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Howard County Detention Center Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

7301 Waterloo Road
P.O. Box 250
Howard County
Main Phone: 410-313-5200
Beds: 361 beds
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Howard County Detention Center Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Jessup, Maryland.

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 410-313-5200 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Howard County Detention Center Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

You must be at the jail visiting area no later than 30 minutes prior to the visiting block. 

Step 2

Leave all belongings except a car key and your ID in the vehicle. 

Step 3

Show a valid, government-issued, photo ID. 

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Howard County Detention Center

Anyone over the age of 18, who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.

Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults and two children each visit.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is in possession of a valid, government-issued, photo ID.

The Howard County Detention Center reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason. 

Howard County Detention Center Visitation Application Process

Howard County Detention Center requires all visitors to fill out an application prior to your visiting an inmate.

Carefully fill out the application. 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.

Call 410-313-5200 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 Howard County Detention Center

General Population  

9:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m.(except Tuesday and Thursday)

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - (Not minimum security)


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday only

Special Management Unit

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thursday and Saturday only

Medical Restricted Visits

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only

ICE Detainees 

Hendricks Hall and H-1

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only

Inmates housed on segregation are responsible for notifying their approved visitors of their status and visiting hours. No exceptions will be made to visiting schedules.

Visits are 30 minutes long. Inmates may have two visits per week. 

Howard County Detention Center Visitation Dress Code

The Howard County Detention Center 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 410-313-5200 to ask specific questions about the Howard County Detention Center Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Howard County Detention Center Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Incoming inmates who are not yet processed and assigned housing cannot receive visits. The process takes up to three business days. Call (410)-313-5200 to determine your inmate’s status before traveling to the jail for the first visit.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.

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

If you leave the visiting area for any reason, your visit will be considered ended and you will not be allowed to re-enter the visitation area until your next visit.

Call 410-313-5200 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Howard County Detention Center 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.

This jail does not offer at-home visitation but the policy can change at any time.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Howard County Detention Center – 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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