Sign in between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
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.
This facility will run your ID for warrants and probation status. If you have warrants you will be arrested. If it is determined you are on probation, your visit will be denied.
Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You must bring the minor’s birth certificate or legal guardianship papers to prove you are the parent or legal guardian.
This facility limits the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults and two children each visit.
Visits are face-to-face and each visitor is searched before entering the visitation area.
Call 215-685-8394 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
It is likely that the Philadelphia Alternative and Special Detention will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 215-685-8394 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 Philadelphia Alternative and Special Detention reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Philadelphia Alternative and Special Detention does not require an application for visitors, though you must check in at the visitation trailer before visiting. You will need the inmate’s first and last name and booking number. Click here to get that information.
OR you may call the any of the following numbers to get the information.
Spanish-speaking persons may call (215) 685-8692.
Call 215-685-8394 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Each inmate is allowed one or two visits, ranging from 15 minutes to one hour in length each week. Inmates with special privileges are allowed additional visits.
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Philadelphia Alternative and Special Detention may allow you an extended visitation. Call 215-685-8394 to ask for special consideration.
Call 215-685-8394 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The Philadelphia Alternative and Special Detention 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 215-685-8394 to ask specific questions about the Philadelphia Alternative and Special Detention Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are face to face in the visiting area.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle.
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 215-685-8394 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Philadelphia Alternative and Special Detention 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.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Philadelphia Alternative and Special Detention – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.