Facility
Visitation Information

The intent of CDCR's Visiting Program is to help develop and maintain healthy family and community relationships.

This page assists the general public in locating, contacting, visiting, and corresponding with inmates and juveniles who are in our institutions.

Visiting a CDCR facility must be conducted in a manner that maintains order, safety, and security of the people and facility. Failure to comply with the established regulations and policies may result in a warning or termination, suspension, or revocation of your visiting privileges.

Recommended Steps Before Visiting:

  1. Read Visitation Guidelines to understand what you can expect and what is expected of you
  2. Find out in which facility your inmate is housed
  3. Schedule a visit online using the VPASS system
  4. The day of your scheduled visit, check the Visiting Status to ensure the institution is accepting visitors

Visitation Guidelines

Refer to the Department's current policies and regulations in Title 15 and the Department Operations Manual if you want to know more.


Locate Inmate

Use the Inmate Locator to find an inmate and what facility they are housed in.


Schedule Visit

Sign-up or log into VPASS to schedule an inmate visit. VPASS stands for Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System. Note: this requires creating an online account.


Check Visiting Status

You can find out the visiting status of a CDCR facility in one of two ways:

  • Call the Visiting Status Hotline at 1-800-374-8474
  • Check the Facility Message in VPASS; use the drop-down menu to choose the facility you are visiting

You should always do this the day you plan to visit, because visitation can sometimes be unexpectedly cancelled.

Individuals are free to contact any state prison inmate by mail. Learn how.

You cannot directly call an inmate. However, most inmates have access to telephones and can initiate outgoing collect calls. Learn how.

If you need to send money to an inmate learn how.

You can send Inmate Quarterly Packages through authorized private vendors. Learn how.

“Get on the Bus” brings children and their caregivers from throughout California to visit their mothers and fathers in prison. Learn more.

Sesame Street Little Children, Big Challenges

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