Visiting an Inmate in the LA County Jail - Pitchess Detention Center - South in California
Visitation time is always an enjoyable time for both inmates and families. Pitchess Detention Center South is able to help keep it that way by enforcing specific rules and regulations. All guidelines are specifically designed to increase the safety and security for the 1400 inmates housed at Pitchess Detention Center South, the staff caring for them during the time of incarceration, and for all visitors that come onto the premises.
The Los Angeles County jail system is always trying to stay ahead and improve the experience for the inmates housed within their system to the best of their abilities. Keep in mind this is an incarceration experience therefore not all the amenities of normal life should be expected. However, at Pitchess Detention Center South they do try to help this be as an enjoyable experience as possible. By participating in the new online visitation scheduling system designed for LA County jail systems, Pitchess Detention Center South is able to improve the flow through and visitation process. This speeds up your actual wait time, helps prevent unnecessarily canceled visits, and improves the overall visitation experience.
This is a recently implemented technological experience and therefore may have unknown kinks still in the system. It’s important to be patient if you do happen to run into any issues. There is assistance available and they will be happy to help you through any problems you may encounter.
Now let’s get started on covering the specifics of visitation at Pitchess Detention Center South.
Visitation is allowed every weekend on Saturday and Sunday and also on special holidays. Special holidays include the following:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4
- Labor Day
- Christmas Day
Visitation Time Rules
- Hours for visitation registration are from 8 AM to 2 PM on visiting days.
- There is a maximum visit time of one hour per weekend.
- Each visit is maximum 30 minutes.
- Holidays falling on weekends are considered regular visitation days.
- Holidays falling during the week gives an additional visitation day.
You should come to the Dr. Elmer T. Jaffe visiting center at 29300 The Old Road, Castaic, CA 91384 for visitation. If you need to reach the visiting center for any reason they can be contacted at (661) 295 – 8074. Be sure to bring your printed visitation pass with you when you come. Walk-in visits are still allowed but following the online visitation scheduling system process is much easier for all involved.
How to use the Inmate Visitation Scheduling System for Pitchess Detention Center South
As a member of the LA County Jail system, Pitchess Detention Center South is able to participate in the online visitation scheduling system. PDC South was able to become a member of this network at the end of 2012. The online scheduling system allows you to go onto the computer and schedule your time to visit with your inmate. The system will only allow you to schedule during visitation hours and if the inmate is available. It’s actually a pretty simple process and helps to avoid some of the long waits that can occur due to the walk-in lines.
Your first steps will be to go onto the visitation main page and register. You can do this via a home, library, or any computer or via a kiosk in one of the participating visiting centers. Once you are on the home page for the online scheduling system you will be asked to provide and confirm your email address. They ask you to enter it twice to help assure there are no typing errors. Once you submit your email address, you will have to then go into your email and confirm/validate your email by clicking on the link provided in your email.
You will then use the provided password to enter into the online visitation scheduling system and you can begin scheduling your visit with your inmate. If you happen to run into any problems or have any questions you can call the help desk from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
The Pitchess Detention Center South may at times have to cancel a visit that you have scheduled online. If this is necessary, you will be notified in advance. The following are possible reasons this may occur:
- Inmate was relocated
- Inmate was released
- Visitation stations have become unavailable
- Visitation schedules have changed either permanently or temporarily
- Inmate has been placed on restrictions
If you are unable to attend an appointment you have scheduled, please be sure to cancel the appointment so it will not be counted against the inmate’s weekly quota.
Visitation at Pitchess Detention Center South
Below we have included the basic rules and regulations for visitation at Pitchess Detention Center South. These are put in place for everyone’s safety and security. The staff of Pitchess Detention Center South want to keep the inmates, visitors, and staff completely safe during visitation times and normal operations procedures. That is why the rules and guidelines are necessary. Please help to keep the Pitchess Detention Center South team and all visitors and inmates safe by complying with all of the following.
The following is a list of items that should not be brought onto the Pitchess Detention Center South campus or into the visitation area.
- Illegal substances
The following are items that should not be brought into visitation areas.
Visitor Behavior Rules
- All visitors should behave calmly and quietly.
- Loud talking and laughing etc. should be controlled.
- Children should be kept as quiet as possible and with an adult at all times.
- Inmates in children should be respectful of jail property and staff.
- Clothing should be plain and simple.
- No revealing clothing should be one.
- No sexually enticing clothing should be worn.
- Clothing with gang-related symbols, emblems, words should not be worn.
- Shoes are required at all times.
Search and Seizure Rules
- Vehicles on Pitchess Detention Center South property may be searched at any time deemed necessary.
- If indicated, visitors may be searched or asked to submit to an additional screening process.
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