Effective March 27, 2012 the online visit reservation system will be available 24 hours per day Tuesday through Sunday (unavailable on Monday).

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 the East Mesa and Facility 8 Detention Facilities. 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:

Las Colinas Detention Facility East Mesa Reentry Facility
San Diego Central Jail Facility 8 Detention Facility
South Bay Detention Facility George Bailey 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.

Visit Reservations

Same day visits (up to two hours prior) and next day visits may be made online or by telephone. Access the San Diego Sheriff’s eVisit through “Who’s in Jail” or call the number listed on the facility visit page above. Note: East Mesa and Facility 8 Detention Facilities 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.

  • Full name
  • Identification number
  • Date of birth
  • Current home address
  • Telephone number
  • Relationship to the inmate
While we attempt to honor all visit reservations, visits may be changed or cancelled without notice. Also, changes in the inmate’s housing assignments may automatically cancel a scheduled visit.

Visit Check-In

All visitors must check in together one hour before the scheduled visit and are required to present valid photo identification. If a visitor is late, the visit may be cancelled.

Walk-in visitors will be accepted, on a space available basis, as long as the visitors check in one hour before the visit time. Due to security reasons, East Mesa and Facility 8 Detention Facilities do not accept walk-in visitors.

Cancellations must be made in person at any of the Sheriff’s detention facilities with valid photo identification.

Inmates have the right to refuse visits at any time.

There is no expectation of privacy in a jail facility. Social visits may be monitored or recorded.

Visitors who have been incarcerated within the past 90 days shall not be permitted to visit without Watch Commander consent. Any prospective visitor who is on probation or parole requires the permission of the watch commander to visit. If you are on probation or parole, you may submit a request to visit by using our online visit authorization request.

If you have previously been convicted of a felony and served time in state prison, you may not enter the grounds of a county jail without the permission of the Facility Commander. That permission should be obtained in writing before attempting to schedule a visit. Entry to the facility grounds without such permission is a felony (California Penal Code §4571).

RULES FOR EAST MESA AND FACILITY 8 DETENTION FACILITIES

Due to the privilege of having contact visits at these facilities, the following additional visit regulations must be observed:
  • Nothing is to be brought into the facility except I.D. and car keys. One blanket, one diaper, and one bottle can be brought in for a baby. The following items are specifically prohibited: purses or bags, food or beverages, pets, firearms, knives, or other weapons, drugs or alcohol, and cigarettes. Keys are to be hung on board provided. All visitors must have a reservation to visit. Visits may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Dress Code: No strapless garments, no halter-tops, no bare midriffs, no see-through, wrap around skirts, tops or dresses. No mini-skirts or short dresses. Shorts must not be shorter than mid-thigh in length. No slits on skirts or dresses. No latex or skintight pants, skirts or shorts.
  • No reclining together on the grass or tabletops. Visitors and inmates must sit across from each other, no laying or sitting on laps, no draping of legs, no body rubs/massages, no hugging, no straddling benches.

HOSPITAL VISITS

Occasionally, inmates may be admitted to hospitals for medical treatment. Visits may be allowed for hospitalized inmates, subject to approval of the Watch Commander. Persons wishing to visit a hospitalized inmate must check at the appropriate facility and register for the visit. The Watch Commander will be consulted concerning the inmate’s suitability to have visitors. If the visit is approved, a visit pass will be issued, which can be taken to the hospital and presented to the assigned Deputy or Guard. In addition to normal visiting guidelines, the following rules apply to visits occurring in hospitals:
  • All visits must conform to the hospital’s regular visiting hours and policies
  • Only two visitors are allowed at a hospital visit for the duration of 30 minutes.
  • Two visits per week are allowed, Sunday through Saturday.
  • Inmates cannot receive items of any type from social visitors.
  • Any deviation from the above rules requires Watch Commander approval.

MEDIA ACCESS TO PERSONS IN CUSTODY

News media representatives have no greater right of access to detention facilities or inmates, than any other member of the public. A visit by news media personnel shall be considered a social visit, not a professional visit. The Public Affairs/Media Relations office does not process requests for interviews.

Media representatives seeking an inmate interview should proceed as described below:

  • Visit the “Who’s in Jail” page of the Sheriff’s Department website.
  • Search the inmate’s last and first name.
  • A new page will open if the person is in the custody of the Sheriff’s Dept.
  • Note the facility and housing area location of the inmate. That location will determine which days and times social visiting is permitted. Click “Visit Schedule” immediately under the inmate’s housing location, and you will be taken to the visit schedule for that facility.
  • You may go to the facility and attempt the visit, however you may wish to correspond with the inmate first to be more certain the interview will be accepted by the inmate.
  • To correspond with the inmate, click the “Email this inmate” icon on the inmate’s page in “Who’s in Jail” and follow all the directions to complete the message.
  • If the inmate opts to accept the visit, that visit shall be counted as a social visit for that day, just like any other social visit.
  • With the inmate’s permission, the visit may be tape recorded or videotaped from the public access portion of the visit area.
  • Inmates have two social visits per week. To find out if an inmate has available social visits for the week, please contact the Detentions Information Office of the Detention Facility.
    • George F. Bailey Detention Facility – (619) 210-0385
    • East Mesa Reentry Facility – (619) 210-0334
    • Facility Eight Detention Facility – (619) 210-0327
    • South Bay Detention Facility – (619) 213-1433
    • Las Colinas Detention Facility – (619) 402-1312
    • Vista Detention Facility – (760) 936-0014
    • San Diego Central Jail – (619) 610-1647

When conducting an inmate visit for media purposes, please observe the following:

  • You will generally have 30 minutes with the inmate.
  • While interviewing the inmate, please make sure other inmates are NOT included in the videos or photographs.
  • At most facilities, your interview will be through a visit window. You will not have face-to-face access as is the case with attorneys.
  • Since you are on a social visit, you cannot put a microphone on the inmate. You can just put your microphone on the telephone on the glass window.
  • Once you have scheduled a visit and the inmate has accepted your visit, call the Detention Facility to inform the Watch Commander that you are arriving with TV equipment which will have to be inspected upon your arrival.