Family and Friends
Through this site we hope to build a community of family and friends of Pelican Bay prisoners for mutual support and for support of our loved ones.
The driving distance from Los Angeles is approximately 13 hours and, from the Bay Area, about 7 hours. Visits might become more possible and more frequent if groups could charter buses or folks could simply get together to share rides.
Family and Friends can be a watchdog agency to monitor the prison and make sure that legal rights are respected.
Prison Talk Online is an excellent nationwide site
with a Pelican Bay subsection where family and friends can communicate.
It's easy to join and filled with valuable information and support.
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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS VISITING GUIDELINES
TYPES OF VISITS
The following describes the different types of visits and their
Visitors may visit with the inmate in the visiting room or in the
Non-contact visits are conducted in non-contact booths. The number
of visitors is limited to no more than three visitors, including children
at the same time, for each inmate due to the limited space in the
booths. Groups of visitors in excess of three may be accommodated
only once per visit by means of rotation through the visiting area.
Such a rotation shall be considered a single visit in the event it
is necessary to terminate a visit in progress in accordance with Section
3167(a)(9) and (10). Non-contact visits shall be scheduled in on-hour
Family Visiting (Overnight)
Eligible inmates may apply for family visits. These visits are in
an apartment-type setting and are for up to 43 hours in duration.
Family visits involve only the inmate's approved immediate family
members. The inmate purchases food from the institution. The inmate
and their family may review the different menus and make purchases
prior to the visit.
Normal Visiting Schedules
Each institution/facility has established a visiting schedule, which provides a minimum of 12 visiting hours per week. Institution heads have developed a local operational supplement, which includes their respective visiting schedules as follows:
" Two Days: Saturday and Sunday Hours: 9am-3pm; 2 hours in SHU
scheduled 24 hrs in advance by calling (707) 465-1000 x 5425. Note:
It is wise to arrive early, even though processing of papers may cause
delays. If you are able to visit for both morning and afternoon sessions,
Any routine modification to visiting hours and/or days shall be posted in areas accessible to visiting participants at least two weeks prior to implementation. Inmates may visit only during non-work/training hours except as provided in Title 15 Section 3045.2. Since you are likely to be coming from a distance, call in advance to be sure no changes have been made.
Visiting On Five Major Holidays
Each Institution shall have visiting scheduled on the following
The inmate will let each visitor know that they are approved. Any visitor approved at one institution shall be approved to visit the same inmate upon transfer to another institution. A visitor may be required to update the Visitor Questionnaire after 24 months.VISITING GUIDELINES Page 3
Minors are only allowed to visit when they are accompanied by an approved adult visitor such as a parent, a court appointed legal guardian, or they have written, notarized permission to visit from the child's parent or legal guardian and a certified birth certificate or embossed abstract of birth. Notarized letters must have the notary stamp on the original document, it must not be stapled or attached as an amendment and must be updated each calendar year.
Visiting with minors shall be prohibited for any inmate convicted
for violating Penal Code Section(s) 187 or 192 involving a minor,
243.4, 261, 261.5, 262, 264.1, 266c, 266j, 273a, 273d, 273.5, 285,
286, 288, 288a, 288.2, 288.5, 289, 289.5, 311.1, 311.2, 311.3, 311.4,
313.1, 314, and 647.6 unless specifically authorized by a juvenile
court, pursuant to Welfare and Institution Code Section 362.6. Arrests
An attorney of record or legal representative must make an appointment with the institution designee, usually the Litigation Coordinator or Visiting Room personnel to interview an inmate.
Persons on Active Parole/Probation
It is a felony for a former inmate or parolee/probationer to be on the grounds of any prison for any reason without prior written approval from the Warden of that institution. Persons discharged from parole must provide proof of discharge along with the Warden's written permission to visit.
" A valid state driver's license with picture (not laminated).
It is recommended that visitors dress conservatively and with the following guidelines in mind. Inappropriate attire will be reason to deny a visit. Any alteration to clothing once a visitor is inside the visiting area will be grounds for terminating the visit.
" Clothing which, in any combination of shades or types of
" Identification Card.
Visitors may retain only life-sustaining, condition-stabilizing
All medication shall be in its original pharmacy container with the patient's name, pharmacy, name of medication, prescribed dosage, and the physician's name indicated on the container's label. Nonprescription medicine is not permitted.
" All tobacco and tobacco products.
All visitors must successfully pass through a metal detector to enter
the visiting area. Any items that may set off the metal detector (e.g.,
hairclips, hairpins, jewelry, belts, belt buckles, suspenders, shoes,
etc.), should be removed before attempting to pass through the metal
detector. If the visitor cannot successfully pass through the metal
detector, the visitor is subject to delay, additional searches, or
denial of visit. (Note: for convenience, lock all items you don't
need during your visit in your car's glove compartment.) Visitors
Visiting Room Procedures
Each visitor and inmate is responsible for his or her own conduct
while visiting. Violation of the rules and regulations may result
in termination, restriction, suspension, or denial of visits. Additionally,
disciplinary action may be taken against the inmate. An inmate and
his/her visitor(s) are allowed to briefly embrace and kiss at the
beginning and end of their visit. An inmate may hold his or her minor
children. Inmates may also hold minor children accompanied by an adult.
Children are to remain under the direct supervision and control of
Citizen's Complaint Process
If you have a problem concerning visiting, you should try to resolve it immediately. You should ask to speak with the Visiting Sergeant and/or Visiting Lieutenant.
Visitors may appeal in writing departmental policies, staff decisions, and institution/facility procedures relating to visiting. All appeals by visitors related to visiting shall be submitted in writing to the institution head.
A written response shall be provided within 15 working days from receipt of the appeal. If dissatisfied with the institution/facility response or action, the appellant may refer the appeal, with a copy of the institution/ facility decision, to the Director or designee.
A written response to appeals addressed to the Director shall be provided within 20 working days from the date of receipt.
All subsequent decisions made as the result of an appeal and the reasons for the decisions shall be documented with a copy to the appellant and/or inmate. Visiting privileges shall be promptly approved or restored when an investigation concludes that no violation of rules, regulations, or procedures took place.
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