County of San Diego Probation star

Juvenile Detention Visiting Hours and Information

COVID-19 Update for visitations of youth in Juvenile Facilities:

In person visiting is available at the Youth Transition Campus and East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility.  Virtual visitation remains available at no cost to youth and families.

Due to changing public health guidelines, in-person visiting will be subject to the following Public Health Guidelines:

  • Visitors must have a symptom screening upon entry of the facility
  • Visitors must wash or sanitize hands upon entry of the facility
  • Visitors must always wear a mask while in the facility
  • Youth in quarantine are not permitted to receive in-person visitations until cleared

In addition to the Public Health requirements, our general visiting rules will also apply including:

  • In-person visiting will be by appointment only (only two visitors per visit)
  • No walk-in appointments
  • Visitors should arrive 15 minutes in advance of the scheduled visitation time to check-in
  • Failure to comply with any of the required safety and facility protocols will result in cancellation of the visit


Facility and Address Visiting Hours & Guidelines
  • Youth Transition Campus
    2801 Meadowlark Drive
    San Diego, CA 92123
  • Monday - Friday:  3:30pm - 8:30pm by appointment only.
    • The last scheduled in person visit ends at 7:30pm and the last virtual visit ends at 8:30pm.
  • Weekends and Holidays:  9:00am - 4:30pm.
    • The last scheduled visit will end at 4:30pm.
  • In person visits are 1 hour in length.
  • There will be a maximum of two visitors per youth at a time.
  • You must check in at the Administration Entrance prior to your visit.
  • All visits should be scheduled by appointment and may be scheduled three days in advance.
  • Virtual visitations are 30 minutes in length and are still available for families.
  • For appointments and additional information, please call (858) 694-4500, Monday - Friday 7:00am - 8:30pm.
  • East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility
    446 Alta Road, #6100
    San Diego, CA 92158

Mailing Address:
Youth's Full Name
PO Box 23598
San Diego, CA 92193-3598

  • Monday - Friday:  2:30pm - 8:00pm by appointment only.
    • The last visit scheduled will begin at 7:00pm and end at 8:00pm.
  • Saturday:  No visiting
  • Sunday:  8:30am - 11:00am and 12:00pm - 5:30pm.
    • The last scheduled visit will begin at 4:30pm and end at 5:30pm.
  • Visits will be up to 60 minutes in length.
  • There will be a maximum of two visitors per youth at a time.
  • You must check in at the Administration Entrance prior to your visit.
  • All visits should be scheduled by appointment and may be scheduled up to a week in advance.
  • For appointments and additional information, please call (619) 671-4400, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.
  • Virtual visitation is still an option for those who may not be able to meet the criteria for in-person visitation or who have transportation concerns.
  • Phone calls to all youth in custody are free effective July 1, 2021.

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  • Authorized Visitors

    A youth can receive a visit from anyone over the age of 18 years old in their family.  A family is defined as people who are united through biology, marriage, or adoption or who are so closely connected through friendships or shared experience that they are taken to be family members.  Conceived in this manner, “family” might include biological and adoptive parents, legal guardians, foster parents, kinship caregivers, grandparents, godparents, mentors, teachers, clergy, family friends, and others who support the youth and contribute to the success of the youth’s rehabilitation process.

    Authorization and approval for visitors can be obtained through the Casework Probation Officer.

  • Skype Visitations

    The East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility (EMJDF) offers Skype visitations.  The purpose of Skype tele-visit is to allow youth the opportunity to visit with their parent/guardian/other approved visitor who is unable to come to EMJDF for a face-to-face visit.  Only visitors who are on the “approved visitor” list, which has been updated by the assigned probation officer, are permitted to have a Skype visit. Skype tele-visitation is available for all youth detained at EMJDF.  Skype tele-visitation is held Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 8:00pm.  The last Skype tele-visit will be scheduled at 7:00pm and will end by 8:00pm when the visiting center closes. Each Skype tele-visit is 30 minutes.

    To schedule a Skype tele-visit for EMJDF, youth can request a visit from any officer. The officer will provide the Skype scheduler with the youth’s name and unit. The Skype Scheduler will contact the parent/legal guardian/approved visitor to set up a tele-visit. The interested visitor(s) may also contact the Skype Schedulers directly at (619) 671-4460 to schedule a Skype visitation appointment.

  • Visiting Regulations
    • Parents, legal guardians, and others who are pre-approved by their assigned Probation Officer are permitted to visit.  You must bring a valid photo I.D.
    • Youth who have children can request to have visits with their children while in custody.  These visits will also need to be approved through their assigned Probation Officer. 
    • Special visits must be pre-approved through the minor’s Probation Officer, the KMJDF or EMJDF Watch Commander, or the Court for the visit.
    • When entering KMJDF or EMJDF you may only bring in your I.D. and one key. There are a limited number of pay-per-use lockers available to secure your valuables.  Lockers at EMJDF require 2 quarters $0.50 (refunded when you empty the locker).
    • You may bring in one (1) paperback book or magazine for your child, with their name and unit number written on it.
    • Parents are also allowed to bring magazines that are on the list of 26 “approved” magazines.  The list is available here at the Kiosk.