During visits nothing can be passed to the detainee. You can NOT bring them their medications. All medications must come from the jail’s doctor.
If you have an important legal document, then you can ask for the social worker during normal business hours and she will look at it and give it to the detainee if that is allowed.
If you need to pick up a paper that the detainee signed with the help of the social worker in order to give you Power of Attorney (POA) or which gives you permission to pick up the detainee’s wallet and property, then you can also ask for the social worker. The guards are NOT involved in this. If the social worker is unavailable, you are out of luck that day and will have to come back.
As to mail:
You can send him/her NOTHING but letters, soft cover books and magazines (3 per mailing max) and pictures. You do NOT have to have only new books sent from the publisher or new magazines sent directly from the publisher. In the IDOC prison you must have books sent directly from the publisher – their rules are different. Everything else is CONTRABAND which if a detainee is found to possess may bring new charges and a longer sentence. No polaroid pictures, stickers, stamps, envelopes, paper, musical cards, pornagraphy, gang signs or symbols in the pictures, no maps or drawings looking like maps. Everything they are allowed to get they must BUY from commissary – food, stamps, paper, envelopes, snacks (very limited), toiletries, socks, underwear.
You cannot send him playing cards, dice, games, underclothes, sweater, sweatshirt, etc.