You must register and be approved to visit.
Call or go online and set up a visit.
Arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled time. If there will be two visitors, you must arrive and register for the visit at the same time.
Show a valid, government-issued ID.
Anyone over the age of 18, who is not a convicted felon or on probation and can show a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate.
Visitation applicants in Santa Clara County will go undergo a background check based on the information provided during registration. It is a criminal offense for a convicted felon to be on penal facility property without written permission from the division commander.
This jail allows up to two adults to visit during the visiting hour, but they must share the visit with each person getting 30 minutes.
A reasonable number of the inmate or visitor’s minor children are allowed to visit as long as the adult visitor is able to maintain control of the children during the visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian. You must bring an original or a notarized copy of each child’s birth certificate.
Call 408-299-3438 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
Santa Clara County Jail - South will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status unless you get permission from the watch commander to be approved. Call 408-299-3438 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.
The Santa Clara County Jail - South reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Santa Clara County Jail - South requires all visitors to register prior to visiting an inmate.
Click here to start the open a registration account and be taken to the registration screen.
Carefully fill out the registration form. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.
Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.
All visitors may register up to three days, but no less than one hour, before a visit.
Call 408-299-3438 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
NO VISITATION ON WEDNESDAYS
Saturday and Sunday
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Santa Clara County Jail - South may allow you an extended visitation. Call 408-299-3438 to ask for special consideration.
Call 408-299-3438 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The Santa Clara County Jail - South 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 408-299-3438 to ask specific questions about the Santa Clara County Jail - South Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass.
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 schedule a visit from three days to one hour before your desired visitation time.
Staff will accommodate all jail visits on a first come – first served basis.
Call 408-299-3438 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Santa Clara County Jail - South 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 Santa Clara County Jail - South – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.