First Time Families Can Visit with Inmates in person Since COVID-19 Started

FREDERICK, Md. (June 3, 2021) – Effective Saturday, June 5, the Frederick County Adult Detention Center (ADC) Warden will implement a modified on-site family visitation schedule. This will be the first time in-person, with no contact, visitations will start back up since the ADC staff implemented COVID-19 safety measures in March 2020.

The modified schedule includes:

  • Female inmate visitations will be on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Male inmate visitations will be on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Juvenile visitations will be on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Work Release Center visitations will be on Saturdays from 9 – 11 a.m. and 8 – 10 p.m.

Registration for visitations start 30 minutes prior to the start times and ends 30 minutes prior to the end times listed.

“This will be the first step in opening the facility to the public and family members,” said Lt. Col. Vic DeLauter, ADC Warden. “However, if the current pandemic trends start to go back up, we will have to evaluate our processes and these visitations may have to stop.”

From the start of the pandemic, the ADC has had a stringent plan for ensuring the disease stays out of the inmates housing areas.

By mid-March, six days after the first cases of COVID hit the local community, preventive measures included, but were not limited to, the cancellation of all in-person visitations, a review of all essential and non-essential personnel, Skype visits for attorneys, possible telehealth options for mental health, and decontaminating the ADC through the use of an approved chemical fogger on a scheduled basis.

“My ADC leaders and staff members have worked hard to keep this pandemic from shutting down our facility,” said DeLauter. “We appreciate the public’s understanding and apologize for the inconveniences COVID-19 has caused.”

All video visitation platforms will continue to be available for inmates to use on a daily basis.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is a full-service law enforcement agency; an arm of the court, and a keeper of offenders. In this regard, it exists to serve the more than 250,000 citizens of Frederick County with respect, fairness, and compassion. FCSO is committed to the prevention of crime; the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace and order; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees; and safekeeping of prisoners. The men, women, and officers of this office nurture public trust by holding themselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics. The FCSO is located at 110 Airport Drive East, Frederick, MD, 21701. Visit www.frederickcosheriff.com for more information.

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