Visit an Inmate

South County Visitation information

Social visits are normally non-contact, conducted through a visit window using telephone handsets. Each facility has a visit schedule that specifies the days and times available for inmate social visits and are subject to change without notice.

Refer to visiting schedule below:

North County Visitation Information

To visit with an inmate housed at our Northern Branch Jail, all visitors need to register with Via Path, the website to register is All visitors are to register in order to visit. Once visitors have been approved for visitation, they will receive a confirmation email and will be able to schedule a visit with an inmate. All visitations take place here at the Northern Branch Jail, 2301 Black Road, Santa Maria, CA. The visiting hours are Sunday-Saturday 8:00am- 5:00pm. All appointments start on the hour. When logged in to personal Via Path profile visitors are able to schedule the appointment. It is required that all visitors check-in 15 minutes prior to appointment time with the same form of ID used to register with Via Path.

Required Identification

Only those visitors with the following types of valid photo identification shall be allowed to visit inmates in the custody of the Sheriff:

A maximum of 2 visitors (including children) may visit an inmate at any one time. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

When preparing to schedule a visit, please have the following information ready for all visitors.

While we attempt to honor all visit reservations, visits may be changed or cancelled without notice. Also, changes in the inmate’s housing assignments may automatically cancel a scheduled visit.

General Rules for Visiting Inmates

  1. All visitors must check in together one hour before the scheduled visit and are required to present valid photo identification. If a visitor is late, the visit may be cancelled.
  2. Walk-in visitors, that are on the inmates’s pre-assigned visitation list, will be accepted on a space available basis as long as the visitors check in one hour before the visit time.
  3. Visitors must be placed on a visitation list which the inmate provides. 4 visitors can be on the list. the list can be updated the last 3 days of the month and the first 3 days the inmate is in custody.
  4. Inmates have the right to refuse visits at any time.
  5. There is no expectation of privacy in a jail facility. Social visits may be monitored or recorded.
  6. Visitors who have been Incarcerated within the last 12 month or on felony probation will not be permitted to visit.
  7. If you have previously been convicted of a felony and served time in state prison, you may not enter the grounds of a county jail without the permission of the Facility Commander. That permission should be obtained in writing before attempting to schedule a visit. Entry to the facility grounds without such permission is a felony (California Penal Code §4571).
  8. Visitors may be subject to a search of their person and belongings by deputies and are subject to warrant checks and arrest.
  9. Visitors must be 18 years or older to visit. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children may not be left unattended, in parked vehicles or on the facility premises, at any time.
  10. No smoking or vaping is allowed in any part of the jail including the lobby.
  11. All visitors must dress in appropriate attire. Visitors who fail to comply with the dress code will be denied their visit. Please see below more information about Visitor’s Apparel.
  12. Visitors are only allowed to visit with the inmate they signed up to visit. You may not change or trade inmates with another visitor. Once a visitor departs the visitation area, the visit with the inmate is terminated.
  13. Covertly communicating with an inmate by using notes, letters, hand gestures associated with gang affiliation, etc. is strictly prohibited.
  14. Any visitor committing a criminal act anywhere on jail property is subject to arrest.
  15. Any visitor bringing illegal contraband into the visiting area is subject to arrest.
  16. Violation of any of the rules by a visitor may subject him/her to loss of visiting privileges.

The following items are not permitted in the visiting area:

Visitor’s Apparel

Visitors are expected to dress to meet the constraints of the institutional setting. Attire should be conservative and not revealing. Lobby staff has final determination of acceptable clothing

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