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Visiting an Inmate at the Main Jail

Published on: 4/6/2016 5:55 PM
Main Jail North
The Main Jail is located at:
150 W. Hedding St.
San Jose, CA 95110


Visiting Registration Schedule: 

 Main Jail North

 7:00 am - 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm daily (except Wednesday)

 Main Jail South

 7:00 am - 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Thursday through Sunday


Visiting Time Slots:

Weekdays   8:10 am 9:20 am   2:00 pm  4:20 pm
  Weekends 7:00 am 8:10 am 9:20 am   2:00 pm  4:20 pm
  Weekends am 7:00 am 8:10 am 9:20 am 10:30 am    
  Weekends pm 2:00 pm 3:10 pm 4:20 pm   7:10 pm 8:20 pm  9:30 pm


  • There are no 7:00 am visits allowed on weekdays.
  • Until further notice, 3:10 pm visits will be allowed only at Main Jail South. This time is not available at Main Jail North.


Visiting Sign-Ups:

All visiting sign-ups for Main Jail North and Main Jail South will take place online. Visits are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Up to two (2) adults may visit, but the visit will be split into one half-hour for each (one visitor at a time).
All visitors must arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time.

Adult visitors and the inmates' or the visitors' children may visit. An original and/or notarized birth certificate is required for each child at the time of visit. Children who are 18 years or older will be counted as adults.

Hospital visits must be scheduled at the Main Jail North Lobby on the same day of the visit. Inmates must be in the hospital for 7 days prior to any visits being scheduled


Visiting Pre-Registration:

All visitors must complete a visiting registration form and be approved for inmate visiting prior to signing up for visits. The approval process generally takes 24 hours. Registrants will be notified by phone or email. *Note: If time and workloads permit, the Visiting CSA may process registration applications and sign up visitors for a same-day visits.  However, the registrants should be advised there is no guarantee the registration approval process will be completed prior to the 24 hour processing time and same-day visits may not be possible.

All visitors may register up to three days, but no less than one hour, before a visit.


***Money Orders / Cashier's Checks***

All money for an inmate must be sent through U.S. Postal Service. The Visiting Officer will NOT accept cash or checks. Money sent to an inmate must be in the form of a Money Order or Cashier's Check, made payable to the "Santa Clara County Department of Correction." The maximum amount is $300.00 dollars. Always include the inmate's name, booking number and PFN number on each check or money order.


The following types of clothing are prohibited:


The inmate will not be eligible for a visit if he has lost his privilege as a result of any disciplinary action.

Up to two (2) adults may visit, but you will have to split the visit into one half-hour each (one visitor at a time). If a split visit is intended, both visitors must register at the same time. Any reasonable number of dependent children may visit as long as they are constantly supervised and remain well behaved. If you cannot control your children, your visit will be terminated.

Convicted felons who have served time in a state facility are not allowed on jail property without prior permission from the facility Commander and their parole officer. Prior approval by the Watch Commander must be received.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

All Adult Visitors must show a valid, government issued picture I.D. to prove identity. Examples of appropriate identification are as follows:

  • Any Government issued Driver's License
  • Any Government issued picture Identification Card such as Immigration "Green Cards", a valid Passport/Visa if it is constructed as an ID and contains a picture
  • A Mexican Consulate ID Card (Visitors must provide both last names if registering with this form ID)


Directions to Main Jail

The Main Jail is located at 150 W. Hedding St. at the intersection with San Pedro Street. The complex is approximately one block west of North First Street and one block east of Highway 87, in downtown San Jose.

From Interstate 880
Take the North First Street exit. Proceed south on North First Street to West Hedding Street. Turn right on West Hedding Street. The complex is on the southwest corner of the intersection of West Hedding and San Pedro.

From U.S. 101
Merge to southbound Interstate 880. Exit at the North First Street exit. Proceed south on North First Street to West Hedding Street. Turn right on West Hedding Street to San Pedro.

For More Information Please Contact:

Santa Clara County Department of Correction
885 N. San Pedro St.
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-3438 (Information)