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Social visits are normally non-contact, conducted through a visit window using telephone handsets. Visiting for each week begins on Saturday and runs through Friday. Each facility has a visit schedule that specifies the days and times available for inmate social visits and are subject to change without notice. Refer to the specific facility’s visit schedule.

All inmates are allowed two 30-minute social visits per week. Inmates may request a single one-hour visit each week which may be granted at the discretion of the officer overseeing the visiting area, based upon the volume of visiting.

Legal visits by an inmate's attorney are not limited or counted towards the personal visits.

The inmate’s minor children will be allowed to visit only when accompanied by an adult visitor. Children shall be kept under the control and supervision of the adult visitor at all times. Visitors with disruptive children may have their visit terminated.

Only three visitors (including the inmate’s children) will be allowed to visit at one time. 

Inmates who are out of their housing units at activities will not be removed from the activity for a personal visit. Visitors who attempt to visit an inmate who is out of their cell at an activity will be advised that the inmate is not available for visiting and offered the opportunity to wait.

Inmates have the right to refuse visits at any time.

There is no expectation of privacy in a jail facility. Social visits may be monitored or recorded.

With the exception of minor children, all visitors are required to have proper identification. Acceptable forms of identification are limited to:

  • A valid DMV or other State-issued Driver’s License or Identification Card with picture
  • A valid United States Armed Forces identification card with picture
  • A valid Passport with picture 
  • Foreign consulate picture identification cards (e.g., Matricula Consular de alta Seguridad (MCAS) issued by the Mexican Consulate)
  • Identification card issued by the United States Department of Justice or the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services with picture (includes Permanent Resident Cards – formerly known as Alien Registration or “Green” Card).

Check cashing cards, temporary licenses and foreign licenses are not acceptable as proper identification.

The following visit regulations must be observed:

  • Nothing is to be brought into the facility except ID and car keys.  One blanket, one diaper, and one bottle can be brought in for a baby.  The following items are specifically prohibited: purses or bags; cameras, cell phones, and other wireless communication devices; food or beverages; pets; firearms, knives, or other weapons; drugs or alcohol; and cigarettes.  If a visitor is found to have a cell phone in their possession, the visit will be immediately terminated and they will be banned from visiting for ninety (90) days.  A second violation may result in criminal prosecution (Penal Code §4575) and permanent expulsion.
  • No sitting on the visiting table
  • No undressing or exposing body parts  
  • No visiting with other inmates
  • No loud talking or any disruptive behavior
  • Hang up the phone and exit the visiting area when notified
  • Abide by the visitor dress code (see below)

Visitors who do not follow the visiting rules or who are rude, disruptive or disrespectful to staff may be subject to having their visit denied, terminated, or have their name permanently removed from an inmate's visiting list.  Any visitor under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit and will be subject to arrest.

Visitor dress rules apply equally to male and female visitors.  Visitors shall remain fully clothed when visiting.   Appropriate attire includes undergarments; a dress or blouse/shirt with skirt/pants or shorts; and shoes or sandals.

Visitors shall adhere to the following dress standards:

  • Shoes or sandals shall be worn at all times.  Shower shoes and bedroom slippers will not be allowed.
  • Buttons, snaps, and zippers shall remain fastened.
  • Undergarments shall be worn beneath translucent clothing, under all circumstances.
  • All shorts, skirts, and dresses, including slits in the garment, shall not expose more than three (3) inches above the knee when standing.  This applies to all visitors regardless of age.

Prohibited Attire - clothing that:

  • Exposes the breast/chest area, genitals or buttocks.  Anyone wearing clothing considered to be too revealing will not be allowed to visit.  This includes swimsuits, tank tops, halter tops, strapless or “spaghetti” strap tops, loose or oversized sleeveless tops, and low necklines.
  • By design, or by the manner in which it is worn, allows the anatomical detail of body parts to be clearly viewed (e.g., Spandex, Lycra, clothes with holes in inappropriate places, or excessively tight clothing).
  • Are sheer or transparent (including see-through lace and mesh materials).
  • Exposes the midriff area.
  • Attire or accessories displaying obscene/offensive language, drawings, or objects.
  • Promotes violence, hate, drug use, sex acts or gangs.  Includes any attire or accessories displaying any type of gang insignia, gang artwork, or any affiliation with gangs.
  • Any other clothing, garment, or accessory that when compared to the expressly specified standards above would warrant disapproval. 

Hospitalized inmates will not be allowed to have personal visits, except as approved by a Watch Commander. Special visits may be arranged for those inmates who experience hospital stays in excess of thirty (30) days duration or for those having life-threatening or critical injuries or illnesses. Visits are restricted to immediate family members.  

Pregnant inmates may request to have a support person present during childbirth. The approval for the support person will rest with the Watch Commander and will be granted on a case-by-case review. After giving birth, the appointed guardian of the infant and/or family members may be permitted to visit the inmate in the hospital with the approval of the Watch Commander.

If the inmate is authorized to receive visitors, visiting will be in accordance with both the hospital's and the Jail's visiting policies and will be monitored by the assigned officer. 

The following rules apply to visits occurring in hospitals:

  • All visits must conform to the hospital’s regular visiting hours and policies.
  • Only two visitors will be allowed in at a time.
  • Children under age 12 are not allowed to visit patients unless special arrangements are made with hospital staff.
  • The privacy curtains surrounding the hospital bed shall remain open. 
  • There shall not be an exchange of any items. Absolutely no food or clothing may be brought in for the inmate (e.g., no home-cooked meals, fast foods, canned sodas, etc.). 
  • There shall be no physical contact between the inmate and their visitor(s) at any time.
  • Visitors are not permitted to take photographs unless authorized by the Watch Commander.

Officers retain the discretion to limit or deny visits to guarded patients, as space and activity in the room allows. 

News media representatives have no greater right of access to detention facilities or inmates than any other member of the public. A visit by news media personnel shall be considered a social visit, not a professional visit.  The Public Information Officer does not process requests for interviews. 

Media representatives seeking an inmate interview should proceed as described below:

  • Visit the “Inmate Locator” page of the Sheriff’s Office website.
  • Search the inmate’s last and first name.
  • A new page will open if the person is in the custody of the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Note the facility and housing area location of the inmate. That location will determine which days and times social visiting is permitted. 
  • You may go to the facility and attempt the visit, however you may wish to correspond with the inmate first to be certain the interview will be accepted by the inmate.
  • To correspond with the inmate, review the information provided on the “Mail” page.
  • If the inmate opts to accept the visit, that visit shall be counted as a social visit, just like any other social visit. 
  • Inmates have two social visits per week. To find out if an inmate has available social visits for the week, please contact the Inmate Information Office at (888) 373-7011.

When conducting an inmate visit with an audio recorder, please observe the following:

  • Once you have arranged for a visit and the inmate has accepted your request for a visit, call the Watch Commander to inform them that you are arriving with recording equipment which will have to be inspected upon your arrival.  You may also wish to request special accommodations for a “bond room” visit.
  • You will generally have 30 minutes with the inmate.
  • Your interview will be through a visit window. You will not have face-to-face access as is the case with attorneys.
  • With the inmate’s permission, the visit may be tape recorded.
  • Since you are on a social visit, you cannot put a microphone on the inmate. You can just put your microphone on the telephone, or on the glass window. 

When conducting an inmate visit with a TV camera crew, please observe the following:

  • Obtain approval from the Sheriff.   
  • Media interviews shall not be permitted with an inmate suffering from a mental illness when, in the opinion of a psychiatrist or psychologist, the inmate is not capable of giving informed consent, or their condition may be worsened by such an interview.
  • If the Sheriff grants an interview, all interested parties will be immediately informed of the forthcoming meeting between the media and the inmate to allow a reasonable amount of time to contest the interview proceedings (e.g., the inmate’s attorney, the District Attorney, the Court, the Federal Marshals, etc.).
  • While interviewing the inmate, make sure other inmates are NOT included in the videos or photographs. 
  • Recordings are prohibited of procedures, equipment, and structures which could compromise security.

Jail Questions

How do I get information about someone who was arrested?

To see if someone is in custody, check the Inmate Information Center, or you may call 1-888-373-7011.

Can I order packaged goods online for an inmate?

Yes -- MyCarePack.com gives you the opportunity to show friends and loved ones you're thinking of them while they're incarcerated.