Schedule the visit after being approved.
Leave all belongings in the vehicle.
Successfully pass through the metal and contraband detector.
Show a valid, government-issued photo ID.
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 Lackawanna 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.
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.
Call 570-963-6639 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
It is likely that the Lackawanna County Prison will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 570-963-6639 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.
The Lackawanna County Prison reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Lackawanna County Prison requires all visitors to check in and complete a visitation form prior to the visit.
1st Wednesday of the month:
9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Female RHU
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Male RHU
Up to three visitors at a time per inmate.
Visits last 45 minutes.
The Lackawanna 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.
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 570-963-6639 to ask specific questions about the Lackawanna County Prison Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass.
All visitors and vehicles on the premises are subject to search. Refusal to submit to any search shall result in the revocation of visiting privileges indefinitely.
Valid forms of ID for visitors are: a state driver’s license, a state ID card with picture, a passport with visa for foreign nationals.
Inmates must be cleared from the initial quarantine period prior to receiving a visit.
All visitors 18 years of age and older must have a valid photo ID. A parent or legal guardian MUST accompany children under the age of 18. A parent or legal guardian certification form needs to be filled out by the accompanying adult attesting to the fact that they are the child’s parent or legal guardian prior to granting a visit with the inmate. Legal or court documentation is not required as proof…the individual’s signature shall be sufficient.
Items considered inappropriate dress for a visitor are cut offs, short shorts, skirts/skorts above mid thigh, tube tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, low cut/revealing shirts or blouses, see-through/transparent clothing, spandex, hooded garments (excluding religious coverings), coats/jackets, clothing displaying offensive materials, clothing depicting references to drugs or alcohol, anything appearing gang related, ragged or torn clothing that is considered revealing.
Children are to be held on the visiting parent’s/guardian’s lap during a visit.
In the event that there is more than 1 child, only 1 child is allowed in at any given time. The other child/children are to be accompanied by another adult in the visitor waiting area. Children may “switch” places during the inmate’s visiting time, but not more frequently than every 10 minutes.
Visitors may visit only one inmate at a time.
Visitors are to store their personal items in a coin operated locker or they are to leave personal items in their vehicles.
The use of obscene language or other conduct of a disorderly nature is prohibited and shall result in the termination of the visit and possible suspension of visiting privileges for the visitor and/or the inmate.
Reasons a visit or visitor will be denied include: inmate refused, inmate unavailable, wrong day or time, invalid visitor ID, visitor unable to clear metal detector, visitor inappropriately dressed, visitor is not compliant with staff requests, visitor appears intoxicated/under the influence, child(ren) being disruptive/not properly supervised, visitor provides false information, visitor is a former LCP inmate within the past 90 days, visitor’s privileges are under suspension/revocation.
Visitors with babies may bring 1 baby bottle, 1 receiving blanket and 1 pacifier into the visit with them. All other property must be secured in a coin operated locker or left in the visitor’s vehicle.
Children shall remain under constant supervision of an adult.
If a child is left unattended or is allowed to be disruptive the visit shall be terminated or denied.
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 Lackawanna County Prison – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.