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South Bay House of Correction Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

20 Bradston Street
Suffolk County
Visitation Phone: 617-635-1000 x2294
Main Phone: 617-635-1000 x2017
Beds: 1900
The information below provides complete instructions regarding South Bay House of Correction Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 617-635-1000 x2294 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

South Bay House of Correction Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Make sure the inmate designates you as one of the three visitors allowed. Fill out and return the visitation application.

 Visitor applications will be available at the lobby registration desk, daily between 3-11pm only. Each visitor application must be returned for processing with copy of their identification card and a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). The application processing may take up to 10 days and the applicant will be notified of their visiting status via US Mail.

Step 2

Show a valid government-issued photo ID.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in South Bay House of Correction

The following reasons will cause your request to visit to be denied.

 The applicant has been confined to a penal facility within the past six months;

The applicant has a criminal complaint pending;

The applicant is a convicted felon who, as a condition of probation, is prohibited from associating with other felons; and/or;

The applicant is the "victim/witness" of any individual incarcerated at the facility;

The applicant has an active restraining order (MGL c. 209A/CORI-A) issued against any individual incarcerated at the facility.

Any applicant with a prior felony conviction or with an incarceration history with the Department may submit a written request for visiting privileges through the office of the Superintendent. Approval of the request must be granted before visitation privileges are granted.

Visitation applicants in Suffolk County must 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 and a valid birth certificate for each child.

Call 617-635-1000 x2294 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.

The South Bay House of Correction reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

South Bay House of Correction Visitation Application Process

South Bay House of Correction does not require an application but does require you to fill out a visitors slip at the jail prior to each visit.

Visiting Hours in South Bay House of Correction






Unit 3-1: 8:15-10:15pm

Bldg 1 CWP - 1-2-1: 5:15-6:15pm

1-5-1 - 1-8-1 & SHU: 6:30-7:45pm

1-6-1 - 1-6-2 & NSJ: 3:20-4:30pm

Female Immigration-Detainees 1-10-2: 3:20-4:30pm


Building 4:  5:15-6:15pm

Unit 3-1: 3:20-4:30pm

Unite 3-2: 6:30-7:45pm

Bldg 1 CWP - 1-2-1: 8:15-10:15pm

Infirmary: 8:15-10:15pm

Unit 1-10-1: 3:20-4:30pm

1-9-1 - 1-9-2 NSJ Detainees

1-9-1 - 1-9-2 NSJ Detainees: 3:20-4:30pm

1-11-1 & 1-11-2: 8:15-10:15pm


Unit 3-3: 6:30-7:45pm

Unit 3-4: 3:20-4:30pm

Bldg 1 CWP - 1-2-1: 3:20-4:30pm

1-11-1 & 1-11-2: 5:15-6:15pm

Female Immigration Detainees 1-10-2: 5:15-6:15pm

Male Immigration Detainees: 8:15-10:15pm


Building 4: 6:30-7:45pm

Unite 3-2: 5:15-6:15pm

Unit 3-3: 3:20-4:30pm

Infirmary: 5:15-6:15pm

1-5-2 Segr. 1-8-2: 5:15-6:15pm

1-6-1 - 1-6-2 & NSJ: 8:15-10:15pm

1-9-1 - 1-9-2 NSJ Detainees: 6:30-7:45pm

Female Immigration Detainees 1-10-2: 8:15-10:15pm


Building 4: 8:15-10:15pm

1-5-1 - 1-8-1 & SHU: 3:20-4:30pm

1-11-1 & 1-11-2: 3:20-4:30pm

Male Immigration Detainees: 5:15-6:15pm & 6:30-7:45pm

Each inmate is allowed three visits between Monday and Sunday.

Visits are one hour each.

Visits conducted in the Contact Visiting room are limited to TWO (2) adults and TWO (2) children. One of the children must be able to fit on your lap. Visits conducted in the Non Contact visiting rooms are limited to ONE (1) adult and ONE (1) small child up to age five.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, South Bay House of Correction may allow you an extended visitation. Call 617-635-1000 x2294 to ask for special consideration.

Call 617-635-1000 x2294 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.

South Bay House of Correction Visitation Dress Code

The South Bay House of Correction 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 617-635-1000 x2294 to ask specific questions about the South Bay House of Correction Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

South Bay House of Correction 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 provided locker in the lobby.

It is a felony in Massachusetts for a person to deliver any article to an inmate without the permission of the Superintendent. It is also a felony to procure an article to be delivered or to possess it with the intent to deliver it or to deposit or conceal it with the intent for an inmate to obtain it.

Any person who carries or attempts to carry any article into the facility without the expressed consent of the Department is subject to arrest, prosecution and/or loss of visiting privileges.

All inmates are eligible to receive visits; Depending on the inmate’s status, he/she may be eligible to receive up to three visits per week and one visit per day.

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

Children are not permitted to visit past 6 p.m.

Call 617-635-1000 x2294 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding South Bay House of Correction 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 South Bay House of Correction – 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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