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Suspension of in-person visitations extended for California jails

After an initial 15-day suspension of in-person visitations statewide was to expire on Jan. 23, the state announced the mandate would be extended to Feb. 6.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced on Jan. 20 it would be extending its statewide suspension of in-person visits until at least Feb. 6.

Suspensions of in-person visits at state facilities began Jan. 8 in response to rising COVID-19 positive cases among both staff and incarcerated people, and is meant to limit potential transmission of the virus.

Though in-person visitation is suspended, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said video visits will be expanded and can be scheduled over email.

Video visits have to be scheduled a week prior to the planned visit and require all the necessary visitor information to be sent to the institution's email.

"Specific time requests cannot be accommodated — you will be assigned a day and time that cannot be changed," the department's website stated.

What to include in the email when requesting a video visit:

  • Inmate's full name
  • Inmate CDCR number
  • Approved visitor(s) full name(s)
  • Date of birth
  • Valid identification type and number
  • Relationship to the inmate
  • Email address
  • Phone number

Here are the list of emails from correctional institutions participating in video visits:

For more information about the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation visitation scheduling and requirements, click here.

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