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Kern Valley State Prison

3000 West Cecil Avenue, Delano, California 93216

Phone :
(661) 721-6300
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Kern Valley State Prison Visiting Information:

Visiting Days and Hours
Every prison has visiting on Saturdays, Sundays, and four holidays during each
calendar year (New Year’s Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Thanksgiving Day, and
Christmas Day). Visits vary by institution but usually begin between 7:30 a.m. and Visiting Days and Hours
Every prison has visiting on Saturdays, Sundays, and four holidays during each
calendar year (New Year’s Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Thanksgiving Day, and
Christmas Day). Visits vary by institution but usually begin between 7:30 a.m. an

Kern Valley State Prison Additional information:

North Kern State Prison - Mission Statement


The mission of North Kern State Prison is two-fold:  1) it functions as a reception center for the processing of incoming inmates from southern and some northern counties; and 2) functions as the Central / Southern California Transportation Hub for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Institution Details


NKSP has a general population medium custody facility and a minimum support facility.  The general population portion of the institution focuses on providing educational opportunities geared towards providing inmates with an education which will aid them in seeking employment upon their release from prison.

The Reception Center currently processes incoming inmates usually within a 90 day period.  After compiling the inmate's criminal records, life histories, medical and psychological histories, and social relationships, NKSP staff determines the inmate's classification score and institutional placement.  NKSP also has a ten-bed Level I firehouse

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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  1. jess says:

    IS there any way to find out the last visit of a prisoner in KVSP?

    • PrisonPath says:

      You can obtain the visitation schedule and visitation rules from our web site and the prison web site. The prison is not going to release the name of an inmate’s last visitor.

  2. So301110 says:

    Regarding visiting on Thankgiving, would i still have to make an appoitnment or use VPASS for that day. or is there a different telephone number that we call ..

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi,

      I would strongly recommend that you call the facility regarding Thanksgiving visitation. Many prisons change their schedules for holidays

  3. Lorena says:

    Can i visit an inmate without making an appointment?

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Lorena,

      please note all of the information about visitation. In addition, if you want additional information about prison life, click this link.

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison

      If you are approved to visit, the prisoner is notified and he/she must notify you.
      Once approved, you are listed in the computer as being an approved visitor for the
      prisoner; you do not need to bring any proof of approval with you to the prison.
      If you are disapproved, you will receive a letter from the prison setting forth the
      reason for disapproval; the prisoner will also receive notice of the disapproval
      but will not be given the reason. If you are denied approval to visit, you may
      reapply, you may appeal the denial and/or the prisoner may appeal the denial. If
      the reason for the denial is based on inaccurate or incomplete information on the
      Visitor Questionnaire, you may resubmit an accurate and complete questionnaire.
      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.
      If you do not agree with the reason given for the disapproval, you may appeal
      by writing to the Warden at the prison. He/she is required to respond to your
      appeal within 15 working days of receiving the appeal. If dissatisfied with the
      institution’s response or action, you may refer your appeal, with a copy of the
      institution’s decision, to the Director of the Division of Adult Institutions or his/her
      designee at: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of
      Adult Institutions, P. O. Box 942883, Sacramento, California, 94283-0001, Attention:
      Director, Room 351-N. A written response to appeals addressed to the Director shall
      be provided within 20 working days from the date of receipt. The prisoner may
      independently appeal the denial of approval by utilizing the normal prisoner appeal
      process within the prison.
      Sometimes emergency or hardship visits are allowed before a person has been
      approved to visit. Such visits are at the discretion of prison staff (usually the Visiting
      Sergeant or Lieutenant) and are usually to accommodate an unexpected visitor
      traveling from a distance in excess of 250 miles. You should not rely on receiving
      approval to visit without going through the normal visiting application process.
      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.
      B. Locating a Prisoner
      To find the location of the prisoner you wish to visit, you can visit the CDCR WebsiteInmate Locator
      . 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. If you call the Identification Unit, you will need to provide
      the full name and date of birth of the prisoner you wish to locate or his/her CDCR
      identification number. 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. The Identification Unit is available only Monday
      through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It may take up to
      a week for housing information on a prisoner only recently admitted to CDCR or
      transferred between prisons to get in the computer system (and thus be available
      through the Identification Unit).
      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      3
      C. Prisoner’s Eligibility to Visit and Types of Visits
      All prisoners are eligible to receive visits unless they have temporarily lost that
      privilege due to disciplinary action. There are, however, different types of visits.
      Most prisoners are in the general population and may receive contact visits. Contact
      visits allow the prisoner to sit together with his/her visitors and have limited
      physical contact with them (a brief kiss and/or hug at beginning and end of visit,
      hold hands during the visit). These visits occur in a large visiting room, usually
      furnished with tables and chairs and usually shared with many other prisoners and
      visitors. Contact visits are restricted to five visitors at a time. Contact visits are
      not limited in duration except for normal visiting hours or terminations caused by
      overcrowding to allow other visits to begin.
      Prisoners who are still in reception (recently admitted to CDCR or transferred
      between prisons) or who are segregated (i.e., Administrative Segregation, Security
      Housing Units, Adjustment Centers, pending specific rules violation report charges,
      or assigned to Behavior Management Units) are restricted to non-contact visits.
      Non-contact visits occur with a glass partition between the prisoner and his/her
      visitors. The prisoner is escorted in handcuffs by staff to the visit. 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. 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).
      Prisoners on Death Row, often referred to as “condemned” prisoners, are housed
      either at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County (men) or at Central California
      Women’s Facility in Chowchilla (women). “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. “Condemned Grade B” prisoners on Death Row may only
      receive non-contact visits. All Condemned visits are in a secured booth and involve
      the prisoner being escorted to visiting in handcuffs. Visits for all prisoners on Death
      Row are limited in time (usually one to two hours).
      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 on Death Row, with life sentences, with convictions for sex offenses,
      or under disciplinary restrictions are not eligible for family visits. Family visits
      are restricted to approved visitors who are immediate family members (parents,
      children, siblings, legal spouses, or registered domestic partners) of the prisoner.
      Family visits are further restricted by availability; usually one visit every three to five
      months. An eligible prisoner must put in an application for a family visit with his
      assigned Correctional Counselor I at the prison. This handbook focuses on regular
      (weekend and holiday) visiting and not on family visiting. Further inquiry about
      family visiting should be directed by the prisoner to his/her counselor or by the
      family to visiting staff
      In addition to the types of visits available, there are other factors which may restrict
      a prisoner’s eligibility to visit. Some of these factors require the visitor to check with
      the prisoner about his/her particular circumstances, while other factors require the
      visitor to check with the prison. 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. Under limited cir
      cumstances,
      a prisoner may obtain permission to visit during work or school hours, but such
      circumstances are generally limited to family visits, a rare visit (visitor has not visited
      in more than six months), an emergency visit (death or serious illness of family
      member), or excessive distance (visitor comes from more than 250 miles and has
      not visited in the last 30 days). The prisoner must obtain prior written approval to
      visit during work or school hours by seeking Excused Time Off (ETO) from his/her
      supervisor.
      The prisoner’s criminal history:
      Some prisoners may have restrictions to visit
      with minors based on their convictions. 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.
      Medical quarantines:
      Sometimes part or all of a prison is quarantined to control
      the spread of a contagious disease. When that occurs, visiting is not allowed for any
      prisoners housed in areas under quarantine. The 800 Visitors’ Information number
      (800-374-8474) will advise a visitor whether there is a medical quarantine and which
      parts of the prison are affected.
      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. 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. 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. Since both
      lockdowns and medical quarantines can occur with very limited notice, it is wise to
      check the Visitors’ Information number just before leaving for a visit.
      Hospitalized Prisoners:
      When a prisoner is seriously ill or injured, he/she may
      be hospitalized, in either a prison hospital or a community hospital. Visits with
      hospitalized prisoners are only considered for prisoners having life threatening or
      critical injuries or illnesses. These special visits are restricted to immediate family
      members with current approval to visit at the institution. Requests to visit at a
      community hospital must be approved by the Warden and attending physician.
      Visitors should make requests to visit by contacting the Warden’s office.
      D. Visiting Days and Hours
      Every prison has visiting on Saturdays, Sundays, and four holidays during each
      calendar year (New Year’s Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Thanksgiving Day, and
      Christmas Day). 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 pri
      Facility Locations
      . 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.
      E. Appointments to Visit
      Some institutions schedule visitor processing times for the first two to three hours
      of visitor processing to reduce crowding in the Visitor Processing Centers. You
      should contact the institution you plan to visit for more information regarding visitor
      processing scheduling.
      All visits with a prisoner restricted to non-contact visiting and all visits with a
      prisoner on Death Row require an appointment to visit. Those appointments are
      made by telephoning a specified number at the prison during specified hours
      during the week. The 800 Visitors’ Information number and the CDCR website have
      information regarding the making of such appointments.
      F. Identification Required for Visiting
      All adults must present identification when being processed to visit. Acceptable
      forms of identification must be valid and current (not expired) and include:

      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

      A photo identification issued by the Mexican Consulate.
      Minors (children under 18 years old) are required to be accompanied by an adult
      who is an approved visitor. 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. If the minor is accompanied by his/her legal guar
      dian, a certified
      copy of the minor child(ren)’s birth certificate and proof of legal guardianship is
      required. If the minor child(ren) is accompanied by someone other than his/her
      parent or legal guardian, in addition to the certified copy of the minor child(ren)’s
      birth certificate, the adult must also bring a notarized written consent authorization
      form (see Attachment 2) signed by the minor child(ren)’s parent or legal guardian
      expressly giving permission for the minor child(ren) to visit a prisoner. The
      written consent authorization form must include the name of the prisoner the
      minor child(ren) is allowed to visit, the name of the person who is authorized
      bring the minor child(ren) into the prison, and the date(s) of the proposed visit(s).
      The notarization must be on the original written consent authorization form and
      cannot be attached to it. The written consent authorization form to bring in a minor
      child(ren) must be updated each year.
      G. Attire Restrictions
      There are restrictions on what you may wear to a prison. In general, there are four
      rules to remember:
      1.
      Do not wear clothing that resembles the clothing that prisoners wear
      a.
      Blue denim pants;
      b.
      Blue chambray shirts;
      c.
      Orange jumpsuits or Orange tops with Orange bottoms;
      d.
      Red tops (Pleasant Valley State Prison only); or
      e.
      Dresses that resemble prisoner muumuu (female institutions only)
      2.
      Do not wear clothing that resembles what custodial staff wear
      a.
      Forest green pants;
      b.
      Tan shirts; or
      c.
      Camouflage
      3.
      Dress conservatively and modestly; and
      4.
      Do not wear any item that cannot be taken off and will not clear a metal detector
      (such as an underwire bra or clothing with metal buttons).
      There are specific restrictions:

      No blue denim, blue chambray, orange jumpsuits or orange tops with orange
      bottoms;

      No forest green bottoms with tan tops;

      No camouflage unless identification shows active or reserve military personnel;

      No strapless, halter, bare midriff, sheer, or transparent clothing;

      No skirts, dresses, or shorts that expose more than two inches above the knee;

      No clothing that exposes the breast, genitalia, or buttocks area;

      No very tight, form-fitting attire;

      No wigs, hairpieces, extensions, or other headpieces except for medical r
      easons
      and with prior approval;

      No hats or gloves, except with prior approval or in inclement weather; and

      No shower shoe
      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      7
      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). It is wise to check with your local institution prior to your visit.
      Most prisons have a Visitor Center that will lend you used but clean clothing if the
      clothing you wore is rejected by staff. The funding for these Visitor Centers is not
      always secure and thus the centers may not always be open. For these reasons, it is
      good practice to bring an extra set of clothing in the car in case you need to change.
      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.
      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 materia

      Visitors are strictly limited in the items they may bring into the prison. Items
      allowed without prior approval are limited to the following:

      A $50 limit per adult and $20 limit per minor; only as dollar bills, dollar coins
      and quarters (change machines are usually available but they may be out of
      order or out of change);

      A small (generally 6” by 8”) clear, plastic purse or bag;

      Two keys on a ring with no other attachments. One key may be an electronic car
      keys;

      Identification (as previously specified);

      A comb or brush; non-metallic, no pointed end or detachable parts;

      A small unopened pack of tissues or a handkerchief; no bandannas;

      A pair of prescription glasses;

      Ten Photographs, no larger than 8” by 10”; photos may be shown to the
      prisoner, but must be taken out by the visitor at the end of the visit; photos
      cannot be Polaroid and may not include any sexual or gang images; photos will
      be viewed by staff during processing;

      Documents up to 10 pages, no larger than 8-1/2” by 11” (standard size typing
      paper); usually such documents will be either papers for the prisoner’s
      signature (for example, tax forms), information to share with the prisoner (for
      example, pages showing classes available through a correspondence course), or
      family papers (for example, a child’s report card, certificate of achievement, or
      drawing), but they can be anything that can be sent to the prisoner through the
      mail. 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
      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      8
      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. [Note: Prisons still
      vary on inclement weather gear; it is recommended you check prior to your
      visit.]
      I. Medical Items Allowed
      If you have a need to bring in items relating to a medical condition, you must have
      documentation from your doctor as to its need. The documentation must include the
      doctor’s name, address, telephone number, and medical license number and must
      be updated every two years. With such verification as to its medical necessity, the
      following are allowed:

      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. Quantities of medication are limited to what
      may be needed during the visit.

      Mobility devices such as canes, crutches, and wheelchairs; some prisons do
      not allow personal canes, crutches, or wheelchairs to be taken into visiting but
      require the visitor to exchange his/her personal device for a prison-issue device
      and then exchange back after the visit.

      Hats with documentation that they are medically necessary.

      Seat cushions or backs with documentation that they are medically necessary.

      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. With such documentation, staff
      will use a wand to sweep your body instead of the metal detector to ensure
      security.
      J.
      Religious Items or Clothing
      If your religion requires you to wear a certain type of clothing that would otherwise
      be unacceptable by operating procedures, such as Muslim headdress or Catholic
      habits, you will be allowed to wear the clothing; however, you may be required
      to remove it for inspection in a private location with an officer of the same gender
      present before you are allowed into the visiting room.
      Most visiting rooms have copies of the Bible, the Koran, and the Torah. If you wish
      to bring in the bible of your faith because a copy is not present in the visiting room,
      ask the Visiting Sergeant or Lieutenant for permission. K.
      Other Accommodation Issues
      Service animals (usually dogs specially trained to provide assistance to a disabled
      person) are allowed to assist a disable visitor. The visitor must have some form of
      documentation, harness, or markings identifying the animal as a service animal
      (although it need not be a license or certification from a government agency). The
      animal and the visitor will have to clear the metal detector, but disabled visitors will
      not be separated from the service animal at any time. It is the responsibility of the
      visitor to ensure that the service animal is properly controlled and behaved at all
      times.
      Every visiting room has some furniture reserved for those needing accommodation.
      If you need some accommodation, ask visiting staff.
      L.
      Visitor Centers
      Most prisons have a Visitor Center. 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). 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. Some of these centers also provide informational training on issues
      including medical (e.g., HIV, STDs, and AIDS), children (e.g., how to help a child
      whose parent has gone to prison), or other concerns.
      As noted before, the funding for these Visitor Centers is not always secure and their
      services may be intermittently interrupted. Nevertheless, you may find it helpful to
      visit the Center at the prison where you visit and check into its services
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      10
      Arrival for Visiting
      A.
      Arrival
      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. Both the Department’s website and
      the Visitor Information line have information as to the visiting hours at the prison
      you will be visiting.
      Many prisons restrict how early a visitor may drive onto prison grounds for a visit;
      usually about an hour before the start of visiting hours. Some visitors will arrive
      before that time and line up in their cars directly outside the prison gates. As some
      prisons are directly off freeways, highways, or other very busy roadways, that can
      be potentially dangerous and, sometimes, in violation of traffic laws. All visitors
      should be very careful in parking outside the gates; and when driving on grounds
      be courteous and respectful of others as well as obeying all traffic laws. Visitors
      found to be in violation of traffic laws may be subject to warnings, termination, or
      suspension of visits.
      B.
      Car Searches
      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. Only a few prisons have staf
      f at
      the gate. At those prisons, staff distributes visiting passes to be filled out by visitors
      for processing. Staff may conduct a visual inspection of the vehicle, including the
      trunk, and may also utilize “drug dogs” (Narcotic Detection K-9’s) to assist them by
      sniffing for drugs around the outside of the car. All visitors should understand that
      it is a felony to bring any weapons or any illegal drugs onto prison grounds, and will
      typically result in loss of visits and prosecution.
      A visual inspection of the interior of your car from outside of the car is allowed
      anytime you drive onto or off of prison grounds or when you are parked on prison
      grounds. Additionally, a visual inspection of your trunk is allowed when driving
      onto or off of grounds. 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.
      C.
      Parking
      All prisons have parking available for visitors, in a parking lot separate fr
      om the
      parking lot for staff. Visitors should take care to park in the appropriate places.
      Most prisons have adequate parking for all visitors, but the parking may r
      equir
      e a
      fairly long walk to the processing center or the boarding of a prison van or bus to be
      driven to the processing center. Parking for disabled visitors is provided in specially-
      marked places.
      All visitors should be careful for themselves and their children in walking through
      the parking lot, as often there is substantial moving traffic. Visitors should walk
      from their cars to the line, as running on prison grounds is not allowed and may be
      perceived as an emergency

      D.
      Waiting
      There will be a wait from the time you arrive at a prison to the time you are
      processed to visit. Typical wait times for processing are not excessive. However, on
      occasion may be as long as two hours, depending on the number of visitors, the time
      of day, and conditions of processing (including the size of the processing center, the
      number of staff, and the speed of processing). The wait times are usually longer first
      thing in the morning, when many visitors arrive all at the same time.
      The conditions under which visitors must wait depend on the particular prison, but
      visitors should be cautioned that the wait may be without shelter (even in the rain,
      snow, or strong heat), may be without bathrooms, and may be in an area with traffic
      hazards or restricted movement (including not allowing children to move around).
      As noted previously, there are Visitor Centers at most of the prisons, and those
      Centers provide bathrooms, shelter, and activities for children. At a few prisons,
      visitors are given numbered passes either when they drive onto grounds or once they
      are parked and get in line. 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.
      Some prisons require scheduled appointments for visitors during the first two
      to four hours of visiting. At these prisons, visitors without appointments will be
      processed on a first-come, first-in-line, first served basis; but not until all visitors with
      appointments have been processed. Appointments can be made either by
      e-mail and/or telephone, but only during specified hours. The 800 V
      isitors’
      Information number and the CDCR website will have information regarding whether
      the prison you are visiting requires appointments and how to make an appointment
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      12
      Processing of Visitors
      A.
      Processing Times
      The processing of visitors and the movement of the line begins at the time posted
      for visiting to begin. Processing continues until an hour before the time posted for
      visiting to end.
      Processing of visitors may be suspended at times due to staffing issues or a
      temporary emergency. Delays in visitor processing cannot be predicted, and last
      only as long as necessary to manage the issue(s) causing the delay.
      B.
      Passes and Computer Checks
      Every adult visitor must fill out a pass each time he/she visits. The pass calls for the
      prisoner’s name and CDCR number, the relationship of the visitor to the prisoner
      (spouse, mother, friend, etc.), the visitor’s name and address, and the visitor’s
      signature. If the adult visitor is bringing in minor children, he/she lists the names of
      the children on the pass.
      The completed pass is submitted to staff. Using a computer, staff checks the
      prisoner’s file to make sure the visitor is an approved visitor and that the prisoner
      is eligible to visit on that day. Staff marks the pass with the prisoner’s housing and
      notes whether the visit is contact or non-contact.
      The pass, along with the visitor’s identification, is the visitor’s “key” to get into and
      out of the prison. 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.
      C.
      Searches of Visitors
      It is a felony for anyone to attempt to bring into the prison any drugs or weapons.
      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.
      Visitors are required to follow all rules, regulations, and laws while on institution
      grounds. 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.
      Visitors must remove all outer clothing (jackets, sweaters, etc.), shoes, and any
      jewelry that will set off the metal detector. Those items are placed along with other
      allowable items (money, comb, baby items, etc.) on either a conveyor belt for an x-ray
      search or on a counter for a manual search by staff. The visitor, including all minors,
      must clear a metal detector. 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.
      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      13
      Visitors who, for religious reasons, cannot remove all outer clothing (such as scarves,
      burkas, yamakas, etc.) will be taken to a private room where they can remove the
      item and staff of the same gender will use a wand to search.
      Visitors with devices to assist their mobility (wheelchairs, canes, etc.) may be
      required to exchange their device for a prison-issued device and exchange back as
      they leave the prison.
      Children are subject to the same searches. A child too young to walk through a
      metal detector alone may be carried through the metal detector by the adult visitor
      escorting the child in.
      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. 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 visitor has a right to refuse the search, but the refusal will result in the
      visitor not being allowed to visit for the day; and may result in future visits being
      conditioned upon a search greater than the usual search of belongings, and clearing
      a metal detector, for as long as staff has cause to believe the visitor is attempting to
      bring in a prohibited item.
      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. Actions
      which do not present an immediate and significant threat to prison security but are
      nonetheless unlawful, may result in the visitor being detained or escorted off prison
      grounds and prison officials referring the matter to local law enforcement, but may
      not result in a request of the visitor to submit to search by prison staff.
      After clearing the metal detector, staff will stamp the back of one of the visitor’s
      hands with an ultraviolet ink stamp. At most prisons, visitors are required to put
      their hands under an ultraviolet light and show the stamp as they exit the visiting
      room and/or prison.
      D.
      Getting to the Visiting Room
      Most prisons have more than one visiting room. Staff will write which visiting room
      the visitor is to go to on the pass. 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
      In the Visiting Room
      A.
      Turning in Pass and Awaiting Prisoner’s Arrival
      Upon arrival to the visiting room, the visitor turns in the pass to staff. 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.
      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.
      Usually it should not take more than twenty minutes for a prisoner to get to the
      visiting room after staff has called. That period can be longer due to factors such as
      the need for an escort, the readiness of the prisoner for his/her visit, or unforeseen
      lockdowns, incidents on the yard, or quarantines. If a visitor has been waiting
      more than 30 minutes, he/she should ask staff about the delay. Staff will typically
      know whether the delay is a prison-related issue and advise the visitor; if it is not,
      the visitor should ask staff to call again for the prisoner. (When visiting room staff
      calls the housing unit for the prisoner, it becomes the responsibility of housing unit
      staff to advise the prisoner. 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.)
      Prisons count their prisoner population at certain times during the day. Movement
      of prisoners is frozen during those periods, and no prisoner will be released to the
      visiting room. The only count that is likely to interfere with visiting during the
      weekend hours is the Close Custody Count which prevents prisoners from going to
      the visiting from about 11:15 a.m. until the count is cleared around 12:45 p.m. 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. If you arrive
      in the visiting room during a count period, you will be required to wait for the
      prisoner’s arrival until count has cleared (meaning that the prison has accounted for
      all the prisoners being counted), a period that can last more than an hour.
      B.
      Seating
      All prison visiting rooms have chairs set up for prisoners and their visitors to use
      while visiting. Most prison visiting rooms also have small tables, usually about
      24 inches square and no more than 18 inches high. (A limited number of larger, taller
      tables are available for disabled prisoners or disabled visitors.) At some prisons, staff
      assigns the visitors to a specific table and/or chairs; at other prisons, the visitors ar
      e
      allowed to choose where they wish to sit.
      Prisoners and visitors are subject to continuous surveillance. Most prison visiting
      rooms have surveillance cameras. All visiting rooms are staffed by several
      correctional officers. There is usually a podium or control booth where at least one
      officer will sit; others will walk throughout the room. Prisoners are usually required
      to sit facing the podium or control booth. Visitors are usually allowed to sit facing
      any direction, but some prisons may have restrictions for visitor seating as well

      Many visiting rooms have adjoining patios that prisoners and their visitors may use.
      The patios may have some grass, some play equipment for small children, and some
      furniture (benches, chairs, tables). The patios may be available for use during all
      visiting hours or only at restricted times.
      Some visiting rooms have an area set aside for small children. The area is usually
      relatively small (about the size of a typical bedroom) and has toys, games, and books
      for the children. 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. Failure to adequately supervise children can result in
      the termination of the visit, but it can also result in a lack of safety for the children, so
      visitors should be diligent about supervision and not allow other adults (prisoners or
      other visitors) to supervise their children. No adults (neither prisoners nor visitors)
      are allowed in the play area except when supervising their children.
      C.
      Contact Between Prisoners and Visitors
      Prisoners and their visitors are allowed to briefly kiss and/or hug at the beginning
      and the end of visits. The only physical contact allowed between prisoners and
      their adult visitors at other times is holding hands. Prisoners may also hold minor
      children whom they are visiting.
      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. 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.
      D.
      Food, Photographs, and Games
      Visiting rooms have vending machines stocked with food and beverages for
      purchase by visitors and consumption by visitors and prisoners. 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. Vending machines
      usually have sodas, water, sandwiches (including burgers), and burritos, popcorn,
      candy, pastries, and coffee. At some prisons, vending machines may also include
      fresh fruits and vegetables. 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.
      The visiting room has microwave ovens for the heating of frozen items.
      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. A prisoner who
      handles money is subject to having his/her visit terminated and may be disciplined

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      16
      Most prisons provide limited board and card games for prisoners and their visitors
      to play together. These may include Scrabble, Dominoes, Uno, Checkers, Chess,
      and other like games. Most prisons also have children books that prisoners can read
      to their minor visitors as well as religious materials from most major religions (the
      Bible, the Torah, the Koran).
      Prison visiting rooms have digital cameras available for photographs of prisoners
      and/or their visitors to be taken. There is a cost for the photographs, usually two
      dollars for each photograph. At some prisons, the visitor purchases a “ticket” for
      the photograph either from staff in the processing center or from a vending machine
      in the processing center or in the visiting room. At other prisons, the prisoner is
      required to purchase the photo ticket from the canteen. Either staff or a prisoner
      who works in the visiting room takes and prints the photograph and it is given to
      the prisoner during the course of the visit. Either the prisoner may keep the photo
      (taking it back with him/her after his/her visit) or the visitor may take the photo.
      E.
      Rules and Violations
      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.”
      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). In addition,
      the prison may be surrounded by an electric fence. To protect visitors, especially
      children, from being injured, visitors are cautioned to stay away from the perimeter
      fence line.
      It is a felony for a former inmate or parolee/probationer to be on the grounds of
      any prison for any reason without prior written approval from the Warden of that
      institution. Persons discharged from parole must provide proof of discharge along
      with the Warden’s written permission to visit.
      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. In general, rules exist to
      protect the safety and security of the prison, staff, prisoners, and visitors, (for example,
      not being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not using gang slogans, or walking
      somewhere on prison grounds you are not allowed.) You should behave as a reasonable
      person would behave in a public place (for example, staying fully clothed at all times,
      not verbally or physically fighting with others, not being defian
      t to staff.) Prisoners
      and visitors are subject to having their visits terminated and/or suspended for rule
      violations and prisoners may also be disciplined for violations. 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. Less serious rule violations will usually, although not always, result in
      warnings first and termination, suspension, or discipline only u
      pon a repeat violation
      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      17
      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. The visitor may appeal the
      action by writing to the Warden; the Warden will respond within 15 days. 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). Appeals to
      Sacramento are to be answered within 20 days of receipt by the Director’s Office, but
      may take longer due to the volume of appeals received and delays in the processing
      of mail. The action taken by the prison remains in effect while the appeal is pending.
      A prisoner whose visits are terminated or suspended or who has been disciplined
      may appeal that process through the normal prisoner appeal process. Prisoners are
      given information about process when they first enter prison.
      F.
      Overcrowding
      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. The prisons in very remote areas are less likely to experience this
      problem than those closer to more-populous areas. When the visiting room becomes
      overcrowded, staff will terminate some visits in order to allow waiting visitors to
      come in to visit. Usually, terminations will be of those prisoners and visitors who
      have been visiting the longest, at the time terminations become necessary, in order
      to make space for waiting visitors. All prisoners and visitors who have their visits
      terminated should receive a written termination report, indicating that the reason for
      the termination was overcrowding. If a visitor is not offered a termination report,
      he/she should ask for one.
      In limited circumstances, a prisoner and/or his/her visitor may not have their
      visit terminated even if the visiting room becomes overcrowded. Generally, the
      exceptions apply to visitors who have traveled over 250 miles to get to the prison and
      haven’t visited in 30 or more days, to disabled visitors who must rely on specialized
      transportation to reach the prison, to visitors visiting due to a family emergency
      (such as death or serious illness), to visitors who have not visited in six or more
      months, and to prisoners who have married the day of the visit.
      G.
      Leaving After a Visit
      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. Prisoners who receive
      contact visits are allowed to visit until either their visits are terminated or until the
      end of visiting. Visitors may leave a visit at any time or stay until the end of visiting.
      Whenever the prisoner and visitor leave, it is their responsibility to clean up the area
      in which they were visiting by returning any books or games and putting trash into
      its proper place. Prisoners and visitors who have had contact visits may again share
      a brief kiss and/or hug at the end of the visit.
      All visitors must show (or collect) their identification and pick up their pass as they
      leave the visiting room. 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 no

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      18
      caught until the visitor gets to the processing center requiring them to return to the
      visiting room to collect the correct items.
      Prisoners who have had contact visits must undergo a search before they are allowed

      to return to their housing units. Some prisons require that the visitor remain in the
      visiting room until the prisoner has been searched and cleared. That process usually
      takes only a few minutes; but if the visitor is leaving at the end of visiting, ther
      e
      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. Once allowed to leave the
      visiting room, the visitor returns to the processing center (either by walking or by
      prison bus or van) and shows his/her identification and the stamp on his/her hand
      and surrenders his/her pass. He/she is then free to leave prison grounds

  4. jessica says:

    How do i find out if i got accepted for visitation?i send my forms already

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Anonymous,

      Please note the following information about visitation. For additional information about prison life, click this link.

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      1
      Introduction
      Visiting a family member or friend who is in prison is an important way to maintain
      connections during incarceration and enhances the prisoner’s success both while in
      prison and after release. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
      (CDCR) recognizes the importance of visitation and encourages families and friends to
      visit as often as their circumstances allow.
      Nevertheless, visiting at a prison can be complicated and confusing, especially when
      visiting for the first time. 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.
      Preparing To Visit
      A.
      Application to Visit a Prisoner
      Any adult wishing to visit a prisoner must first obtain approval from CDCR. You
      must apply for approval to visit by completing a Visitor Questionnaire
      (CDCR Form 106). You obtain the Visitor Questionnaire by having the prisoner you
      wish to visit send it to you. 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.
      It is important to fill out the questionnaire completely. The questionnaire calls for
      the applicant to list all criminal convictions and all arrests, even if the arrest never
      led to charges or conviction. CDCR will conduct a background check for arrests and
      convictions when processing the application and will deny approval to visit if the
      check indicates an arrest or conviction not listed on the questionnaire, so you should
      be thorough when completing the questionnaire. It is important to note that any
      contact with law enforcement may result in a record of the contact in the California
      Law Enforcement Telecommunication System, and may require clarification by
      the applicant. If you are unable to remember all the specifics about an arrest or
      conviction, be as specific as you can in providing the approximate date and the cause
      of the arrest.
      Mail the completed questionnaire to the Visiting Sergeant and/or Lieutenant where
      the prisoner you want to visit is housed. Mailing addresses are listed at the end of
      this handbook (see Attachment 1) and are also on CDCR’s website
      http://www.cdcr.ca.gov
      .
      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. Processing times for visiting questionnaires vary by institution based
      upon the volume of forms received and the number of staff approved to perform the
      review process.

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      2
      If you are approved to visit, the prisoner is notified and he/she must notify you.
      Once approved, you are listed in the computer as being an approved visitor for the
      prisoner; you do not need to bring any proof of approval with you to the prison.
      If you are disapproved, you will receive a letter from the prison setting forth the
      reason for disapproval; the prisoner will also receive notice of the disapproval
      but will not be given the reason. If you are denied approval to visit, you may
      reapply, you may appeal the denial and/or the prisoner may appeal the denial. If
      the reason for the denial is based on inaccurate or incomplete information on the
      Visitor Questionnaire, you may resubmit an accurate and complete questionnaire.
      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.
      If you do not agree with the reason given for the disapproval, you may appeal
      by writing to the Warden at the prison. He/she is required to respond to your
      appeal within 15 working days of receiving the appeal. If dissatisfied with the
      institution’s response or action, you may refer your appeal, with a copy of the
      institution’s decision, to the Director of the Division of Adult Institutions or his/her
      designee at: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of
      Adult Institutions, P. O. Box 942883, Sacramento, California, 94283-0001, Attention:
      Director, Room 351-N. A written response to appeals addressed to the Director shall
      be provided within 20 working days from the date of receipt. The prisoner may
      independently appeal the denial of approval by utilizing the normal prisoner appeal
      process within the prison

  5. anonymous says:

    If an inmate requested a visitor to be removed how long does the.process take and can one obtain the inmates approved list

  6. I would like to schedule a legal visit with inmate Brandon Thompson #T23026. I would also
    Like to speAk with his counselor or ? About his fathers funeral service
    This Monday at 11am & allowing him a phone call at 10:30 am to speak with his
    Family at the services on Monday at 760-413-2523 or the second baptist
    Church at 760-347-3853. My number is 559-304-8739. I am a licensed
    Investfgator (#7625 in CA) & I am seeking approval for a legal visit .
    Thank you. Please call me as soon as possible

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Irene,

      prisonpath.com is not part of any government entity. It is a private web site. we recommend contacting the prison’s chaplain for assistance.

  7. dgarcia says:

    My moms mexican id expires saturday September 14 2013 that day she has an appointment to visit my brother will they still accept her id?

  8. L.C. says:

    Hi, I have a question: my husband was in Ad-Seg, he said he might get thrown back to “C” yard, is there a number I can call to find out what yard he’s in?

  9. L.C. says:

    Please, someone help me A.S.A.P. my husband’s mother is very ill I need to get a hold of him, he is in Ad-Seg. All I was told was to call his counselor, his dad and I have been calling and he never picked up. How can I get a hold of him? Is there a number I can call for emergencies? Also, I read a post on “Prison Talk” stating if he had no money in his books he couldn’t make the call because it has to be a collect call? Is this true? Any information, please, so I can talk to my husband or he can call home.

    • PrisonPath says:

      HI L.C.,

      We recommend calling the prison chaplain for assistance. Try calling (661) 721-6300. Chaplains are very helpful with family emergencies.

  10. PrisonPath says:

    Visitor’s Identification–Kern Valley State Prison:

    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

    A photo identification issued by the Mexican Consulat

  11. Mike says:

    Hello,

    I will be visiting a friend and neeed to know if I can bring my cell phone and car keys with me to the visiting room.
    Thnak you.

    Mike

  12. My son is an inmate at Nott ke state prison i Delano ca were do i send my visitation form

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      You should address the envelope to “Visiting” ,Kern Valley State Prison at:
      P.O. Box 567
      Delano, CA 93216-0567

  13. Is there a transportation bus that your prison use to bring family members to see there love ones? I’m in the L.A. Area