Chapter 10.7. Prison Visitation of California Penal Code >> Title 7. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 10.7.
Any amendments to existing regulations and any future
regulations adopted by the Department of Corrections which may impact
the visitation of inmates shall do all of the following:
(a) Recognize and consider the value of visiting as a means to
improve the safety of prisons for both staff and inmates.
(b) Recognize and consider the important role of inmate visitation
in establishing and maintaining a meaningful connection with family
(c) Recognize and consider the important role of inmate visitation
in preparing an inmate for successful release and rehabilitation.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) shall
develop policies related to the department's contraband interdiction
efforts for individuals entering CDCR detention facilities. When
developed, these policies shall include, but not be limited to, the
(a) Application to all individuals, including visitors, all
department staff, including executive staff, volunteers, and contract
(b) Use of methods to ensure that profiling is not practiced
during random searches or searches of all individuals entering the
prison at that time.
(c) Establishment of unpredictable, random search efforts and
methods that ensures that no one, except department employees
specifically designated to conduct the random search, shall have
advance notice of when a random search is scheduled.
(d) All visitors attempting to enter a CDCR detention facility
shall be informed that they may refuse to be searched by a passive
(e) All visitors attempting to enter a CDCR detention facility who
refuse to be searched by a passive alert dog shall be informed of
options, including, but not limited to, the availability of a
(f) All individuals attempting to enter a CDCR detention facility,
who have a positive alert for contraband by an electronic drug
detection device, a passive alert dog, or other technology, shall be
informed of further potential search or visitation options.
(g) Establishment of a method by which an individual may
demonstrate an authorized health-related use of a controlled
substance when a positive alert is noted by an electronic drug
detection device, a passive alert dog, or other technology.
(h) Establishment of specific requirements for additional search
options when multiple positive alerts occur on an individual employee
within a specified timeframe.
(i) In determining which additional search options to offer
visitors and staff, CDCR shall consider the use of full-body
(j) CDCR shall, within two years of implementation of the policy
described in this section, conduct an evaluation of the policy. This
evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, the impact of the
(1) The amount of contraband, including drugs and cellular phones,
found in the prisons where the policy was implemented.
(2) The number of staff assaults that occurred in the prisons
where the policy was implemented.
(3) The number of serious rules violation reports issued in
prisons where the policy was implemented, including any reduction in