A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, “at-home,” visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service.

How it Works

To be able to access remote visitation with your inmate, you must have the ability to… Read more

Coordinating Inmate Visitation To Minimize Conflicts

Most jails allow three to five visitors to see an inmate at the same time. Problems can come about when too many people want to be there simultaneously. Managing the visitation schedule will reduce stress and insure that your inmate gets to see everyone.

Check Visitation Rules

Some jails will allow people to split visits in half. For example, if visits are one hour long, they will allow… Read more

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit.

Time of Day

Choose a time that he or she will be most receptive. If your inmate is the type to be… Read more

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget.

Traveling by car

Gas up early

Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, even if you aren’t going to visit until the weekend can save… Read more

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate.

How Far is Far?
Generally anything under 100 – 150 miles is not considered too far when it… Read more

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going:

Keep it Simple

Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail.

Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know that a judge thinks the parent did something wrong and broke a… Read more

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps.

  1. Find out the Rules

Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to visit inmates. It is actually a crime in certain states unless… Read more

Can Inmates Receive Visitors While they are in the Hospital?

Most inmate medical needs are taken care of at the county jail through a doctor and nursing staff. Sometimes a health condition arises that requires hospitalization.  Hospital visitation rules depend on several factors:

Jail rules: Some jails have a non-negotiable rule that inmates in the hospital cannot receive visitors. They consider it a security risk. They also believe it cuts down on “faked” health issues by inmates who simply… Read more