Visitation Preparation

Before coming to the jail to visit an inmate, make sure you know where you are going, where to park and what you can and cannot bring with you.

Entering the Jail

You will enter the jail using the Main Lobby entrance located at 950 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.


You will have to find your own parking. Parking meters are available along Second Avenue and the closest pay lots are adjacent to the jail on First and Second Avenues.

What to Do with Valuables

With the exception of photo identification, you will need to lock all of your personal belongings in the lockers available in the front lobby. This includes everything: wallets, purses, money, keys, beepers, cell phones, cigarettes, matches, lighters, food, beverages, pens, pencils, coats, jackets or other outer garments. Baby bottles are the only exception. The lockers require a 25-cent (quarter) deposit which is returned upon departure.

Photo ID Requirements

You must have current acceptable photo identification that includes your address and date of birth in order to sign-up for a visit. Expired IDs will not be accepted. The following forms of identification are acceptable:

  • Driver’s license
  • Photo ID issued by federal, state, or local government

Pre-Visit Searches

All visitors are subject to be searched for contraband prior to entering the Jail. Anyone caught bringing contraband into the institution will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and all visiting privileges will be revoked.

Contraband goods are defined as any letter, note, drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, weapons or any other article not authorized by the administration.

What Not to Bring

No letters, notes, photos or publications can be given to an inmate during a visit. Further, jail personnel are not permitted to accept any items to pass along to inmates.

In the Event of an Emergency

In the event that a fire alarm is activated while you are in the Jail, please proceed to the nearest elevator and await further instructions. Do not board an elevator.