Rejected for Inmate Visitation: Why did the jail tell me I can’t visit?

You had your heart set on visiting an inmate but the jail has said you can’t?  Here’s why:

A prior incident: If guards became suspicious of your behaviors during an earlier visit, but cannot prove you did something wrong, you will avoid a charge but be rejected for visits. For example, the guards suspect you brought drugs to your inmate but have not been able to prove it.

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Charge partners: Almost all jails prohibit inmates from visiting with their charge partners before the case is closed. If you are facing charges for the same crime that your inmate faces, the jail probably won’t allow the two of you to be together.

Victims: Inmates are not typically allowed to have visits from their victims at least until the case has been heard. If you were the victim of a crime, such as domestic violence or assault, the court will not want you visiting the inmate who hurt you.

Probation: Your probation officer can notify the jail not to allow you to visit an inmate. It is always a good idea to ask permission first rather than risk violation.

Final thoughts: If you are rejected for visitation of an inmate, ask the jail what caused the rejection. It is possible there is a misunderstanding or that it is something that can be corrected.

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