Visitation

 **UPDATE 12/9/2021** The prison-wide lockdown has been modified. In-person visits and non-essential travel will resume on Friday, December 10th for residents in "clean" (COVID-recovered or areas with no positive rest results) housing areas. We are working with our telephone provider to update their website in order to schedule in-person visits. If you are unsure if your loved-one is in a "clean" unit and can have a visit, you may call the prison and speak to a staff member in the Records Department. Due to high call volume, there may be a wait time. In most cases, your loved-one can tell you via message or phone call if they are eligible for a visit.    

 

Update: Please be advised that regular visits  will resume on Monday, August 9, 2021.  The following guidelines apply:

1. Visitors must be pre-approved and on an active visiting list provided by the inmate.

2. Visitors must log onto  https://yorkcountypa.gtlvisitme.com/ to schedule a visit.

3. Visits may be scheduled 7 days in advance, but no later than 24 hours before the proposed visit.

4.  Only one housing unit is permitted to utilize the visitation area at any given time. Each housing unit has a corresponding visitation schedule, and the available scheduling blocks will be posted.

5. All visitors are required to wear a mask while inside the facility. We are excited to reunite friends, family, and loved ones, but we must go about this in a safe manner. Those who refuse to wear a mask will be asked to leave and the visit will be terminated.  

 

 

Welcome to the Visitation section of the York County Prison website. Below you will find general rules and information for visitors. Please also select from the menu at left to learn about specific rules, regulations and policies regarding visitation by children, adults, attorneys and other official. 

New Service Available

The York County Prison has launched video visitation, a service that allows individuals to visit with inmates remotely. Please click here for more information

Visitor General Rules and Dress Code

  • All persons and belongings entering the Prison grounds and buildings are subject to a search and must clear the Metal Detectors.
  • All Persons must pass through a metal detector to gain access to the visiting area. In some cases, jewelry, clothing, footwear, foot or knee braces and undergarments such as garter belts, trusses, medical support devices or bras may contain metal which will activate the metal detectors. We cannot make exceptions for anyone who activates the metal detectors. If the metal detector detects metal that cannot be identified and removed, the visit will not be granted. If a visitor has implanted metalic medical devices that activates the detector, they must present a medical card or documentation that indicates such.
  • All areas of the Prison grounds and buildings are subject to audio and video monitoring, recording and divulging.
  • No Weapons on Prison property except for Law Enforcement Officers. Weapon lockers are provided for Law Enforcement Officers inside the Main entrance only.
  • No Handbags, Backpacks, Suitcases, Cameras, Electronic Devices, etc. will be permitted in the Prison without prior approval. If you attempt to enter the building with any of the above, you will be asked to leave.
  • Management reserves the right to deny access for any reason! Anyone denied access must vacate prison property immediately.

Female Visitors

  • Shorts shall cover customarily covered areas of the anatomy, including the buttocks and crotch area, both when standing and sitting. Shorts no higher than mid-thigh comply.
  • Short-shorts, cut-offs, and other obviously inappropriate short garments are prohibited.
  • Skirts and dresses shall extend to mid-thigh, seated.
  • Slits in skirts and dresses shall rise no higher that mid-thigh, seated.
  • Sheer (see-through) clothing is prohibited.
  • The top of clothing shall be no lower than the underarm in the front and back.
  • Bare midriffs and strapless tops, tube tops, and swimsuits are prohibited.
  • Shoes shall be worn at all times.
  • Gang "colors" and other gang displays are prohibited.

Male Visitors

  • Shorts shall cover customarily covered areas of the anatomy, including the buttocks and crotch area, both when standing and sitting. Shorts no higher than mid-thigh comply.
  • Short-shorts, cut-offs, and other obviously inappropriate short garments are prohibited.
  • Shirts shall be worn at all times. Muscle shirts, bare midriff shirts and sleeveless shirts are prohibited.
  • Shoes shall be worn at all times.
  • Gang "colors" and other gang displays are prohibited.

 

 

Adult Visitation

Former inmates/detainees may not visit for six (6) months after their release.

Segregation Visitation: Any inmate that is housed on Disciplinary status will only receive one visit every (30) days. Any inmate that is housed on Administration or Intensive Custody (ICU) status will follow the regular adult visiting standards unless stated otherwise. Any inmate that is on suicide watch will not receive visits unless authorized.

Visitation hours are: 

General Population inmates/detainees 
9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Sunday thru Saturday) – Male and female inmates/detainees
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Sunday thru Saturday) - Male inmates/detainees
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Sunday thru Saturday) – Female inmates/detainees

Protective Custody/Youthful Offenders
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. (Sunday thru Saturday) - Main Male, Female and Immigration Visiting Areas 
Individuals who wish to visit with an inmate/detainee on Protective Custody status may not enter the prison earlier than 8:00 a.m. 

Segregation Visits (Intensive Custody Unit, Behavior Adjustment Unit, Administrative Housing and Pre-Hearing Disciplinary)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Thursday thru Friday) – Female and Immigration visiting areas only

Work Release Center

Visitors must sign up for a visit at least 30 minutes before the end visiting hours.
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Sunday thru Saturday- male and female inmates)
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Sunday thru Saturday- male and female inmates)
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Sunday thru Saturday -male inmates only)

All inmate visitation is secure (inmate and visitor are separated by a barrier) with the exception of those inmates who are classified as Work Release who have contact visiting privileges. Children from the age of 14 and 18 birthday may visit by themselves during adult visiting hours provided they have a signed permission slip from their parents or legal guardian. They cannot visit while school is in session unless on a school break.

Adolescent (14-17 yrs.) Visitation Permission Form can be pick-up at the York County Prison.

Everyone entering the prison is subject to search, per Purdon's Title 61, Section 384. Any visitor who refuses a search when requested will be denied visitation.

 

Children Visitation

 

Birth certificates or adoption papers must be shown for all children under fourteen (14) years old on their first visit. This will be documented in the visiting computer. The inmate may only have visits from their natural children (verified by a birth certificate), their adopted children (verified by adoption papers) or the primary caregiver identified by the Court (Court Order required). The parent’s signatures must be on the birth certificate. If a birth certificate is not available, “certified” paperwork stating the child or children’s name(s), and the incarcerated parents name can be used in place of the birth certificate (such as welfare paperwork). Children thirteen (13) years old and under are not allowed inside the prison except during children’s visiting hours. One (1) adult who is on the inmate’s visitor list must accompany children during the visit. The accompanying adult is to assist and keep order during the children’s visit. No toys, diaper bags, purses or tote bags are allowed in the visiting room. Each inmate is allowed one (1) children’s visit per week.

Children's Visitation hours are:

General Population inmates/detainees
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Sunday only) – Female inmates/detainees only
3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Thursday and Friday only) – Male and female inmates/detainees

Protective Custody (Male and Female inmates/detainees)
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Wednesday only) - Immigration Entrance and Main Female Visiting Areas.  Individuals who wish to visit with an inmate/detainee on Protective Custody status may not enter the prison earlier than 3:00 p.m.

Segregation Visits (Male and Female inmates/detainees) (Intensive Custody Unit, Behavior Adjustment Unit, Administrative Housing, and Pre-Hearing Disciplinary)

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (the 4th Thursday and Friday of the month) -Immigration Entrance and Main Female Visiting Areas

Work Release Center

Visitors must arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of visiting hours.
10 to 11:30 a.m. (Saturday & Sunday only -Male and Female inmates)
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday only- Male and Female inmates)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday only- Male inmates only)

6 - 8 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday only- Female inmates only)

Everyone entering the prison is subject to search, per Purdon's Title 61, Section 384. Any visitor who refuses a search when requested will be denied visitation.

 

Officials Visitation 

 

Please be advised that we will resume attorney contact visits on Monday, June 7, 2021.  Attorneys will be required to wear a mask inside of the facility. We urge attorneys to call ahead to check the status of their clients, as we will not allow residents who are COVID-positive or  “presumptive positive”  to attend visits outside of their quarantined housing units.

Official visitors, including but not limited to attorneys, clergy, probation/parole officers and service providers with proper identification or authorization may see inmates daily between the hours of 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Official Visitors inquiring about ICE detainees must get authorization from ICE officials or have a G-28 form on file.  ICE public number is 717-840-7253

Attorney preferred method of identification is a state bar card verifying their bar membership.  However, if they do not have such a card the attorney shall be required to present another document verifying their bar membership.

legal representative (not an attorney) shall be required to provide documentation such as a G-28 and/or authorization on company letterhead allowing the individual to act on behalf of the attorney. 

Attorneys wanting an interpreter, private investigator, legal representatives/legal assistants, or a medical professional to accompany them during their visit or wanting them to visit with their client(s) on their behalf must request permission from the York County Prison Intelligence Office for these individuals to enter the secure area of the prison. The ofice may be contacted at the following email address: YCPIntelligenceOffice@YorkCountyPA.gov 

All requests must be made within at least forty-eight (48) business hours in advance. Please be advised that a court order may be required for certain electronic equipment and/or devices as well as for outside medical providers to enter the secure area of the prison. 

All requests for immigration status detainees will require approval through Immigration officials so this may take longer to obtain a security clearance.

Once a security clearance is generated, the requesting party will receive a confirmation email. 

Official Visitors Rules for Entering into the Prison

No weapons, food, chewing gum, drinks, cell phones, computers, PDA’s, recorders or any other electronic components in watches, pendants or any other form are allowed to be brought in the prison.  Professional visitors must strictly adhere to the same rules that apply to other visitors. 

It is extremely important that professional visitors understand that no one, without exception, is allowed to hand anything directly to an inmate.  An officer, shift supervisor or a member of the administration must examine every item before the item is given to the inmate.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  This includes legal documents, medical documents, books, magazines, pamphlets, and photographs.

Professional visitors are prohibited from having a contact visit with any relatives (by blood or marriage) or persons with whom they have or have had a personal relationship.  The exercise of visitation is a privilege that may be revoked if any of the rules of visitation are violated.  It is important to understand that security is of utmost importance and that the delivery advertently or inadvertently of any contraband item is strictly prohibited and this rule is not changed by the confidential nature of the relationship of the inmate and his/her visitor.

Everyone entering the prison is subject to search, per Purdon's Title 61, Section 384. Any visitor who refuses a search when requested will be denied visitation.

 

Video Visitation

The goal of video visitation is to provide inmates, their families, friends, legal advisors and others another option to communicate. Video visitation allows individuals to communicate with an inmate remotely instead of traveling to the prison.

Costs

  • Personal visits are $15 for 0-30 minutes
  • Professional visits are $25.20 for 0-30 minutes or $50.40 for 31-60 minutes.

What You Will Need 

Important: You will be able to test your connection prior to attempting a visit.

  • You will need Adobe Flash Player. Verify you have the most up-to-date version of Flash Media Player.
  • You will need a webcam, either internal (built into the monitor) or external (plugged into your USB outlet). If you require a camera, one can be purchased at almost every big box retailer including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and many online retailers for as little as $25.
  • Identify if you have a microphone attached to your computer. Many computers have a built in microphone. To locate, click Control Panel in your start menu then Sound. In the Sound menu click Recording. If you do not see any options you will need to purchase microphone. Headsets can be purchased with both microphone and headphones. In addition, many webcams come with a built in microphone.
  • Ensure that your webcam and microphone is attached to the computer and the devices' firmware has been installed. You will need to use either headphones or speakers. Verify your equipment is functioning properly.
  • Check your internet speed. For best results you will need at least 400kbps download and upload.

For more information about the process, or to register for a visit, please click on the link below.

Video Visitation