Information on Making Telephone Calls During Hospitalization of Inmates
(Ref: Federal Bureau of Prisons, Institution Supplement: NUMBER: CRW 5267.08a, February 28, 2008)
The following guidelines concerning inmates making telephone calls during hospitalization have been issued by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
When an inmate can make a telephone call
- After being hospitalized for a minimum of seven days
- To persons on the inmate’s allowed call list, as deemed appropriate by the Unit Manager, Prison Liaison or SDO.
Approval of calls
Calls can be approved through the following procedures:
The Unit Manager must prepare a memo to be faxed to the Hospital Liaison, who then forwards the memo to the on-duty officer or contract guard service officer in charge of supervising the inmate. Alternatively, the Unit Manager, Prison Liaison or SDO can contact the contract guard service officer or on-duty officer to approve the call and pass on any other relevant information.
Once a telephone call request is approved, the officer must note the name of the call recipient, telephone number, frequency and duration of the call(s) and the name of the authority that approved the call, in the escort log.
Before making the call, the inmate must be informed that any disclosure of the inmate’s location will result in the call being terminated. In the event that a call is terminated, the supervising officer must contact the Lieutenant’s Office at FMC Carswell and await further instruction.
How the inmate call is made
- The supervising officer first places a collect call to confirm that the call recipient is indeed the person that the inmate has permission to contact.
- The Hospital Prison Liaison initiates the call with a calling card.
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