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Washington DC Department of Corrections Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule


1923 Vermont Avenue NW
District of Columbia,
District of Columbia
20001
District of Columbia
Main Phone: 202-673-7316
Beds: 2,164
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Washington DC Department of Corrections Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in District of Columbia, District of Columbia.

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 202-673-7316 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Washington DC Department of Corrections Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions


Step 1

Click here to register a visitation account. Once registered, you can schedule visits by going to the site or calling (888) 906-6394 or (202) 442-6155 (Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am-5 pm).



Who Can Visit an Inmate in Washington DC Department of Corrections

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 District of Columbia 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.

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

Call 202-673-7316 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.

It is likely that the Washington DC Department of Corrections will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 202-673-7316 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.

The Washington DC Department of Corrections reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.



Washington DC Department of Corrections Visitation Application Process

Washington DC Department of Corrections requires you to register online if you are going to use the online portal to schedule your visits.

If you schedule by phone you are required to provide any information asked of you while setting up the visit.  



Visiting Hours in Washington DC Department of Corrections

Wednesday through Sunday

11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Visits are 45 minutes each.

Inmates are allowed up to two visits per week.

Satellite video visitation is conducted at the following locations and times.

Martin Luther King Library, 901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001 –Thursdays from 2 pm to 8 pm and Fridays/Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th St NE, Washington, DC 20019 – Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 pm to 8 pm.

One adult and up to two children may visit at once. Children may also be rotated with each other to accommodate more than two, however, any children waiting for their turn must have a responsible adult supervising them in the waiting area.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Washington DC Department of Corrections may allow you an extended visitation. Call 202-673-7316 to ask for special consideration.

Call 202-673-7316 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.



Washington DC Department of Corrections Visitation Dress Code

The Washington DC Department of Corrections 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. 

Jail staff is the final authority on whether your clothing is appropriate and if not you will be given the opportunity to change or have your visit denied.

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 202-673-7316 to ask specific questions about the Washington DC Department of Corrections Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.



Washington DC Department of Corrections 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.

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

You must be on time for your scheduled visit. If you are late, your visit will automatically be cancelled and you will not be able to see your inmate without a later scheduled visit.

Call 202-673-7316 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Washington DC Department of Corrections 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.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Washington DC Department of Corrections – 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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