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Crime, law & justice

Visit an inmate

Service overview

Due to COVID-19, no civilian visitors are allowed at Philadelphia’s prisons. Official and legal visits are still permitted. Learn more about how the Philadelphia Department of Prisons is responding to COVID-19.

Incarcerated people can receive visitors in prison for one hour each week. They can choose to use that time in two ways:

  • Two 30-minute visits on two days
  • A one-hour visit on one day

One half-hour can be taken on any day. The other half-hour must be taken on the inmate’s assigned day. A one-hour visit must be taken on the assigned day.

If you are visiting an inmate, you can bring an outfit for them to attend court in.


Who may visit an inmate

Friends and family members may visit incarcerated people.

Children under 18 may visit with a parent or guardian. The adult must provide proof of custody or a birth certificate. Children may not visit during school hours.

No more than two adults and two children may visit with a person at one time.

Who may not visit an inmate

You may not visit someone in jail or prison at a PDP facility if you:

  • Are on probation, parole, or conditional release including furlough and work release.
  • Were incarcerated in any Philadelphia Department of Prisons facility in the last six months.
  • Are believed to have a potential detrimental effect on the person you are visiting, or pose a security threat to the facility.
  • Have had your visiting privileges suspended.

If you have been denied a visit because of one of the reasons above, you can request special permission from the facility’s warden.


Visitors must follow a dress code. You may not wear:

  • Plain white t-shirts.
  • Clothing that closely resembles an inmate uniform (orange jumpsuits, blue scrub tops).
  • Hoodies or jackets with hoods.
  • Hot pants or short-shorts. (Bermuda shorts are permissible.)
  • Torn jeans.
  • Revealing clothing or see-through fabric anywhere on the torso.
  • Mini-skirts or dresses (must be within two inches of the knee).
  • Low-rise pants or skirts that reveal undergarments.
  • Clothing with offensive or provocative language.
  • Clothing with writing across the seat of pants or skirt.
  • Open toe shoes.
  • Jewelry.

Visitors must wear:

  • Shirts with sleeves.
  • Underwear.

If you’re wearing leggings or stretch pants, your top must cover your hips when you raise your arms above your head.

Where and when

People who are incarcerated have assigned visiting days. The day is determined by the first letter of their last name. Use the table below to determine the visiting day of an inmate.

First letter of last name Assigned visiting day
A–C Monday
D–H Tuesday
I–M Wednesday
N–S Thursday
T–Z Friday

Holiday visits are only allowed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Friends and family members can collect personal effects from the cashier during the hours listed below. The cashier’s office is open 24 hours a day at release.

Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center (CFCF)

7901 State Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19136

  • Visiting hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. You must be checked in by 7:30 p.m.
  • Cashier hours: Monday–Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Protective custody visits are from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. General population visits are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Detention Center

8201 State Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19136

  • Visiting hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You must be checked in by 4:30 p.m.
  • Cashier hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC)

8301 State Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19136

  • Visiting hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You must be checked in by 4:30 p.m.
  • Cashier hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF)

8151 State Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19136

  • Visiting hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cashier hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Only youthful offenders can receive visitors on Saturdays.


When you arrive, you must show government identification. An officer will ask for the name and inmate number of the person you are visiting.
After an officer checks your ID, you will wait in a visiting area.

In the visiting area, you can store your belongings in a locker. You must have quarters for the lockers. There is no change machine in the waiting room.

If you are visiting someone in Riverside Correctional Facility, facility staff will take you to the facility at this point.
An officer will then search each visitor in a private room.

They may ask you to loosen undergarments to perform the search. You also need to go through a metal detector.

If you feel that a search was improper, ask to speak to a supervisor or contact the Office of Community Justice Outreach (CJO) at (215) 685-8909 or (215) 685-7288.

It may take time for the person you are visiting to get to the visiting room.

If the person you are visiting doesn’t want to see you, you will not be allowed to visit them. The PDP will not force anyone to meet a visitor if they don’t want to.

When the person you are visiting enters and departs you may exchange a brief kiss and embrace.

No other kissing or hugging is allowed. You may hold hands.