Visitation

POLICY

California Title 15 CCR 1062 regulates how city jails accommodate visitation of inmates.  The law states the jail shall provide as many visits and visitors as facility schedules, space and number of personnel will reasonably allow.  These procedures are subject to safety and security requirements.  Visitation may be denied or terminated by a supervisor if the visitor poses a danger to the security of the facility or there is other good cause, including, but not limited to, the following:

·         The visitor appears to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcoholic beverages.

·         The visitor refuses to submit to being searched. 

·         The visitor or inmate violates facility rules or posted visiting rules.

·         The visitor fails to supervise and maintain control of any minors accompanying him/her into the facility.

·         Visitors attempting to enter this facility with contraband will be denied a visit and may face criminal charges.

PROCEDURES

The Department provides adequate space for one visit at a time.  Visiting area does accommodate inmates and visitors with disabilities.  Visitor logs and records will be maintained.  All visitors must register and produce a valid state, military, tribal or other government identification.  All identification shall a photo and physical description of the visitor.  Visitors will complete the registration log.

SEARCHING OF VISITORS

Individuals who enter the secure perimeter of this facility are subject to search if there is reasonable cause to believe the visitor has violated the law, is wanted by a law enforcement agency, or there is reasonable cause to believe the visitor is attempting to bring contraband onto the facility property or into the facility.

GENERAL VISITATION RULES                                    

1.        A maximum of two adults and two children will be permitted to visit an inmate at any one time.  Children visiting inmates must be deemed age appropriate by the parent or guardian accompanying the child.  Where a dispute over children visiting occurs between the inmate and the parent or legal guardian, the inmate will be advised to use the court for resolution.  Adults must control minors while they are waiting to visit and during the visit.

2.       Each inmate shall be allowed at least two visits.

3.       An inmate may refuse to visit with a particular individual.

4.       Those inmates who are named as the restrained person in any restraining or other valid court order shall not be allowed visits from persons who are protected by the order.

5.       Visitors must be appropriately attired prior to entry into the visitor’s area of the facility.

6.       Inappropriate clothing, such as transparent clothing, halter-tops, excessively tight or revealing clothing, hats and bandannas or any other clothes associated with a criminal gang or otherwise deemed by the staff to be unacceptable will not be permitted.

7.       All visitors must have footwear.

8.       Visitors will leave all personal items, with the exception of car keys and identification, outside of the secure area.  Visitors who enter the facility with handbags, packages or other personal items will be instructed to lock the items in a vehicle or locker or return at another time without the items.  The facility is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

9.       Food or drink is not permitted in the visitor’s area.

10.   Inmates will be permitted to sign legal documents, vehicle release forms or any other items authorized by the Watch Commander.  Transactions of this nature will not constitute a regular visit.

11.   Visiting privileges may be changed or canceled at any time as circumstances warrant.

12.   Visitation shall be conducted during normal designated visiting hours except in cases of emergencies or attorney/bondsmen interviews.

13.   Visiting is permitted no later than the calendar day following the arrest.

14.   Minimum Visiting Days and Hours

    a.       Minimum 1 hour per week

    b.      Tuesday-Friday 10-11am and Monday-Friday 2-3pm

    c.       Emergency visiting is subject to the approval of the on-duty Watch Commander.

15.   Visiting is based on a first-come first-serve schedule only and may be changed or cancelled at any time as circumstances in the Whittier City Jail facility warrant.