The information below provides complete instructions regarding Big Bear Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Big Bear Lake, 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 909-887-0364 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.
Call 909-866-0118 to schedule a visit.
Arrive at the jail 15 minutes before your scheduled visit.
Show a valid, government-issued 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.
Only inmates involved in the jail’s worker program are allowed visits. All others do not have visitation privileges.
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.
Call 909-887-0364 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
In California it is a criminal offense for someone with a past felony conviction to be on the grounds of a penal facility without prior permission by the watch commander.
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 Big Bear Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Big Bear Jail does not require you to complete a visitor application prior to visiting an inmate.
Jail staff will run your ID for active warrants and probation/parole status. If you have warrants, you will be arrested. If you are on probation or have a past felony conviction and do not have visiting permission from the watch commander you might be arrested.
Call 909-887-0364 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
Monday through Sunday
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Each inmate is allowed two scheduled visits per week. Visits are conducted in person.
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Big Bear Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 909-887-0364 to ask for special consideration.
Call 909-887-0364 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The Big Bear 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 909-887-0364 to ask specific questions about the Big Bear Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are conducted in person.
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.
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 909-887-0364 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Big Bear 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.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Big Bear Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.