All visits must be made online with GTL
No registration and no appointment = No Visit
Using the GTL Online App to first register, then selecting an inmate and then making an appointment can be confusing, so if you are having trouble call the Inmate Video Visitation System Help Desk at 213-680-4887 (Monday thru Friday) between 7:00AM and 2:00PM. That said, if you follow the instructions that follow each step of the registration process, it's quite simple.
For those who prefer to ask questions using email.
|SATURDAY||8:00AM - 2:00PM|
|SUNDAY||8:00AM - 2:00PM|
|HOLIDAYS**||8:00AM - 2:00PM|
** Holidays are: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (the 4th of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Attorneys and Clergy Visitation
VISITATION RULES - Read them all. Failure to follow these may result in not getting a visit.. and you wasting a day.
How to be Approved to Visit an Inmate in the Pitchess Detention Center North
Pitchess Detention Center North requires all visitors to register and fill out an online application prior to your visiting an inmate, so you may as well start the process now, so when they do get classified and are transported to another facility, you will be ready.
Carefully fill out the application because 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 Monday - Friday 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM or email the Inmate Visitation Office at [email protected] to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
IMPORTANT!! ... If you are on probation, parole or are an ex-felon, you also need to fill out a special application.
After filling it out it needs to be mailed or dropped off to the following address:
Men's Central Jail - Legal Unit
441 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone Number for Assistance with this application is 213-974-0101
Can You Do a Video Visit from Home?
**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?
Anyone over the age of 18, who hasn't been convicted of a felony, 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 may have to submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.
Pitchess Detention Center North limits the number of people that can visit an inmate to six (6) people each visit, 3 Adults & 3 Minors. This may be reduced during times of medical emergencies.
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 the 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.
The Pitchess Detention Center North 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 Pitchess Detention Center North reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason. Call 213-680-4887 Monday thru Friday between 7:00AM and 2:00PM if you have any questions.
Pitchess Detention Center North Visitation Dress Code
**It is recommended that the only things you bring into the jail when visiting is a single key and your ID**
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.
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.
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.
Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines
There are two ways to deposit money in an inmate's account in the Los Angeles County Jail system:
1. Mailing a Payment - $200 maximum
Inmate's Full Name & Booking Number
PO BOX 86164
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
2. Dropping off a payment - $200 maximum
When dropping off an inmate's money in person, the Pitchess Detention Center North will only accept:
Locations to drop off inmate money:
Inmate Reception Center
450 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Century Regional Detention Facility
11705 S. Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262
For complete information and guidelines for sending an inmate money including: the maximum you can send, what form the payment has to be, the maximum an inmate can have in their account and more, check out our Inmate Money page.
Pitchess Detention Center North Inmates are allowed mail in envelopes and on postcards. They are also allowed to receive photos.
They are also allowed to receive books, magazine and newspapers directly from trusted publishers and businesses.
Inmate's Full Name & Booking Number
PO BOX 86164
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
To learn all the rules, policies and guidelines, and they are extensive, for sending anything in the mail to an inmate at any of the Los Angeles County Jails, check out our Inmate Mail Page.
To find out how to get access to a tablet for an inmate read the following:
1. First, Register or Sign In to GTL / Viapath Services.
2. In the top menu, click on 'Services', then on 'Inmate Devices & Content'.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.
To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.
Follow these instructions on how to open an account with GTL Connect Network (aka Viapath Technologies)
For full instructions on the Pitchess Detention Center North Inmate Phone System, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Inmate Phones Page.
As of January 2023, LA County Jails do not yet contract with a service that allows email or messaging services. For the time being the only communication with inmates by US Mail, By Phone or by Visiting them at the facility.
For more information on how jails across America are using third-party email services to allow communication between inmates and their loved ones, check out our Inmate Email page.
Follow these instructions to register, schedule and then visit an inmate using GTL.
Inmate Visitation times in Pitchess Detention Center North vary based on many considerations.
After you select your inmate, you will be given the option of available time slots.
|SUNDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|MONDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|TUESDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|WEDNESDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|THURSDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|FRIDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|SATURDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
For all the information you need to know regarding scheduling, times, cost, rules, tips and guidelines of inmate visits at the Pitchess Detention Center North, check out our Visit Inmate Page.
To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Pitchess Detention Center North follow these steps:
For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Pitchess Detention Center North check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Los Angeles County.