Correctional Institution Rivers
Correctional Institution Rivers is a privately owned federal correctional facility located in Hertford County, North Carolina, that is owned and operated by The Geo Group. It houses 1,330 male offenders.
In 2009, there was only one on-site physician in the prison, no on-site medical service were provided, and the doctor worked fewer than 40 hours per week. Comparably-sized BOP facilities have at least two full-time physicians and weekend on-site medical services.
Philip Fornaci, the director of the DC Prisoners' Project, described the medical care at Rivers as "abysmal". He said he started receiving complaints shortly after the facility opened in 2002. The Washington Lawyers' Committee filed a class action lawsuit in regards to the medical situation. Both the BOP and GEO blamed each other for the situation, stating that each other agency is responsible.
In August 2016, Justice Department officials announced that the FBOP would be phasing out its use of contracted facilities, because private prisons provided less safe and less effective services with no substantial cost savings.
The agency had expected to allow current contracts on its thirteen remaining private facilities to expire. However, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized the August 2016 decision and reversed it on February 22, 2017. The prison's contract is expected to be renewed as it approaches expiration.
Notable inmates include former Washington, D.C., elementary school teacher and FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive Eric Justin Toth, who is serving a 25-year sentence for child pornography.
Correctional Institution Rivers
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Visiting Hours and Rules
The Geo Group does not publicize their visiting hours or rules. So, if you want to visit an inmate at CI Rivers, you need to give the facility a call to get specific visiting information or ask your loved one during a phone call or in a letter.
Here are some general guidelines for visiting inmates at a federal prison:
Getting on the Approved Visit List
Authorized visitors who can visit an inmate include family, friends, and associates. You can't visit an inmate unless he puts you on the visiting list.
Everyone must fill out a visitor form, and they must have a relationship with the inmate prior to incarceration. If a potential visitor does not have a prior relationship with the inmate, their request will be reviewed by the warden.
Once the inmate requests to add someone to their visit list, a correctional counselor will provide them with a visiting form, and the inmate is responsible for mailing these out and letting the potential visitor know that they need to fill out the form and return it to the institution staff.
The unit team will do a background check and determine if a visitor application is approved. They make their decision based on constructive and security factors. The process takes about a week, and the unit staff will notify the inmate when the requested visitor is approved or refused.
It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify the visitor of the decision, and the process is the same for both adult and minor visitors.
Basic Visit Procedures and Rules
All visitors are subject to a visual and pat search by an officer. You will also be scanned by a metal detector.
Visitors 16 years of age or older must have a current government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport).
Any item you bring into the facility will be opened and searched by a staff member, and anyone who refuses a search of themselves or their property will not be allowed to visit with the inmate.
All visitors must be dressed in an appropriate manner. Any visitor who arrives inappropriately dressed will be denied the privilege of visiting.
You can’t bring any cell phones, pagers, cameras, or other electronic devices into the visiting room. All unauthorized items must remain in your vehicle.
Visiting in an extremely important family function, and dress code requirements are necessary to maintain the dignity of those involved. All visitors will be properly dressed when coming to visit at the institution.
The attire worn must be appropriate for a courtroom environment (i.e. conservative and professional). In addition, visitors are prohibited against wearing camouflage clothing, khaki colored clothing, hospital scrubs, shorts or Capri style pants whose length is more than 2 inches above the knee cap.
Visitors are prohibited against wearing shorts with a length that does not reach the middle of the wearer’s thigh. No low cut, or see-through clothing, tube or tank tops, backless clothing, low cut (e.g., V-neck) shirts or dresses, sleeveless, halter tops, crop tops, cap sleeves, break away pants, open toe shoes, swimsuits, sweat suits, or any other apparel of a suggestive or revealing nature (e.g., skin-tight clothing, etc.).
If a visitor chooses to wear a dress, the length of the dress will not be shorter than the natural break of the wearer’s leg, at the back of the knee. This requirement includes any type of slit or cut in the dress.
With the exception of religious headgear, hats may not be worn during visits.
No gang related attire or fashions will be allowed in the visiting room, this includes sagging of the pants. Shirts must also be tucked in if deemed excessively long.
Sundresses, jackets, overcoats and excessive jewelry are not permitted.
Visitor purses, coats, car keys, cell phones, cameras, recording devices, watches, jackets, headgear, etc., must be secured in the lockers provided or taken to your vehicle.
Visitors are authorized to bring the following items into the visiting room:
1) Clear change purse
2) $20.00 (bills, no larger than five dollar bills) per adult visitor to use in the vending machines
3) Items needed for an infant (diapers, baby food, baby wipes, etc…)
Inmate Mailing Address(es)
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER
P.O. BOX 630
WINTON, NC 27986
There is no limit on the amount of mail that inmates receive, but all correspondence must have the inmate’s complete name, registration number, facility name, and address.
You can only send cards or letters to these addresses. Paperback books, newspapers, and magazines must come directly from the publisher via a subscription or mail order.Inmates cannot receive packages through the mail, with the exception of a package of release day clothing. You can't send the release day package until 30 days prior to the scheduled release date.
How to Call an Inmate
Federal inmates are not allowed to have cellphones and they can't receive inbound calls. They can make outbound calls during approved hours, and they must pay for them with the money that is on their personal account or call collect.
Inmates will use TRULINCS to call to both landline and cell phones. This is also how inmates are able to send and receive emails. Your number must be added to the contact list for approval.
All phone calls are limited to 15 minutes, and will be monitored and recorded.
How to Send Money
Sending money is one of most important things you can do for an inmate. The prison will issue each prisoner the minimum amount of clothing and hygiene items, and provide them with three meals a day. But, it is extremely difficult for prisoners to have any level of comfort when living with just the items that are prison-issued.
Inmates can receive outside funds while incarcerated that are deposited into their commissary accounts.
Because CI Rivers is a private facility, they may have a different procedure to send money. So, please call them directly to find out the best way to send money to your loved one.
The following methods are the traditional ways to send money to an inmate at a federal prison. However, they may not work for CI Rivers, so please call the prison to verify the proper way to send money to your loved one.
For federal prisoners, you can send money through the United States Postal Service by MONEY ORDER to the following address:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001
You will need to know the inmate’s full name and number, and you can pay with a debit or credit card at westernunion.com. Remember, any time you send money to an inmate you must always include their name and registration number on everything.
There are a few things that inmates can spend their money on. This includes phone calls, emails, and commissary. The commissary is the prison store, where inmates can buy things like beverages, meals and snacks, OTC medications, stationary, personal hygiene items, clothing, electronics, or other miscellaneous products.
Please be aware that prisoners have their own economy inside the prison walls just like we do in the real world. Inmates that have a lot of money can do a lot of things both legal and illegal. Prisoners can potentially use the money in their account to buy things for other inmates in exchange for drugs and paraphernalia. This activity is illegal and can get an inmate in a lot of trouble.
Is important to keep track of how much money you are sending your incarcerated loved one, and watch out for any suspicious behavior.
Programs For Inmates
- Stress Management
- Anger Management
- Life Skills Training
- “Doing Time with the Right Mind” Program
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- High School and Post-Secondary Education (Paid Correspondence Courses)
- Vocational Training in Building Construction, Commercial Driving, and Computer Technology
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Careers at Correctional Institution Rivers
If you are interested in pursuing a career with this private facility, you can find available positions at CI Rivers by visiting the Geo Group Website.
Reviews from employees at CI Rivers say that working there can be stressful, but the jobs pay well and have excellent benefits. Some of those benefits include:
- Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
- Term life insurance (includes spouse and dependents)
- Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
- Short- and long-term disability
- Flexible spending account
- Stock purchase program
- Tuition reimbursement
- Legal program – Legal Club of America
- Paid time off
- Direct deposit
- Theme park and attraction discounts