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Before you can visit an inmate, you will need to be approved. Your inmate must send you a visiting form (CDC 106). This form MUST be signed by your inmate before he sends it you you. Once you receive your visiting questionnaire, fill it out TRUTHFULLY and don't leave any questions blank. Then, once you are finished, send your completed questionnaire to:

Attn: Visiting Sergeant
East Gate Visiting
(Inmate Name, CDC #)
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin, CA 94974

The average wait for a response is 4-8 weeks, from the time your application is received by the visiting staff. In some cases, it takes longer than 8 weeks. I suggest calling the visiting department if your wait is longer than 8 weeks, and find out if your application has been received. They will NOT tell you if you have been approved or disapproved over the phone. It is the responsibility of the inmate to relay that information to you. If you are APPROVED, the inmate will be notified. If you are DISAPPROVED, the inmate will be notified AND you will be mailed a written response with details of the denial.

Reasons for DISAPPROVAL include (but are not limited to):

Lying on your application
Being a Convicted Felon (you must have prior written approval from the warden before stepping on prison grounds)
Leaving Questions Blank
Having UNPAID tickets (of ANY kind)
Having Outstanding Warrants
Being on Active Parole/Probation (you will need prior approval from the Warden)

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You’re Approved!! It’s time to visit your inmate. Here’s what you need to know:

-Visiting inmates housed in Reception and Adjustment centers:

Non-contact Visiting Days: Saturday & Sunday.
***Friday visiting suspended indefinitely effective 7-17-09

You must call in and schedule a visit 7 days in advance from the day you wish to visit (i.e. Thursday for next Thursday).

Someone is available to schedule visiting appointments, daily,
from 8:00AM-10:00AM at (415) 455-5022.

You must have the inmate's CDC number and an approved visiting status to schedule an appointment.

If you have an appointment, you must arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure that your appointment does not get cancelled.

There are 56 visiting slots on Saturdays and Sundays.

You may only schedule one visit per weekend.

-Visiting inmates housed in Condemned row and Grade B AdSeg Line:

Contact Visiting Days: Saturday and Sunday

You must call in and schedule a visit 7 days in advance from the day you wish to visit

Someone is available to schedule visiting appointments, Mondays - Saturdays, from 8:00AM-10:00AM at (415) 455-5023.

You must have the inmate's CDC number and an approved visiting status to schedule an appointment.

If you have an appointment, you must arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure that your appointment does not get cancelled.


-Visiting general population inmates:

Contact Visiting Days:

Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30AM-2:30PM

No appointment is necessary.

You must be an approved visitor and must have a valid ID in your possession.

You may not visit an inmate while he is working. You much come during his non-working hours or days off. The inmate should inform you what days and hours he is off work.

The inmate informs you of your visiting approval status. You will not be able to get this information from any prison office.


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Here is some additional information (taken directly from the CDC Inmate Visiting Guidelines) :


Visiting On Five Major Holidays

Each Institution shall have visiting scheduled on the following Holidays. The five major holidays may or
may not be on a regularly scheduled visiting day.

• New Year’s Day
• July 4 (Independence Day)
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Christmas Day

Visitor Questionnaire Process

The inmate should sign a Visitor Questionnaire (CDC Form 106) and send it to family members and
friends to visit. All adult visitors must complete the questionnaire and return it to the Visiting Sergeant by
mail. The Visiting staff must approve the questionnaire before the person may visit. This should take
approximately 30 working days. The CDC Form 106 must be filled out completely and accurately.
Failure to provide all requested information might result in the request being either denied or delayed.

Adult Visitors

The inmate will let each visitor know that they are approved. Any visitor approved at one institution shall
be approved to visit the same inmate upon transfer to another institution. A visitor may be required to
update the Visitor Questionnaire after 24 months.

Acceptable Identification

• A valid state driver's license with picture (not laminated).
• A valid state Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card with picture (not laminated).
• A valid Armed Forces Identification Card with picture.
• Identification Card issued by the United States Department of Justice Immigration and
Naturalization Services with picture.
• Picture Passport.
• Picture identification Matricula Consular De Alta Seguridad (MCAS) issued by the
Mexican Consulate.

Visitor Attire

It is recommended that visitors dress conservatively and with the following guidelines in mind.
Inappropriate attire will be reason to deny a visit. Any alteration to clothing once a visitor is inside the
visiting area will be grounds for terminating the visit.

Prohibited Attire

• Clothing which, in any combination of shades or types of material/fabric, resembles California
State-issued inmate clothing, blue denim or chambray shirts and blue denim pants.
• Clothing that resembles law enforcement or military-type clothing, including rain gear.
• Hats, wigs or hairpieces (except with prior written approval of the Visiting Sergeant).
• Clothing that exposes the breast/chest area, genital area, or buttocks.
• Dresses, skirts, pants, and shorts exposing more than two inches above the knee, including slits
when standing.
• Sheer or transparent garments.
• Strapless or "spaghetti” strap tops.
• Clothing exposing the midriff area.
• Clothing or accessories displaying obscene or offensive language or drawings.
• Brassieres with metal underwires or any other detectable metal are not permitted.

Allowable items:

• Identification Card.
• One Handkerchief, no bandannas.
• Tissue Pack, unopened.
• Clear Change Purse.
• $50 Per Adult and $20.00 Per Minor Visitor, in Coin or One Dollar Bills Only.
• Comb or Brush.
• Two Keys On A Ring with No Attachments.
• 10 Photographs.
• Indian Medicine Bag, upon inspection and approval.
• Two small (less than 12 inches in length) solid toys.
• One Infant Carrier.
• Six Disposable Diapers.
• Factory-Sealed Baby Wipes.
• Two Transparent Plastic Baby Bottles of Pre-Mixed Formula/Milk/Juice Per Baby.
• One Transparent Pacifier.
• Three Jars of Factory Sealed Baby Food and One Plastic Baby Spoon.
• One Single-Layer Baby Blanket.
• One Transparent Diaper Bag.
• One Change of Baby Clothing.
• One Single-Layer Burp Cloth.

Visitors may retain only life-sustaining, condition-stabilizing medication with the prescribing
physician's written statement of its immediate need, and only in the physician's prescribed amount
immediately required to sustain or stabilize the condition during the visit. The physician’s written
statement shall include the physician’s medical license number, address, and phone number.

All medication shall be in its original pharmacy container with the patient's name, pharmacy, name of
medication, prescribed dosage, and the physician's name indicated on the container's label.
Nonprescription medicine is not permitted.

Prohibited Items

• All tobacco and tobacco products.
• Food. All refreshments are to be purchased from the vending machines located in the visiting
room, except Camps and Ranches.
• Chewing gum.
• Purses.
• Cameras.
• Pagers.
• Cell phones.
• Writing materials or books, unless approved prior to entering the Visiting Room.

Visiting Room Procedures

Each visitor and inmate is responsible for his or her own conduct while visiting. Violation of the rules
and regulations may result in termination, restriction, suspension, or denial of visits. Additionally,
disciplinary action may be taken against the inmate. An inmate and his/her visitor(s) are allowed to
briefly embrace and kiss at the beginning and end of their visit. An inmate may hold his or her minor
children. Inmates may also hold minor children accompanied by an adult. Children are to remain
under the direct supervision and control of the visiting parent or guardian at all times. Holding hands
on top of the table in plain view is permitted, with no other physical contact. Excessive contact,
(kissing, massaging, stroking, and sitting with legs intertwined or sitting on laps) could result in
termination of the visit. Nursing mothers shall be discreet and covered when breast-feeding their baby
in the visiting area. Failure to do so may result in termination of visiting for that day. Inmates cannot
receive any items, gifts, money, jewelry, or documents during a visit. However, the adult visitor may
ask for a pencil and notebook paper as needed. Smoking is not allowed in the visiting rooms or
outside patios in the institutions at any time.

Last edited by Shari; 12-24-2010 at 02:16 PM.. Reason: Update Information
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