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Visiting a Family Member or Friend in Prison Just Got Easier

CDCR Revises Online Handbook on Inmate Visitation

SACRAMENTO — Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released the publication, “Visiting a Friend or Loved One in Prison,” an updated inmate visitation handbook for family and friends of prisoners. Staff from CDCR’s Female Offender Programs and Services (FOPS) revised and compiled the handbook in close cooperation with the Inmate Family Council.
“Visiting inmates in prison maintains family and community connections and enhances success after release,” FOPS Associate Director Debra Herndon said. “The 26-page handbook, which replaces the 2006 version, is designed to be more user-friendly and take people step-by-step through the visiting process.

More than 850,000 visits were made to inmates in the state’s 33 adult facilities in 2010. In addition to the updated visiting guide, FOPS staff has also updated the visitation page on the CDCR website.

“We hope the guide and the updated webpage will be a useful and extremely helpful tool for first time visitors and an excellent resource for returning friends and family, “Herndon said. “The guidelines will also be a valuable tool for staff and will help foster a more friendly visiting atmosphere at all our institutions,” she added.

Information about visitation:

“Visiting a Friend or Loved One in Prison” can be accessed at:

April 12, 2011

Contact: Luis Patino (916) 445-4950