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Inmate Visitation
Newly arrived inmates will not be eligible for visits until they are classified. The classification process usually takes from 48 to 72 hours.
Inmate Visitation Schedule
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Please have your friends and family create accounts with Inmate Telephone, Inc. 
  1. Visiting will be permitted only during authorized hours on designated visiting days.
  2. An inmate may have only one (1) visit per day.
  3. A visit consists of three (3) authorized visitors who must enter the visiting area at the same time.  Visitors may leave at any time during the visitation time period.  Visits will be of thirty (30) minutes duration.  Any child of walking age is considered a visitor.
  4. Inmates are limited to ten (10) names on their visiting list.  The visiting list will be completed by the inmate’s Counselor.
  5. Inmates are required to request changes to their visiting list through their Counselor.  Changes require a waiting period of thirty (30) days once the list is completed.
  6. Identification
    All visitors must have proper identification when you arrive at the facility or you will not be able to visit. Visitors 18 years and older will need either one form of FULL photo identification or a photo identification with supporting documentation. One form of identification should provide your date of birth. Visitors between the ages of 12 and 18 will be required to have a photo ID showing their name. The acceptable forms of identification are given below:
    • Full Photo identification: Acceptable forms of full photo identification include a driver’s license or ID issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States that contains a photograph AND information such as name, date of birth, and address. An ID card issued by a federal, state, or local government agency or entities provided it contains a photograph and information such as name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color, or address. Students under the age of 18 will may use a Student ID that includes a photo and name.
    • Photo Identification that does not include date of birth and address MUST be supported with some additional documentation (utility bill, credit card statement, etc.) that includes the visitor’s name and current address.
    • Non-photo identification: Any two of the following are acceptable identifications, provided that they are accompanied by documentation that shows the visitor’s name, date of birth and address: Voter’s registration card, U.S. Military card, U.S. social security card issued by the Social Security Administration, original or certified copy of a birth certificate, or ID card for use of Resident Citizen in the United States.
    • Any non-photo identification MUST be supported with some additional documentation (utility bill, credit card statement, etc.) that includes the visitor’s name and current address if the visitor is 18 years old or older.
  7. All visitors are subject to be searched.  Persons refusing to submit a search will be asked to leave the premises.  The Person(s) will be instructed to call to make an appointment with the Warden to get approval to visit at a later date.
  8. Visitors are not permitted to carry any item into the visiting area.  Visitors are not permitted to give money or any item to an inmate.  Visitors are required to leave outer garments in the Lobby of the visiting area. Blazers, Sport Coats, Suit Jackets, Warm-up Jackets, “Hoodies” and sweatshirts with zippers, pockets, or pouches are considered outer garments and must be left in the Lobby.  Chester County Prison is not responsible for personal property of visitors.
  9. Visitors attired with inappropriately revealing or suggestive clothing (tube, tank or halter tops, see-through clothing, mini-skirts or dresses, clothes that expose the midriff, side or back, clothing with revealing necklines, or excessive splits) will not be permitted to visit. No sleeveless clothing is permitted. 
  10. Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to visit.  If someone is with a person under the influence, they will also have to leave the premises.
  11. Visits must be conducted in an orderly manner and in accordance with regulations.  Visiting privileges will be suspended or revoked for disruptive behavior or violation of visiting rules.
  12. Adult visitors will be responsible for the behavior of children in their charge.  Individuals over the age of sixteen years (16) will be permitted to visit without adult supervision, and will be accountable for their own actions.
  13. Visiting will start and end promptly at the times shown on the schedule.  Undue delay in leaving the visiting area will lead to suspension or revocation of visiting privileges.
  14. Only Money orders, payroll checks, I.R.S. Checks, or certified checks will be accepted in the money box drop points located at the visiting counter or driveway locations.
  15. Clothing exchanges must be accomplished during regular business hours, Monday through Friday and must have prior approval.  The person designated by the inmate must take excessive clothing out of the Prison as soon as possible.  Chester County Prison is not responsible for personal clothing or property of any inmate.
  16. Inmates are responsible for notifying those on their visiting list of any transfers within the Prison, which will change the inmate’s visiting schedule.
  17. The Warden must approve any exception to these rules.
Correctional Center Visitor Information
Please be advised that all residents at the Work Release Center may only receive one visit per week. The day of the visit is assigned during the resident’s intake process at the Center, when the resident first arrives. Residents are allowed to request a change of that day. The resident is also offered a phone call during the initial intake process to notify family and friends of their assigned visit day.
Effective June 3rd, 2005. You must be on the Residents Visiting List to be allowed to have a visit with any resident. Visits will be split into two (2) one and one half hour sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The first session will begin at 6:15 P.M. and end at 7:45 P.M., and will be for residents whose last names begin with the letters from A through L.  The second session will begin at 8:15 P.M. and end at 9:45 P.M. for residents whose last names begin with the letters from M through Z. This will be in effect for all three nights.
Effective as of June 3rd 2005
Work Release / Pre-Release, Men & Women
W, P, & Z Blocks
6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.*
(Last name starts with A to L)
8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.*
(Last name starts with M to Z)
6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.*
(Last name starts with A to L)
8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.*
(Last name starts with M to Z)
6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.*
(Last name starts with A to L)
8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.*
(Last name starts with M to Z)
*Please call the Correctional Center at 610-793-9993 and after the voicemail answers press 0 to find out if you are on the Residents Visiting List, and which of the above evenings, the inmate you are visiting has his or her assigned visit day .

Professional Visitation
Effective: 11/20/2006
Visiting / Counseling Hours *
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Daily (all Professional Visitors must leave prior to 10:20 p.m.)
Attorneys *
Pennsylvania Legal Bar Card and photo Identification are required.
Other Professionals and Volunteers *
Photo Identification is required. Certain restrictions may apply.
(Please Check to see if you are considered in this category).
* Please Note: Expect delays at certain times during these hours, due to other prison activities such as, but not limited to: meals, Shift changes, inmate counts, security incidents, etc..
Dress Code
In accordance with the County of Chester’s governmental operating policy, all Professional Visitors are expected to maintain good grooming and dress practices so that their appearance:
  • promotes a business-like image while inside the facility
  • will not violate generally accepted standards within the business community 
  • will not violate safety rules. 

Your attire should complement an environment that reflects an efficient, orderly and professionally operated organization. 

The following is considered unacceptable at any time in the Prison and may prohibit your ability to enter the facility.

  • torn or ripped clothing
  • spandex and/or skin-tight outfits of any type or material
  • sweat or warm up suits
  • shorts, excessively baggy pants or clothing that can conceal items or cause a safety hazard
  • exposed undergarments
  • tops that are low cut or exposing
  • cleavage, bare midriffs and bare backs 
  • spaghetti strap/strapless/halter/mesh tops
  • see-through blouses or shirts
  • tube tops/crop tops/half shirts
  • low riding or sag style pants
  • boxer shorts worn as outerwear
  • shirts that have sexually suggestive writing/pictures or advocate violence or promote or advertise the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs or have double meaning wording or obscene language or are disrespectful or offensive to others
  • bedroom slippers
  • flip flops
  • spiked jewelry or chains or any jewelry that could cause injury or constitute a hazard
  • hats, caps, bandanas, hoods, visors, sweatbands, sunglasses and any apparel that is judged to be unhealthy or unsanitary (e.g., clothing that is dirty and/or gives off a foul odor).

* If an individual’s attire is questionable, the Duty Officer or his designee will determine if the individual is in violation of above and admittance is to be denied.

CCP/ 08/15/2011


Inmate Accounting
Acceptance of Money and Drop Off Locations:
Effective 01/01/97, Money Orders and Certified Checks will be the only form of currency accepted by Chester County Prison for inmate accounting. All money orders and certified checks received must be placed in the designated drop box on the Prison Grounds. Please ask the Officer stationed at the Prison Entrance for the location of the drop box.
The following procedures will be strictly enforced:
  1. Money Orders and Bank Certified Checks will be the only forms of currency accepted in the drop boxes.
  2. Money Orders and Bank Certified Checks Should be filled out completely and accurately to ensure proper receipt. All Money Orders and Bank Certified Checks must have full first and last name along with the inmate I.D. number.
  3. All other items deposited in the drop box will not be accepted.
    (i.e. Personal Checks, Letters, Notes, etc.).

Inmate Clothing Exchange
Inmate Clothing exchanges must be initiated by the inmate. The inmate must submit a request slip requesting the exchange of his/her personal clothing. Once the inmate receives written approval from the I.D. Supervisor, the inmate's clothing may be exchanged. Sneakers may not be exchanged. Clothing may be exchanged Saturdays or Sundays between the hours of 8:30 am. to 10:30 pm. There are no clothing exchanges conducted during the week Monday through Friday.

Inmate Mail
Inmates are permitted to receive correspondence through the mail. All the mail received is opened and examined for contraband. Any attempts to send contraband via mail may result in criminal action being taken against the inmate and sender.
All mail should have the inmate's full first and last name and the Inmate's I.D. number.
Inmates are permitted to receive magazines or newspaper subscriptions and books. All publications must be pre-approved by the Prison Administration before the inmate will be permitted to receive the publications. Anyone attempting to send the publications without the written permission of the Prison Administration will be returned at the expense of the sender or the inmate.
Books may be mailed to the inmate, but they must be mailed directly from a Book Publisher. Inmates may only have ten books in their possession at any given time.

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