Valley State Prison Inmate Family Council 


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Visiting a family member or friend who is in prison is an important way to maintain connections during incarceration and enhances the prisoner's success both while in prison and after release.  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recognizes the importance of visitation and encourages families and friends to visit as often as their circumstances allow. 

Nevertheless, visiting at a prison can be complicated and confusing, especially when visiting for the first time.  

Visiting a Friend or Loved One in Prison is a useful guide for visitors, taking you through the process step-by-step, explaining the procedures and rules, and providing information and guidance on what you will need to do to visit and what you will encounter as you go through the process.