Planning Your Visit

Before you travel long distances to visit, you check to make sure the prison is open for visits and if there are any visiting restrictions.

VPASS
If you are registered on VPASS, you may elect to receive email updates whenever visiting changes occur at the institution. Plan your travel to arrive at the institution before your appointment time or you may have to process as a walk-in for the day.

Visiting Hotline
Before you travel long distances to visit, you should call the Statewide Visiting Hotline at 800-374-8474 to make sure the prison is open for visits and if there are any visiting restrictions.

To find out the days and visiting hours for the prison you are going to visit, call the Visitors’ Information number (800-374-8474) and follow the directions given on the recording to find the prison you wish to visit or visit the CDCR website. In addition to providing information regarding days and hours for visiting, the Hotline and CDCR website will provide information on lockdowns, medical quarantines, or other circumstances affecting visiting, addresses, and directions to the prisons.