Posted in Criminal Defense on November 21, 2019
There are approximately 115,000 people incarcerated in prisons in California. Those are extremely high numbers, but they only show us part of the overall amount of people affected by incarceration. Most of those who are in prison have family members on the outside of prison walls that miss them and want to stay in contact. This includes parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation is an important part of a person’s path to recovery while in prison as well as their family’s well-being. There are some important things you need to know if you want to visit a family member or friend who is incarcerated.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recommends the following before visiting someone in prison:
The guidelines for the visitation of adult inmates and incarcerated juveniles differ. For adults wishing to visit a family member or friend, please know the following:
Visiting someone in the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is encouraged. Family members and community members may visit youth who are incarcerated. When a juvenile arrives in a DJJ facility, they are provided the opportunity to establish visitation lists of all potential visitors. The list is initially approved for immediate family members only, but extended family members and other community members can be added when the appropriate clearances are obtained. A copy of the visiting procedures for the facility will be mailed to the parents/guardians shortly after the youth arrives.
In addition to visits, family and friends can stay in contact with inmates by mail and over the phone. All mail sent to an inmate is inspected and cannot contain “anything that is a threat or potential threat to another (including discussion of a future criminal act, discussion of an escape, discussion of disrupting the security of the prison, coded messages, maps depicting the area in which the prison is located, gang-related comments or photographs, or photographs of nudity or sexual conduct).”
Inmates may call friends and family using Global Tel*link (GTL). Rates for these calls vary, but you are able to put money on the inmate’s phone system at any time.