DJJ Visitor Guidelines

The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) encourages visiting at each of its facilities. Family and community members are encouraged to visit to maintain healthy family ties and relationships and assist youths with their education, rehabilitation, and accountability to victims to help youths become law abiding and productive members of society.

Upon a youth’s arrival at a facility, he or she is provided the opportunity to establish visiting lists of all potential visitors during reception center orientation. Initially, the list is approved for immediate family members only; however, other extended family members can soon be added when the appropriate clearances are obtained. For purposes of a youth’s visiting list, the immediate family is defined as parents, guardians, foster parents, legal spouse, children, siblings, and grandparents. An extended family member is defined as any adult related to the youth by blood, adoption, marriage, or an adult who has an established familial or mentoring relationship with the youth, including, but not limited to, godparents, clergy, teachers, neighbors, and family friends.

A copy of the visiting procedures from the facility will be mailed to the parent/guardian of the youth shortly after the youth arrives. The procedures will include the facility’s expectations for visitor conduct and potential visiting restrictions if the guidelines are not followed.

Visitors from the middle school age level and up will need a current picture identification card to enter the visiting area. Acceptable forms of identification include a current school identification card, current military identification card, a valid California identification card, or a valid California Drivers license.

Questions regarding visiting should be directed to the youth’s parole agent or youth correctional counselor. If you are interested in visiting a facility, or trying to locate a youth committed to the DJJ, click on the following link:

To contact a DJJ Ombudsman about a youth or facility issue, please click below:

To learn more about the DJJ, visit the DJJ Home Page.