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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Some detention facilities resuming in-person jail visits

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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is rolling out a phased approach to resuming in-person visits beginning on Saturday, May 1.  The past year has been challenging for the whole world as we faced the COVID-19 pandemic – that burden greatly increased for those with an incarcerated loved one they could not physically see.

The decision to suspend in-person visits was difficult, but necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our detention facilities and communities.  We understand fully how important visitations are to foster connections with friends and families and provide encouragement to your loved ones.

The decision to resume in-person visits is at the discretion of the Sheriff and the Detention Services Bureau. 

Beginning Friday, April 30, you can schedule in-person visits at the George Bailey Detention Facility, San Diego Central Jail, South Bay Detention Facility and Vista Detention Facility.

Go to and click on the Who's In Jail section to confirm the visiting status of the facility you want to visit.

Visiting will operate with strict protocols in place to protect everyone from COVID-19.  Guidelines include mandatory face coverings, symptom and temperature screenings and limiting visits to one visitor and one child per visit.

At this time, in-person visits will not be available for the East Mesa Reentry Facility, Facility 8 or the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility.  We expect to have limited video visits for these facilities starting on May 15.

We will continue to evaluate and revise these jail visitation schedules accordingly while still maintaining health and safety protocols.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is committed to the safety, security, health and well-being of people in our custody.  Visit and read our COVID- 19 Response section to learn about all the safeguards we have in place to limit the spread of the virus.

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