There are several kiosks located in the jail lobby for your use. The kiosk accepts cash, credit or debit cards. There is no limit to the amount of money you can deposit, however, the inmate has a limit on how much can be spent each week as well as how many commissary items he or she is allowed to possess at any one time. If more than the limit is found, the overage will be confiscated and given to an inmate fund.
Park in the lower three floors of the parking center. You must wait in your car or the lobby until just before your visit. If you are found to be waiting anywhere else on jail property you might be asked to leave and will not get to visit.
Enter the jail lobby and be ready to show a valid government-issued photo ID that includes your address and birthdate.
Check in and wait for your name to be called.
Anyone who is over 18, can produce a valid ID and is on the approved visitation list can visit an inmate.
While the jail does not check probation/parole status, or refuse visits from those on probation/parole it is strongly recommended that you check with your supervision officer before attempting to visit an inmate.
To do otherwise could result in your parole/probation officer filing a violation against you.
The Berks County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Berks County Jail does not require an application but does require your name, current address, phone number and date of birth to place you on the visitation list.
This information must be provided by the inmate along with the request to add you to the visitation list.
Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays- B-C2-H-I-J
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays- A, C1, F, K, L, M, N, O
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
CRC - Visitation assigned by rooms. You must contact the treatment department to schedule a visit.
D and F (Disciplinary cells) Assigned by cell. You must contact the treatment department to schedule a visit.
Quarantined inmates do not have visitation privileges.
Inmates with visitation privileges can have two visits per week.
The Berks 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.
Micro-mini skirts or shorts.
Call 610-208-4800 to ask specific questions about the Berks County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass for general population and face-to-face for inmate workers.
You cannot have any physical contact with an inmate during a visit.
Lockers are provided for you to store your personal belongings while you visit.
Cell phones cannot be brought to the visit and no video or photos may be taken at the visit without prior permission from the jail staff.
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.
Call 610-208-4800 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Berks County Jail 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 video visitation but the policy can change at any time.
Click here to see if video visitation is currently being offered Berks County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.