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Lancaster County Prison Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule


625 East King Street
Lancaster,
Pennsylvania
17602-3199
Lancaster County
Main Phone: (717) 299-7800
Beds: 1150
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Lancaster County Prison Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Lancaster, 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 (717) 299-7800 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Lancaster County Prison Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions


Step 1

Give the inmate your complete name, age, complete address and relationship so you can be placed on the approved visitor list. Minors do not need to be on the list.


Step 2

Arrive one hour before the scheduled visit. If you arrive later than 30 minutes before the scheduled visit, your visit will be denied.



Step 3

Leave belongings in vehicle or in the provided lockers at visitation check- in. No items at all are permitted in the visitation area.

Step 4

Show your valid, photo, government-issued ID that includes your birthdate and current address. If there are children at the visit, present a birth certificate for them.

Step 5



Who Can Visit an Inmate in Lancaster County Prison

Anyone over the age of 18, who hasn’t been incarcerated in this facility within the past six months and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.

Biological children of the inmate may visit. The inmate’s name must be listed as a parent on the child’s birth certificate.

Step children of the inmate may visit as long as the biological parent brings them and provides a birth certificate and marriage certificate validating the relationship between the child and the inmate.

Minors who are married to inmates may visit their incarcerated spouses if they bring proof of the marriage to the jail.

EXCEPTION: Any inmate convicted of or charged with a sexual offense cannot be visited by anyone under the age of 18 unless there is a court order allowing them to do so. And the inmate will only be allowed to visit the children referred to in the court order.

Under special circumstances one who was incarcerated here within the past six months may be given permission to visit an immediate family member. Each request is examined on a case-by-case basis.

Other than the above listed situations, no-one under the age of 18 may visit an inmate at this jail.

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

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

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



Lancaster County Prison Visitation Application Process

Lancaster County Prison does not require you to complete an application, however, the inmate is required to give your name, birthdate, address and phone number to the visitation staff.

They are allowed to have up to eight people listed at all times on the list.

Inmates may change the names on the visitor list every 30 days.

Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process. 


Visiting Hours in Lancaster County Prison

Monday:  Pod 3-1

1:00PM to 2:00PM

2:00PM to 3:00PM

6:30PM to 7:30PM

7:30PM to 8:30PM

8:30PM to 9:30PM

Tuesday:   Pod 3-2

1:00PM to 2:00PM

2:00PM to 3:00PM

6:30PM to 7:30PM

7:30PM to 8:30PM

8:30PM to 9:30PM

Wednesday:    Medical Housing Unit (MHU), Pod 2-2, Classification Housing Unit

1:00PM to 2:00PM

2:00PM to 3:00PM

6:30PM to 7:30PM

7:30PM to 8:30PM

8:30PM to 9:30PM

Thursday:  Pod 3-5

1:00PM to 2:00PM

2:00PM to 3:00PM

6:30PM to 7:30PM

7:30PM to 8:30PM

8:30PM to 9:30PM

Friday:   Pod 2-1, Pod G-2 Housing (Non-Disciplinary), Pod G-1 (Cleaners Only)

1:00PM to 2:00PM

2:00PM to 3:00PM

6:30PM to 7:30PM

7:30PM to 8:30PM

8:30PM to 9:30PM

Saturday:         Pod 2-5, C-2 Block, C-2 Annex, D-Block, D-Block Annex

1:00PM to 2:00PM

2:00PM to 3:00PM

6:30PM to 7:30PM

7:30PM to 8:30PM

8:30PM to 9:30PM

Sunday:           Work Release, C-Main (ITP - Inmate Trustee Program), Administrative Segregation (Adseg)

1:00PM to 2:00PM

2:00PM to 3:00PM

6:30PM to 7:30PM

7:30PM to 8:30PM

8:30PM to 9:30PM

Each inmate is allowed to have one visit per week. The visits are one hour in length.

If you are unable to visit an inmate regularly due to distance, illness, etc. you may make a written request for a special visit. The Major makes the decision and may allow a longer visit.
Be as precise and detailed as possible in your written request as to why you are asking for a special visit. Examples: distance to travel – how many miles, Illness and treatment interferes with ability to visit, etc.

Call (717) 299-7800 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.



Lancaster County Prison Visitation Dress Code

The Lancaster 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. 

You must remove all jewelry prior to entering the visitation area.

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 (717) 299-7800 to ask specific questions about the Lancaster County Prison Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.



Lancaster County Prison Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

If you yell to an inmate from the street, sidewalk or anywhere on the property you will lose your visiting privileges for 30 days. A second offense costs you 90 days and a third time means no visits for 180 days.

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.

Visits are face-to-face contact visits unless the inmate is considered a risk to security.

Inmates who are in restrictive housing are not allowed to have any visits at all.

CONTACT VISIT RULES

As you enter the visitation area, you will be asked to open your mouth and a staff member will do a visual inspection.  You will also be searched. A refusal of either procedure will cause your visit to be denied and you will not enter the visiting area.

The visitors will enter the room and be seated before the inmates are brought out.

At the end of the visit, the inmates will be lined up to leave prior to the visitors being allowed to leave. During this process inmates are not allowed to talk. Please don’t try to ask your inmate anything as he or she is leaving or it could cause your visits to be suspended.

You may briefly hug and kiss your inmate at the start and the end of the visit.

The inmate is allowed to hold his or her children/stepchildren on the lap.

All conduct between you and the inmate must be publicly decent.

Call (717) 299-7800 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Lancaster 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 offer video visitation, however, the policy could change at any time.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Lancaster 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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