November 27, 2014
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Warden 
Janine Donate 
 Deputy Warden for Security       Deputy Warden for Treatment
                          Robert McFadden                             Carol Sommers                             
   
 Opened in 1992, the Jail is a state-of-the-art, 250,000 square foot, direct supervision high rise facility with a capacity of 1,352 inmates.  Corrections Officers work inside the housing units where they have direct contact and interactions with inmates.  The maximum-security facility houses inmates who are pre-trial detainees as well as those serving local terms of sentence.  

 
Contact

LEHIGH COUNTY JAIL
38 North Fourth Street
Allentown, PA 18102
 
General information:
610-782-3270

 
Visiting Hours

Monday thru Friday
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 
Jail Visitation

Lehigh County PrisonInmate Visiting Information

General population inmates may receive visitors every three days on a rotating basis according to their housing unit assignment.

Inmates in administrative segregation receive one visit per week for a period of 30 minutes. Inmates in disciplinary segregation receive one 30-minute visit approximately every 30 days contingent on their behavior.

Visiting is done via telephone while viewing through glass.  There is no physical contact.

NOTE:   Visit conversations are subject to monitoring and recording.

Rules

  1. Non-contact visitation is a minimum of one-half hour for general population inmates and, if there is no one waiting, may continue to the end of the session.  Visits for the segregated population inmates are one half-hour in length.

  2. There will be a limit of two visitors per inmate at a given time, including baby or child.

  3. Visitors are restricted to one visit per day.
  4. In order to expedite the visiting process, visitors should know the inmate's full name and identification number.
  5. All visitors 18 years and older shall be required to provide a current and valid government-issued identification that includes a photo and date of birth.

    Examples of appropriate identification include but are not limited to driver's license, passport, medical assistance cards and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation identification. Expired identification cards and check cashing cards are not accepted.

    Please view the Lehigh County Jail Visitor I.D. Procedures for more information.

    Visitors who do not provide an acceptable form of official identification with a photo and a date of birth will not be admitted into the Jail.

  6. A parent or legal guardian must accompany any person under 18 years of age, unless the minor is the offspring of the inmate receiving the visit. An original birth certificate that includes both parents names must be presented at each visit. Photocopies are not acceptable. The escorting adult is responsible for the behavior of the minor visitor. The escorting adult will, at no time, leave a child unattended while visiting an inmate. Correctional staff do not supervise visiting minors.
  7. Visitors believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to visit or to remain on facility grounds.
  8. All visitors are expected to use good judgment in their dress. No provocative clothing will be allowed. If a person’s dress is questionable, the Shift Commander shall determine if the attire is acceptable.  If determined unacceptable, the Shift Commander will cancel the visit. Shoes are required. Hats, with the exception of religious headgear, and outer garments must be secured before the visit begins. Please view the Lehigh County Jail Visitor Dress Code for more information.
  9. All personal items must be secured before entering the metal detectors prior to the visit.
  10. A parent with a baby may take one diaper and one baby bottle into the screen visit area. All other items must be secured into locker provided. Strollers must remain in the lobby.

    Visitors who leave the visiting area for any reason (use the bathrooms, etc) are considered to have ended the visit.

    Visitors who are disorderly or exhibit lewd behavior will cause the visit to be terminated and they will be required to leave the facility. Lewd behavior includes exposing of breasts and genitalia.
  11. Visitors responsible for vandalism, including graffiti, will have their visiting privileges suspended and will be required to pay for damages.
  12. Visitors must comply with all lawful verbal orders given by Department of Corrections staff.
  13. Violations of any rules or regulations or inappropriate behavior on the part of the visitor and/or the inmate may lead to suspension or denial of visiting privileges.
  14. All visitors, including children, are subject to search on entering the facility. The visitor has the option of submitting to the search or immediately leaving the facility.

Attorney visits

While attorneys may visit their clients at any reasonable time, preferred hours are
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Corrections personnel will accommodate visits at other times; however, attorneys should be aware that, depending on operational conditions in the facility, they might experience delays.

Attorneys are also required to present appropriate photo-identification as well as a Bar Association card.

Law enforcement visits

Law enforcement personnel may visit inmates at any reasonable time. Preferred hours are
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Corrections personnel will accommodate visits at other times; however, law enforcement officials should be aware that, depending on operational conditions in the facility, they might experience delays.

Law enforcement officials are required to secure all weapons and ammunition and present official identification prior to entering the facility.

 

  
 
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