LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Inmate Visitation

LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Online Visitation Application, Registration & Scheduling Process, Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Visitation Frequently Asked Questions.

Following these instructions EXACTLY will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate. Because of the logistics in moving inmates around for visits and the security risks involved, LA County Jails have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for any visitor or inmate that does not follow their visitation rules.

If you still have questions after reading this page, the LA County Jail has published a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions.  To be honest, their 'answers' are somewhat confusing, so don't spend a lot of time of going through them unless you have a specific question not answered on this page.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you both check your email and call the jail at 213-974-4927 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Visiting Hours in LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail

VISITING HOURS - Family & Friends


10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday 

7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Each inmate is allowed one(1) visit per day and two(2) thirty(30) minute visits each week.

LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail limits the number of people that can visit an inmate to two(2) people each visit.

Visitors must arrive at least 60 minutes before your scheduled visit for visit check-in. Bring your Confirmation Number/Receipt and ID.

Call 213-680-4887 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.

VISITING HOURS -  Professional (Lawyers)

Monday thru Thursday

8:00 AM to 7:00 PM


8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday

7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Visitation Application Process

LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail requires all visitors to fill out an online application prior to your visiting an inmate.

Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.

Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.

Call 213-680-4887 between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM Monday thru Friday to ask specific questions about the application.

'At Home' Video Visitation

As of 2019, LA County Jails DO NOT yet offer 'at home' video visitation, however EVERY jail DOES HAVE kiosks available for video visitation. When scheduling your visit, choose the option for either a regular, public 'no contact' visit .... which means you will be separated by plexiglass .... or an 'at the facility' video visit. 

Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, iPADS and smartphones, both iOS and Androids.

Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.

Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.

Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.

**WARNING** Every word, sound and action is captured and saved during video visits. Everthing is scanned by artificial intelligence software or law enforcement officials and can and will be used against you in court, so be careful what you say and do.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail

Anyone over the age of 18, who isn't on felony probation and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail. All minors under age 17 must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian with appropriate paperwork to verify legal guardianship.

Visitation applicants in Los Angeles County County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.

LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail limits the number of people that can visit an inmate to three(3) people each visit.

Children count as one(1) visitor regardless of age.

Visits are limited to 30 minutes each visit.

Inmates are granted one(1) visit per day and two(2) visits within our visiting week.

If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit will be denied.

If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.

It is likely that the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status, however visitors with a past felony conviction, on probation or on parole MUST complete this special application and wait for approval before being allowed a visit with an inmate in LA County Jail.

The LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Visitation Dress Code


**It is recommended that the only things you bring into the jail when visiting is a single key and your ID**

Dress Code
All Visitors must wear ‘appropriate’ footwear & apparel.
Bare midriffs, strapless tops, tube tops, and swimsuits are prohibited.
See-through clothing is prohibited.
The top of the clothing shall not be lower than the underarm in the front and back.
Shorts & Skirts shall be an ‘appropriate’ length.
Shorts shall cover the lower stomach and the buttocks and crotch area, both when standing and sitting. Shorts and skirts no higher than the mid-thigh comply with dress code.
No clothing that depicts drugs, gangs, nudity or violence.
Shirts must be worn at all times.
No muscle or sleeveless shirts.
Shoes must be worn at all times. 

Prohibited Behavior
No person shall be under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or drugs will be permitted. Violators are subject to arrest.
No disrupting the visiting process in any manner. Violators will have their visit cancelled and will be asked to leave.
No loud and boisterous behavior, arguing or fighting is allowed. Violators will have their visit cancelled and will be asked to leave.
Prohibited Items
No drugs, alcohol or weapons are allowed on the property. Violators will be subject to arrest.
No cell phones, tablets, laptops, electronic or wireless device.
No cameras or any flash media.
No tobacco products, lighters or matches.
No carabineer or climbing assisted equipment.
No waterless hand sanitizer containing alcohol.
No weapons of any kind, made of any shape, form or material.
No drugs of any kind, in any form or substance.
No hygiene products of any kind; makeup, soap, etc.
No medications or health aid products of any kind – including over the counter.
No stationary or plastic products of any type or form.

When on the jail property, all visitors and their vehicles are subject to search at any time. Random security checks of persons, their property and vehicles are conducted and considered necessary to provide safety and security for the facility, inmates, employees and visitors.

LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass or on a televised screen from another location.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

Call 213-974-4927 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail visitation.

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