||What to Expect on a Visit
Please repost to the prison main reception 30 minutes prior to your allocated visit time. Social visitors are not permitted to take hand baggage into the prison, and locker facilities are available for safe storage of such items. Please retain the key during your visit. You are allowed to take a maximum of £20 cash into the prison for the purpose of purchasing light refreshments during your visit.
You will then have to have your photograph taken, which will be kept on file for identification purposes and is for internal use only.
All visitors to HMP & YOI Parc 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 entrance 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.
HMP & YOI Parc operates a zero tolerance policy to drug trafficking through the visits department in order to maintain the safety of prisoners, visitors and staff. CCTV monitoring is in place in the visits department and any persons who are caught passing any unauthorised articles will receive a ban from the establishment and prosecution from the Police.
The Visits Hall
Once searching has been completed, adult visitors will be UV hand stamped, and all visitors will then move to the Visits Hall. 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, prisoners will remain in the Visits Hall until all their visitors have been accounted for and have left the building. UV verification will ensure that only visitors leave the Visits building, and VRS verification will ensure that only visitors leave the Gate/Entry Building. Prisoners will be accounted for also, prior to the Visits Hall being vacated. Whilst being escorted out of the prison, visitors are reminded they are not permitted to approach any of the security-fenced areas.
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 prisoners or visitors.