The handcuffs are removed only after the prisoner is secured in his/her side of the visiting booth; thus, parents who do not wish to have children see the prisoner in restraints should wait away from the booth or glass partition until the prisoner is settled. CDCR values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation, but at this time the Department must make difficult decisions in order to protect the health and wellness of all who live in, work in, and visit state prisons. To make your video visit go as smoothly as possible, CDCR encourages you to familiarize yourself with our new video visiting guidelines and procedures. In general, there are four rules to remember: Prisons sometimes have their own local rules regarding visiting attire that is deemed unacceptable (i.e., “excess” jewelry, layered outfits, shoes without straps around the heel). © Copyright 2021 California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Link to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website, Sending Money, Packages and/or Messages to Inmates, Guidelines for Visitors to Division of Juvenile Justice Facilities, Message to Approved Vendors for Inmate Packages, https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/visitors/inmate-visiting-guidelines/, Guidelines for Visiting Juvenile Facilities. The collect call rates are different for local, long distance, interstate, and international calls. Text inside the brackets includes either exact title information from the inside of the volume, box, etc. For these reasons, it is good practice to bring an extra set of clothing in the car in case you need to change. You cannot directly call an inmate. Every adult visitor must fill out a pass each time he/she visits. Learn how to receive a call. Documents will be viewed and read by staff during processing and must be taken out by the visitor at the end of the visit; The following baby items are allowed when bringing in an infant or toddler: any combination of two factory-sealed single serving size, ready to feed bottles of baby formula or two transparent plastic baby bottles either empty or containing pre-mixed formula/milk/juice/water; three non-glass containers of baby food in sealed packaging; one plastic spoon; six disposable diapers; one sealed package of baby wipes; one change of clothing; one small blanket; two searchable small toys; one transparent pacifier; one burp cloth; baby carrier; and clear plastic diaper bag (12” by 20”); Inclement weather gear that may include hoods, raincoats, hats, scarves, and gloves during the winter or sun hats during the summer. CDCR recognizes visiting is an important way to maintain family and community ties. This file contains copies of Senator John F. Kennedy’s speech given in The Dalles, Oregon during his 1960 presidential campaign. At some prisons, the visitor also surrenders his/her identification to staff; at other prisons, the visitor must show his/her identification but otherwise holds onto it during the visit. The address for prisoner mail at the prison you are going to send mail to can be obtained on the CDCR website or by calling the prison. If the visitor disagrees with the Warden’s response, he/she can appeal to the Director of Adult Institutions in Sacramento (address at the end of this handbook). The DOM The DOM is the Department Operating Manual and is also available on the CDCR web site. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Additional camps will rollout video visiting in subsequent weeks. Approved visitors must first claim an account and then use the VSA to schedule a visit. At some prisons, staff assigns the visitors to a specific table and/or chairs; at other prisons, the visitors are allowed to choose where they wish to sit. At most prisons, visitors walk from the processing center to the visiting room; but at some prisons, visitors must wait for a prison bus or van to take them from the processing center to the visiting room. The number of calls made by one prisoner can be limited based upon open time slots on the sign-up sheet. Family visits are further restricted by availability; usually one visit every three to five months. The Identification Unit will provide you with only the prisoner’s current location and his identification number but is unable to provide you with any other information. Anyone with a concern that cannot be resolved through local staff, the local IFC, the Warden, or the Ombudsman can contact the Director by mail at: P. O. Visitors should walk from their cars to the line, as running on prison grounds is not allowed and may be perceived as an emergency. If such cause exists, the visitor must be advised, in writing, of the reason for the search and the name of the prison official ordering the search. The 800 Visitors’ Information number, noted in the preceding, will provide information regarding lockdowns and modified programs and which prisoners are restricted from visiting as a result. All prison visiting rooms have chairs set up for prisoners and their visitors to use while visiting. Family and friends (called party) cannot call prisoners; prisoners must call to speak to someone outside the prison. If the title is only in brackets [ ], the record has no external identifying information. It is against prison rules, and sometimes is a criminal offense for which one can be prosecuted, for anyone to attempt to bring in any item not allowed by the prison. Any search beyond the searching of belongings and the clearing of the metal detector is allowed only if there is cause to believe the visitor is attempting to bring a prohibited item into the prison. As a practical matter, that means that any mail sent to the prisoner is opened by mailroom staff, which checks the envelope for enclosures and quickly examines the written content, although it may be more thoroughly reviewed at any time. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and representatives of families of the incarcerated are jointly committed to work together to support connections between inmates and their families through improved communication, shared information, issue identification, and problem resolution. Use the Inmate Locator to find an inmate and in what facility they are housed. The visiting room has microwave ovens for the heating of frozen items. Then, the called party can call GTL at 1-888-415-0377, provide their telephone number, and ask for the cost of the call. The called party is responsible for paying for the calls. A visitor whose visit is terminated or whose future visits are suspended, must be given written notice of the violation, the reason for the termination or suspension, and the name of the person authorizing the action. A subsequent email from Webex will follow, indicating the confirmed date and time of visit, as well as instructions on how to join the meeting from a computer or mobile device. Staff then uses the information on the pass to call the housing unit and advise the prisoner that he/she has a visit and should come to the visiting room. The visitor may appeal the action by writing to the Warden; the Warden will respond within 15 days. The Identification Unit is available only Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The funding for these Visitor Centers is not always secure and thus the centers may not always be open. Most prisons have a Visitor Center. All visits with a prisoner restricted to non-contact visiting and all visits with a prisoner on Death Row require an appointment to visit. These centers provide some babysitting services, some transportation services (such as between a nearby bus or train stop and the prison), and some clothing assistance (when the prison has rejected the clothing worn by a visitor). The called party and prisoner will hear a warning message advising when they have two minutes and one minute left in the call. Crime Prevention and Corrections Division 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter 4 Information about attire and other visiting guidelines are available at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/visitors/inmate-visiting-guidelines/. If a visitor is not offered a termination report, he/she should ask for one. Most prisons have different addresses for mail being sent to a prisoner and mail being sent to prison staff; be sure to get the address used for sending mail to prison staff, as the completed application should be sent to the attention of “Visiting” at the prison. Family Visiting (Overnight). Prisoners and visitors who have had contact visits may again share a brief kiss and/or hug at the end of the visit. Prisoners are given information about process when they first enter prison. Some prisoners are eligible for “family visits.” These visits occur in private, apartment-like facilities on prison grounds and last approximately 30 to 40 hours. Prisoners and visitors are subject to continuous surveillance. The information in this letter is from CDCR’s family visiting regulations in the California Code of Regulations, Title 15, § 3177 (15 CCR § 3177). All visitors should also be aware that CDCR is prohibited from recognizing hostages for bargaining to affect an escape by inmates or for any other reason(s). Most facilities will schedule their visits between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but hours may vary. (a) The authority to approve or disapprove prospective visitors may be delegated by the institution head. Some visiting rooms have an area set aside for small children. Send Religious Property packages. The VSA is now offered at the following institutions: San Quentin State Prison, California Institution for Men, Valley State Prison and Central California Women’s Facility, Avenal State Prison, California City Correctional Facility, California Rehabilitation Center, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Folsom State Prison, High Desert State Prison, Sierra Conservation Center and California State Prison – Solano. 8/12), Release Program Study, which is incorporated by reference; the CDCR Form 1515 (Rev. This authority shall not be delegated below the level of a correctional sergeant or parole agent II. Most prisons have a Visitor Center that will lend you used but clean clothing if the clothing you wore is rejected by staff. Visiting rooms have vending machines stocked with food and beverages for purchase by visitors and consumption by visitors and prisoners. 1 TITLE 15 DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION T of C DIVISION 3. There is a cost for the photographs, usually two dollars for each photograph. Visitors are strictly limited in the items they may bring into the prison. This guide will be shared with the Statewide Inmate Family Council, local prison family advisory groups, prisoner advisory councils, and will be posted on the CDCR website. To receive mail from another prisoner or those recently released, the prisoner must seek the Warden’s approval. Although the pass and identification may be held by staff once the visitor gets to the visiting room, it will be returned to the visitor upon leaving the visiting room. TRADITIONAL PARDON PROCEDURES s 2815. Video visits will take place using Webex, which can be accessed for free on devices with internet and camera capabilities (i.e., smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer). Visits will take place on weekends and holidays. Once an account is successfully claimed, friends and family can use the VSA to choose a day and time for their visit and get immediate confirmation of their request. Many visiting rooms have adjoining patios that prisoners and their visitors may use. This handbook focuses on regular (weekend and holiday) visiting and not on family visiting. Sending money to an inmate is permitted. Division 3 contains the Rules and Regulations of Adult Institutions, Programs, and Parole Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. If you do not agree with the reason given for the disapproval, you may appeal by writing to the Warden at the prison. To ensure that prohibited items are not allowed into the prison, all visitors and their possessions are searched before the visitor is allowed to visit. International calls can be made if the called party sets up a pre-paid account with the telephone vendor. Either the prisoner may keep the photo (taking it back with him/her after his/her visit) or the visitor may take the photo. If you do not have access to a computer, you can call the Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713, or fax that unit a request at (916) 322-0500. All mail should be addressed to the prisoner with his/her full name, his/her CDCR number, his/her housing, and the address of the prison. This reservation system is only for "Contact Visits". Additionally, the staff at the Centers are an available source of information regarding visitation, mail, telephone calls, and other issues that may arise as family members and friends try to maintain connections with an incarcerated loved one. All adults must present identification when being processed to visit. At St. Michaels, Alaska, flour is $15 per 100 pounds, beans 25 cents a ponnd, sugar 35 cents, tobacco $1.40 per pound, molasses $2 a gallon, dried apples and pears 30 cents a pound, condensed milk 75 cents a can, coffee GO cents a pound, cheese $1.25 a pound, shirts $4 each and boots $15 a pair. Most prisons do not have staff at the gate, so visitors are free to drive onto grounds and to the visitor parking lot at the allowed time. The prisons in very remote areas are less likely to experience this problem than those closer to more-populous areas. Additionally, a visual inspection of your trunk is allowed when driving onto or off of grounds. 4. Per the Department Operations Manual, Section 54020.29.1 – Suspension or Exclusion of Visitors from the Visiting Program, it states, “Visitors violating a policy, regulation, or law are subject to denial, suspension, or revocation of a visit in progress or exclusion from the visiting program in accordance with California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 15, Subsections 3176 – 3176.3.”. A driver’s license (from any state) with photo; A Department of Motor Vehicle identification card (from any state) with photo; An armed forces identification card with photo; A United States Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identification card; A United States passport with photo or a foreign passport with photo; or. Although a minor must clear the metal detector, children under 36 inches are not subject to the restrictions related to colors of clothing or types of material. There is usually a podium or control booth where at least one officer will sit; others will walk throughout the room. Mailing addresses can be found on each institution’s page, which are linked on the Adult Institution Addresses page. Those items are placed along with other allowable items (money, comb, baby items, etc.) Refer to the Department’s current policies and regulations in Title 15 and the Department Operations Manual if you want to know more. Contact visits are not limited in duration except for normal visiting hours or terminations caused by overcrowding to allow other visits to begin. Please submit requests via email, and include all necessary visitor information to the designated email of the camp for which you’d like to request a video visit: Additional camps will implement video visiting in coming weeks. Prisoners subject to non-contact visits have time-limited visits, usually one to two hours; their visitors must leave at the end of the allotted time. In addition to the types of visits available, there are other factors which may restrict a prisoner’s eligibility to visit. Visitors may write to the Warden about any issue. Hats with documentation that they are medically necessary. This handbook is a useful guide for visitors, taking you through the process step-by-step, explaining the procedures and rules, and providing information and guidance on what you will need to do to visit and what you will encounter as you go through the process. For example it takes the Title 15 rule for visiting and decides when it begins and ends or what time and days lawyers can visit clients. 1882-1904, October 15, 1892, Image 1, brought to you by University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR, and the National Digital Newspaper Program. Step-by-step instructions can be found here. The prices will vary for such items but usually are about a dollar for a can of soda or bag of popcorn and three to four dollars for a sandwich. As noted several times, each prison has a Visitor Center, usually on prison grounds, to assist visitors with matters such as clothing, babysitting, and transportation. Most prisons provide limited board and card games for prisoners and their visitors to play together. At those prisons, staff distributes visiting passes to be filled out by visitors for processing. Visitors should check and make sure they have been handed the correct identification and pass by staff, as sometimes a mistake is made and is not caught until the visitor gets to the processing center requiring them to return to the visiting room to collect the correct items. Most prisons have adequate parking for all visitors, but the parking may require a fairly long walk to the processing center or the boarding of a prison van or bus to be driven to the processing center. All visitors must show (or collect) their identification and pick up their pass as they leave the visiting room. Visits vary by institution but usually begin between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and end between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. To find out the days and visiting hours for the prison you are going to visit, call the 800 Visitors’ Information number (800-374-8474) and follow the directions given on the recording to find the prison you wish to visit or visit the CDCR website www.cdcr.ca.gov and click on Prisons and then Facility Locations. Title 15 Title 15 is a part of the California Code of Regulations entitled Crime Prevention and Corrections. If you have a numbered pass, that will secure your place in line while you go to the Visitor Center; however, since most prisons do not hand out numbered passes, going to the Visitor Center will require the visitor to go to the end of the line when he/she returns to the line. Non-contact visits are restricted to three visitors and are limited in time (usually one to two hours, depending on the prison and the reason for the non-contact status of visits). Adult Institutions, Programs and Parole, Title 15. If you have an implant or prosthetic device that includes metal and will set off the metal detector, you must have documentation from a doctor specifying the nature and location of the implant or device. Calling cards cannot be used. That process usually takes only a few minutes; but if the visitor is leaving at the end of visiting, there will be many prisoners to be searched at the same time and the wait (if the visitor is required to wait) can take much longer, up to 30 minutes. Visitors may not be searched without their consent unless there is a warrant that requires such a search or unless the visitor is being detained for arrest for unlawful actions that present an immediate and significant threat to prison security. Prescription medications that are life-sustaining or condition stabilizing, such as inhalers or nitroglycerin; medications must be in the original pharmacy container with the patient’s name, the pharmacy name, and the doctor’s name, as well as the medication’s name. These “modified programs” may be restricted to specific groups of prisoners, areas of the institution, or in the case of a lockdown, are applied to all prisoners in all area of the institution. CDCR will only provide laptop computers to inmates; no equipment will be provided to visitors by CDCR. ADULT INSTITUTIONS, PROGRAMS AND PAROLE TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1. The prisoner you are going to see will be able to tell you whether he/she is close custody and what time the “close custody” count is on Saturday and Sunday. The questionnaire calls for the applicant to list all criminal convictions and all arrests, even if the arrest never led to charges or conviction. Using a phased approach, CDCR will be replacing the existing email reservation process with a Visitation Scheduling Application (VSA) system at all 35 prisons. This handbook has already touched on several rules relating to visiting, including rules regarding supervision of minors, physical contact between prisoners and visitors, and bringing or attempting to bring items into the prison. The dates and times are assigned and cannot be changed if you cannot make the appointment. The Department has several Ombudsmen to help resolve issues that cannot be resolved at the local institution through local staff. Whenever possible, you should plan ahead for visits and have each adult who might want to visit submit applications before they embark on a trip that will include a visit to a prisoner. When the visiting room becomes overcrowded, staff will terminate some visits in order to allow waiting visitors to come in to visit. Lockdowns or Modified Program: Prisons are often placed on “lockdowns” or “modified programs” in response to threats to the safety of staff and prisoners or the security of the institution. ), the visitor’s name and address, and the visitor’s signature. Prison visiting rooms have digital cameras available for photographs of prisoners and/or their visitors to be taken. The prisoner may independently appeal the denial of approval by utilizing the normal prisoner appeal process within the prison. Although most staff will use common sense and not overreact to transitory non-sexual touching (a prisoner physically guiding his/her wife/husband away from an obstacle as they walk, a mother brushing dirt off a prisoner’s shirt), behaviors such as feeding each other, touching each other’s faces, adjusting each other’s clothing, and the like should be avoided. If an officer tells you that your clothing is unacceptable but you feel that you have complied with the rules and your clothing is acceptable, you may ask to speak with the Visiting Sergeant or Lieutenant, who will make the decision about your clothing. Sometimes emergency or hardship visits are allowed before a person has been approved to visit. Sometimes housing unit staff are diverted by other responsibilities and forget to advise the prisoner, so it is important to inquire if you have been waiting for more than 30 minutes.). Visitors must go through metal detection device(s) successfully. Adult Institutions, Programs and Parole, Title 15. Before staff connects you to your loved one, approved visitors should log into the video visit at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time and have valid identification ready to present to staff (including minor(s) birth certificates). Visitors should take care to park in the appropriate places. If the minor is accompanied by his/her legal guardian, a certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate and proof of legal guardianship is required. Service animals (usually dogs specially trained to provide assistance to a disabled person) are allowed to assist a disable visitor. Appeals Relating to Visiting. The action taken by the prison remains in effect while the appeal is pending. If a visitor has an implant or a prosthesis that prevents him/her from clearing a metal detector or if he/she cannot go through a metal detector (because, for example, he/she cannot get out of his/her wheelchair), staff will use a hand-held metal-detector on the visitor as long as the visitor has presented a letter from a medical doctor verifying the location of the implant or prosthesis. The only restriction on content of written communication is that it may not contain anything that is a threat or potential threat to another (including discussion of a future criminal act, discussion of an escape, discussion of disrupting the security of the prison, coded messages, maps depicting the area in which the prison is located, gang-related comments or photographs, or photographs of nudity or sexual conduct). Some prisons require that the visitor remain in the visiting room until the prisoner has been searched and cleared. For definition - check Title 15 Visiting guidelines. Acceptable forms of identification must be valid and current (not expired) and include: Minors (children under 18 years old) are required to be accompanied by an adult who is an approved visitor. Such factors include: The prisoner’s work or school hours: Generally a prisoner may not visit during the hours he/she is assigned to a job or to school. There will be a wait from the time you arrive at a prison to the time you are processed to visit. An eligible prisoner must put in an application for a family visit with his assigned Correctional Counselor I at the prison. These IFC’s promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. Any adult wishing to visit a prisoner must first obtain approval from CDCR. Sometimes the reason for denial is that the prison requires additional information (for example, evidence that the applicant is no longer on probation); in those cases, you should resubmit the questionnaire and provide the additional information. “Condemned Grade A” prisoners on Death Row may receive contact visits (meaning no partition between prisoner and his/her visitor) unless their visiting privileges have been restricted for disciplinary or security reasons. Although at most prisons the prisoners are allowed to go to the vending machines with their visitors in order to select the food items they want, no prison allows the prisoners to touch either the money or the vending machines. If the prisoner you wish to visit has been convicted of a criminal offense involving a minor, you should check with him/her if you plan to bring children (even if the children are the prisoner’s children) to visit. (a) Inmates, and approved inmate visitors, and visiting applicants may appeal in writing department policies, … Children must be supervised at all times while on prison grounds by the adult who has accompanied them to the prison, including whenever the children are in the play area. Incarcerated people will use laptop computers in designated visiting areas. As noted previously, there are Visitor Centers at most of the prisons, and those Centers provide bathrooms, shelter, and activities for children. A visitor may not bring any food or beverage from the outside into the prison and cannot take out any food or beverage bought at the prison when he/she leaves. The pass calls for the prisoner’s name and CDCR number, the relationship of the visitor to the prisoner (spouse, mother, friend, etc. If the minor child(ren) is accompanied by his/her parent, the only paperwork necessary is a certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate. Physical contact between a prisoner and visitor beyond that described previously, is considered “excessive” and can be cause for staff to terminate the visit and, in some cases, to either suspend the visiting privileges of the visitor for some period and/or to discipline the prisoner. Staff at the Visitor Centers are quite familiar with visiting rules and procedures and can be a good source of information for the family and friends of prisoners. All visitors should be careful for themselves and their children in walking through the parking lot, as often there is substantial moving traffic. Often the Warden’s Office will forward the letter to some prison staff the Warden feels is best able to address the concerns raised. At other prisons, the prisoner is required to purchase the photo ticket from the canteen. All prisons are overseen by the Director of the Division of Adult Institutions, whose office is located in Sacramento. 04/19), Special Conditions of Parole, which is incorporated by reference, and reporting instructions, shall be explained to the inmate at least … Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Because there are limited visiting hours at prisons and the prisoner population is large, there are times when more visitors arrive to visit than the visiting room can accommodate. If a visitor has been waiting more than 30 minutes, he/she should ask staff about the delay. All Condemned visits are in a secured booth and involve the prisoner being escorted to visiting in handcuffs. The prisoner must sign the questionnaire before sending it to the prospective visitor; the signature confirms the prisoner’s agreement to have the applicant added to his/her visiting list. 2, Chap. All prisoners are eligible to receive visits unless they have temporarily lost that privilege due to disciplinary action. Serious rule violations (for example, bringing drugs or weapons to the prison or engaging in sexual contact in the visiting room) can result in terminations, suspensions, and discipline even without warning. All prisons have specified visiting hours, usually starting between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and ending between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Overnight or express mail will arrive at the institution more quickly, but will not be searched, reviewed, or delivered any differently than first class mail. All visiting rooms are staffed by several correctional officers. Any further inspection of the interior of your vehicle requires your consent, a search warrant, or reasonable suspicion of a visitor attempting to introduce or remove contraband or unauthorized items. Approval/Disapproval of Prospective Visitors. Movement of prisoners is frozen during those periods, and no prisoner will be released to the visiting room. In addition to providing information regarding days and hours for visiting, the 800 Visitors’ Information number and website will also provide information on lockdowns, medical quarantines, or other circumstances affecting visiting, addresses, and directions to the prisons. A photo identification issued by the Mexican Consulate. or a functional title. Some visitors will arrive before that time and line up in their cars directly outside the prison gates. A prisoner whose visits are terminated or suspended or who has been disciplined may appeal that process through the normal prisoner appeal process. 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