Visitation Information

Hotline: 1-800-374-8474
(visiting only)

Make an Appointment to Visit an Inmate

The intent of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Visiting Program is to develop and maintain healthy family and community relationships.

Because CDCR oversees the incarceration of both adult and juvenile offenders, as well as providing parolee services to adult and juvenile offenders, this page assists the general public in locating, contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.

Visiting in CDCR facilities must be conducted in a manner in keeping with the need to maintain order, the safety of persons, the security of the facility, and the requirements of institutional activities and operations. Failure to comply with the established regulations and policies may result in a warning or termination, suspension, or revocation of visiting privileges. The CDCR Inmate Visiting Guidelines help ensure the safety and security of staff, visitors, and inmates.


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Visiting Guidelines

These guidelines offer helpful information about visiting.

View the Department's current policies and regulations in Title 15 and the DOM.

Sesame Street Little Children, Big Challenges

Parent Toolkit features

Watch CDCR partnering with Sesame Street's Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration Program in English or in EspaƱol.