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United States v. Clark

May 8, 2007

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CEDRIC DEON CLARK, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: H. Bruce Guyton United States Magistrate Judge

(VARLAN/GUYTON)

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

All pretrial motions in this case have been referred to the undersigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) for disposition or report and recommendation regarding disposition by the District Court as may be appropriate. This matter is before the Court for consideration of Defendant's Motion for Contact Visit [Doc. 119], filed April 30, 2007.

In his motion, Defendant requests a contact visit with his three children. In support thereof, Defendant states that he has been in custody since January 9, 2007, has entered plea agreements, and is awaiting sentencing on June 21, 2007. Defendant also states that he has not been allowed a contact visit with his three children who range in age from four to seven. In response [Doc. 125], the government states that it defers to the polices of the United States Marshals Service and the Knox County Sheriff who runs the Knox County Detention Facility where the Defendant is in custody. The Court was advised by the United States Marshals Service that, due to safety concerns and the risks of contraband being smuggled into the facility, contact visits are not allowed.

Contact visits pose a great risk to prison security. See Mitchell v. Dixon, 862 F. Supp. 95, 97 (E.D.N.C. 1994). As such, "'[P]rison administrators [are to be] accorded wide-ranging deference in the adoption and execution of policies and practices that in their judgment are needed to preserve internal order and discipline and to maintain institutional security.'" Block v. Rutherford, 468 U.S. 576, 585 (1984) (citing Bell v. Wolfish, 441 U.S. 520, 547 (1979)) (alterations in original). Defendant has failed to cite to any law which allows this Court to craft a visitation policy in this instance. Accordingly, the Court defers to the United States Marshals Service and the Knox County Sheriff for visitation determinations at the Knox County Detention Facility. Defendant's Motion for Contact Visit [Doc. 125] is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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