Find out from your inmate when he or she has scheduled you to visit.
Arrive 15 minutes prior to the visit so you have time to check in.
Check in and show a valid, government-issued photo ID.
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.
It is a crime for anyone on felony probation/parole to be on the grounds if a California penal facility without prior permission of the watch commander of the jail.
In addition, you should have the prior permission of your parole/probation officer or you could be violated.
Visitation applicants in Marin 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.
Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults each visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
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 Marin County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Marin County Jail requires inmates to schedule visitation. You are required to show a valid, government-issued photo ID. Your ID will be run in a database for warrants, probation and parole status.
If an active warrant for you is discovered you will be arrested.
Monday through Friday
Saturday and Sunday
Inmates in POD A or in the LOCKDOWN UNIT must schedule their visits for 5:45 pm or later on weekdays.
Each inmate is permitted one visit per day. Visits are 30 minutes long.
Up to three visitors may visit an inmate at the same time.
A child who has passed the first birthday and is walking is counted as a visitor.
The Marin County Jail staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.
The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time.
Wear clothes that are not revealing.
Don't wear see-through material.
Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.
Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.
Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.
The following types of clothing are also prohibited:
Clothing promoting gang affiliation.
Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.
Clothing depicting anything obscene.
Call 415-499-7316 to ask specific questions about the Marin County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are conducted on a televised screen from another location.
Loud or abusive language during a visit will cause your visit to be terminated and you could lose visitation privileges.
Each visitor may only visit once per day, and one inmate during that time.
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 415-499-7316 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Marin County Jail visitation.
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
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.
This jail does not offer video remote visitation but the policy can change in the future.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Marin County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.