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San Quentin State Prison

San Quentin State Prison

San Quentin, California 94964

Phone :
(415) 454-1460
Website :
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Security Level :
minimum


San Quentin 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.
Note the following information about photographs at visitation at the San Quentin State Prison:
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.
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.


Criminal Record can affect Visitation:


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.

San Quentin State Prison Additional information:

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 visi

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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22 Responses to San Quentin State Prison

  1. keisha April 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    can u feel out visiting forms on line and submit

    • PrisonPath April 4, 2013 at 1:43 am #

      Hi Keisha,

      Please note the following information:

      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

  2. Rozella August 16, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    I am visiting my son this weekend and bringing my grandson to visit him. His mother is ok with this, but what form does she have to fill out and have notarized or can she just write something up and have notarized. My grandson is already cleared to visit.

    • PrisonPath August 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Rozella,

      Please note the following information about San Quentin State Prison:

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      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 t

      Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison
      6
      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.

  3. Tonya Christmas Lucente August 31, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    I will be flying into San Francisco airport from out of state to visit a very dear friend in SQSP, do you have any suggestions of a hotel between the airport and prison? I assumed I would rent a car at the airport and drive to the hotel and prison. Any insight into a place to stay and visiting would be great appreciated.

  4. Andrea September 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    How long is the visiting?
    Do they take pictures you and the inmate and how much are they?

  5. Andrea September 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    My visit is at 11am. What time do I need to be at the prison?

    • PrisonPath September 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Hi Andrea,

      We recommend 30 minutes before 11 if it is your first visit.

  6. Celena September 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Can I wear black jeans and a black long sleeve shirt with Marilyn Monroe on the front?

    • PrisonPath September 24, 2013 at 3:06 am #

      Hi Celena,

      Please note the following information about visitation attire:

      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
      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 shoes
      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 materi

      • Monica September 24, 2013 at 5:32 am #

        How long are the visits?

        • PrisonPath September 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

          Hi Monica,

          Please note the following information about visitation at the San Quentin State Facility:

          Visiting A Friend or Loved One In Prison

          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 prison
          you wish to visit or visit the CDCR website
          http://www.cdcr.ca.gov
          and click on
          Prisons
          and then
          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.
          From Prisonpath–For additional information about prison life, click this link.
          .

  7. PrisonPath October 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Medical Items Allowed at San Quentin State Prison Visitation:

    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

  8. Ana Apolonio October 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Hello,
    I saw someone asking about the pictures, but no answer, can you please tell me how do the pictures work in San Quentin visiting please?

    Thank you

    • PrisonPath October 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Ana,

      Please note the following information about photographs at visitation at the San Quentin State Prison:
      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.

      For information about prison life, click the 25 Rules for Prison Survival.

  9. Ashley December 27, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    How do you send in clothes for an inmate to where on his release date?

  10. ana September 11, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Hey, so about a year ago i was arrested and im on probation for 3 years with 2 years left would i get aproved to vist my boyfriend in san quentin?

    • PrisonPath September 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

      Hi Ana,

      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.

  11. Carolyn January 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    how do I speak with the prison chaplain?

  12. Suzanne Thuotte May 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    I need to speak with the person in charge of mail from inmates. My brother sent me a large manila envelope, which required 4 stamps. Unfortunately the envelpe was ealed and mailed EMPTY!I’m requesting the contents of the envelope be sent at SQSP cost and an explanation for mailing an empty envelope. Please advise who I may speak with regarding mail tampering.
    Thank you,

  13. briana September 10, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Hey, i wondering if i would be able to go inside with clip on extensions will they tell me to take them of cause of the metal?

    • PrisonPath September 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

      Hi Briana,

      You should be able to go to visitation. If you are an inmate, it’s a different story. We recommend contacting directly the facility for confirmation.

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