It is the policy of the Maine Department of Corrections, and Long Creek Youth Development Center to allow resident visitation with family, friends and professional visitors under conditions that are consistent with the safety, security, and orderly management of the facility. The following rules provide visitors with clear and concise information regarding visit procedures and visitation to prevent conflict or confusion regarding our expectations and to ensure that the visitor and resident have a positive experience.
Residents are allowed two visits a week for youth committed to the facility by a court for an indeterminate period (e.g. Up to age 18), and once a week for other residents.
Each housing unit has its own visitation schedule. Units Visitation Schedule
The Juvenile Program Manager, or designee, of the resident’s housing unit shall obtain the visitor’s name, relationship to the resident, address, and phone number to process an authorized visit.
All visitors must complete the Maine Department of Corrections Visitor Application Form to be permitted resident visitation. Completed visitor applications verifying the relationship to the resident (e.g., custody order, marriage certificate, birth certificate) are subject to approval by the Juvenile Program Manager. Detained youth will be allowed one visit prior to the submission and completion of a Visitor Application Form. Visitor Application Form
All visitor applications will include a background check, and any visitor denied visitation will receive a letter in the mail stating the reason for the denied visitation.
All visitors must arrive at Long Creek Youth Development Center at least 15 Minutes Prior to the scheduled visit, for processing and COVID-19 Screening. Failure to adhere to this time frame will result in denial of the visit.
Visitation is not allowed to any individual under the influence of alcohol or drugs or is in possession of such contraband. Individuals shall not convey an illegal drug, weapon, or escape tool to facility staff or official.
Visitation shall not be allowed if the visitor is wearing inappropriate apparel. The following items are considered inappropriate attire and are not be allowed:
- Any clothing that reveals undergarments or cleavage includes see though mesh and fishnet.
- Headgear of any kind, e.g., hats, bandanas, metal hair ornaments (may be allowed for religious/medical reasons when authorized by visit supervisor/shift commander).
- Hooded sweatshirts/shirts.
- Outer jackets designed to be worn outdoors will not be permitted into the visit room, including pullover style jackets.
- Sweaters must be buttoned or zipped during visits.
- Low-cut sweaters, blouses V-Necks, tank tops, or “tube” tops and shirts that expose any level of cleavage or breast area below the collar bone.
- Scarves, shawls, ties, or wraps.
- Athletic style clothing which includes sweatpants/shirt, bathing suits.
- Sleeveless garments.
- Shorts, dresses, skirts and skirt slits will not exceed 2” above the knee while sitting.
- Spandex or what appears to be spandex material.
- Any ripped, torn, or altered clothing is not allowed.
- Attire displaying gang affiliations or gang culture, as well as attire that is obscene, racist, drug and alcohol related or displays sexual content is prohibited.
Family visits shall be limited to four people per visit. Exceptions require the written approval of the Superintendent, or designee.
- All children must be seated within the immediate vicinity of the parents or guardians. Children may not sit unsupervised. Children must remain seated, may not climb on furniture, or disturb other visitors in any way, which includes yelling, screaming, or throwing things.
Adult visitors are required to present a government-issued picture identification, i.e. a valid driver’s license, prior to admittance into the visitation area.
- Visitors under the age of 18 shall be required to present government-issued picture identification, i.e. current state I.D. card, prior to admittance into the lobby area.
- All visitors must enter the facility through the Main Lobby. All personal belongings must be left in the visitor’s vehicle or in lockers located in the lobby area. Visitors must pass through the metal detector located in the lobby and may not bring additional items for residents into the visitation area or leave items for residents at the lobby desk.
- Visitors may use the designated restrooms located in the lobby area. Facility staff supervising visits shall control access to these restrooms. Visitors and residents shall not be allowed access to the same restroom.
- FOOD MAY NOT BE BROUGHT INTO THE FACILITY
- All tobacco products must be secured in the visitor’s vehicle
- Visitors and their vehicles shall be subject to search.
- All visits shall occur in the designated visitation area.
Visitors are not allowed to leave and re-enter the visitation areas once the visit has begun.
- Should a minor have to leave the visit area accompanied by an adult, neither the adult nor the minor be allowed to re-enter the visit area.
- Visitors shall not take any photographs during visits or at any other time, while on the grounds of the Long Creek Youth Development Center.
During contact visitation, a visitor and resident may embrace or kiss briefly at the beginning and end of the visit. Residents and visitors may hold hands during the remainder of the visit. The hands of the resident and visitor must remain visible during the visitation.
- Unless Restricted; A resident may hold their minor children in their lap.
- Facility staff shall be present in the visitation are to supervise the conduct of visitors and residents. If any visitor or resident exhibits behavior that is inappropriate, including excessive physical contact, or involves criminal activity, violation of the facility rules, or is a risk to the safety of persons, security, orderly management of the facility, or the welfare of the resident or other residents, the visit shall be terminated by the staff, and all persons visiting that resident shall be required to leave facility property immediately.
|Unit||Juvenile Program Manager||Phone||Social Worker||Phone|
|Spruce||Jerry Dixon||(207) 822-2754||Angela Fauth||(207) 822-2708|
|Pine||Willie Stewart||(207) 822-2747||Heidi Allen||(207) 822-2767|
|Cedar||Scott Janosik||(207) 822-2713||Betsey Davis||(207) 822-2748|
|Oak||Chad Sturgis||(207) 822-2756||Contact: Chad Sturgis||(207) 822-2756|
|STEPS||Jerry Dixon||(207) 822-2758||Angela Fauth||(207) 822-2666|
|BEARINGS||Willie Stewart||(207) 822-2747||Heidi Allen||(207) 822-2767|
The Mission of the Volunteer Office at Long Creek Youth Development Center is to develop and strengthen community relationships, allowing us to provide enrichment programs and support to our residents, thereby enabling the residents the opportunity to become responsible and contributing members of their communities upon their release. It is our belief that the youth we serve are not defined by their mistakes, but by their potential for the future. We are committed to helping our residents therapeutically, academically and socially so that they may become positive community members. This is a big job and we could not accomplish all we do without the help of volunteers.
Ways to get involved:
|Mentoring||Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring adults who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the resident. Mentors spend 1 hour per week being a friend to a Long Creek resident. The mentor may act as a sounding board, a listener, a guide to setting goals, a role model or a support person. Ideally, mentors and residents remain together for the remainder of the resident's time at Long Creek Youth Development Center.|
|Tutoring||Our residents have a wide variety of educational needs. Often times, school has not been a successful place for them and they have not had regular attendance. Our tutors offer one-to-one educational support to help build academic skills and confidence in the residents at Long Creek.|
|Alcoholics Anonymous||Drugs and/or alcohol have played a significant role in the lives of most of our residents. There are AA-focused mentors and AA-facilitated meetings.|
|Recreational Support||Our recreation department facilitates many activities for the residents and can always use volunteers to support its programming.|
Often, community members call us with ideas for new programming. We welcome the opportunity to explore all possibilities that may positively impact the youth we work with.
Volunteer Eligibility Qualifications
- Minimum age requirement of twenty-one years, unless you are a post-secondary student involved in a school project at Long Creek.
- Holds a valid license or state identification card.
- Has not had visiting privilege or volunteer status suspended or terminated at any correctional facility, unless an exception is approved in writing by the Superintendent.
- Is not a family member, friend or relative of a resident, unless an exception is approved in writing by the Superintendent.
- Is not currently under the supervision of the Department of Corrections and has had no involvement with the Department for at least one year.
- Completes the Volunteer Application and screening process (including criminal background check, reference verification, and new volunteer orientation) required by the facility.
Please contact Stephanie Netto, Chief of Volunteer Services, at (207) 822-2605 or email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Long Creek.
Chaplaincy Service Visits
When a resident asks for a visit from their clergy in community a visit is coordinated. Social workers or Unit Managers are contacted to be assured that parents have indicated their approval and support before a visit is scheduled. In addition to worship services for Protestant and Catholic Christians, other faith groups have met when there have been enough residents to form a group and also a representative of that faith are willing to lead a group.
Concerts, guest speakers, worship bands and movies with a positive message are sponsored by the Chaplain's Office. In addition to worship experiences and study groups the chaplain provides individual pastoral care and counseling for life and faith issues. The chaplain provides individual support for residents that want or need grief and loss counseling. Social workers may contact the chaplain's office requesting such support at the resident's request. The chaplain will accompany residents attending funeral services when it is requested and approved by the facility.
With the help of area clergy, trained volunteers and mentors, the chaplain seeks to provide religious values based education and nurture the personal growth of individuals. It is our purpose to see the practice of faith and spirituality integrated into daily life empowering residents to succeed and flourish when they return to their community.