Visiting Loved Ones In Jail

Jail Visits

san-bernadino-county-jailWhen you’re locked up, life can be very lonely and isolating.  Every second of every day is carefully controlled by jail deputies and the correctional system.  Often the only person you get to talk to on a daily basis is your bail bondsman or your immediate family.  More often than not, your immediate family is too busy or too upset about your alleged crimes that they stay away for awhile.  As a convicted felon, I know first hand the importance of jail visits.  But, as I’ve learned over the years you need to know the jail visiting guidelines so you don’t break any rules and get your visiting rights taken away.

Bail Bondsman Visiting Hours

If you’re locked up in  county or state facility, chances are you are going to have a specific time set aside every week to meet with a bail bonding agent.  This time is referred to as the bail bondsman visiting time.  Taking a moment to meet one on one with a bail agent not only makes your relationship stronger, but it may help you get out of jail that much sooner.  Bail Bondsman visiting hours will typically run Wednesday through Friday in the early afternoon.

You’ll need to arrange your specific time with a jail deputy and your specific bail agent. Once a time is set, you will wait until your slot opens.  Depending on how technologically advanced your jail is, you will either meet face to face with your bail agent or you will see them via a closed circuit video system.  During the bail bondsman visiting hours, all conversations are recorded, so please refrain from admitting guilt or making any other incriminating statements.

Bail Agents Arranged Family Time

If you’re having trouble getting your mother or father to visit you in prison, ask your bail bonding services company to arrange a family jail visit.  When a loved one is arrested and thrown in the slammer, it can be emotionally traumatizing for everyone involved, including your parents and bail agent.  If this is the case, visiting you in  jail may only open that deep emotional wound again.   This is especially the case if you’ve been convicted of an exceptionally heinous crime.  To get your family to the prison, a bail agent will often bribe them with high dollar cars and lots of cash.

While this may appear unethical, there truly is no price tag on a prison visit from your parents.  If your parents accept the bribe from your bail agent, then you will be able to spend at least an hour with them in a private room. Again, as I mentioned before, please refrain from saying anything incriminating about your case.  Even if you’ve been convicted of a crime, you may let something slip which could then impact an appeal case.

Jail Visits Etiquette With A Bail Agent

When and if you finally get a chance to visit with  you bail bonding services company or your brother, you need to be aware of a few unspoken rules.  Jail visiting etiquette varies from jail to jail ,but in general you can follow a few guidelines to keep you out of trouble. When talking with you bail agent or family member, use your library voice.  It’s important to keep your voice as quiet as possible  during a jail visit.  If you begin to raise your voice and yell at your bail agent, you will be taken into quarantine.

If you’re allowed a face to face visit with a bail bondsman, under no circumstances should you hug or give a high five. A a general rule, never physically touch your bail bondsman or visiting family member. This action may be viewed as assault and could lead to more criminal charges and jail time.

Bail Agents Baking Goods for Visits

If you hire a bail bondsman to help with your specific case, make sure they provide complimentary baked goods for your jail visits.  The jail cooks, at least where I served time, could never figure out how to bake a chocolate chip cookie.  A baking bail agent will make your life behind bars so much sweeter.  If you have any food allergies, make sure your bail bonding services company is aware before they bake and bring sweet treats for your visit.  Because of safety rules, you bail agent’s baked goods will have to go through jail customs and inspection before you can eat them.


1. Arrow Bail Bonds 8816 W Foothill Blvd Suite 103-226 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 891-0578

2. San Bernardino County Jail



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