What To Wear and Bring

 What to Wear
The allowable dress code for California prisons can be found in the CDCR Department Operations Manual (DOM). The dress code is somewhat subjective by the visiting staff, so if you feel you are complying with the dress code but asked to change clothing, please let a member of your local IFC know so it can be addressed.  The key is to dress conservatively.  Do not wear any blue denim.  It is recommended that you avoid solid blue in any shade for shirts or pants.  Title 15 states that you may not wear anything resembling what an inmate wears to visiting. Visitors shall remain fully clothed when visiting!

Appropriate Attire includes:

  • Undergarments; a dress or blouse/shirt with skirt/pants or shorts; and shoes or sandals.
  • Shoes or sandals shall be worn at all times. Shower shoes and bedroom slippers are not allowed.
  • Buttons, snaps, and zippers shall remain fastened.
  • Undergarments shall be worn beneath translucent clothing, under all circumstances.
  • For security reasons, no brassiere will have metal underwires.
  • All shorts and skirts, including slits in the garment, shall not expose more than two inches above the knee when standing.

Prohibited attire consists of, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Clothing which, in any combination of shades or types of material, resembles what an inmate may wear to visiting (e.g., blue denim or chambray shirt, blue denim pants, reception-center attire).
  • Law enforcement, military-type, or camouflage-patterned articles of clothing. Avoid sage green and tan shirts.
  • Clothing that:
    • Exposes the breast/chest area, genitals, or buttocks. By design, manner worn, or due to the absence of, allows the anatomical detail of body parts or midriff to be clearly viewed.
    • Are sheer or transparent or excessively tight.
    • Attire or accessories displaying obscene/offensive language, drawings, or objects.
  • Head coverings, readily removable hair pieces, or gloves, with the exception of clear see-through rain gear for inclement weather.
  • Any other clothing, garment, or accessory that when compared to the expressly specified standards above would warrant disapproval.


  • Hats, wigs, gloves, religious veils, or hairpieces are permitted with the prior written approval of the institution head or designee.  Approval shall be based on verification of the visitor’s necessity to wear the hat, wig, gloves, or hairpiece.
  • Approval of hats and gloves shall be based on weather conditions at the institution/facility.
  • Approved hats, wigs, gloves, religious veils, or hairpieces shall be inspected by visiting staff prior to the visit.

Medical Devices 
Medical devices which are required by a physician may be allowed in visiting under certain conditions.  Devices such as a wheel chair, pacemaker, insulin pumps, or life-sustaining medication may be allowed with a note from your physician.  If the medical device is needed permanently, send the note from your physician with an explanation of the medical need to the Warden’s Office.  Explain the need for the device.  Once the Warden approves, a note will be placed in your visiting record and you will be allowed to have the device with you.  The approval must be renewed once a year.  Do not wait until you arrive for your visit to take care of this.  Get it approved in advance.

What You Can Bring
Visitors are allowed to bring $50 per adult visitor and $20 per minor visitor.  Money must be in one dollar bills and quarters only.  There is a change machine located in visitor processing, however, it’s a good idea to come prepared.  Visiting Staff will not be able to make change for you.

Some prisons have implemented cashless vending. At these prisons, the visitor will purchase a vending card and load the card with money before entering the visiting room. Check with your institution prior to visiting to see if your prison has implemented cashless vending.

Photo Ducats:
Most prisons allow visitors to purchase coupons for photos taken with their Loved One during visiting, however, some prisons only allow the prisoners to purchase the photo ducats in the Canteen.  Usually, visitors may purchase photo ducats when you are processed in at the Visitor Center.  Ask the visiting officer at the counter to purchase “ducats” to take to the Visiting room. No refunds are permitted.

What to Bring:
Visitors are permitted to take the following items into the visiting area:

  • One pair of eyeglasses.
  • One handkerchief or small package of sealed tissues, no bandanas.
  • One comb and/or hairbrush, non-metallic, no pointed ends or detachable parts.
  • Two keys on a ring with no other attachments.  One key may be an electronic car key.
  • Visiting locker key.
  • Identification.
  • One transparent coin purse, maximum two compartments, maximum size of 6″x8″.
  • Fifty dollars per adult visitor and twenty dollars per minor visitor, quarters and one dollar bills only OR a cashless vending card.
  • Indian Medicine Bag. (Upon inspection and approval)
  • Two small (less than 12 inches in length) solid toys.
  • Ten approved photographs or documents; maximum size 8.5″x11″; no false backs or instant photographs.
  • Visitor medication which is life-sustaining, condition-stabilizing medication with prescribing physician’s written statement of its immediate need, and only in the physician’s prescribed amount immediately required to sustain or stabilize the condition during the visit.

Photographs and Documents
Photographs, papers, or documents permitted into the visiting area for the inmate’s examination and shall be retained by the visitor and carried from the visiting room and the institution/facility at the conclusion of the visit.  A purchased photograph taken in the visiting room may be taken by the inmate at the conclusion of the visit.  Photographs, papers, or documents require inspection and approval by institution/facility designated staff. For additional information on bringing documents and photographs into visiting, please refer to this memo: 090622 Allowable Documents Authorized into the Visiting Room

Baby Items

  • One transparent diaper bag.
  • Six disposable diapers.
  • Three factory-sealed jars of baby food.
  • Any combination of the following; two factory-sealed single serving size, ready to feed bottles of baby formula or two transparent plastic baby bottles, either empty or containing pre-mixed formula/milk/juice/water.
  • One change of clothes.
  • Single-layer baby blanket.
  • One transparent pacifier.
  • Factory-sealed baby wipes.
  • One baby feeding spoon (plastic).
  • One single-layer burp cloth.
  • One infant carrier.