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DC Jail Visitors

The address of the DC Jail is 1901 D Street SE. The closest metro stop is Stadium Armory. You can reach the Jail directly by calling 202-698-4932. You can also visit the Department of Corrections website at www.doc.dc.gov where you will find information on jail regulations and routines.

Directions to the Jail

  DC Jail Visitors' Entrance
Visitors' Entrance

What are the visiting days and hours?

Families and friends may visit the jail on certain days and at certain hours. The schedule is determined by the first letter of the last name of the person you are visiting. Each inmate is allowed 2 half-hour visits per week. The Jail visiting hours are Monday through Friday. Visiting is permitted on the holidays which fall on weekdays. There is no visiting on Saturday or Sunday

The days are as follows:

Inmates with last names starting with

A-H Tuesday and Thursday

I-P Wednesday and Friday

Q-S Monday and Wednesday

T-Z Monday and Friday

The hours are as follows:

Lockdown units

North 1 and NE1: 8am until 11:30am

For all other units: Noon until 2:30pm; 3:30 until 7pm

Juvenile visits: Register at the Jail's visitor entrance to visit a juvenile from 7pm to 7:45pm. Visiting hours are from 8pm to 9pm

Holiday Visiting Hours: 8am until 2pm

Please note:

Out of Town Visitors

Visitors who live 50 miles or more from Washington, DC are extended a one-time courtesy visit on any given day, Monday to Friday, including holidays. Advance arrangement are not necessary - but advisable. Call the Office of the Deputy Warden at 202 673-8431 to make arrangements for this one-time visit.

Number of Visitors

No more than 2 adults and 3 children can visit at any one time.


No one under the age of 18 is permitted to visit the unless accompanied by an adult.

Dress Code

No extremes in dress. No stretch jeans, skinny jeans, latex leggings or spandex; no low riders or hip huggers; no halter tops, tank tops, tube tops, midriff tops, camisoles, muscle shirts or fish net woven tops; no shorts, skorts, culottes, cut offs of any length, sweat suits, gym suits, wrap around clothing, as well as skirts/dresses that are more than 2 inches above the knee. No strapless or backless dresses. Shower shoes are not permitted. Hats are allowed, but they will be searched. No all orange attire.

Children, 7 years of age and younger, are permitted to wear shorts.

The dress code is strictly enforced. Individual determination as to dress is made at the time of your visit. You will not be allowed to visit if, in the opinion of the correctional officer, you are not properly dressed. According to the Jail staff, the most common reasons for denying visits are because clothing is too tight or too revealing.


The following identification must be presented for visitation: a valid driver’s license or non-driver ID with a picture and current address or a current government-issued photo ID.


You may not deposit money at the time of your visit. Only postal money orders, funds sent via Western Union and government checks are accepted for deposit to an inmate’s account. Money orders must be mailed - they will not be accepted at the time of your visit. When you mail a money order to the jail, be sure to include the inmate’s name and DCDC # on the money order. Never send cash. Money orders are separated from any enclosed letter/card and redirected to the Jail finance office, usually within one week. Once received by the Jail finance office, money orders are processed the very same day. To check on a money order, please call the jail finance office at 202 673-8224.

The Jail finance office advises that you keep your receipt just in case the money order becomes lost and you need to trace it. We suggest that you enclose a note along with your money order so that the inmate will know, when he/she receives the note, that you have sent a money order.

To send funds to a Department of Corrections inmate through Western Union, call 1-800-634-3422 or visit westerunion.com/corrections. Western Union codes include: Pay to: DCDOC; Code City: DCGOV; State: DC; Sender’s account #: Inmate’s name and DC number.


Property can be picked up at the Jail’s visitor entrance between 8am and 2:30 pm and from 3:30 until 7pm. No appointment is necessary. Because procedures to pick up property are subject to change, it is best to check the Jail’s main telephone at 202 673-8136 for current information. With the exception of ID, jewelry, a pair of pants and a shirt, the remaining property will be destroyed within 15 days unless it is picked up within that time period.

The jewelry, ID, pants and shirt will, when possible, will be given to the inmate upon release. If the inmate does not get these items when he/she leaves the jail, the clothing will be destroyed within 6 months and the jewelry and ID will be disposed of within a year.

Telephone Plan

To set up a telephone account, the family member responsible for the account should call 1-888-949-3303. This office is open from 7am until 6pm Monday through Friday. You will need to provide your name, address and home telephone number. You will not need to provide any information about a specific inmate. Money can be placed in this account with a credit card or a Western Union moneygram. Checks or money orders can be mailed to ITI, PO Box 1827, Altoona, Pennsylvania 16603. You will be given an account number.

Families with internet access may also visit the website at www.inmatetelephone.com to open an account, add funds for additional minutes and to check the status of an account.

Look for us in the visiting line

VSC staff and volunteers are available to visitors in the visiting line. We hope that you will ask us any questions you may have -- especially about the organizations and programs in the City which can help the men and women you are visiting. When you visit the jail, ask for a copy of our pamphlet entitled Questions Most Frequently Asked by Visitors of the DC Jail which provides information on Jail routines and how we can help.

Other Ways that We Can Help

Bedtime Stories for Children

Call on us to have a bedtime story recorded for your children. We provide the recorder, the tape and a selection of books to the inmate mom or dad - or your can supply your favorite story to us to be read. The story will be sent to you immediately after it is recorded.

Birth Certificates, Social Security cards

A birth certificate is a vital piece of identification. It opens doors to employment, public benefits etc. We can provide applications so that inmates can retrieve copies of their birth certificates and we will pay the processing fee. We can also provide applications for duplicate Social Security cards which is processed without a fee.

Voter Registration

We will provide inmates with mail-in voter registration applications. In the District of Columbia, only felons serving time are denied voting privileges. Upon release, felons can vote. Pretrial defendants and sentenced misdemeanants are all eligible to vote.

Income Tax Preparation

Each year, beginning in January, our staff and volunteers will assist inmates file their income taxes. Inmates who request this service are asked to complete a questionnaire. We retrieve the W2 forms,complete the tax forms and return them to each inmate for signature. There is no charge for this service.

Police Clearances

We will provide funds for ex-offenders to obtain police clearances in order to demonstrate to employers etc. that there are no outstanding charges.

Daily Drop-In Center

Each day, between 9:30 and lpm, we welcome men and women who have been released from the jail. Ex-offenders come by to get something to eat, get a certificate for a haircut, use our computers, make a telephone call, check through our resources. Ex-offenders can also use our mailing address until they locate more permanent housing.

Useful Telephone Numbers

To contact the Correctional Treatment Facility, call 202 547-7822

To receive automated updates on inmate movement, call VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) at 1-877 329-7894. You will need to have the inmate’s DCDC Number, his Police Department ID number (PDID) and his case number. If you do not have this information, you can contact the DC Jail record office at 202 673-8257.

To locate an inmate in the federal system, call the inmate locator, Federal Bureau of Prisons at 202-307-3126.

Visitor Comment Line

If you have a comment or question you would like to raise with us or a comment that you would like us to send along to the Jail staff, please send it to us via our Visitor Comment Line. To access the comment line, click here.