San Diego County Central Jail Visiting Information:
Visiting 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., Tuesday through Sunday. 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 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 Required Identification
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 Passport 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 telephone number listed on the facility visit page above. Note: East Mesa Reentry Facility and Facility 8 Detention Facility do 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 assignment may automatically cancel a scheduled visit.
San Diego County Central Jail Additional information:
Mail and Books Written correspondence can be an important and inexpensive way to maintain a close relationship with someone who is incarcerated. Inmates may purchase pre-stamped envelopes and postcards from the jail commissary. Inmates may send as many letters and postcards as they desire. Those without sufficient funds are provided a limited supply of pre-stamped envelopes. You may deposit funds directly to an inmate’s account at the Information Office of any Sheriff’s detention facility or by visiting www.sdsheriffcommissary.com.
When addressing correspondence to someone in jail, please address the envelope in the following manner:
Sending mail to an inmate in San Diego County Jail
If you do not have the booking number of the inmate to whom you are writing, you may look it up on the Sheriff’s Website using the feature titled “Who’s in Jail.”
RULES FOR INCOMING MAIL
All inmate mail must have:
Return address Inmate’s full name under which he or she is booked Correct booking number Mail that contains any of the following will be rejected:
Items that cannot be inspected without damaging (e.g. multilayered cards, Polaroids, laminated or glued items, etc.) Items containing foil or metal of any type, glass, wood, hard plastic, rubber, hair, leaves, flowers, paperclips, jewelry, staples, whiteout, colored paper, tracing paper, heavy art paper, glitter, confetti, stickers, tape, glue, paint, watercolors, tobacco products, or other prohibited substances, or any items written in crayon, chalk, or markers Items that may compromise the security of the facility Wall posters, travel brochures, catalogs, wall calendars, or any other item larger than a legal size piece of paper Personal photographs may not contain nudity, partial nudity or be sexually suggestive. Photographs depicting gangs, gang hand gestures, weapons, drugs, unlawful activities are not allowed. Any material tending to incite or promote racism, violence or any other prohibited conduct is prohibited Photographs can be no larger than 4”x6” Mail containing correspondence material (envelopes, paper, pencils, stamps, etc.) will not be accepted. All correspondence material must be purchased through jail commissary. Any item that contains any unknown substance or unknown odor (e.g., stains, lipstick, perfume, smoke, etc.) Remember deputies will review anything you send into the facility. Do not send cash, stamps, coins, drugs, cigarettes or any other property with your letter. Rather than sending money, you may deposit funds to an inmate’s account at the Information Office of any Sheriff’s Detention Facility or by visiting www.sdsheriffcommissary.com.
Written correspondence can also be done via e-mail. There is no expectation of privacy for e-mail messages; therefore, this system should not be used for legal or confidential mail, or other privileged communications. Inmates will not be able to respond via e-mail. All outgoing correspondence will continue to be by U.S. mail. General information about e-mailing an inmate can be found using the feature titled Email an Inmate.
BOOK, MAGAZINES, PERIODICALS
Each facility maintains a supply of books and magazines available to the inmates. Daily newspapers are also provided in the housing units. Books or magazines mailed or delivered to a Sheriff’s detention facility by the general public will not be accepted. New books or magazines may be mailed to an inmate under the following conditions:
Must have soft covers without wire and/or spiral binding and may not include CD-ROM’s, DVD’s or any other new media items. Books or magazines must be new and mailed to the inmate directly from the publisher or bookseller.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.