement as to the contents of packages intended for inmates.

In jails where a visitors' booth is provided, the safe-keeping of prisoners, especially those held for serious crimes, will be insured if the booths are used for visits. Where there are no booths, and where prisoners are permitted to receive visitors in corridors or jailer's office, visits should be closely supervised. Experience has shown that laxity in supervising visitors and searching packages has resulted in escapes, assaults on officers and serious breaches of discipline.

All prisoners should be permitted to converse with their counsel or religious


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