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Allegheny County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule


950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania
15219
Allegheny County
Main Phone: 412-350-2000
Beds: 2766
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Allegheny County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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 412-350-2000 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Allegheny County Jail Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions


Step 1

Inmates make up their visitation list which may contain up to ten people within the first week of incarceration (minors are not required to be on the inmate’s visitation list). The inmate must provide your information to the facility.

Step 2

After the inmate submits their visitation list each potential visitor is screened and a background check is performed on each person. This process can take up to 21 days, upon approval your name will appear on your inmate’s visitation list. Special circumstances may be considered to visit your inmate prior to approval but you must obtain the approval of the Deputy Warden/designee.

Step 3

Arrive at least 15 minutes early and use the Main Lobby entrance located at 950 Second Avenue. Lock all of your personal belongings in the lockers provided at Allegheny County Jail except your current, non-expired state or federally issued ID. You will then proceed through a metal detecting scan.

Step 4

Register at the visitors’ window in the main lobby for a specific visiting period. You must register at least 15 minutes early, we recommend getting there 45 minutes before the start of the visiting period. All visits are on a first come first serve basis. If all spaces have been filled for the designated pod you will have to wait until the next visiting period.

Step 5

You will be issued a Visitors’ pass in exchange for your photo ID, your ID will be returned to you after you finish your visit in exchange for the Visitors’ pass. If a Visitors’ pass is not returned or damaged in any way your visiting privileges will be suspended for an indefinite time period. You will not be allowed to visit without a Visitors’ pass. If you have a contact visit you may be asked to pass through a scanner that detects drugs and drug residue.



Who Can Visit an Inmate in Allegheny County Jail

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 Allegheny 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.

You must be on the inmate’s visitation list and approved by the officials at Allegheny County Jail. Inmates are allowed up to ten visitors on his/her approved visitation list which. During visitation there is a limit of 3 people per visit allowed in the visitation area. Children under the age of 18 may visit only when accompanied by a legal parent or guardian.

Call 412-350-2000 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.

It is likely that the Allegheny County Jail will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 412-350-2000 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.

You will also be denied if any of the following applies to you:

You are a victim of the inmate

You are a former employee, contractor, or volunteer of Allegheny County Jail (unless there is prior approval)

You are a current inmate in an alternate housing unit

You are an ex-inmate you are prohibited to visit for one year, unless pre authorized by the Deputy Warden/designee. Immediate family which includes parents, spouses, siblings, and children are exempt from this policy and may visit without pre authorization.

If you are under the influence of drugs and or alcohol you will be denied a visit.

The Allegheny County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.



Allegheny County Jail Visitation Application Process

Allegheny County Jail requires all visitors to pass a background check prior to your visiting an inmate.

Inmates make up their visitation list which may contain up to ten people within the first week of incarceration (minors are not required to be on the inmate’s visitation list). The inmate must provide your information to the facility.

After the inmate submits their visitation list each potential visitor is screened and a background check is performed on each person. This process can take up to 21 days, upon approval your name will appear on your inmate’s visitation list. Special circumstances may be considered to visit your inmate prior to approval but you must obtain the approval of the Deputy Warden/designee.

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 412-350-2000 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 Allegheny County Jail

The actual visiting hours vary depending on the following factors:

  • The day of the week.
  • Where the inmate is housed.
  • The inmate's sex.
  • Whether or not it is a Holiday.

Inmates who are in general population are allowed two visits per week, one per day ranging from 15 minutes to one hour in length. Inmates whom are housed in disciplinary units are allowed only one visit per week. The visitation week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday.

You must register for a specific visiting period at the visitors’ window in the main lobby of the jail, Registration begins at 7am and continues until all available spaces for the designated pod are filled. Visitors must be registered no later than 15 minutes before the start of the visit and we recommend that each visitor arrive 45 minutes early to assure a space is available. If all spaces have been filled you will have to wait for the next available visitation time.

Visitation Times

Level 1 (1A, 1B, 1C) Level 3 (3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-12pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm, 6pm-8pm

Sunday 10am-12pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Level 2 (2A, 2B, 2D, 2E, 2F) Level 4 (4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4F) General Population

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9am-12pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm, 6pm-8pm

Pod 2C (Pod of Hope) and Pod 4E (Pod of Hope)

Tuesday, Thursday 12:45pm-2:45pm

Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 6pm-8pm

Sunday 11am-12pm, 1:30-4:30pm, 6pm-8pm

Pod 4F (Female DHU Cells 201-208 one visit per week)

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-1:45pm

Pod 5B (Inmates able to climb stairs)

Infirmary Inmates must be cleared by jail Physician in advance

Monday, Wednesday 9am-12pm, 1:45pm-2:45pm, 6pm-8pm

Sunday 8am-12pm, 6pm-8pm

Inmates Unable to go up and down stairs will have visits on Level One

(Male and female inmates cannot receive visits during the same hour. The first inmate scheduled for a daytime visit will determine whether that hour will be designated male or female visits. The following hour will be designated for the opposite gender.)

Monday, Wednesday 9am-12pm, 12:45pm-2:45pm; Females Only from 6pm-8pm

Sunday 8am-12pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Males Only 6pm-8pm

Pods 5C, 5D

Male Mental Health- Inmate must be cleared by jail Psychiatrist prior to visitation

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8:15pm-9:15pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6pm-8pm

Pod 5E

Sunday, Friday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-2:45pm, 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, Thursday 12:45pm-2:45pm, 6pm-8pm

Pod 5F

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-2:45pm

Pod 5MC (Drug and Alcohol Pod)

Saturday 6pm-8pm

Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm

Pod 5MD (Female Mental Health)

Inmate must be cleared by jail Psychiatrist prior to visitation

Monday, Wednesday 6pm-8pm

Sunday 10am-12pm

Level 6 (6D, 6E, 6F, General Population)

Sunday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-2:45, 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-2:45pm

Pod 6F: Cells 101-112

Sunday-Saturday 8:15pm-9:15pm

Level 7 (7D, 7E, General Population)

Monday, Wednesday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-2:45pm

Saturday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-2:45pm, 6pm-8pm

Pod 7D: Cells 119-124

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8:15pm-9:15pm

Level 8 (8D two visits per week)

Sunday 6pm-7pm

Monday, Wednesday 8am-12pm, 12:45-2:45pm

Saturday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-2:45pm, 6pm-7pm

Level 8D Protective Custody: Cells 119-124

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8:15pm-9:15pm

Level 8E DHU (one visit per week)

Monday, Wednesday Saturday 8am-12pm, 12:45pm-1:45pm

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Allegheny County Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 412-350-2000 to ask for special consideration.

Call 412-350-2000 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.



Allegheny County Jail Visitation Dress Code

The Allegheny County Jail 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, racist or displays sexual content.

Clothing with excessive drawstrings, metal or pockets.

No headgear unless worn for religious reason, no hooded clothing.

Coats and jackets that are outerwear, suit jackets and cardigans are permitted.

No Sleepwear

No uniforms of any kind.

The staff at Allegheny County Jail reserves the right to deny a visit if they consider you are dressed inappropriately.

Call 412-350-2000 to ask specific questions about the Allegheny County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.



Allegheny County Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are conducted in person, contact, behind plexi-glass or on a televised screen from another location, depending on inmates housing location and classification level.

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.

You may only be on one inmate’s visitation list, unless you have a valid reason and have approval from the Deputy Warden/designee.

You will be issued a visitation pass upon checking in for visitation at the Allegheny County Jail. Do not damage, vandalize or misplace this pass while visiting your inmate, the officials at the facility may terminate your visiting privileges if the pass is damaged or lost.

Call 412-350-2000 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Allegheny County Jail 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.

Allegheny County Jail currently does not offer at home video visitation, to see if this policy has changed click here

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Allegheny County Jail – 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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