Visiting Information

         

 

 

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INDEX OF PRISONS FOR VISITING INFORMATION

 

AVENAL | CALIPATRIA | CENTINELA | CHINO | CHOWCHILLA (CCWF)  | CHOWCHILLA (VSPW) |

CHUCKAWALLA | CORCORAN CSP | CORCORAN SATF | CORONA CIW | DELANO | DONAVAN |

DVI – TRACY | FOLSOM (NEW) | FOLSOM (OLD) | HIGH DESERT | IRONWOOD | JAMESTOWN |

LANCASTER | MULE CREEK | NORCO | PELICAN BAY | PLEASANT VALLEY |

SALINAS VALLEY (SVSP) | SAN LUIS OBISPO (CMC) | SAN QUENTIN | SOLANO (CTF) |

SOLEDAD (CTF) | SUSANVILLE (CCC) | TEHACHAPI | VACAVILLE | WASCO |

 

    *Local Rules are in addition to the general rules found here in Title 15

 

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AVENAL

Phone: (559) 386-0587

 

VISITING HOURS/DAYS

Appointment System has been implemented for all visits:

* To schedule an appointment call: 559-386-7473 Mon, Tue & Wed between 11:00am - 1:00pm

  They take appointments up to two weeks in advance. (They still accept non-appointment visits)

 

* They allow $1.00 bills now. (Up to $30.00).

 

* No cigarettes are allowed.

 

DIRECTIONS

Avenal Prison is only about 5 miles from PVSP

Check under PVSP (Pleasant Valley Prison)

 

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LODGING

Best Western Inn
33410 Powers Drive
Kettleman City, CA 93239
559-386-0804
(About 15 miles south of the facility)

Super 8 Motel
33415 Powers Drive
Kettleman City, CA 93239
559-386-9530
(About 15 miles south of the facility)

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LOCAL RULES

Visiting is based on the appointment system.

Call Mo, Tue & Wedn between 11:00 am – 1:00pm

Those without an appointment will not be processed until 10am on visiting days.


Miscellaneous:
-Children may bring in one small plastic, noiseless toy.
-Women cannot wear underwire bras.
-No blue or faded black denim.  Other color denim okay.
-White or grey t-shirts and/or sweatshirts must have print on both the front
and the back.
-Photo machine in processing room, each photo ticket is $2.00 (quarters
only) to be redeemed in visiting room.
-1 unopened pack of tissue in clear plastic okay
-Only certified birth certificate, no hospital copies

 

 

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CALIPATRIA

PH#: 760-348-7000

 

VISITING HOURS/DAYS:

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY VISITS ARE FROM 8:30AM TO 2:45 P.M.

Must be processed into the visiting areas no later than 2:00

Ad Seg:

1-hour non-contact visit by appointment only

Must be scheduled no more than 7 days and at least 24 hours in advance.

 Appointments for Ad Seg call Visiting Dept at 760-348-7000 x 5717

No more than 3 visitors for designated on non-contact visiting status

 

DIRECTIONS:

Approximately 60 miles South of Indio, off Hwy 111, on Blair Road

FROM LOS ANGELES: From Los Angeles area, 10 fwy East to Indio, 86S express way

Approx. 20 miles to 195 turn left, go approximately 1-2 miles, turn right on

Hwy 111, drive about 45 mins, after passing thru Nyland look for sign indicating State

Prison 3 miles.  Turn left on road, to stop sign, turn right.  If you pass the sign and get

to Calipatria you have gone too far
FROM SAN DIEGO TAKE INTERSTATE 8 EAST TO EL CENTRO, OFF ON IMPERIAL HIGHWAY
86 NORTH TO BRAWLEY (TURN RIGHT) II5 EAST (TURN RIGHT AT THE FIRE STATION))
TO 111 NORTH TO THE TOWN OF CALIPATRIA (ABOUT 10 MILES) TURN RIGHT ON MAIN
STREET TO BLAIR ROAD, TURN LEFT (ABOUT 5-6 MILES)

Car Line:

Line forms on side of road and are allowed to move forward at 8:15.  Several people feel

the need to arrive around 8:00 and bust into the front of the line placing themselves in

front of others that have been in line all night.  This is extremely inconsiderate and rude

and should not be considered as acceptable.

All visitors must park in the visiting parking lot (last parking lot between Administration

Building and Visiting Trailers).

 

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Calipatria Inn

700 N Sorensen Ave

Calipatria, CA  92233

760-348-7348

 

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Information regarding transportation or childcare services call Centerforce at 760-348-2232

 

LOCAL RULES:

All minors 12 years or older must have valid picture ID. Each adult can bring in $30 in $1 bills

or change.  Machines to change $5, 10 and 20’s are located in the visiting center.  Inmates

or children are not allowed to handle money. Vending machines + microwaves are located in

each visiting room. No food items can be brought into the institution, includes gum, candy

and breath mints.

Children may bring a book or small noiseless, searchable toy.  For infants, 2 small, factory

sealed food containers and 2 non-glass baby bottles, 5 diapers.  Clear diaper bag is allowed

and must not be left unattended. Valid picture ID, money, 1 pack unopened cigarettes per

adult, 1 book of matches, 1 car key (no auto openers attached) 1 brush or comb, no pointed

ends. 1 white handkerchief or 1 small, unopened tissue package. 10 photographs per adult,

no larger than 5x7, no instant photos, no false backs, no writing on back; no cosmetics

allowed. Small clear purses/bag are allowed. strollers, playpens or walkers are not permitted

(wheel chairs are available on a first come first serve basis)

All visitors must wear shoes or sandals must have straps around heel, including children.

Skirts, dresses and shorts no shorter than 2” above middle knee, front and back, slits must

be no higher than front or back part of knee.  Buttons and zippers shall remain fastened at

all times.  Hats and sunglasses are allowed. Visitors are requested to dress conservatively;

all clothing is subject to approval of visiting sergeant or lieutenant.

Personal experience:  In general the staff has been very polite and helpful.  Without the

body scanners in use the visiting process is relatively smooth.  With them it is disastrous and

takes forever!  Vending machines are usually well stocked and are filled during visiting.  I have

called several times for information regarding mail, quarterly packages and such.  I have been

helped with courtesy and most often accurate information.

 

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CENTINELA

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Visiting hours 1-760-337-7900 ext 5888

 

DIRECTIONS

Centinella is about 20 miles from El Centro. From San Diego take I-8 East. It is about 102 miles

to the prison. After you come down out of the mountains you hit a long flat stretch of highway.

I’m not good at distances, but I’d say about 10 miles you will come to the exit for the prison.

You’ll see a sign about a mile from the exit that says state prison. The exit is Dunaway Road

(some one must have thought that was funny way back then)..At the stop sign on the exit,

turn left crossing over the freeway. Follow that road to the end. At the “T” turn right. At the

1st stop sign turn left. About ½ mile and you will enter the prison property.  You must not enter

the prison grounds before 8am. You must line up on the side of the road and wait for the Patrol

Sargent to escort the cars in. Many people get there very early (3am) in the morning. Some even

spend the night in their cars. No one will hassle you. And I’ve not heard of any safety problems.

There are no restrooms near by, I believe the nearest is about 5 miles away. Also there aren’t

any bushes. I suggest bringing a “potty jug”, you can always “hide” between the car doors.

You will drive straight to the visitors parking lot.

Go to the visitors check in area. You will receive your pass there.

 

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LODGING

The nearest restaurants & motels are in El Centro. $35 was the cheapest I could find,

it wasn’t great, but the bedding was clean. If you have Triple A check with them for a free booklet.

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LOCAL RULES

The “A” line is for processing, then you go to the “B” line and this is where they examine what

you are wearing and what you are bringing in.

They have been pretty strict lately. After being processed you walk to the yard. No trams or bus

You check in at the desk and then into the visiting room it’s self. You leave your pass & id with

the CO’s at the desk. You will be assigned a table.

The usual 1 kiss & hug at entering and leaving. Holding hands is okay, no other signs of affection

allowed. They are constantly changing CO’s so you never know who will write you up. L

You can bring in:

2 pks. Cigarettes , un opened,1 clear lighter, no matches, 10 photos, no Polaroid’s

$30 in one’s (no 5’s or 10’s)& change No pennies. (I always take half1’s & half quarters, as the

change machine frequently is out of order)

Be sure to bring birth certificates for any children

One clear coin purse, no handles for the money, cogs & etc.Two keys on a ring with no attachments

1 brush or comb, 1 handkerchief, white only or 1 unopened packet of Kleenex

 For babies  you can have:6 disposable diapers, 2 jars of un-opened food per baby

2 clear plastic bottles of milk, juice or formula, per baby 1 clear pacifier, 1 change of clothes,

1 clear diaper bag, 1 receiving blanket

Clothing is pretty much the same as other prison, no blue denim, chambray or camouflage type

material. No underwire in bras. No spandex type clothing. All clothing must be “family attire”

(be careful about the “panty lines” especially wearing white slacks. No see thru type clothing,

even toddlers.You can wear sleeveless blouses. No spaghetti straps, and watch the neck lines,

some scoop neck tee shirts are considered too low.

You can wear backless shoes (mules) and thong sandals, no “shower shoes”

You also can wear shorts, no higher than 2” above the knee.

1 ring, 1 necklace, 1 pair earrings, 1 watch. They write on the back of your pass & count them

both in and out

Buy your food ASAP, as the food vendor sometimes doesn’t show up. He usually comes around noon

to refill the food machines. The soda’s and water are a different vendor and when it is empty it is

empty. I’ve never seen the “soda guy”.They do have a patio with cement tables and benches, so

you can smoke outside. There is a little bit of shade over several tables.

The temperatures have been running around 105-115 degrees and it is very humid.

(All the irrigation canals around there)

 

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CHINO

(909) 597-1821

 

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CHOWCHILLA (CCWF)

(559) 665-5531

Visiting information at (559) 665-5531, ext. 7600.

Directions:

From Sacramento:

·         Take Highway 99 south. 

·         Three miles south of Chowchilla to the Avenue 24 exit. 

·         Left on Avenue 24; proceed four miles. 

·         Turn right on Road 22. 

·         First prison on your right.

From Fresno:

·         Take Highway 99 North. 

·         Three miles past Madera

·         20 1/2 exit. 

·         Proceed east for three miles. 

·         First prison on your left.

 

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CHOWCHILLA (VSPW)

(559) 665-6100

Directions:

From Sacramento:

·         Take Highway 99 south. 

·         Three miles south of Chowchilla to the Avenue 24 exit. 

·         Left on Avenue 24; proceed four miles. 

·         First prison on your left.

From Fresno:

·         Take Highway 99 North. 

·          Avenue 24 exit. 

·         Proceed east for three miles. 

·         First prison on your left.

 

Please see the VSPW IFC website for more information.

http://www.vspw-ifc.com

 

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CHUCKAWALLA

PH#:760-922-5300

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Saturdays & Sundays, 8:00am to 3:00pm

Interstate 10 to Wiley's Well Road (about 13 miles west of Blythe), go south a few miles,

the check in point for both is the same, Ironwood is 1/2 mile or so beyond Chuckawalla

 

DIRECTIONS

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LODGING

Check for the town of Blythe

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LOCAL RULES

Chackawalla is a breath of fresh air after Ironwood.  Much better, colored jeans are allowed,

no blue or acid wash though.  No see-thru or sheer clothing, 2 inches above the knee for shorts

and skirts.  No sleeveless, tanks, spaghetti straps.  No forest or khaki green, no chambray blue. 

No limit on jewelry.  They say no underwire bra, again, no problem there.   You can bring in one

pack of sealed cigarettes, and a lighter (inmates are not allowed to smoke in visiting).  One key,

a see-thru small-med. plastic purse or bag, ones and quarters , total $30, same rules as far as

money.   Again, there is an Esperanza Center which has clothing available, also snacks and limited

childcare.

 

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CORCORAN – CSP

(Old Corcoran)

PH# 559-992-8800 | Visiting Ext: 5700 | Visiting Sgt: 5704 | Appointments: 5720

Visit Problems: Immediate Help - ask for Watch Commander

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Please call

 

Ad-Seg/ SHU/ PHU

by appointment 2 weeks ahead

 

DIRECTIONS

From North – going HWY 99 south - Exit Hanford/Corcoran -Hwy 43 south

Follow Corcoran Signs. Exit first Corcoran exit (Santa Fe Road)

and follow curve around over the railroad tracks.

Stay in left lane, past train station and traffic light until you see the prison.

(Note: See Car Line info below)

Directions from South: 405N to 5N to 99N to 46W (Wasco/Paso Robles exit)

about 7 miles to 43N go right about 36 miles to sign (NOT SATF sign), go left

across railroad tracks, veer left, then quick right. 

 

If before 8am, go right & follow road to car line on Plymouth

If after 8am, go left & follow road to first stop sign, turn left into prison. 

 

Car Line: Forms on Plymouth (1st cross street north of prison) as early as the

night before visiting; once another car parks behind you, you may leave & return

to your spot by 7:50am. A good time to get in line is usually between 6am and 7 am.

 

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LODGING

Corcoran Country Inn

Whitley Blvd.

559/992-5724

 

Corcoran Budget Inn (Will give discount to prison visitors)

Whitley Blvd.

559/992-3171

 

Tulare/  Motel 6

559/686-1611

 

Transportation: Center Force 559/992-8628 (Th. & F. 12:30-8; S&S 8-3),

Dial-A-Ride 559/992-2177 (M-F 6:30am-7:30 pm; wknds. &    holidays 10:30-7:30);

Amtrak tickets to Hanford; 1-way=$4.00, round trip=$5.00, 10-way=$16.00)

 

LOCAL RULES

 

No clothing in the following colors:

BLUE, GREEN, BEIGE, BROWN, ORANGE, WHITE. Beige, orange & white okay below waist;

quarters only; 1 unopened purse-size tissue okay; baby wipes in a Ziploc bag okay; 

comb or brush okay. No blue or black Jeans. Open shoes have to have a back strap.

Only jewelry allowed is 1 ring, 1 necklace, 1 bracelet, 1 pair earrings, 1 anklet.

No paper money – Change only, $30 per adult.

No smoking allowed! Do not bring cigarettes.

Photo Ducats can only be purchased through Visiting Staff with Dollar Bills.

$2.00 per photo ducat. Limit 5.

If you’re visiting a Close Custody Inmate you need to be processed prior to 10:30 or you

might not see your visitor before 1pm.

That means you need to be among the first 40 to be processed…get in line early!

 

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CORCORAN – SATF+SP

PH# 559-992-7100 | Visiting Ext: 5700 | Appointments: 5712

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Level IV:

Sa, Su  8:00 – 3:00

Ad-Seg/Orientation by appointment only

 

DIRECTIONS

Directions from South: 405N to 5N to 99N to 46W (Wasco/Paso Robles exit)

about 7 miles to 43N go right about 36 miles to sign. Follow SATF sign. 

Directions from North: Hwy99 south to HWY43 south (Corcoran/Hanford exit)

Look for State Prison SATF sign. Follow sign.

 

There is no car line! The parking lot is accessible starting at 7:30 am

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LODGING

 Corcoran Country Inn

Whitley Blvd.

559/992-5724

 

Corcoran Budget Inn -(Will give discount to Prison Visitors)

Whitley Blvd.

559/992-3171

 

Tulare/  Motel 6

559/686-1611

 

Transportation: Center Force 559/992-8628 (Th. & F. 12:30-8; S&S 8-3),

Dial-A-Ride 559/992-2177 (M-F 6:30am-7:30 pm; wknds. &    holidays 10:30-7:30);

Amtrak tickets to Hanford; 1-way=$4.00, round trip=$5.00, 10-way=$16.00)

 

LOCAL RULES

 

WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING!

Visiting rooms are furnished with very low tables that make sitting “lady like” next to impossible!

VERY uncomfortable chairs as well.  NO special tables for handicapped visitors are made available.

Depending on what yard you have to visit in, your walk from the lobby to the visiting room can be

extremely long. (Feels like a quarter mile). There is no shade or protection from rain on the walkway.

If you are disabled, you’ll need to bring a doctor’s note stating you cannot walk and staff will drive you.

 

The vendor machine is stocked with regular sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and burritos like the ones

you buy at the grocery store. Not much to choose from for children, vegetarians or diabetics.

This has to be one of the worst food vendors around!!!!

There is a change machine in the lobby for $5,10 & 20’s to be changed into coins.

 

CLOTHING:

No sweat-suits allowed, only sweatpants OR sweatshirt in approved colors.

NO SLEEVELESS DRESSES OR TOPS!!!

No tight fitting or transparent clothing showing the outline of undergarments. (Check for panty-lines!!!)

NO TEAM LOGOS of any kind! – No sagging clothing is allowed.

$30 per adult & $10 per child allowed in quarters, dollar coins and $1 dollar bills  only;

1 unopened purse-size tissue okay;

baby wipes in a Ziploc bag okay; comb or brush okay. No blue Jeans.

Open shoes have to have a back strap. During rain a small umbrella is ok (Color restrictions apply!).

Only jewelry allowed is 1 Wedding Set or 1 ring,

1 necklace, 1 bracelet, 1 pair earrings, 1 anklet, 1 watch.

No lip, eyebrow, tongue, nipple, nose or bellybutton rings or studs.

Metal detector is extremely sensitive – don’t even try the under-wire bra!

Note: Smoking is not allowed!

Photo Ducats can only be purchased through Visiting Staff with Dollar Bills.

$2.00 per photo ducat. Limit 5. (This money is counted towards the total allowed to bring in!)

CHILDREN’S LEGAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES HAVE TO BE BROUGHT WITH YOU FOR EACH VISIT!

Authorization letters to bring in minors have to be on the SATF authorization form!

Notarized letters must be updated each year.

 

 

The patios are only open for 15 minutes each hour, weather permitting, if staff is available.

 

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CORONA – CIW

(909) 597-1771

 

Saturdays  from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Holidays* from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*New Year's Day, Independence Day,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Directions:

 

CIW is located 37 miles east of Los Angeles; 90 miles northwest of San Diego

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DELANO

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Saturdays and Sundays - 8:30 to 3:00.  You are not allowed into the visiting
center until 8:30.  Processing of all visitors stops at 2:00 p.m

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LOCAL RULES

(SPECIFICALLY FOR RECEPTION)

The staff at NKSP are very professional and very kind.  They will work with
visitors to get them through the scanners until they are able to pass
through for a visit.  If you are visiting someone in reception the following
are suggestions to make your visit easier.

Please treat the officers with courtesy and respect and you will be treated
the same.  Remember that they are doing their job and are trying to make
your visit as pleasant as possible.  Due to overcrowded conditions sometimes
the visits may only be 1/2 hour instead of an hour.  If you feel that you
must register a complaint, please do so in writing to the Warden.

1.  Check carefully to make sure that your bra does not have an under wire
in it.  Most do, even though the tips are coated in plastic.  It is best to
either remove the under wires or wear a sports bra.  A bra MUST be worn.
2.  No sleeveless blouses or tops are allowed.
3.  No plain white t-shirts can be worn.
4.  No see through clothing
5.  No scarfs either around the head or for decoration
6.  No tight fitting pants, shorts or dresses allowed.
6.  No denim of any kind is allowed.
7.  No camouflage or olive green or tan clothing.
8.  No hats or caps allowed.
9.  No makeup, brushes or combs allowed.
10. Remove all bobby pins, or hair clips that have metal on them - place
them in the see-through bag if you have one.
11.  No wallets allowed.
12.  No gang affiliated attire or logos.
13.  If you are bringing infants, you can bring in an empty bottle along
with a sealed container of liquid for that child, diapers, car seat,
blanket, pacifier
14.  No money is allowed if visiting inmates in reception.
15.  You can bring in 10 pictures no larger than 4x6 - all pictures will be
looked at by the processing officers.
16.  You are allowed to bring in 2 keys from your car.  Any alarm devices
must be left in your vehicle.

Processing Procedures

1. Have your ID and an original birth certificate for any children with you.
(If you are not the parent of a child, you must have a notarized statement
from the parent giving you permission to bring in the child - you must also
have their original birth certificate with you.)
2. Fill out the sheet on the table next to the counter (one is required for
each visitor) (inmates name, CDC#, your name, address, relationship to
inmate and your signature) and place it along with your ID and any birth
certificates you may have on the counter.  Take a seat and wait to be called
by one of the processing officers.
3. You will be asked to remove your shoes (any style may be worn), glasses,
belts and all jewelry and car key (you can take a see through bag to put
your jewelry and key in - once through the detectors you can put your
jewelry back on).  These items are placed in a box for examination by the
processing officers.
4. Each person then must pass through the detectors.  If an alarm goes off,
do not panic.  The officers will work with you to ascertain what the problem
is.
5. If an article of clothing is deemed inappropriate by the officers, there
is a visiting trailer on the southeast corner of the visiting parking lot.
You may be sent there to find clothing that is acceptable.  (or you may wish
to have a change of clothes with you in your car).
6. Child care is also available in the visitors trailer for children who are
potty trained and older.  3 hours is the maximum time a child may be left.
Anyone with you not visiting can wait in this trailer as well.

Visiting
1.  Keep your children with you at all times.
2.  It may take as much as a 1/2 hour or more before you actually get your
visit.  It all depends on how many visitors there are, and in which block
the inmate is housed.
3.  If the person you are visiting is located in B6, D3 and D4 blocks - they
MUST be escorted one at a time.  They have 4 visiting booths that are
separate from the others where your loved one will be placed.  THIS IS FOR
THEIR SAFETY - and it does take longer to get these inmates to the visiting
area.
4.  Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 12:00 these booths are set aside for
any AD-SEG (Administrative Segregation) inmates.  Family members must make an
appointment to see someone in AD-SEG.
5.  Bathroom facilities and a drinking fountain are located both in the
processing visiting area and the visiting facility.
6.  Once you are told your visit is up, please leave the visiting area
immediately.  This will ensure that all visitors have a chance to see the
inmate they are visiting.
My best advice is to be patient and courteous.

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DONOVAN

 

(619) 661-6500

 

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DVI – TRACY

Phone 209-835-4141,

Wardens Fax 209-830-3801

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 600

Tracy, CA  95378-0600

 

Visitors' Hotline:

(800) 374-8474

 

Visitor Processing Address:

Visitor Processing

P.O. Box 400

Tracy, CA 95378-0400

 

Visitation Days (Times):

 

Saturday--Sunday  (8:30am -- 2:45pm)

 

All visitors must complete a Visiting Questionnaire (Form-106) prior to visit.

This form must be mailed to you by the inmate and upon completion mailed to

Visitor Processing.  The inmate will be informed of your approval for visitation and

it is their responsibility to inform you.  If visitation is denied, then the institution will be

the one to notify you in writing by mail.  You will not be allowed to visit until your

application is approved.

 

Basic Visitation Rules:

1. Must arrive at least 15 minutes early.

2. Anyone 14 years of age and older must provide a valid picture Id.

     (Forms of valid picture Id:  DMV drivers license, DMV Identification card, Passports, etc.)

3. Minor children must have a certified copy of birth certificate with orginal seal on it.

4. Each adult is allowed to bring a maximum $30 in loose (coins) change.

5. You can bring 1 transparent coin bag no larger than 6-inches by 10-inches. 

6. No outside foods or beverages allowed.

7. You can bring a maximum of 25 loose photos.

 

Clothing/Apparel Restrictions:

1. No denim clothing of any color allowed.

2. No clothing resembling state issued inmate clothing allowed.

3. No clothing resembling custody staff clothing allowed.

4. Females must wear bras. (No underwire bras allowed.)

5. No sheer or transparent clothing allowed.

6. Dresses, skirts, shorts, etc. cannot be less than 2-inches above knee.

7. No wallets or purses allowed.

8. No clothing with obscene or defensive language allowed.

9. Clothing must fit appropriately and cover the breast, abdomen, buttocks, and genitalia.

 

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FOLSOM – OLD

Phone: 916- 985-2561

Wardens Fax 916-351-3010

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Please call

 

DIRECTIONS

Directions coming from L.A.(south) you would take 405 north to 5 sac on to highway 50 take

Folsom exit go to Folsom Blvd. then to blue ravine make a right go to Bidwell St make a another

right then go to Wales make a right go to Natoma Street make a another right go to light and

then another light and make a left on to prison road

 

Car Line:

We no longer line up on Fargo Street, we now have to line up on the bench outside of Visiting

 Processing at 6:00 am, you may not leave a marker or save a spot. An officer will pass out

numbers at 7:00am; one number per inmate being visited. This is working well so far.

Most of the time you can arrive just a few minutes before 7 and still be in the first group taken in.

  If you want to be in the second group no number is needed, just show up abpout 7:30 as the doors

 are opened and wait in the line by the lockers, after the officers have called all the numbers passed

out they will begin processing in the visitors waiting in line.

 

 

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Inns of America in Rancho Cordova gives a "prison visitor" discount [currently $52.00]

regardless of occupancy, & they'll provide a microwave & refrigerator upon request

for no additional charge.  Their #'s are 916/985-6110 & 916/351-1213. Toll-free # is 800/826-0778

It is approx. 8 - 10 minutes to the prison from this hotel

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LOCAL RULES

Our facility does not allow BLUE OF ANY KIND, no gray, no forest green or lime green colors

either.  White blouses, tight items, spaghetti straps are forbidden.  Shorts must come to

just a little above the knee, no short shorts. 

You must have your visitors slip filled out prior to going to the counter when it is your turn. 

On this slip you must include the persons CDC number, their name and it is also very helpful if

you list their housing number, this makes the line flow allot smoother.  For those first timers

with children, their birth certificates, and or NOTARIZED document allowing permission for

you to take a child into the prison will be needed when you check in.  These documents must

be removed back to your car, as they are not allowed to go in with you.  All you are allowed is

your ID card, a brush, and $30.00 in quarters or $1 dollar bills for adults and $10 for each child.

 No 5's, 10's 20's, etc.  Your money must be in a clear plastic bag of some kind and your ID with

you at all times.

All shoes must have backs on them otherwise you will be returned and will either get other

shoes or your visit will be cancelled. 

At around
8:00 - 8:15 the first 25 names will be called or approx number and you will be taken

down to the Sally port for scanning (not in use now) and for going through the metal detector.

All shoes, belts, jewelry, hairpins, etc, must be removed or you won't pass and will be taken

back up the hill.  Also, women who have large bra's with allot of hooks in the back won't make

it through either.  No 501's no metal buttons, no metal period will make it through the metal

detector.

Once we clear the metal detectors, we are taken down below to the visiting room. 

For our facility, it is very crowded now days and terminations are likely on weekends around

11-11:30 in which your number (the one you were in line) will be called and you will be asked to

leave.

There are only 5 microwaves for our large visiting population so be prepared to stand in long

lines for a while.

 

Welcome House is there for clothing should people need to change.  They open at 8:00

They also used to provide rides from the airport, etc. but best to call them to check first

 

Update:

 

Old folsom has some new clothing colors that are not acceptable. So far:
NO---green  blue  any combination of those aqua etc. no prints with any
blue or green. No camoflauge
NO--white t shirts with logos or anything - no white
NO-- gray  bright yellow  tan  beige  brown  
No--purple if it has a shade of blue in it
They didnt say no orange but the porters wear orange so I wouldn’t even try it.
Welcome house MUST be very short of clothing in acceptable colors.
No sweat pants ever & no tank tops. You can wear sleeveless if your entire

shoulder is covered. The length of a dress or skirt can be no shorter than the bend of the knee
plus the width of your drivers license. NO UNDERWIRE BRAS
All shoes must have a back or a back strap
 5 photographs each  no people in bathing suits etc. only 2 keys on one ring
Your person has to sign you up to leave. The last group to leave is at
2:30  
Leaving at 2 is better. At
2:30  the guys are taken in  all people remaining
have to stay on the patio and if there is a problem with count--you will stay
till count closes.  We had to stay out there till
3:30 once.
The visiting guards are all pretty nice and if you go by the rules and don’t
try to pull a fast one over on them, you will be ok
There are cameras everywhere and people are caught doing whatever each week
that we have been there.
Food is in the machines--very $$ but pretty good.  Even French-fries, fresh
from its own machine. Sometimes there is fresh fruit. The vendor is there the entire
time refilling.
NO GUM! Gum is considered contraband and you will lose
your visiting if you have some and that goes for the under-wire bras too.
No blue jeans. I am hoping they relax some of the colors. (One man had on a Hawaiian shirt   
mostly pinks and whites and orange but the splash of blue made it a no go.)  
My print dress had a cream colored top and it wont go.
You are safe in black, pink, possibly red.

  

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FOLSOM – NEW

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Visiting hours are from 7:30 am till 2:00pm

 

DIRECTIONS

Directions coming from L.A.(south) you would take 405 north to 5 sac on to highway 50 take

Folsom exit go to Folsom Blvd. Take Folsom Blvd. until you get to Natoma, 
then make a right onto Natoma. This street runs into Prison  

Road. Then make a left onto Prison Road

 

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LODGING

Motel 6 in Rancho Cordova is the cheapest.

 

Inns of America in Rancho Cordova gives a "prison visitor" discount of $49.00 per night,

regardless of occupancy, & they'll provide a microwave & refrigerator upon request

for no additional charge.  Their #'s are 916/985-6110 & 916/351-1213. Toll-free # is 800/826-0778

 

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LOCAL RULES
Welcome House van can give assistance to the prison with advanced appt.

Can't wear no blue, no olive green, no yellow, shorts have to be no shorter than 3 inches above

the knee, no underwire bras, no short dresses, no sleeveless tops, any kind of shoes allowed

 

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HIGH DESERT

PH#: 530-251-5100

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Sat/Sun 8am - 2:30pm

 

Call 1-800=374-8474 after 1:00 on the Thursday before the anticipated visit for visiting status

(Several yards at High desert are locked down 8 out of 12 months a year resulting in non-contact,

behind the glass visits).  To schedule a one-hour non-contact visit call 1-530-251-5100, extension 5708
after
1:00pm on the Thursday before, to schedule an appointment. 

If a recording is reached give your name and the inmates name and number and request the

times desired.  Most of the time it works out but occasionally the time is already full and the

visitor won't know it until they arrive. Try to get there at least 30 mins prior to visiting, they're

A little slow processing, but then again they're very nice

Note:

During daylight savings time, Close Custody A and B inmates are
returned to their cells at
3:00pm on Friday

 

DIRECTIONS

To reach High Desert take I-80, 50 or 88 east.  I-80 and 50 cross I-5 and 99 in Sacramento and

88 crosses Highway 49 in Jackson.  On all go east until Highway 395 and then go North approximately

1 1/2 hours north of Reno, Nevada to Susanville.  Just outside of the city limits signs will provide

directions the remainder of the way which is just a few miles

 

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LODGING

There are plenty of motels in Susanville.  Prices range from about $30 (single) per night to $50. 

As you enter Susanville proper from the South, the motels are the most
expensive and get less so as you move north through town. Unfortunately,
they also get less clean and less safe.

 

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LOCAL RULES

Transportation is very limited. There is no Greyhound Bus Station.

There is some kind of shuttle, arranged for via the visitor center, that picks people up in town

at the motels, etc. I recommend that a new visitor stop in the center or call them and get
whatever is the most current information on services available.

Visitors can wear no denim clothes, no gray sweats, and no under wire bras, any tank tops

or short sleeves. Skirts or Bermudas must be long enough to cover the knees.  Visitors can wear

one ring, one pair of earrings, one watch, one bracelet and one necklace.  You must write the

jewelry worn on your visiting slip.  They will make you take off excess jewelry so be careful! 

Visitor parking is the first two rows as you enter the parking area immediately in front of the

visitor center.  Visitors must know their auto license plate number since they must enter it in

the logbook with their signature.  (They check to make sure visitors are parked in the designated

visitor parking.) 
Visitors are to walk along the fence line to access the visitor entrance and remain away from the

employees vehicles.

Attire is pretty flexible, you're allowed to wear open back shoes/sandals, you can wear white,

some blue, and you’re not allowed to wear olive green pants of tan shirts.  I've seen many women

in there with those colored pants on, but I want to follow the rules to make my visit as good as possible! 

You’re allowed to hug somewhat during the visit it's not as strict as Corcoran or
Folsom.  You can sit next to each other and it's a very relaxed atmosphere in
comparison to other prisons. 

 

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IRONWOOD

PH#: 760-921-3000

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30am to 3:00pm

 

DIRECTIONS

Interstate 10 to Wiley's Well Road (about 13 miles west of Blythe) go south a few miles,

the check in point for both is the same, Ironwood is 1/2 mile or so beyond Chuckawalla.

 

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Look under the City of Blythe at:

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LOCAL RULES

No jeans of any color, no solid brown, no green (similar to the guards uniforms), no blue or

chambray, prints and black is ok, no hoods on jackets, even children’s.  No sweatpants or

any clothing made of sweatshirt type material.  Shorts or skirts must be no shorter than two

inches above the knee, no sheer, see-thru clothing, no sleeveless (tank tops, spaghetti straps,

etc), must wear bra, no under wire. Jewelry was limited to one ring or wedding set, one

necklace, one bracelet or watch, one pair of earrings (no single).  A see-thru or clear plastic

purse or bag, 2 packs of sealed cigarettes, one lighter, one key (no key-ring, or electronic open

device), one dollar bills or quarters (total $40 per adult, children are not allowed to bring in money),

a sealed small pack of Kleenex, no gum, candy, etc. 

Visiting for the most part extremely good.  Staff professional, pleasant, fair.  Little stress going

through check in procedures.

Visitors line up on highway (Wiley's Well Road), some there all night as to be in first. 

Sat. it's good to get there between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m., Sunday between 6 and 6;15.

Time allowed entering grounds 7:45, Sat. and Sun. visiting only and the extra holidays

required by the Department.  Passes now handed out at Guard Shack on the way in. 

Vending machines usually not working properly or not stocked.  No vegetarian foods for those that

need them.  One never knows what kind of money, paper or quarters the machines will take so it's

advisable to take $15 in quarters and $15 in ones.  This is one place we seem to keep Ken Hurdle

busy dealing with Vendors.

They often run out of film or Ducats for pictures on holidays; Prisoners allowed taking only two

inside with them.

There is a Visiting Questionnaire available in English and Spanish as one checks out of main visiting

procedure building.  The warden DOES read all of them.  He is very good at seeing to it that visitors

are not hassled unless they are breaking rules.  Of all the prisons I personally have visited this

one ranks at the top.

Carry water, sunscreen (you'll need it if you go to the patio area), and sunshades for the interior of

your vehicle to help keep the heat down inside the auto while you wait..

You are allowed $30 in ones or quarters, 1 Auto Key (no remote openers) glasses, 1 watch, 1 pair

of earrings, one ring set, one anklet, one toe ring, one tongue, nose or other stud.  Long hair piled up

must be released to insure no contraband is hidden. 

ISP and Chuckawalla are on the same area as is Solano and Vacaville although their visiting check in

rooms are individual for each prison. 

At this point inmates are still not allowed to share tables but as their visitors are becoming more

numerous that may change soon---petition the Warden.

They are sitting at the gates of hell heat wise.

I have learned to carry a 'golf umbrella and stand it either in the back of my PU to shade the top of the

cab or secure it in a partially opened window.  Certain times of the year you don't dare open the

windows, as there are tiny biting flies and mosquitoes.  Ours in N. CA are like tanks compared to the

size of theirs--but theirs are more vicious.

There is the Esperanza Center, they have limited childcare available, clothes if you have to change,

snacks~ it is located in the parking lot (not inside the prison itself) Children are expected to follow

the same dress rules.

 

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JAMESTOWN

(209) 984-5291

 

Visiting Days/Hours

8:30am – 3:00pm - Saturday & Sunday
 

You MUST park on the left hand side of parking lot (after entering).

Right side is reserved for staff.

 

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Local Rules

 

The hospitality house is down the hill if you follow the yellow line and has a

covered patio. It is very pleasant, clean with tons of toys and comfy furniture.

They have coffee and light meals. You can change, wait or rest there.

They also lend out clothing if you wore something not allowable.
 
NO TAN SHIRTS; NO LOW CUT TOPS; NO SLEEVELESS; NO SPAGHETTI STRAPS
NO TRANSPARENT OR SEE THROUGH MATERIAL; NO UNDERWIRE BRAS
NO TIGHT CLOTHING; WEAR A SLIP WITH DRESSES - SOMETIMES THEY WONT

JUST ASK THEY WANT TO SEE IT; NO PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRTS
NO BLUE ANYTHING; NO FOREST GREEN
IF YOU ARE BRINGING CHILDREN MAKE SURE YOU BRING THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE –

IF YOU ARE BRINGING SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILD YOU NEED A NOTARIZED NOTE

SAYING THAT YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO BRING THAT CHILD ONTO PRISON GROUNDS

FOR A VISIT. I BELIEVE THEY HAVE THEIR OWN FORM FOR THIS SO YOU MIGHT WANT

TO INVESTIGATE BEFORE BRINGING THE CHILD.
$30 in change and one dollar bills in a plastic see through makeup type bag or a

simple ziploc bag. There is a change machine in the processing area that will turn

your $20/10/5 into quarters (Doesn't accept new 5's or 10's)
Always bring a second outfit complete with shoes because you just never know

what kind of mood they will be in the day you come to visit.

 

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LANCASTER

661-729-2000 | Appointments: x 5401

 

Visiting Days/Hours

8:30 to 3:00 Saturday and Sunday

 

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Local Rules

(Separated for Contact / Non-Contact visiting)

 

INMATES IN "ORIENTATION" LOCATED IN C BLOCK (SENSITIVE NEEDS YARD)

1.  If an inmate is in "orientation" status - that means he has been
transferred from a    Reception facility to
Lancaster.  This "orientation"
status can last from 14 to 21 days.

2.  If you are already approved for any other facility, you may visit an
inmate in a behind glass, 2 hour maximum visit by calling 1-661-729-2000
ext. 5401 on Thursday for a visit on Friday.  Call Friday for a visit on
Saturday and Sunday.  Visiting hours are
9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00
p.m.
  All visits end at 3:00 p.m. (Make sure to inform the officer on the
phone that the inmate you are visiting is in Orientation.

3.  When calling for a visit, you must give your name and your Drivers
License or ID number and the names of any others coming with you. They must
already have approval status as a visitor.

3.  Upon entering the prison grounds, you must have your ID ready to show to
the officers at the gate.  You will be asked to open your trunk and your
glove compartment.  Once you have cleared the search, you will be given a
visiting pass for each visitor.  3 visitors are allowed for inmates during
the "orientation" behind glass visits.  The visiting pass MUST be filled out
in INK.  (Best if filled out before entering the visiting area)  Enter the
visiting area and place your pass on the counter and then take a seat.  Keep
you ID with you.

4.  When your name is called, you will be asked to do the following:
a.  Put you shoes, jacket, jewelry (unless it is made of gold, silver),
    belts etc. into the box for inspection.
b.  Turn your pockets out (front and back), run your hands around
    your waist band, turn around and raise each foot so that the officer
can see the soles
    of your feet.  Once cleared you will be asked to walk through the
scanner.
c.  After you have cleared the scanner - your possessions will be returned
to you.  The     guard will log in your pass # and stamp the inside of your
right wrist.  He will give        you both your pass and your ID back.
d.  Proceed through the door and wait behind the yellow line until the gate
is fully     opened.  Proceed into the holding area and wait until the next
gate is fully opened.
e.  There will be a brown bus that takes you and all other visitors to the
various yards     for your visit.
f.  The officer driving the bus will let you know which yard he is
unloading to.
g.  Once inside the visiting entrance (the doors on the far right side is
for C yard),     another officer will log you in.  He/She will keep your ID
and return your pass to     you.
h.  The door to the visiting area is kept locked at all times.  The officer
will open the     door and you will then proceed to the desk in the very
front of the room. Hand your      visiting pass to the officer and he will
assign you to one of the three visiting     booths and will call for the
inmate.
i.  Restrooms are available for use just outside of the visiting room.

ALL YARDS - CONTACT VISITS

1.  Once the inmate has cleared the "orientation" process, contact visits
are allowed. It is not necessary to call for an appointment time.  Visiting
times are from
8:30 to 3:00 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  You may visit once
each day.  If there is enough room, your visit will last the entire time.
However, if the visiting room is full, you will have to wait in the parking
lot or the visitors trailer until there is room.  Saturdays are extremely
busy and your visit may only last 2 or 3 hours. The rule is "first in, first
out" when the number of visits is high.

2.  The inmate may have as many as 5 visitors on each day.

Upon entering the prison grounds, you must have your ID ready to show to the
officers at the gate.  You will be asked to open your trunk and your glove
compartment.  Once you have cleared the search, you will be given a visiting
pass for each visitor.  3 visitors are allowed for inmates during the
"orientation" behind glass visits.  The visiting pass MUST be filled out in
INK.  (Best if filled out before entering the visiting area)  Enter the
visiting area and place your pass on the counter and then take a seat.  Keep
you ID with you.

3.  When your name is called, you will be asked to do the following:
a.  Put you shoes, jacket, jewelry (unless it is made of gold, silver),
    belts etc. into the box for inspection.
You are allowed to take the following items with you.
1.  See through small bag (or zip lock baggie)
2.  $30 per visitor in $1's or quarters (carry a separate bag for each
visitor)
3.  A comb or brush
4.  10 photos no larger than 4 x 6.
5.  If you require medication during your visit - you must leave the
medication in the front visiting area.  Please let the guard
know that you require this. The  exception to this rule is
nitroglycerin tablets.
6.  Any other jewelry that is not made of precious metal can be put in the
small bag. (Keep these items to a minimum)
7.  One cloth handkerchief
8.  One UNOPENED small packet of Kleenex
(Further information is available in the visitors handbook - if there are
none of the counter just ask one of the officers for one as you exit
your visit)
b.  Turn your pockets out (front and back), run your hands around your
waistband, turn and face the bar and show the bottoms of your feet.
Once cleared you will be asked to walk through the scanner.
c.  After you have cleared the scanner - your possessions will be returned
to you.  The     guard will log in your pass # and stamp the inside of your
right wrist.  He will give you both your pass and your ID back.
d.  Proceed through the door and wait behind the yellow line until the gate
is fully opened.  Proceed into the holding area and wait until the next
gate is fully opened.
e.  There will be a brown bus that takes you and all other visitors to the
various yards for your visit.
f.  The officer driving the bus will let you know which yard he is
unloading to. (Your visiting pass will have the inmates block and cell
# on it)
g.  Once inside the visiting entrance (the doors on the far right side is
for C yard), another officer will log you in.  He/She will keep your ID
and return your pass to you.
h.  The door to the visiting area is kept locked at all times.  The officer
will open the  door and you will then proceed to the desk in the very
front of the room. Hand your visiting pass to the officer and he will
assign you to one of the three visiting booths and will call for the
inmate.
i.  The inmate MUST check in with the desk officer first before proceeding
to your assigned table.  They MUST face the front of the room at all
times when seated.
j.  Vending machines are available for sodas, water, ice cream, snacks, and
items such as sandwiches, salads etc.  Inmates are NOT ALLOWED TO STAND
IN LINE for vending machines or microwave usage.
k.  You are allowed to kiss and hug your loved one at the beginning of the
visit and again  at the end of the visit. You may hold hands during your
visit.
l.  A small play area is available for children.  There are also games and
toys available as well.  Children must be supervised at all times.
m.  Pencil and paper are available upon request - you may not take any
writing materials into the visit with you without prior clearance.
n.  You will be told when your visiting time is up.  Make sure your table
is completely cleared of all trash.  No food or drink may leave the
visiting room.
o.  Visitors are to stand to the left side of the back of the room -
inmates are to go to the front of the room by the officer's desk.
p.  Your name will be called and your ID and visitors pass will be laid on
a table for you to pick up.  Exit the visiting area promptly and wait
outside for the transportation  bus to return you to the main visiting
gate.
q.  There are restrooms for visitors just outside the visiting area.  The
officer will unlock the door at any time for this purpose. You may also
use these facilities before getting onto the bus.
r.  Once you have returned to the main visiting gate - proceed inside to
the visiting area  where you will need to present your visiting pass, ID
and allow your right wrist to be scanned to show the stamp you received
on your way in.
s.  There are also restrooms in the main visiting area as well.
t.  When you leave the facility, you will be asked to present your ID, and
your trunk and  glove compartment will once again be subject to search.

(EMPTY YOUR TRUNK OF ALL BUT NECESSARY ITEMS - IT WILL MAKE THE SEARCH
PROCESS MUCH FASTER).

Most of the staff is extremely courteous and kind.  Treat them with respect
and they will do the same for you.

 

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MULE CREEK

(209) 274-4911

Saturday 12:00 – 7:00

Sunday 8:30 – 3:00


No processing from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
due to institutional count on Saturdays only

Minimum Facility Inmates:
No processing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
due to institutional count on Sundays


Minimum Support Facility (MSF) visiting will be
on Saturdays and Sundays, and on State holidays ONLY.

 

For updated information concerning MCSP visitor hours or closures,

contact the Visitor Processing Unit at (209) 274-4911, ext. 5410.

Directions:

From Sacramento:

·         Take Hwy 16 (Jackson Road) to Ione-Michigan Bar Road

·         Proceed south to Hwy 104

·         Take Hwy 104 east to Ione

 

From Stockton:

·         Take Hwy 88 east to Hwy 124

·         Drive north on Hwy 124 to Ione

 

From San Francisco:

·         Take Hwy 80 to Hwy 50 (Placerville/Lake Tahoe)

·         Take Hwy 50 to Hwy 16 (Jackson Road)

·         Take Hwy 16 (Jackson Road) to Ione-Michigan Bar Road

·         Proceed south to Hwy 104

·         Take Hwy 104 east to Ione

 

Local Information:

 

The visiting staff follows regulations. They are the most courteous and fair staff you will ever

deal with in the system. Visiting is pleasant, but short. Terminations are the norm every day.

No smoking is allowed.

No sweat pants or shirts/jackets in gray or white allowed.

Change machine is available in the lobby.

The food vendor is excellent, and special requests can be submitted for diet needs.

 

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Telephone: 909.737.2683 extension 4362 (visiting)

Hours/Days: Saturday, Sunday

(inmates are assigned visiting days according to the last two digits of their CDC #).

  

     Saturdays/Sundays: 8:15- 3:15

 

On Fridays  80 or so "A" passes are distributed at 9:00 AM. If you do not receive a pass,

 you must form a line outside of the visiting hospitality center and sign up on a waiting list.

This does not guarantee you entrance @ 1:15 pm. Around 2:00 pm priority passes are given

to first time visitors, those with a medical condition, and those who travel over 250 miles,

then the handing out of passes proceeds to those whose names are on the list. Only 45 of

these "E" passes as they are called are given out. Those who do not make it in, must wait

 until 5:00 pm to be given a "B" pass. 

 

The same applies to Saturdays/Sundays. 80 or so "A" Passes are handed out @ 6:00 am.

If you do not receive a pass, you must form a line outside of the visiting hospitality

center and sign up on a waiting list. This does not guarantee you entrance @ 8:15 am

Around 9:00 am priority passes are given to first time visitors, those with a medical

condition, and those who travel over 250 miles, then the handing out of passes

proceeds to those whose names are on the list. Only 45 of these "E" passes as they

are called are given out. Those who do not make it in, must wait until 12:00 pm to be

given a pass. 

 

Photo Ducats are only sold twice a day inside the visiting room and must be taken

immediately. You may not wear sandals/shoes without a strap around the ankle.

 

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PELICAN BAY

Call (707) 465-9187 for current info.

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Visiting restrictions are in effect for some.

Call before going!

 

DIRECTIONS

Pelican Bay is just outside Crescent City on Lake Earl Dr.
There is a prison van that will pick you up at the local
McDonalds at 8:00 am
on Saturday and Sunday and transport you out to the prison. 

If you drive there are signs from 101 directing you. 

 

There is no longer a guard at the front gate, so you just turn into the prison main gate and

proceed at 20 miles per hour either (turning right) to the Hospitality House trailer if you need

to go there, or (bearing left as the road turns when it approaches the fence) to the visiting

entrance around back.

 

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The hospitality house will be visible to your right. 

It is very pleasant, clean with tons of toys and comfy
furniture.  They have coffee and light meals.  You  can

change there or sleep there, leave children or others there
with no worries.  The visitors check in is to the left around

to the back of the facility.  Parking  is near the front door

with plenty of signs to let you know the areas that are off limits.

 

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LOCAL RULES

Go across the yard to the building directly across from the gate they let you out. 

Go straight ahead (leftish) in the building.

Processing begins at 8:30 with SHU appointments being processed ahead of GP. 
Also glass visits for AD Seg or otherwise locked down inmates go first according to their

appointments.  GP visiting will begin to process around 9:00 and you are usually inside

waiting for your guy by 9:20. They call for inmates when they process your pass so it is

generally only 10 or 15 minutes before he appears. 

The visiting room is large and clean with dinette set type tables and chairs. 
There are vending machines, which take change or $1 bills.  Nothing larger than a $1 bill

is allowed in. Also there is a $30 limit for each adult visitor.  There is a patio with several picnic
tables--its all cement but oh well.  There are two visiting rooms depending on whether or not

your man is on "A" yard or "B" yard.  Right now there is rather restricted visiting. 

 "Critical workers" or inmates who are programming have visits from 9-3 both Saturday and

Sunday.  Since there are relatively few visitors, visits are never terminated so you can count

on full time both days.  Glass visits are by appointment and are for 1 hour.  They only sell photo

ducats twice a day and pictures have to be taken right away.  The food is ok.

The recorded message can be reached for all visiting restrictions  (707) 465-9187.   

Clothing restrictions are the standard:
No clothing resembling Blue Chambray, no blue denim Levi-type pants, (basically avoid blue unless

it is covered in a print), no green resembling the co's uniform, no bright yellow that would

resemble the jumpsuits worn in the SHU or Ad-seg.  No gray that resembles gray sweat suits. 

No sleeveless, (not even under a jacket that you swear you won't take off) No bare mid-drifts,

no excessively tight clothing or see through clothing.....make sure your buttons are not metal,

no under wire bras, no shower shoes, (but sandals are fine, back or no back) No shorts shorter

than the knee, no skirts shorter than the top of the knee, no high slits in longs skirts. 

Black jeans are OK; overalls will not get through the metal detector. 

Just one key, no key ring.  Transparent purse, unopened travel size Kleenex.  If your clothes are

rejected there are plenty of decent clean clothes at the hospitality house you can borrow. 

(You cannot even drive onto the grounds in blue denim or gray sweats, not even to drop someone off)
The staff is very friendly and respectful compared to other places I have visited. 

They will even call to check for weather conditions before you leave. 

 

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PLEASANT VALLEY

(559) 935-4933

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Saturday 0830-1500   (8:30am to 3:00pm)

Sunday    0830 –1500   (8:30am to 3:00pm)         

 

Visiting is based on the appointment system.

Call Mo, Tue & Wedn between 11:00 am – 1:00pm

Those without an appointment will not be processed until 10am on visiting days.

 

Ad-Seg Appointments

are made only on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, between the hours of 11:00 and 1:00

(Non contact visits by appointment only)

 

DIRECTIONS

US Hwy Interstate 5 - West Jayne Ave Exit. 

Prison is about 5 miles West of I-5 in Coalinga CA.

 

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LODGING

Motels on Hwy 198 in Coalinga: 
Harris Ranch ($150./night) nice, but not affordable.
Opposite side of 5 close to Coalinga - Motel 6

Pleasant Valley Inn   (old Motel 6)

Big Country Inn  ($85.00 a night)

Best Bet:

Cambridge Inn Motor Lodge  (559) 935-1541 in the town of Coalinga

They have a restaurant attached. The price for 2 people $55

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LOCAL RULES

Visiting parking.  No problem at PVSP.  No one at the guard shack entrance.  You just drive in;
park your car (windows all closed, no cracks or damaged windows - they have workers outside

the fence, so they'll pull you out of visiting if you leave windows down - whatever!)  Anyways

then you just walk in to visiting room.  Can't be in there before the allotted time 8:30am

but no hassle parking.  The road in is patrolled heavily by CHP and they get allot of
revenue giving tickets to speeders though. 

All visitors must not wear clothing that resembles State-issued inmate clothing; blue chambray shirts,

denim jackets, blue-black-gray-or acid washed color denim clothing/articles or orange jumpsuits.

These restriction apply to any combination of the colors or materials,

Gray, white, blue or black jogging clothes, sweatshirts and/or sweat pants, white or black T-shirts.

NUMBER OF VISITORS:  No more than six visitors per inmate, including children shall be allowed to

visit at one time.

 

Visitors are no longer allowed to bring in cigarettes.

Photo ducats are bought at the gift store, when open.

Cost: Two dollars in Quarters only.

 

No Iockers are available; items should be secured in your vehicle.

 

COUNT TIME: Minimum Facility count times: Saturday and Sunday at 12:00am:

General Population Close Custody counts: 

Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm  

To avoid any delay or inconvenience in your visit, we recommend that

visitors arrive one hour and thirty minutes prior to count time. 

 

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SALINAS VALLEY (SVSP)

(831) 678-5500

 

Directions:

From Sacramento:

·         Take I-5 south for approx. 116 miles to CA-152 west toward Monterey/Hollister

·         Follow CA-152 west for approx. 37 miles to US-101 south

·         Take US-101 south toward Salinas for approx. 53 miles

·         SVSP is approx. 30 miles south of the city of Salinas, and is adjacent to US-101

From Los Angeles:

·         Take I-5 north for approx. 125 miles to CA-46 west

·         Follow CA-46 west for approx. 64 miles to US-101 north

·         Take US-101 North for approx. 66 miles.  SVSP is located adjacent to US-101

Visitors to Salinas Valley State Prison will exit from US-101 at the "Correctional Facility" exit. 

 This exit is the Correctional Training Facility as well as Salinas Valley State Prison. 

 

From the exit, SVSP is not visible because SVSP is located directly behind the Correctional

 Training Facility.  SVSP visitor parking, however, is located close to the highway in front of 

 the Correctional Training Facility in the first parking lot on the right hand side as you enter

 Institutional Grounds from the highway.  The visitor parking lot is marked as "Visitor Parking."

 

See Soledad Prison for some common information.

 

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SAN LUIS OBISPO

(805) 547-7900

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Saturday & Sunday - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Holiday hours - 9:00am to 4:00pm (New Years Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day)
 
On Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays you are allowed on the grounds at 7:00am.

 

The following pertains to the EAST FACILITY (Level III)

 

Visitor parking is the first 3 rows you see when you enter the prison.
For Saturday, Sunday and Holiday visits you must wait in your car and at 8:45am the visiting officer (CO)

 will come out with a microphone and state "the visiting gates are now open."
At this point you may walk fast (but DO NOT run or you will get sent to the end of the line) and form a single

 line in front of the visiting officer. ***They will not allow you to get in line unless everyone remains in their car!
This is the line that you will stay in to get processed.  DO NOT try to cut in line because it is not fair to the

other visitors and you will be sent to the end of the line by the CO.

 

DIRECTIONS

 

From Northern California:
Take 101 South
Take the Morro Bay (Highway 1) Exit
Make a right on Santa Rosa St. which will turn into Highway 1
Follow Highway 1 up about 3 miles and the prison will be on the

right hand side.
Once you enter onto the prison drive straight ahead and you

will pass Friends Outside on the left hand side.  Do not turn left

by Friends Outside because that will take you to the West Facility.

 

 

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LODGING

 

Since San Luis Obispo is a tourist city the motels are kind of expensive.
The most reasonable place I have found is Motel 6. It is located about
10 minutes South from the prison. From November to May the
rates are $42.99 + taxes. In the summer the rates go up about $15.00.
There are 2 Motel 6 that are this price and they are both located off
of the
Los Osos exit. There is Motel 6 south (near Margie's Diner) and Motel 6 north.  
Make sure to make a reservation before driving up because the rooms get booked

very fast.  I recommend booking a room at least 3 weeks in advance just to make

sure you have a place to stay.

 Motel 6 South (805) 541-6992
Motel 6 North (805) 549-9595

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LOCAL RULES

 

An Original Birth Certificate for each child is required (NO copies).

  You must also have a CMC child authorization letter that you may

get from the Visiting CO's and it must be notarized prior to bring a

child that is not yours.
You are allowed a total of $30 per adult which can only consist of $1 bills and

coin change (no pennies)
If you would like to take pictures with your loved one you may purchase a

"photo ducat" for $2.00 each. You may only purchase these photo ducats

when you get processed before you enter inside the prison for your visit

(so don't forget because you will not be able to purchase them later).  
You are allowed to bring extra $$$ to purchase photo ducats but you are only

allowed to take $30 inside the Visiting room.  
You are allowed a maximum of 10 photo ducats per visit.
You must have a clear small change purse.  Depending on how the CO is feeling.

They sometimes do NOT allow clear purses that have any type of handle so bring

 one that does not have any handles.
You can bring a maximum of 10 photos in per adult
(no larger than 5x7).
Only 1 key is allowed.
No Cigarettes are allowed inside of the Visiting room.
Travel size tissue is allowed as long as it is un-open and the packaging is see through.
The dress code is the same as any other prison...
NO blue or black denim.
Skirts and shorts are to be no more than 2" above the knee including slits.
You are allowed to wear sleeveless shirts but no thin or spaghetti straps.
Nothing tight or form fitting.
No gloves, hats, scarves or hoods allowed.
No sweat pants, no jogging suits, all white T-shirts must have a logo on the front & back.
NO Blue, NO colors that resemble the colors that the CO's wear.
You are allowed to wear Tan but your whole outfit can NOT be completely tan.
Shoes do NOT have to have a strap on the back, but not shower shoes are allowed.
There is no limit on the amount of jewelry you can wear, but please remove all jewelry

 before going through the metal detector so you don't hold up the line.
Visiting does get packed so if you want a table to sit at you must arrive early.
During the Winter they usually do Terminate visits due to the fact that you can not sit outside

 because of the rain.
At California Men's Colony (CMC) there are 2 locations the East Facility and the West Facility.
Please make sure you call the prison to find out if your loved one is at the East or

West Facility because these are 2 different locations.  
(805) 547-7900.

 

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SAN QUENTIN

Please see the website especially made for

San Quentin by Tama Spencer.

The unique circumstances of this prison needs

more space allocated than others.

 

SOLANO

The main phone number is

707-451-0182.

Dial 0 and ask for who you need.

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Sat and Sun       8:00am to 3:15pm

Thu and Fri processing is closed at 4pm for out count, until count clears, which is
usually around
6pm, then processing begins again. Those inside can remain
visiting. Closed Custody (closed B) visiting ends at
7:45pm.

(not affected on the weekends).

One cannot be on the grounds earlier than a 1/2 before processing time.

Go to the friendship house for a pass number. However, at processing time one can

line up or go directly to processing.

Holiday visiting hours are always from 8:00am to 3:15pm (even if it falls on a Thur or Fri).

 

DIRECTIONS

It's off I-80
Taking the
Air Base Parkway exit. Left on Peabody.
Prison is a few miles down on the left side

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LODGING

 

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LOCAL RULES

Do not wear shades of green or blue. On occasion they allow certain shades
and other's they don't.....
Do not wear brown pants, plain white T-shirts or spandex.
The metal detector is very sensitive and will pick up underwire in bras.
All shirts must have a sleeve. Shorts or skirts must be no shorter than 2 inches

from the knee. Measuring is from the back of the knee NOT the front.
Do not wear anything that is transparent, even on the shoulder or arm.
No tight fitting clothes. You may bring a change of clothes for a baby and a single layer blanket.
They do not require a strap on the back of the shoe anymore. They do allow black jeans now.
Do not wear double layer clothes. You may bring a jacket, it does not count as double layer.
You may not bring an umbrella, hat, scarf or gloves.
You may bring a comb, one plain white hanky and an unopened package of tissues.
You may bring a plastic see-thru purse for your items or money.
You may bring TWO keys on one single ring.

The friendship house (located at the entrance of the prison) can offer clothes and sometimes

other things to help if you bring or wear the wrong thing. They even watch the kids.

We have vending machines so all money much be in the form of $1 dollar bills
or change. No pennies. Up to $30 per adult. Inmates may not, no matter what,
under any circumstance touch the money. Keep your money on you at all times.

 

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SOLEDAD (CTF)

 

Visiting days/hours

Sat & Sun: 8:15am-3:00pm
People can line up on west side of freeway until 7am when line is
allowed on property,  both SVSP  & CTF line up together, then once
inside the gate they are processed differently...  again CTF park in
the visitor lot and walks to tent area, passes are handed out about 7:30am,

N & S are bussed to their separate visiting rooms on the weekends,
holidays they visit at North again busses run about every half hour,

except during close custody count.

 

Directions

 

From Sacramento:

·         Take I-5 south for approx. 116 miles to CA-152 west toward Monterey/Hollister

·         Follow CA-152 west for approx. 37 miles to US-101 south

·         Take US-101 south toward Salinas for approx. 53 miles

·         CTF is approx. 30 miles south of the city of Salinas, and is adjacent to US-101

From Los Angeles:

·         Take I-5 north for approx. 125 miles to CA-46 west

·         Follow CA-46 west for approx. 64 miles to US-101 north

·         Take US-101 North for approx. 66 miles.  CTF is located adjacent to US-101

Visitors to CTF will exit from US-101 at the "Correctional Facility" exit. 

This exit is the Correctional Training Facility as well as Salinas Valley State Prison. 

 

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Lodging

There are 2 motels in Soledad, but they are expensive, fifty to seventy
dollars a night. Salinas is 19 miles north and has several motels.
Prices vary. King City to the south has a Motel 6 and a few others. It
is about a 30 minute drive.

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Local Rules

Each adult can bring $30.00 in quarters or ones, there are change
machines but best not to count on them working!!!!!

Jeans are allowed except blue and black and green.  For North facility, nothing that
is close to the color of blue chambray for a blouse or you will be asked to change.

It is cold in the mornings, bring a jacket, even in summer, or winter you’ll want a coat!!!!! 

It is cold in the evenings, very windy... make sure children have sweaters or jackets.
There are eight cribs in the north visiting area for babies and small children, not sure how

many the other visiting rooms have... they have crayons and paper for the children.

 

Also, this facility allows visits even when the inmates are on lockdown.

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SUSANVILLE (CCC)

(530) 257-2181


Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Major Holidays*  from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

*New Year's Day, Independence Day,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Further information at (530) 257-2181, ext. 4119.

Directions:

From Reno:

·         North towards Susanville on Hwy 395 (approx. 80 miles)

·         Right at intersection of Hwy 395 and Hwy 36 (to continue north on Hwy 395)

·         Left on Leavitt Lane (approx. 4 miles north of 395/36 intersection)

·         Right on Center Road

 

From Red Bluff:

·         East on Hwy 36 (approx. 100 miles)

·         Continue east on Hwy 36 through Susanville

·         Left at intersection of Hwy 36 and Johnstonville Road

·         Left on Center Road

 

From Chico:

·         East on Hwy 32 (approx. 90 miles)

·         Right at intersection of Hwy 32 and Hwy 36 to continue East towards Susanville

·         Continue East on Hwy 36 through Susanville

·         Left at intersection of Hwy 36 and Johnstonville Road

·         Left on Center Road

 

From Redding:

·         East on Hwy 44 (approx. 110 miles)

·         Left at intersection of Hwy 44 and Hwy 36 to continue east towards Susanville

·         Continue East on Hwy 36 through Susanville

·         Left at intersection of Hwy 36 and Johnstonville Road

·         Left on Center Road

For additional driving directions, go to www.Mapquest.com.

 

For additional local lodging information, and information about the Susanville community, please visit the

 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce website at www.lassencountychamber.org.

 

See High Desert Prison for common information.

 

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TEHACHAPI

PH#: (661) 822-4402

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

Level IV:

8:00am to 3pm

Sat & Sun &

Holidays only

 

DIRECTIONS

Hwy 99 to Hwy 58

Take Tehachapi Exit and follow signs to State Prison (on Hwy 202)

The prison is located at the end of HWY 202.

Car Line is in front of the prison on HWY 202.

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LODGING

 

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LOCAL RULES

Visiting rules are strictly by the book. If you can’t pass the metal detector, you will be

hand scanned. Processing starts at 7:45 and you then have to wait for a bus to take you

to the yard you’re visiting in. You are processed a second time when you get to that yard’s

visiting area. The visiting rooms are huge, but still not big enough to hold all visitors.

Terminations are common, especially around the holidays.

Visiting Staff is courteous and efficient.

You may not get a visit during the winter snow storms, when their busses can’t drive you

to the yards. Also, visits are terminated for all visitors when snow/ice closes the major

roads to and from the prison.

 

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VACAVILLE (CMF)

PH#: 707-448-6841

 

VISITING DAYS/HOURS

 

8:00am to 3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Car Line:

You cannot be on prison grounds until 30 minutes prior to visiting.

The line is on Mariposa on the left hand side.  I recommend getting there at least an
hour before you can come onto grounds. I know how much sitting in the car waiting

sucks, but it is the best way to do it.

 

DIRECTIONS

I - 80 to Vacaville coming from either direction take Alamo exit you will go up and over

an overpass go 2 or 3 stop lights and turn left onto Mariposa go straight and you will

be at the prison gate.

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LODGING

MOTEL 6

707-447-5550

 IT HAS BEEN REMODELED AND IT’S THE CHEAPEST ROOM IN TOWN. FOR A GOOD MEAL
SUGGEST GOING TO
BURGER CITY - AWESOME!

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LOCAL RULES

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE 707-448-1821

INFORMATION FOR THE CITY OF VACAVILLE 707- 555-1212

Dress Code:
NO BROWN PANTS
NO TAN SHIRTS
NO PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRTS
NO DENIM OR ANYTHING RESEMBLING DENIM OR THE COLOR OF DENIM
NO
FOREST GREEN

NO BLACK DENIM

NO YELLOW RAINCOATS (THIS IS  NEW)
NO GRAY SWEATS
NO LOW CUT TOPS
NO SLEEVELESS
NO SPAGHETTI STRAPS
NO TRANSPARENT OR SEE THROUGH MATERIAL
NO UNDERWIRE BRAS
NO TIGHT CLOTHING
WEAR A SLIP WITH DRESSES - SOMETIMES THEY WONT JUST ASK THEY WANT TO SEE IT
NO THONGS, SHOWER SHOES, SLAPS OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM - THE . 99
THONGS -  other thongs are
O.K. this is subject to change at any time.
IF you happen to wear hairpieces be prepared to take them off, on several
occasions I have seen people having to remove them.

One other thing is anything with a detachable hood has to have the hood left in the car.

You can have a hood if it isnt removable.

IF YOU NEED ANY  DEVICES: "{i e.}': WHEEL CHAIR, CANE, BRACE etc.etc. BRING A
DOCTORS NOTE ON THE DOCTORS LETTER HEAD SAYING WHY YOU NEED IT. DO NOT LET

THEM KEEP THE NOTE HAVE THEM MAKE A COPY AND YOU KEEP THE ORIGINAL. SOMETIMES

CHRONOS JUST SEEM TO GROW LEGS AND WALK OFF.
IF YOU ARE BRINGING CHILDREN MAKE SURE YOU BRING THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE - IF YOU ARE

BRINGING SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILD YOU NEED A NOTARIZED NOTE SAYING THAT YOU HAVE

PERMISSION TO BRING THAT CHILD ONTO PRISON GROUNDS FOR A VISIT. I BELIEVE THEY HAVE

THEIR OWN FORM FOR THIS SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO INVESTIGATE BEFORE BRINGING THE CHILD.
 
$30 in change and one dollar bills in a plastic see through makeup type bag or a simple ziploc bag.

There is a change machine in the processing area that will turn your $20/10/5 into quarters. 


Always bring a second outfit complete with shoes because you just never know what kind of mood

they will be in the day you come to visit. When you get there you park past all of the guards cars,

in the last parking lot. After you get to visiting, go up to the window and ask for a pass, fill it out and

wait for them to call your number which will be written on your pass.

 

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WASCO

 

(661) 758-8400, ext. 5100

 

Reception only:

Inmates receive a visitation form, which they mail to family members to fill
out & return. Wasco prison staff then does a background check on that person

and notifies the inmate if they are cleared to visit. The inmate then notifies family
member(s) via snail mail  (NO phone calls when at Wasco reception) and they can come
visit.

Visitation is for 1 hour per week, behind glass, no exceptions, no contact
visits.

If an inmate is in "lockdown" area, there are no visits. Family members are
encouraged to call weekly to see if their loved one is in "lockdown" before
traveling.

If an inmate is housed in "Administrative Segregation" housing (Ad-Seg),
family members are to call to make an appointment for visitation.


If taking 99 south from Fresno or anywhere else North take the 43 turn off in

Hanford instead of 99 all they way down to by Bakersfield. The 43 leads into Wasco.

It saves 1/2 an hour to 45 min in driving time.



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We are always in need of current information for all 33 State prisons.

A great BIG “Thank You!” To all that contributed to this section.

Please consider sharing visiting information with those not yet familiar.

If you would like to contribute visiting information, please send to:

 owner@vip-cali.com


 

 

VISITING PROBLEMS? SEE THIS

 

 

IMPORTANT!

If you have a problem concerning visiting, you should try to resolve it immediately.  You should ask to speak with the Visiting Sergeant and or Visiting Lieutenant.  Should the problem persist or you do not receive remedy, you may write the Warden with a description of the problem and what resolution you are requesting.  You may write the Visiting Ombudsperson or the Director if you are complaining about an institutional policy and did not receive a satisfactory response.  When you receive a written response from the Warden, please attach it to your letter to the Director.  The Ombudsperson may be reached at (916) 445-1748.

 

 

 

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