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Friends Outside Visitors Center Program
Friends Outside
Visitor Center Program
The California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation is legally mandated to contract
with a non-profit agency or agencies to
establish and operate Visitor Centers at each
California State Prison
with a population over 300 inmates.
Friends Outside is a non-profit, community
based organization that has provided
Visitor Center services since 1971.
ALL SERVICES PROVIDED
ARE FREE OF CHARGE
Services Provided
California Penal Code §6352 mandates
that each Visitor Center provide:
1.
Transportation:

Utilizing a 15-passenger van, which is
provided by the institution, Visitor Centers
transport visitors from local, predetermined
locations (bus stations, train stations, etc.)
to and from the institution
Transportation is provided by prior Reservation.
2.
A Sheltered Area:

Visitor Centers are a sheltered area, outside
of the secure perimeter, for visitors to wait at
before or after visits. Friends Outside strives
to provide a clean, safe, comfortable, and
pleasant environment that will enhance the
visit of a family member or friend
Only individuals cleared to visit are allowed to stay
at the Visitor Center
3.
Children’s Services:

Activities


Childcare
Children ages 6 to 17 can stay in the Visitor Centers for a
maximum of 3 hours, if they meet certain criteria, while the
parent or guardian visit. (Please contact Visitor Center staff
for criteria before referring children for care)
Children’s Snacks
 Visitor Centers offer complimentary, pre-packaged
(individual), healthy snacks and beverages to each child
during their stay at the Visitor Center


Children’s Program Coordinators provide activities with the
intent to reduce anxieties as children come in and out
during the course of the visiting day
4.
Emergency Clothing:

Visitors whose attire does not meet visiting
room policy may be referred for an exchange
of clothing.
Visitor Centers provide:
 Shirts
 Pants
 Dresses
 Skirts
We do not provide undergarments or shoes
for health and safety reasons
5.
Visiting Information
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6.
Visitor Centers provide information on visiting
regulations and processes to facilitate visiting.
Staff will provide clarity for visitors who may
have difficulty understanding regulations or
processes
Referrals

Visitor Centers also provide referrals to other
agencies and services to help reduce and/or
eliminate personal crisis situations that include,
but are not limited to, car trouble, illness, and
emergency overnight housing
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