The online visit reservation system will be available 24 hours per day Wednesday through Monday (unavailable on Tuesday).
Due to the overwhelming success of the online reservation option, telephone visit reservation hours will only be accepted from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday through Monday. Inmates are allowed two 30 minute social visits per week. The visit week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Inmates are only allowed one visit per day. Inmate workers are allowed additional visits dependent on their work schedule.
Social visits are normally non-contact, conducted through a visit window using telephone handsets. Contact visits are allowed at the Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility. Each facility has a visit schedule that specifies the days and times available for inmate social visits and are subject to change without notice. Refer to a specific facility’s visit schedule by selecting the facility below:
- East Mesa Reentry Facility
- Facility 8 Detention Facility
- George Bailey Detention Facility
- Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility
- San Diego Central Jail
- South Bay Detention Facility
- Vista Detention Facility
Only those visitors with the following types of valid photo identification shall be allowed to visit inmates in the custody of the Sheriff:
- Driver’s license
- Federal, state, local government identification card (any state)
- Military identification
- U.S. Immigration identification (including visas)
- Border crossing card issued by the United States Department of Justice
- Current high school identification for children who do not possess a current California driver’s license or California I.D. card
- Matricula Consular ID card issued after April 22, 2002 by the Consul General of Mexico
A maximum of 3 visitors (including children) may visit an inmate at any one time. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
Same day visits (up to two hours prior) and next day visits may be made online or by telephone. Access the San Diego Sheriff’s eVisit through “Who’s in Jail” or call the number listed on the facility visit page above. Note: Facility 8 Detention Facility does not allow same day visits.
Additional visitors can only be added at the time of arrival. Visits will not be scheduled if the inmate has been previously scheduled for court on the same date.
When preparing to schedule a visit, please have the following information ready for all visitors.
- Full name
- Identification number
- Date of birth
- Current home address
- Telephone number
- Relationship to the inmate
While we attempt to honor all visit reservations, visits may be changed or cancelled without notice. Also, changes in the inmate’s housing assignments may automatically cancel a scheduled visit.
For detailed visit scheduling instructions, please select from the links below:
General Rules for Visiting Inmates
All visitors must check in together one hour before the scheduled visit and are required to present valid photo identification. If a visitor is late, the visit may be cancelled.
Walk-in visitors will be accepted, on a space available basis, as long as the visitors check in one hour before the visit time. Due to security reasons, Facility 8 Detention Facility does not accept walk-in visitors.
Cancellations must be made in person at any of the Sheriff’s detention facilities with valid photo identification.
Inmates have the right to refuse visits at any time.
There is no expectation of privacy in a jail facility. Social visits may be monitored or recorded.
Visitors who have been incarcerated within the past 90 days shall not be permitted to visit without Watch Commander consent. Any prospective visitor who is on probation or parole requires the permission of the watch commander to visit. If you are on probation or parole, you may submit a request to visit by using our online visit authorization request.
If you have previously been convicted of a felony and served time in state prison, you may not enter the grounds of a county jail without the permission of the Facility Commander. That permission should be obtained in writing before attempting to schedule a visit. Entry to the facility grounds without such permission is a felony (California Penal Code §4571).
Visitors may be subject to a search of their person and belongings by deputies and are subject to warrant checks and arrest.
Visitors must be 18 years or older to visit. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children may not be left unattended at any time.
No smoking is allowed in any part of the jail including the lobby.
All visitors must dress in appropriate attire. Visitors who fail to comply with the dress code will be denied their visit. Visitors’ clothing must not refer to gang affiliation, display sexual or lewd comments or pictures, or have the potential for being offensive to others. Clothing must cover the upper torso and lower/mid body parts. Skirts must be at least to mid-thigh length.
Visitors are only allowed to visit with the inmate they signed up to visit. You may not change or trade inmates with another visitor. Once a visitor departs the visitation area, the visit with the inmate is terminated.
Covertly communicating with an inmate by using notes, letters, hand gestures associated with gang affiliation, etc. is strictly prohibited.
Any visitor committing a criminal act anywhere on jail property is subject to arrest.
Any visitor bringing illegal contraband into the visiting area is subject to arrest.
Violation of any of the rules by a visitor may subject him/her to loss of visiting privileges.
The following items are not permitted in the visiting area:
- Purses / bags / backpacks
- Firearms, knives or other weapons
- Alcohol / Drugs
- Cigarettes / E-cigarette or Vaping device
- Food / Drinks
- Cameras / Photography
- Cell phones / Computers / Laptops or Electronic devices capable of recording
Rules for Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility
Due to the privilege of having contact visits at this facility, the following additional visit regulations must be observed:
- Nothing is to be brought into the facility except I.D. and car keys. If visitors would like to purchase vending items during the visit, a VISA type credit card is required and may also be brought into the visit area.
- The following items are specifically prohibited: purses or bags, diaper bags, wallets, cell phones, recording devices, toys, food or beverages, pets, firearms, knives, or other weapons, drugs or alcohol, cigarettes/electronic cigarettes, and lighters (exceptions regarding a diaper and formula may be permitted upon approval).
- Physical contact during visits is limited and hands must remain visible at all times (refer to security staff at the facility for specific contact regulations).
Rules for Facility 8
Beginning April 9, 2015, Facility 8 will offer video social visitation for all its housing units. Visitors have the option of conducting their visits from a terminal at the Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility in Santee or by using a home-user option offered by Securus. Fees apply for home-video visitation. Video visits are 30 minutes in length.
Occasionally, inmates may be admitted to hospitals for medical treatment. Visits may be allowed for hospitalized inmates, subject to approval of the Watch Commander. Persons wishing to visit a hospitalized inmate must check at the appropriate facility and register for the visit. The Watch Commander will be consulted concerning the inmate’s suitability to have visitors. If the visit is approved, a visit pass will be issued, which can be taken to the hospital and presented to the assigned Deputy or Guard. In addition to normal visiting guidelines, the following rules apply to visits occurring in hospitals:
- All visits must conform to the hospital’s regular visiting hours and policies
- Only two visitors are allowed at a hospital visit for the duration of 30 minutes.
- Two visits per week are allowed, Sunday through Saturday.
- Inmates cannot receive items of any type from social visitors.
- Any deviation from the above rules requires Watch Commander approval.
Media Access to Persons in Custody
News media representatives have no greater right of access to detention facilities or inmates, than any other member of the public. A visit by news media personnel shall be considered a social visit, not a professional visit. The Media Relations office does not process requests for inmate interviews.
Media representatives seeking an inmate interview should proceed as described below:
- Visit the “Who’s in Jail” page of the Sheriff’s Department website.
- Search the inmate’s last and first name.
- A new page will open if the person is in the custody of the Sheriff’s Dept.
- Note the facility and housing area location of the inmate. That location will determine which days and times social visiting is permitted. Click
“Visit Schedule”immediately under the inmate’s housing location, and you will be taken to the visit schedule for that facility.
- You may go to the facility and attempt the visit, however you may wish to correspond with the inmate first to be more certain the interview will be accepted by the inmate.
- To correspond with the inmate, click the
“Email this inmate”icon on the inmate’s page in “Who’s in Jail” and follow all the directions to complete the message.
- If the inmate opts to accept the visit, that visit shall be counted as a social visit for that day, just like any other social visit.
- With the inmate’s permission, the visit may be tape recorded or videotaped from the public access portion of the visit area.
- Inmates have two social visits per week. To find out if an inmate has available social visits for the week, please contact the Detentions Information Office of the
- George F. Bailey Detention Facility – (619) 210-0385
- East Mesa Reentry Facility – (619) 210-0334
- Facility 8 Detention Facility – (619) 210-0327
- South Bay Detention Facility – (619) 213-1433
- Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility – (619) 402-1312
- Vista Detention Facility – (760) 936-0014
- San Diego Central Jail – (619) 610-1647
When conducting an inmate visit for media purposes, please observe the following:
- You will generally have 30 minutes with the inmate.
- While interviewing the inmate, please make sure other inmates are NOT included in the videos or photographs.
- At most facilities, your interview will be through a visit window. You will not have face-to-face access as is the case with attorneys.
- Since you are on a social visit, you cannot put a microphone on the inmate. You can just put your microphone on the telephone on the glass window.
- Once you have scheduled a visit and the inmate has accepted your visit, call the Detention Facility to inform the Watch Commander that you are arriving with TV equipment which will have to be inspected upon your arrival.
Media visits at the Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility are likely to occur using a video visitation terminal. The visit will occur in real time and you may record both the audio and video image of the inmate with her permission. The parties to the visit will not be in adjoining rooms as in the case of the traditional “through-the-glass” visits.