(1) Before a visitor is permitted in an
institution, staff responsible for the admission of visitors shall be satisfied
that the visitor is not carrying an unauthorized object into the
(2) Each institution
shall have information readily available to visitors informing them of the
objects they may carry into the institution. Each institution shall have a
place for the safekeeping of objects that may not be carried into the
institution and shall permit visitors to store objects in these
(3) Before admitting a
visitor, staff responsible for admission of visitors may request visitors to
empty pockets and containers, permit the inspection of containers or submit
themselves and objects they carry into the institution to inspection by a
device designed to detect metal or unauthorized objects.
Before admitting a visitor, staff responsible for admission of visitors may
request a visitor to submit to a personal search, which the superintendent and
the administrator must authorize, if there are reasonable grounds to believe
the visitor is concealing an unauthorized object.
(b) If following a personal search, staff has
reasonable grounds to believe a strip search is necessary, staff shall request
the sheriff or local law enforcement to conduct the search. If the sheriff or
local law enforcement cannot or will not conduct the strip search, staff shall
ask the visitor to leave.
(5) Before an inspection or search is
conducted pursuant to sub. (3) or (4), the visitor shall be informed orally and
in writing, either by a sign posted in a prominent place or on a notice, that
the visitor need not permit the inspection or search and that if the visitor
does not give permission, the visitor shall not be admitted to the
(6) If staff find an
unauthorized object under sub. (3) or (4), the visitor may be denied entry to
the institution and visiting privileges may be suspended.
If a visitor is denied entry to an
institution for refusal to permit a search or if a search is conducted of a
visitor under sub. (4), the staff involved shall submit a written report to the
superintendent that states all of the following:
(a) The identity of all staff involved and
the person who approved the search.
(b) The identity of the visitor and the youth
(c) The date and
time of the search or proposed search.
(d) The reason for the request to permit a
search, including the basis for the belief that unauthorized objects were
concealed by the visitor.
Whether unauthorized objects were seized pursuant to the search and a
description of the objects.
involvement of the sheriff or local law enforcement.
If an unauthorized object is found
pursuant to a search of a visitor, the superintendent shall dispose of the
object consistent with s.
(9) Staff shall conduct all inspections and
searches in a courteous manner and shall strive to protect the dignity of
visitors who are inspected or searched.