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Dauphin County Prison Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

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Dauphin County
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The information below provides complete instructions regarding Dauphin County Prison Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Harrisburg, 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 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Dauphin County Prison Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Have your inmate schedule a visit for you.

Step 2

Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled visit will start.

Step 3

Show two forms of ID. One must be a valid, government-issued photo ID. The other can be a piece of mail sent to you at your current address or a birth certificate.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Dauphin County Prison

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

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

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.

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

Dauphin County Prison Visitation Application Process

Dauphin County Prison requires the inmate to put your name on his or her visitation list prior to scheduling the first visit.

The inmate is expected to schedule the visits and inform you as to when they are scheduled. The jail will not provide that information to  you by phone.  

Visiting Hours in Dauphin County Prison

Visitation times at this jail change and rotate depending on inmate housing and other factors.

Your inmate will be provided a schedule of available hours and is expected to schedule his or her visits within those hours.

In general, visitation is held in the evening and each visit is 50 minutes.

Inmates are allowed one visit per week.

Dauphin County Prison Visitation Dress Code

The Dauphin County Prison 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. 

No shorts allowed unless the visitor is six-years-old or less.

Skirts must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.

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.

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 to ask specific questions about the Dauphin County Prison Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Dauphin County Prison Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass or on a televised screen from another location depending on factors such as housing and security level.

Inmates cannot have visits for the first seven to 10 days of their incarceration. After this time period the inmate is told he or she is eligible for visits.

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 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Dauphin County Prison 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 provide video remote visits, but the policy can change at any time.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Dauphin County Prison – 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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