ATTENTION ALL VISITORS FOR HOWARD COUNTY JAIL, MD

 

Visitation Rules

Please read all of the rules completely prior to moving forward – Not knowing the rules will not be accepted as an excuse for not following them Disobeying any rule may result in you being banned from visiting detainees or criminal charges being pursued when applicable.


  • All visitors must register and schedule visits.
  • Each visitor will only be allowed to visit one inmate per visitation day.
  • Each inmate is allowed two 30 minute visits per week.
  • Visitors must sign-in, in person only at least 30 minutes before the scheduled visit or the visit may be cancelled. 
  • Visitors must present a valid driver’s license, or other government issued photo ID and provide a valid address when registering for a visit. Expired ID will not be accepted
  • >Visitors must be 18 years of age to visit unless accompanied by an adult.
  • You may not change visitors on the day of the scheduled visit. 
  • Inmate Workers will not be pulled from their work schedules for visitation. Please be advised that it is the responsibility of the inmate to notify all family and friends of the times that they are available for visits.
  • Visits are limited to two adults and two children (under 18 years of age) during any single visit.
  • Visitors who violate scheduling rules may no longer be allowed to visit. 
  • Scheduling rule violations include:
    • Scheduling a visit and not showing up for the visit.
    • Coming to visit late (MUST check in 30 minutes prior to scheduled visit). 
    • Canceling a visit less than 45 minutes prior to the scheduled visit.
    • Children under the age of 12 cannot be left unattended in the lobby. 
    • Disruptive behavior by ANY CHILD will require the parent of guardian and the child to leave the facility. 
  • Visits may be denied for any of the following reasons, but not limited to:
    • Disruptive behavior by either visitor or inmate. 
    • Use of offensive or inappropriate language 
    • Visitor appears to be under the influence of ANY alcohol and/or drugs 
    • Visitors refuse to show or does not possess proper identification 
    • Visitor refuses to submit to reasonable security precautions 
    • Inmate refuses the visit 
    • Contraband is detected 
  • Visitor wearing highly provocative or inappropriate clothing as determined by staff - including NO tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, or street gang clothing. Shirts must have sleeves. Midriffs must be covered. Shoes must be worn. Shorts must be appropriate length.
  • By signing the visitor log sheet, visitors indicate that they have read and understand these rules and will abide by them.
  • Any exceptions to these rules must be requested by the inmate in writing and approved by the Facility Administrator in advance.
  • Radios, cell phones and other electronics may not be used while inside the visiting area.
  • Smoking is prohibited inside the facility.
  • Food/drinks are not permitted in the visiting area and must be disposed of before entering the area.
  • No coats, backpacks, bags, boxes, parcels, or packages of any kind are allowed into the visiting area. Free lockers are provided.
  • Loitering/wandering in the visiting area is not permitted. Visitors must remain in the lobby area until called for the visit. Once a visitor enters the visiting area they may not leave and return to the lobby area until the visit is complete.