Visitation

Visitation Times are assigned according to the housing unit where an inmate lives. 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

 
Below is a synopsis of 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, 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 staff and provide 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. Some guidelines 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 attire.

Proper identification, a photo identification card with a valid current address, is required. (A PA Driver’s License, PA Identification card, active military ID or a foreign passport 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 loiter anywhere on Jail System property or 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; 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. There is no appeal.

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 list to Treatment Staff, who enter the visitors into the visit system. Treatment Staff cannot 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.