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Contra Costa County - Martinez Detention Visitation Center

County Jail

Last Updated: June 03,2024


Visitation Hours

The County Jail provides on-site and online visitation options to help inmates maintain contact with family and friends.

On-Site Visitation Hours

  • Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Holidays - call for available times and reserve yours as these days are the busiest times of the year

Visitors must follow the dress code and behavior guidelines whether they are visiting here or from their computer/smartphone. Violations may result in the termination of the visit.

Online Video Visitation
Online visits can be scheduled in advance, allowing remote connection from home or work. Visitors must set up an account and adhere to dress and behavior guidelines. Visits cost a minimum of $0.25 per minute and are monitored for security.

General Information
Visitation hours and policies are subject to change. Call the facility at 925-335-4600 for updates. For more information and to set up an online visitation account.

General Visitation Information

Martinez Detention Facility - Visitation

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday:

  • 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Up to four visitors may visit an inmate at one time and all visitors must be scheduled and enter the facility no later than 30 minutes prior to the end of any visiting block. Registration of scheduled visitors will begin 30 minutes before the posted visiting time. Visitors are required to have their visit slip time stamped and in the tray 30 minutes prior to their visit.

  • Visiting an inmate

Social visits will be scheduled only by the inmates. Please refer to Visiting Rules and Regulations for specific guidelines regarding these visits.

Custody Services Bureau information posted is for reference only and does not necessarily include a specific policy in its entirety. Custody Services policy is reviewed on a frequent basis and is subject to change at any time.

Visiting Rules and Regulations

Each inmate and visitor is responsible for his or her own conduct during visits. Any violation of laws, regulations or procedures governing visits may result in termination, suspension, restriction, revocation, arrest, or denial of visiting with the person or persons involved. Visitors may be excluded from visiting activities by the Facility Commander because of prior misconduct. The visiting process is governed by rules and regulations.

Visitors are expected to dress appropriately and maintain a standard of conduct during visiting that is not offensive to others and is consistent with the goal of making visiting a safe, positive, and constructive time for families, inmates, and staff.

All regulations pertaining to visiting shall be made available to all visitors, staff, and inmates at the time of admission.

The privacy of inmates and their visitors shall be respected subject to the need to verify the identity of an inmate or visitor, enforce laws, regulations, and procedures, and/or ensure the safety of persons and facility security. The Office of the Sheriff may utilize video-recording devices in visiting areas, excluding areas where confidential attorney consultations occur.

Visiting privileges shall be suspended only by order of the Facility Commander, except where the suspension is imposed as part of a formal disciplinary proceeding. Inmates should not be denied access to visits with persons of their choice except when the Facility Commander or designee can present clear and convincing evidence that such visitation jeopardizes the safety and security of the facility or the visitors. The Classification Unit will be notified of all visiting suspensions.

Definitions

SERVICE ANIMALS: Any animal that is utilized for the purpose of aiding an individual with a disability.

Conduct

Any violation of the rules and regulations by an inmate may result in disciplinary action.

Visitors are subject to search of their person and/or property. Inspections may include a search of the visitor's person, personal property, and vehicle(s) when there is probable cause to believe the visitor is attempting to introduce or remove contraband or unauthorized items or substances into, or out of, a facility.

Visitors will not be forcibly searched unless the visitor is being detained for unlawful actions or activities.

Visitors shall be required to submit to contraband and/or metal detection device(s), and a thorough search of all personal items, including inspection of a wheelchair, implant, prosthesis or assistive device, prior to being allowed to visit with an inmate.

All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Accompanying adults shall ensure that minors remain under their constant control and supervision.

The maximum number of visitors permitted to visit an inmate at one time is determined by the individual facility.

Infants and toddlers that must be carried are not considered to be visitors.

Nursing mothers shall be discreet and covered when breastfeeding their child in the visiting area if necessary. Failure to do so shall result in termination of visiting for that day.

Visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit and may be subject to arrest.

It is prohibited or unlawful for visitors to carry items such as cell phones, pagers, palm or laptop computers, cameras, tape or digital recorders, purses, bags, briefcases, or any other items into the visiting areas. Personal items should be left at home or locked in the visitor's vehicle. Items may also be locked in the public lockers located in the lobby area.

Possession of tobacco or tobacco products within the detention facilities is unlawful.

No food or drink is permitted in the visiting areas.

Visitors are required to proceed directly to their respective visiting areas and to remain there until their visit is completed. Upon completion of the scheduled visit, the visitors must leave the facility.

Visitors found visiting an inmate other than the one scheduled shall have their visiting privileges revoked and will be required to leave the facility.

There will be no physical contact between visitor and inmate.

Visitors may not give articles or gifts to the inmate. Visitors and inmates attempting to exchange or pass any item shall have their visit terminated immediately.

When a deputy announces that the visit is over, the visit will end immediately.

An inmate may refuse to see any visitor.

Inmates are required to submit to search at the request of a deputy.

Visitors are not permitted to loiter in or about vehicles in the parking lot. Visitors refusing to comply may be asked to leave and may be subject to arrest. Special consideration will be made to individuals in designated disabled parking spaces when the vehicle operator and/or passenger displays their current disabled license plates and/or a disabled persons placard.

Any challenge or dispute of facility visiting rules and regulations will be directed to the immediate attention of the custody sergeant.

Dress Code

Visitors shall remain fully clothed at all times while in the facility.

Appropriate attire includes undergarments; a dress or blouse/shirt with skirt/pants or shorts; and shoes or sandals.

Prohibited attire consists of:

  • Clothing that resembles county-issued inmate clothing;
  • Clothing that resembles law enforcement or military-type clothing, including rain gear;
  • Clothing that resembles any uniform worn by any department in CSB.
  • Clothing or garments that:
    • Expose the breast/chest area, genitals or buttocks;
    • By design, the manner worn, or due to the absence of, excessively allows the anatomical detail of body parts or midriff to be clearly viewed;
    • Are sheer, transparent or excessively tight;
    • Expose more than two inches above the knee, including slits when standing.

Undergarments shall be worn beneath translucent clothing, under all circumstances.

No clothing or accessories displaying obscene or offensive language, drawings or objects.

No gang related clothing, style of dress or items containing gang related symbols or markings.

No head coverings (except clear, see-through rain gear), and readily removable wigs or hairpieces. The facility commander, or designee, may grant an exception for a visitor to wear gloves, head coverings, and/or readily removable hair pieces or wigs, based upon verification of need. Written approval shall be required prior to visiting and subject to staff inspection during any visit.

No gloves or scarves

No coats or jackets

No bathing suits

No overalls or coveralls

No exaggerated hairstyles

Visitors with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations shall be afforded visitors and inmates with disabilities to facilitate their participation in the various visiting programs offered by the Office of the Sheriff.

Visitors with service animals will be allowed access to the facility and will not be denied the use of their service animal.

Visitors may be required to state the purpose of the service animal.

Any conflict regarding whether an animal is a service animal shall be resolved by the Facility Commander or his/her designee.

Visitors with disabilities, who require assistance, will be escorted to the proper visiting area. Wheelchair bound visitors will receive priority consideration for the use of the non-contact lobby visiting rooms designated and identified for this purpose.

Visitor Registration

All visitors shall arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled visit time.

Each adult visitor will complete a visitors form before approaching the Visitor Registration Desk. The registration must be complete, legible and include the following:

  • Visitor’s name
  • Visitor’s address
  • Visitor’s date of birth
  • Driver’s license number
  • Inmate name and Booking Number
  • Visitor’s relationship to inmate

Visitors will approach the Visitor Registration Desk with their completed visitor form and acceptable photo identification. The following are acceptable forms of photo identification:

  • Driver’s license with photo
  • Department of Motor Vehicles identification card with photo.
  • Picture passport
  • Armed forces identification card with photo
  • Picture identification cards issued by the United States Department of Justice.
  • Picture identification cards issued by any foreign government agency that also includes physical descriptors and birth date.
  • Parents and/or guardians of minor children will be required to provide a birth certificate or proof of guardianship of minor children during processing of the initial visit.
    • Upon receipt, the Visiting Aide will note the documentation of the birth certificate in the inmate’s visiting file and return the original documents to the visitor.
    • The inmate will be responsible for advising the parent or guardian of this requirement prior to requesting the visit.

Visitors will return to the waiting area until called by the Visitor Registration Desk.

Visitor Clearance

The facility representative managing visiting will:

  • Verify that there is a scheduled visit between the visitor and the inmate. If no visit has been scheduled, the visitor will be told so as soon as possible and asked to leave the facility.
  • Verify that the visitor is on the inmate's visiting list.
  • Conduct a records check on the visitor.

The Facility Commander has the authority to approve or disapprove prospective visitors. The following are reasons for denying a prospective visitor:

  • The prospective visitor has outstanding arrests/warrants including a Department of Motor Vehicles Failure to Appear notice with no disposition from the court.
  • Prospective visitors who have served any amount of time in a state or federal prison may not visit without the prior written approval of the Facility Commander. Facility Commanders will deny prospective visitors who have any one conviction of the following types of offenses:
    • Distributing a controlled substance into or out of a state prison, correctional institution/facility or jail.
    • Transporting contraband (weapons, alcohol, escape and drug paraphernalia, etc.) in or out of a state prison, correctional institution/facility or jail.
    • Aiding or attempting to aid in an escape or attempted escape from a state prison, correctional institution/facility or jail.
  • Visitors who have been confined in any Contra Costa County Detention Facility during the past six months will not be permitted to visit.
  • The prospective visitor is a co-offender of the incarcerated inmate.
  • The prospective visitor is a supervised parolee, probationer, or on civil addict outpatient status and has not received written permission of his or her case supervisor and the prior approval of the Facility Commander.
  • The identity of the prospective visitor or any information on the visiting questionnaire is omitted or falsified.

Once the visitor has been cleared, the facility person managing visiting will contact the module where the inmate is housed. The module deputy will be told of the visit and asked to have the inmate ready for the visit.

Visits will then be logged using the JMS System.

Once cleared to conduct the visit, at the approved visit time, the visitor will be recalled to the Visiting Desk for entrance to the facility.
Visitor Screening

Visitors shall be required to submit to contraband and/or metal detection device(s), and a thorough search of all personal items, including inspection of a wheelchair, implant, prosthesis or assistive device, prior to being allowed entry to visiting.

Visitors who refuse to submit to contraband screening will be denied entry.

Visitors who appear to be under the influence of a controlled substance, intoxicated or otherwise impaired who present a risk to facility security will be denied entry.

Visitors who are not appropriately dressed will be denied entry.

Visitors under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian will be denied entry.

Visitor Departure

Visitors will check-out with the Visiting Desk as they depart the facility.

All visitors will be logged out from their visit as they depart the facility.

Visiting Inmates at Contra Costa County - Martinez Detention

All Visitors are subject to search once inside the facility.

The public may visit no more than one time per week, Monday through Saturday at this Martinez CA location. Visitors must sign inat least 15 minutes before their scheduled visits. If you schedule a visit and don't show up or show up late, you will not be allowed to visit the rest of that week, including Saturday. If a visit on Saturday is scheduled, and the visitor does not show up or shows up late, they will not be allowed to visit until the following Saturday. Repeated late arrival or no-show violations may result in longer suspension of visiting privileges. Inmates are allowed no more than one (1) visit per day. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, unless they are visiting a parent. Unaccompanied minors (under age 18) visiting a parent must present a copy of their birth certificate. Children must remain with the parent at all times during the visit. All visitors must have acceptable identification. This includes a drivers license with picture identification, military ID, or other verifiable picture ID. Three (3) pieces of non-picture ID may substitute for picture ID.

No mail or messages for inmates will be accepted. Mail must go through the U.S. Mail. Visitors may only visit the inmate they have signed up to visit. Any visitor who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to visit. Inappropriate behavior, including the use of profanity, will not be permitted. No weapons will be permitted. All other items listed in the jail lobby are prohibited. There is a maximum of four (4) visitors per booth, including children, and the door must remain closed.

All visitors must wear appropriate clothing, including shoes and shirts. Restrictions on attire or appearance include: No miniskirts or similar attire; no low-cut or revealing necklines; no attire with obscene or offensive language; and no persons with a bare midriff will be permitted to visit. Visitors cannot bring items into the visiting area including weapons of any kind, purses, handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, food, drink, gum, baby bottles, pictures, books, toys, writing utensils, strollers or carriers, cell phones, cameras, or any other electronic devices.

Violation of the above restrictions may cause the visit to be cancelled or terminated, and visiting privileges may be suspended by the Contra Costa Sheriffs Department. The on-duty supervisor may cancel visits without notice due to circumstances within the jail.

Visitation Rules

County - Rules by type

The Contra Costa County - Martinez Detention, located in Martinez, CA, plays a crucial role in facilitating successful offender reintegration into the community, a cornerstone of effective crime control strategies. With a focus on rehabilitation and community engagement, the center aims to support individuals as they transition from incarceration back into society. However, this process is governed by a multitude of rules and regulations that visitors must adhere to, ensuring the safety and security of all involved parties.

Visitors to the prison must navigate a complex set of guidelines regarding identification, conduct, and the items they can bring during visits. These rules are in place to maintain order within the facility and to protect both visitors and inmates. For example, visitors are required to present proper forms of identification upon arrival, such as a driver's license or government-issued ID card. This helps to verify their identity and ensure that they are authorized to visit the inmate.

Furthermore, visitors must adhere to strict rules regarding their conduct while inside the facility. Disruptive behavior, the use of loud or obscene language, or engaging in any form of sexual behavior can result in the termination of the visit and may lead to further consequences. Additionally, visitors are prohibited from bringing certain items into the visiting room, including cell phones, cameras, and weapons. These restrictions help to maintain the safety and security of the facility and prevent any unauthorized items from entering the prison.

In addition to these general rules, there are specific guidelines that visitors must follow depending on their circumstances. For example, visitors with children must ensure that they are supervised at all times and that they do not engage in any inappropriate behavior while inside the facility. Likewise, visitors who require medication during their visit must inform the visiting room officer upon arrival and follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that their medication is properly stored and administered.

Another important aspect of visiting a prison is understanding the limitations and restrictions that may apply to certain individuals. For example, individuals who have previously been incarcerated, are currently under probation or parole supervision, or are victims of the inmate are typically not permitted to visit. Likewise, individuals who have had their visiting privileges suspended or who have an active protection from abuse (PFA) order against them are also prohibited from visiting the inmate.

Despite these restrictions, there are procedures in place for individuals who wish to visit an inmate but are not permitted under normal circumstances. Inmates can initiate a request to have a prohibited visitor added to their visiting list, and a recommendation from the inmate's unit team may allow the visitor to be approved by the facility manager or designee. However, reinstatement of visiting privileges is not guaranteed, and individuals whose visiting privileges have been suspended must write to the appropriate facility manager seeking reinstatement.

Upon arrival at the prison, visitors are subject to a thorough screening process to ensure that they do not bring any contraband into the facility. This includes a search of their person, their belongings, and their vehicle. Visitors must also pass through a metal detector and may be subject to additional screening measures, such as drug screenings conducted by dogs or special devices. Failure to pass these screenings can result in the denial of the visit and may lead to further consequences.

Once inside the visiting room, visitors must continue to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the prison. This includes refraining from conversing with other inmates or their guests, as well as following any specific instructions given by the visiting room officers. Visitors are also responsible for keeping control of their children and ensuring that they do not engage in any disruptive behavior.

In addition to these general guidelines, there are specific rules that visitors must follow depending on their circumstances. For example, visitors with infants must adhere to guidelines regarding the types and amounts of baby items they can bring into the visiting room. Likewise, visitors who require medication during their visit must inform the visiting room officer upon arrival and follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that their medication is properly stored and administered.

Overall, visiting a prison requires careful adherence to a complex set of rules and regulations designed to maintain order and security within the facility. By understanding and following these guidelines, visitors can help to ensure a safe and positive experience for themselves, the inmates, and the staff.