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Visitation 

Visitation Times are assigned according to the unit the inmate is on. For questions about visitation, contact the Treatment Department at (610)208-4800 ext. 4200.

Below is a list of visitation days/times (effective 3/12/12):

 Units
Visitation Days
Visitation  Times
A, B, C2, H, I, J   Wednesday, Friday, Sunday  8:00am - 8:00pm 
C1, F, G, K, L, M, N, O    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday  8:00am - 8:00pm 
CRC
  Assigned by Rooms
 Contact the Treatment Department
D
  Assigned by Cell
 Contact the Treatment Department

Please read below for the visitation rules of the Berks County Jail System.

 *As a visitor you give up certain rights while you are
on Berks County Jail System property*

Visits are a privilege that may be revoked by jail staff, at any time, for cause.  We will not tolerate abuse or foul language. If this occurs, a visitor will be asked to leave the premises. No exceptions will be made, and the Warden will not accept appeals.  If you have been incarcerated in Berks County Jail System in the past two years, you will not be permitted to visit.

When visiting the jail, please adhere to the following guidelines which have been established for the security of our institution as well as the safety and well being of staff, inmates, and visitors.

      •  no weapons of any kind

      •  no unauthorized photography or video recording

      •  no medication or drugs of any kind, no alcohol or any item that contains alcohol  (i.e.,cough syrup)

      •  no cellular telephones

      •  no loitering

      •  no contact with inmate workers

 
Upon your arrival, please report to the lobby officer and give your name and identification. Lockers are provided for storage of personal items during your visit. All packages and/or purses are subject to search. 

 

There is a dress code for visitors (Posted in the lobby).  Some guideline include: No Halter tops, half shirts, tube tops, “short shorts”, micro-mini skirts, fishnet stockings, see-through blouses, or provocative garments;  blouses, shirts, and tops must extend to or beyond the belt line. Visitors may not wear gang-style clothing or colors. Jail staff reserve the right to deny anyone visiting privileges because of inappropriate dress.

 

Proper identification, a photo identification card with a valid current address, is required. (Such as a PA Driver’s License or PA Identification card. We also accept active military IDs and foreign passports with an address.)

 

You are authorized to park in one of the three lower parking lots and report directly to the lobby desk.  You are to wait in the lobby or in your car. You are not permitted to stand outside at the picnic tables in front of the Jail System property, or to loiter in the parking lot; (doing so may result in you being asked to leave the premises).

 

There are vending machines in the visitation corridor for your  use; therefore, you may bring no food or beverages of your own into the institution.

Any violation of regulations may result in termination of a visit and suspension of future visitation  privileges. Terminations and suspensions of visitation privileges will be reviewed by the Warden or Chief Deputy Warden.

 

Friends & Family Visitors

To visit an inmate, you must first be on his/her visit list. Inmates choose who they want to have on their list and submit this to the Treatment Department, who is responsible for entering the visitors in the system. Treatment Department Staff can not add you to an inmate’s visit list; it can only be at the request of the inmate. If you would like to visit someone and you are not on his/ her visit list, please write to him/her and provide your full name, address, telephone number, and date of birth (this information is required to be an approved visitor).

Inmates are only permitted 2 visits each week.

Visitors over the age of 18 are required to have a valid picture identification card with a current address. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must be the child, stepchild, or grandchild of the inmate they are visiting. Visitors are required to dress appropriately and should not wear revealing clothing. Failure to adhere to the dress code will be cause for denial of visitation privileges.