(1)A relative/friend of mine is serving his prison sentence and might need money to purchase daily necessities. How shall I send him the money?
Answer：You can send him the money via the following access methods:
1.You can send him cash at the reception room. After you fill in a receipt form and give it to the reception clerk, the money will enter into the account book on the same day.
2.If it is not convenient for you to send cash at the reception room, please purchase money order at your local post office and send it by mail.
3.Please note that as each correctional institution does not want inmates to form extravagant habits, the amount of the money sent each time should not exceed NT$ 8,000. (However, there is no upper limit for those who need a great deal of money for special reasons, such as operations, dental implants, etc., and their applications are also approved.) You, therefore, need to be more careful about the amount of the money when you purchase money orders.
(2)How shall I apply for package delivery? Why are some of the packages returned to me?
Answer： An inmate is required to apply for package delivery first. When approved by the institution, “an identification tag” and “a list of required items” will be issued and mailed to the inmate’s relative/friend. When sending a package, please stick the tag on the outside of the package for identification and put the list inside the package for check and reference. Please also note that there is a remark on the identification tag: “Do not send in the items that you have not applied for. If you are found to have sent in illegal items, you will be reported to the Prosecutors Office for questioning and investigation.” If you do not stick the identification tag on the package, the package will be returned. In addition, if the items you have sent do not match the enclosed list, the inmate will need to pay to send back the package or forsake it.
(3)As my relative/friend is serving his prison sentence and I would like to visit him, what shall I do? What can I bring for him during my visit? How shall I know the visiting hours? What degrees of kinship are qualified to visit him? Are friends also qualified to visit him?
Answer： If you wish to apply for a general visit, you can browse our website first for information about reception and what documents you shall take with you during your visit, or contact us by phone. The procedure for general visit, inmates allowed for visit, visiting hours, delivery of external items, and other notices are listed below:
1.Procedure for General Visit
2.Inmates Allowed for Visit:
Inmates allowed for visit and frequency of visit are stated below:
a. Unclassified and level 4 inmates are allowed for one visit from their closest relatives and family members per week.
Their closest relatives and family members are:
＊ a spouse;
＊ a lineal blood relative (grandparent, parent, son and daughter, grandson and granddaughter);
＊ a collateral blood relative within the 3rd degree (uncle, aunt, nephew, and niece);
＊ a relative by marriage within the 2nd degree (son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law).
b. Level 3 and above inmates may be allowed for visit from non-relative only if the Prison’s control and discipline are not violated. Level 3 and above inmates are allowed for two visits per week (one visit per day).
c. Level 2 inmates are limited to three visits per week (one visit per day).
d. No limit for level 1 inmates (one visit per day).
3. Visiting Hours:
a. Monday through Friday:
Registration Hours: 08:00 to 11:30 in the morning; 13:30 to 16:00 in the afternoon.
b. The 1st Sunday of every month:
Registration Hours: 08:00 to 11:00 in the morning; 13:30 to 16:00 in the afternoon.
c. No visit is allowed on national holidays and weekends except for Point 2 in above. In cases of extended visiting hours, announcement will be made.
4. External items delivered to the Prison are limited to 2 kilograms in total, which may cover vegetables, fish, and meat. Items containing alcohol, soup, and lots of water are prohibited. Fruit and bread should be cut. Water, cigarettes, and preserved food are also prohibited. Books can be delivered to the Prison, but pornography is prohibited. Delivery of external items should be based on the notice of the Prison, and violators are subject to legal consequences.
5. Refusal and Limitation for Visit:
a. No identification paper.
b. Behave suspiciously.
c. Drunk or mental status is abnormal.
d. Obstruction to order or discipline.
e. Destruction of evidence or collusion to falsify testimony.
f. Former inmates released for less than 6 months. However, visit may be allowed in cases of extraordinary reasons. Other regulations concerning visit shall also be noted. For instance, do no use any other person’s proof of identification and those visitors without complete registration may not visit by replacing or accompanying visitors who have completed visit registration. Additionally, do not use code words, sign language (except for deaf-mutes), notes, and cell phones during visit. Visitors who violate this regulation will be suspended immediately.
6. Notice for Visitors:
Do not exchange assigned seat without permission, or visit will be suspended immediately.
(4)One of my family members is serving his prison sentence. How shall I know if he is taken good care of?
1. Modern correctional institutions are established to implement the simultaneous loose-tight criminal policy by the Ministry of Justice. Prisons and jails, therefore, shall demonstrate justice and show loving care, in an attempt to promote credibility and confidence of correctional institutions. The business affairs of correctional institutions are briefly stated below:
a. To improve the daily care of inmates
b. To emphasize on the education and counseling of inmates.
c. Inmates are forced to operate in the workshops so as to acquire skills.
The above are three aspects of our future development. More specifically, in the daily care of inmates, the quality of medical care shall be improved. In the education of inmates, more specialists will be recruited. We are also intended to keep our self-run business improving and establish a multi-faceted merchandising system. Inmates are also expected to acquire skills. In this way, the goal of “correction” shall be achieved.
2. To maintain the security of the Prison and to release the inmates as soon as possible, we hope that their family will show more care for them but at the same time not spoil them. More specifically, do not smuggle prohibited items into the Prison via mail, the delivery method, and the parcel dropping method, so that the inmates will not violate the regulations and further postpone their parole. In addition, show affection for them and encourage them to repent and reform by corresponding with them and visiting them more often. If any family members, relatives, or friends of an inmate have any questions, please feel free to come to the Prison for reference or contact us by phone. In this way, a bi-directional communication network between the family and the Prison can be set up. It is our hope that the inmates can be released soon.