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Sacramento County Main Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule


651 I Street
Sacramento,
California
95814
Sacramento County
Visitation Phone: 916-874-6752
Main Phone: 916-874-6752
Beds: 2432
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Sacramento County Main Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Sacramento, California.

Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you call the jail at 916-874-6752 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Sacramento County Main Jail Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions


Step 1
Arrive at the Mail Jail at least 15 minutes early to check in. Secure all belonging before entering the facility. Only take in your state or federally issued ID, keys, and a small wallet.
Step 2
Make sure you bring a valid state or federally issued photo ID. No more than 3 persons are allowed to visit an inmate at one time including minor children. Minors may only be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and you must present a birth certificate or documents showing guardianship each time you register for a visit.


Who Can Visit an Inmate in Sacramento County Main 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.

Visitation applicants in Sacramento 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.

Sacramento County Main Jail limits the number of people to visit at any one given time to 3, this includes minor children and infants.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.

Married emancipated minors are allowed but must show marriage certificate and proof of emancipation by presenting the original court document.

All visitors are subject to a background and warrant check.

Call 916-874-6752 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.

It is likely that the Sacramento County Main Jail will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 916-874-6752 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.

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.

If you have been released within the last 30 days from the Main Jail or Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center you will not be permitted to visit.

If you are on parole from any state you will not be permitted to visit.

If you have ever been convicted of a felony which resulted in confinement in any state you will not be permitted to visit, unless you obtain prior consent of the Jail Commander or Watch Supervisor.

If you are actively participating in any work release program or furlough program you are not permitted to visit.

The Sacramento County Main Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.



Sacramento County Main Jail Visitation Application Process

All you will need to register for a visit is a valid state or federally issued photo ID, minor children need to be accompanied by an adult and you must show birth certificate or legal guardianship paperwork.

Inmates are not allowed visits until they are assigned to a housing unit which usually takes about 12 hours.

No more than 3 people may visit an inmate at one time this includes minor children and infants.

Call 916-874-6752 to ask specific questions about the application.

Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process. 



Visiting Hours in Sacramento County Main Jail

The actual visiting hours vary depending on the following factors:

The day of the week.

Where the inmate is housed.

The inmate's sex.

Whether or not it is a Holiday.

Each inmate is allowed two visits per week, Sunday through Saturday.

Daily Visitation Hours:

7:45am, 8:45am, 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm

4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm

You must be registered no later than 9:45pm, and must be cleared out of the visitation area by 10:45pm.

Visits are not held or permitted during meal time which is 2:45pm-4:45pm daily.

Sentenced inmate workers (3W) receive three 45 minute visits per week, Sunday through Saturday.

No more than three persons may visit one inmate at a time, this includes minor children.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Sacramento County Main Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 916-874-6752 to ask for special consideration.

Call 916-874-6752 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.



Sacramento County Main Jail Visitation Dress Code

The Sacramento County Main 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.

All visitors, including minor children are required to wear shoes.

Call 916-874-6752 to ask specific questions about the Sacramento County Main Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.



Sacramento County Main 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.

You can only take your ID, keys and a small wallet in the visitation area. You need to secure all other items prior to checking in.

Do not take in cell phones, tobacco products, lighters, pens, pencils, papers, purses, or pictures. These items are strictly prohibited.

You are subject to search and a metal detection scan.

Weekend visits are usually very crowded and you should plan on a potential delay. We suggest you arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time for check in and to guarantee you a visit for the time you desire. Visits are first come first serve. If you are traveling from out of town please plan accordingly to assure plenty of time to visit your loved one.

No more than three persons may visit one inmate at a time, this includes minor children.

Call 916-874-6752 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Sacramento County Main Jail visitation.



'At Home' Video 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.

Sacramento County Main Jail does not offer at home video visitation at this time.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Sacramento County Main Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.

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