Visiting an Inmate in the LA County Jail - North County in California
Visitation can be a very exciting time. Visitation can also be a very scary time. If you never visited jail, then your first visitation could lead to quite a lot of anxiety. Even though the North County LA County Jail is part of one of the largest County jail systems in the world, the facility has truly sought to make the process as simple as possible considering the size of the facility.
As a maximum-security correctional facility it is critical that all rules and regulations are followed to the nth degree. There is little, if any, wiggle room for exceptions when it comes to visiting at North County.
We are here to try to help minimize your anxiety and fears and help you understand the visitation process at North County more easily.
One of the first and major criteria of importance is to know when visitation can actually occur. North County Correctional Facility (NCCF) visitation is allowed each Saturday and Sunday and on specific holidays including:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving day
- Christmas Day
Hours, Timeline, and Number of Visitors
There are specific registration hours for visitors, time allowances per day, and per weekend. If a holiday visitation falls during the weekend, there is no additional time allowed for visitation. If, however, one of the visiting holidays falls during the week, an additional 30 minutes visitation time will be allowed during that week (on the holiday).
Hours and visitors guidelines:
- visitors can register from 8 AM to 2 PM
- two visits per visiting day are allowed
- maximum of one total hour of visits per weekend
- no visit may exceed 30 minutes
In case this is confusing, we will add a bit of clarification. An inmate may have no more than one total hour visitation per weekend. Visitors may choose to visit all in one day or split that our across both days of the weekend. Regardless of whether visitation is all in one day or across both Saturday and Sunday, the visitation sessions cannot be any longer than 30 minutes piece.
- Minors are permitted to visit with an adult
- Inmate wives classified as minors are classified as adults for visitation privileges
- Minor children of inmates are allowed to visit their inmate father without an adult present
- Up to three visitors are allowed at each visit
Attorney & Legal Visits
There is a specific list of individuals who are classified as Attorney/Legal visitors:
- Private attorneys
- Public defenders
- U.S. Attorneys
- Law Enforcement officers
- District Attorney investigators
- Public Defender investigators
- State Parole investigators - for Parole Board Hearings
- Psychiatrists / physicians – who have Court Ordered face-to-face visit
- Psychiatrists / physicians - on Court Approved Psychiatric Panel
- Interpreters - County Interpreter with County ID
- Interpreters who have copy of a Court Order from the presiding judge for the inmate’s case where they’ve been appointed.
Attorney and legal visits - special and specific times for visitation.
Monday – Thursday
- Probation / Police / Parole officers
- Attorneys and others
- Attorney and All Legal Visitors
- Clergy – work with MCJ Chaplain’s Office. They will inform facility.
- Of the visit
- Time of arrival of clergy
- Who specific authorized visitors are
- Physicians - prior special visit arrangement with Sheriff’s Department Medical Services Staff
- Once on NCCF campus may be accompanied by Deputy Sheriff
- Watch Commander or Watch Sergeant discretion
In all instances of attorney/legal, physician, and clergy visits visitors must fill out an Inmate Interview Request Form. The inmate must have an opportunity to accept or refuse unofficial visits and to sign the request form.
Visitors with Special Considerations
In special circumstances when there are visitors who require wheelchairs, crutches, or other special needs equipment, if there is no departmental transportation available, the watch commander can allow the disabled visitor to be driven to the visitation area by another visitor in a private vehicle. There are no other special considerations in regard to the regulations.
Visitors must complete a Request for a Visit Form at the Main Gate Visitor’s Registration. The request form must include all of the following:
- Inmate’s name
- Inmate’s booking number
- Names of all visitors
Once filled out, the form will go to the Registration Desk Officer who will input the inmate’s booking number into the computer and generate visitor passes for both the visitor and the inmate. Visitors then load the bus and go to NCCF.
Visitor identification rules
All visitors must have an appropriate and valid photo ID from the following list.
- California driver’s license or ID
- School ID
- Military ID
- Passport or Visa
- Alien registration card
- Mexican Consulate office issued ID
- other government ID
There are several standard visitation rules that must be adhered to by all visitors. Remember the rules are designed to protect.
- Record checks may be performed when deemed necessary
- Visitors may leave $40 cash can be searched at any time while on the facility property.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- Clothing must be appropriate for the environment.
- consider nothing sexually provocative
- no revealing clothing
- no gang-related clothing
- no short shorts, skirts, or dresses
- Visitors impaired by any substance such as alcohol or drugs will not be printed and may be arrested.
- No more than $40 may be left with the inmate during visitation
- Legal documents may be left with the inmate during visitation.
Visiting Area and Parking
When visitors enter of the visiting area they will present their past to the lobby officer. Visitors within the same party must remain together at all times.
Visitor’s vehicles will be parked in the lot at the registration area near the main gate. After being registered in receiving your pass your ride the bus to the visitation area.
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