DOC Dress Code & Property Restrictions

The following information is taken verbatim from the New Jersey Department of Corrections Office of Volunteer Services Handbook for Volunteers (2014), pages 6 and 7. All volunteers are expected to abide by these rules; continued failure to do so, deliberate or otherwise, will result in dismissal from the Petey Greene Program.

The New Jersey Department of Corrections is a professional government organization. As such, those persons who wish to enter an organizational unit for the purpose of visiting an inmate or staff member or persons wishing to participate in an approved program, such as but not limited to, volunteer services, are required to adhere to the following Visitors' Dress Code requirements. The wearing of suggestive, revealing or otherwise inappropriate attire is strictly prohibited, both in the family-oriented environment of visiting areas and in professional contacts with inmates, staff, and/or volunteers. Proper attire is regarded as a condition of admission to the correctional facility or premises. The following guidelines must be followed, regardless of gender.

  • No transparent or fishnet clothing.
  • No clothing which exposes undergarments or a portion of the body considered private.
  • No skin-tight clothing.
  • Tops must cover shoulders and midriff areas. No tube tops, tank tops, halter tops, low-cut shirts, or shirts which expose the shoulders, midriff area, torso, or back
  • Bottoms must at least cover waist to mid-thigh. No shorts, skirts or dresses ending above mid-thigh, or which have an inseam length or slit ending more than three inches above the knee. No low-rise shorts, skirts, or pants that expose the midriff area or any portion of the buttocks.
  • No otherwise clearly inappropriate attire, as determined solely by the Department of Corrections staff on duty. These may include, but are not limited to:
    • Military-style clothing worn by persons not in active or reserve military status;
    • Clothing closely resembling that issued to inmates, Custody staff, or law enforcement (It is, therefore, advised that no khaki-colored article of clothing should be worn, nor bright orange or yellow shirts, jackets, or rain gear.)
    • Clothing depicting a message, either in wording or art, which could impact upon the safety, security, or orderly operation of the correctional facility, including, but not limited to, that which is offensive, racist, sexually oriented, or advocates illegal or narcotic activities.
  • No hat or headgear, unless it is religiously oriented or medically necessary, and you agree to search of same.
  • No thong sandals or beach footwear.

1. The lobby officer can stop any volunteer dressed inappropriately at the prison entrance. The lobby officer will contact the area lieutenant who will notify the department head. […]

2. Any volunteer who disregards the dress code policy will be asked to leave and change their attire before they will be admitted inside the secure perimeter.

In order to maintain the secure operation of the NJDOC no unauthorized articles are to be brought into the institution's secure perimeter. Unauthorized items should be left locked up in your vehicle. The NJDOC will take no responsibility for any property brought on site.

Below is a list of authorized items that are permitted to be brought into the secure perimeter.

Authorized Items
Below is the only list of authorized items that may be carried by any person, except an inmate visitor, through the Inner-Security Perimeter into a secure area of any facility of the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Authorized items for inmate visitors shall be set forth in CUS.001.IVP.01 - "Inmate Visit Program." Any related questions regarding items not specifically contained on these authorized lists shall be directed to the Shift Commander who shall dispatch a supervisor accordingly. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PETEY GREENE PROGRAM DOES NOT RECOMMEND CARRYING ANY OF THESE ITEMS INTO THE PRISON WITH YOU UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, as in the case of emergency medications, AS IT WILL DELAY THE ENTRANCE PROCESS FOR EVERYONE!)

  1. Personal Care Items (bladder control or feminine care items)
  2. (1) Comb and/or brush
  3. (1) Chapstick (standard-size tube only)
  4. (1) Plastic container of hand sanitizer (4 oz. or smaller, non-flammable and in the original factory container only)
  5. (2) Plastic bottles of water (32 oz. or smaller, factory-sealed only)
  6. (1) Set of personal keys (personal handcuff keys are not authorized)
  7. (1) Billfold wallet
  8. (1) Pocket calendar book
  9. (1) Secure ID token (Medical Services staff only)

Provisions shall be made for specific "rescue" medications that are deemed medically necessary and can be carried as keep-on-person medication. They include the following:

  1. Nitroglycerin tablets and nitroglycerin paste;
  2. Asthma inhalers;
  3. Injectable glucagon (must be sealed in pre-filled syringe);
  4. Oral instant glucose;
  5. Injectable epinephrine (must be sealed in pre-filled syringe); and
  6. Any other "resuce" medication properly authorized and deemed necessary.

All authorized items shall be carried on person or in a clear plastic cosmetic bag (maximum size of 12 inch x 12 inch x 3 inches).

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