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San Quentin State Prison (SQ)

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Physical Address:
San Quentin, CA 94964
(415) 454-1460
Inmate Mailing Address:
Inmate's Name, CDC #
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin, CA 94974

Ron Davis, Warden
Ron Davis,

3 Ways of Sending Money to Inmates

  1. Lock Box: A no fee service with a shorter hold time for sending money via money order, personal check, or cashier’s checks.
  2. EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer): A paid service, this is the fastest option with funds posted to inmate’s account within 1 to 3 days.
  3. Mail funds directly to the institution: Never a fee. All funds except Certified Funds are subject to a 30 day hold.

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Visiting Hours and Directions - General Public (Non-Legal)

Visiting Schedule (General Public)

Visiting Staff Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Five (5) Condemned Contact
7:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

Three (3) Grade B
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Eight (8) Reception Center
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Saturday and Sunday
Visiting Staff Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Three (3) A/C non-contact
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

Eleven (11) Reception Center,
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

Five (5) Ad-Seg/Grade B,
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

Five (5) Condemned (East Block)
7:30, a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8:00 a.m.,
9:45 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.,
12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m.

Five (5) Condemned
(North Segregation)
8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m.,
 10:45 a.m.

General population visiting hours
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS) Information:

San Quentin State Prison is participating in the VPASS pilot program. VPASS is an on-line program used to schedule appointments for visitor processing (contact visits only). New appointment times for SQ become available each Sunday at 7 p.m. For more information about VPASS go to CDCR Visitation. In the event the VPASS appointments are full San Quentin’s non-appointment/walk-up time is 10:30 a.m.


A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.

For information on how to get to San Quentin State Prison, visit this link  to customize your driving directions.

Message from the Statewide Inmate Family Council:

Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.