Give the inmate your legal name and address before his/her jail orientation so the jail can send you a visitation application.
Fill it out completely and mail back.
Call (314) 621-5848 and provide the inmate’s name. You will be routed to the caseworker who can tell you if you are approved to visit.
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled visit to be processed in time. Late visitors will be turned away.
Anyone over the age of 18 on the inmate’s approved visitors list that can show a valid government-issued photo ID can visit an inmate.
The following circumstances will cause your visitation application to be declined.
Recently released from a penal institution within the past 180 days
On probation or parole. If you are, you must have a handwritten approval letter from your Parole Officer.
This jail limits the number of people that can visit an inmate to three adults each visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
Call 314-621-5848 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
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.
To request permission to visit, even though you were incarcerated within the prohibited time frame, contact the Deputy Superintendents:
Leonard Edwards (Justice Center) - (314)621-5848 ext#1057
Pat Schommer (MSI) - (314)621-5848 ext#8301
The St. Louis City Justice Center reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
St. Louis City Justice Center requires all visitors to fill out an application prior to visiting an inmate.
The inmate is allowed up to five names on the visitation list. Once the inmate provides that information to the jail, staff will mail applications to those listed.
You must carefully fill out the application and send it back. 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 314-621-5848 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
Visiting Inmates at the City Justice Center
Your inmate must request visitation dates and inform you as to when your visit is scheduled.
Visits are not scheduled for Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Visits are scheduled:
Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:40 p.m., and 8:40 p.m.
Visits are 40 minutes each.
Visiting Inmates at MSI (Workhouse)
Visiting schedule changes weekly
Scheduled visitations are base on which dormitory the inmate is housed in.
Call The Workhouse at (314)6215848 ext#8400 to learn the visiting schedule for the week
You must be approved through the above process
Social visits at Medium Security Institution are one hour and fifteen minutes
Arrive 15 min before your scheduled visit
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, St. Louis City Justice Center may allow you an extended visitation. Call 314-621-5848 to ask for special consideration.
Call 314-621-5848 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The St. Louis City Justice 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 314-621-5848 to ask specific questions about the St. Louis City Justice Center Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Inmates must request each visit no less than two days before the desired visitation date.
If you do not arrive and get processed before your visit is scheduled to start, you will be turned away from the visit. Be sure to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes ahead of time.
If you do not comply with rules, or are disruptive or commit a crime during a visit, you will be placed on the NO-ADMIT list. In addition, if you commit a crime you will be prosecuted.
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 locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 314-621-5848 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding St. Louis City Justice Center 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 St. Louis City Justice Center – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.