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Information for familiar persons of a detained person

The detained person (person serving detention in a detention house) is entitled to have a short-term visit once a week with duration of up to two hours.

The person held in custody (person, who has been taken into custody as a preventive measure and who is serving provisional custody in a detention house) is entitled to a short-term visit for up to three hours once a month.

Visitation shall be conducted on the basis of a written application and with the permission of the head of the detention house or a person authorised by him or her. Visitation shall be conducted in the closed visiting room within the territory of the detention house and under the supervision of an officer or staff member of the detention house. A detained person and the visitor are prohibited to hand over any items to each other. A detained person is permitted to be visited by up to two adult persons at a time, children may accompany the visiting adults. A detained person and the person visiting him or her shall be searched before and after the visit. Visitors who are under the state of intoxication, shall be denied visitation. Visitors must bring along their identity documents.

Visitations shall not be enabled to the detained persons whom disciplinary punishment has been imposed on, which excludes permission for visitations.

The person applying for visitation shall state in the application his or her given name and surname, ID code (or date of birth), address, data of identity document (number and date of issue), given name and surname of the person whom he or she wishes to visit, desired time for visiting, and relation to the person detained in the detention house (family member, friend, mate, etc.). In addition, it shall be stated whether the visiting person wishes to bring along child (children) to the visitation. The application shall be signed and provided with the date of submission.  

Visitations are regulated by sections 54-63 of the Regulation No. 21 of the Minister of the Interior, dated 27.09.2011, “Internal Rules of Detention House”. 

A person held in custody and a person to be expelled has the right to receive a package delivered by hand or by post and weighing a total of up to five kilograms.
The specific rules for receiving packages shall be prescribed by prefect with a directive.

The following items and products, listed in section 36 of the Internal Rules of Detention House, are permitted to be sent in packages:

  • one set of seasonal overall clothing, hat, footwear;
  • primary hygiene products and means including a mechanical or electrical shaver or a set of disposable razors, soap, shampoo, non-alcoholic deodorant not pressured by gas and without sprayer, toilet paper, nail clippers, comb, condoms;
  • writing means, including paper, writing instruments, envelopes, postage stamps, post cards;
  • books, periodical publications, legal acts;
  • plastic or wooden dish;
  • religious items;
  • photos;
  • matches and tobacco products;
  • phone cards in original package;
  • vegetables, fruits and juices (except those in glass or metal cans) bread and dry pastry products, sliced white bread and black bread, salted fish, preserved food (except preserves in glass or metal containers), hard sausages, heat treated or salted meat, confectionery (except caramel).

The person, who delivers a package by hand, shall present it, together with an application in two copies, to an officer of the detention house, who inspects the contents and checks the weight of the package in the presence of the person who brought it. One copy of the application shall be returned to the person who brought the package. The recipient of the package shall sign the second copy of the application to confirm the receipt of the package. The package must not include any letters or slips. It is also possible to send a package by post. The package delivered by post shall be accepted only in such case if the recipient of the package is staying in this certain detention house.

The items permitted in a detention house are specified in Chapter 10 of the Regulation No. 21 of the Minister of the Interior, dated 27.09.2011, “Internal Rules of Detention House”. 

Starting from 1.12.2010 the public telephone service in the custodial institutions is provided by CSC Telecom Estonia. The calling card „Turbo“, which is used in the public telephones, can be purchased from R-Kiosk booths and from post offices. More information is available at the address: www.csc.ee.