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Virginia Inmate Records

Virginia inmate records include all official documents containing information about individuals incarcerated in prisons, correctional centers, and jails in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Some of these records are identifying personal information while others are administrative records detailing inmates’ offender status and location. Most of these records are available to the public upon request.

Understanding the Virginia Correctional System

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) oversees the operations of state prisons and correctional facilities in the Commonwealth. It is a division of the Virginia Office of Public Safety and currently manages 41 state detention facilities. Out of these, there is only one private state prison. The Lawrenceville Correctional Center is operated by the GEO Group.

Facilities maintained by the VADOC are split into three regions: Eastern, Western, and Central. These regional offices direct the operations of 12, 15, and 14 state prisons and correctional facilities respectively. Visit the VADOC Facilities and Offices directory for the addresses and contact information of these facilities.

Besides state and private prisons, there are also county and regional jails in the Commonwealth of Virginia. County jails are run by Sheriff’s Offices while regional jails are independent correctional facilities that serve multiple counties and cities. The Department of Education provides a complete list of Virginia county and regional jails.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Virginia?

To visit an inmate in a state prison, you must first be approved for visitation and be on the offender’s visit list. Apply for approval online by submitting a visitation application. Note that minors must also apply to visit inmates. Adults can include one or more minors in their applications. A notarized statement form is required for adults that are not parents or legal guardians of minors included with their applications.

Note that visitors have to renew their visiting privileges every three years. In-state visitors must update their visitor applications online 30 days before their current privileges expire. Out-of-state visitors must re-apply 90 days before the expiration of their visiting privileges.

A visitor can only visit one inmate that is not their immediate family member. However, they can visit multiple offenders that are their immediate family members. You can find the full VADOC’s visitation policy on its website. While there are general rules and regulations governing inmate visitation for state prisons in Virginia, a facility can make changes to these. Therefore, you should contact the facility holding the inmate you wish to visit to enquire about specific visitation procedures. Generally, correctional facilities and prisons controlled by VADOC allow visits on weekends and state holidays.

When visiting an inmate, make sure to bring at least one valid photo ID. Accepted forms of ID include driver’s license, passport, military ID, and other government-issued picture identifications.

Virginia county and regional jails have varying sets of rules and guidelines for visitation. Visit the jail’s page online to find the regulations and visitation times for the facility you intend to visit.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Virginia

The VADOC allows friends and family members to send money to inmates in the facilities it operates through JPay. This fund transfer processor provides multiple options to send money including:

  • Walk-in cash deposits
  • Online credit/debit card deposits
  • Payments made over phone
  • Payments made from mobile apps
  • Money order sent by mail

JPay charges convenience/transfer fees for all transfers except for money orders sent by mail. VADOC only allows up to $300 per transfer for funds sent to inmate accounts. When sending money to an inmate, you must provide their seven-digit Offender ID Number.

To deposit cash into an inmate’s account, walk into a MoneyGram agent location including Walmart and CVS Pharmacy. When sending a money order, make sure to include a completed deposit slip. Mail the order and slip to:

JPay
P.O. Box 278170
Miramar, FL 33027

Funds sent by money orders are available to inmates within three business days. The fastest way to fund an inmate’s account is to make an online payment at JPay’s website. To make payments over the phone, call (800) 574-5729. Alternatively, use JPay mobile app to send money to an inmate. This app is available for Android phones and iPhones.

Most county and regional jails in Virginia allow friends and family members to send checks and money orders to inmates. These facilities usually contract fund transfer to payment processors like JailATM and TouchPay. They also allow visitors to send money to offenders by making cash, credit card, and money order deposits at ATMs and/or drop boxes located in their lobbies. Some also provide the option to send money online through their payment processors.

How Do I Request Inmate Records in Virginia?

The Freedom of Information Act, § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth access to prison and jail records. To view and copy these records, submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the facility keeping them. For a state prison managed by VADOC, send a request for offender information to the Warden or Superintendent of the facility using the contact information provided in the directory. You may submit your request in person or by phone, email, fax, or U.S. Mail.

Ask for specific records and request electronic records if available. The request does not have to provide a reason for wanting inmate records.

To request other types of jail records from VADOC, use the Contact Us form provided on its website or call or send a request by mail to:

Virginia Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261
Phone: (804) 674-3000

To obtain inmate and jail records from a county or regional jail in Virginia, visit the website of the Sheriff’s Office (for county jails) or the regional jail’s website and follow the procedures provided for requesting inmate records. If there are no specific instructions, find the contact information of the jail’s FOIA Officer or Warden.

How Do I Find Inmates in Virginia Prisons?

The VADOC provides an offender locator search on its website to help the public find inmates incarcerated in the facilities it controls. To use this search tool, simply provide an inmate’s last name and the first letter of their first name or their offender I.D. The offender I.D. is a unique seven-digit number assigned to every inmate in Virginia prisons and correctional facilities. To narrow your search, you may also provide the inmate’s middle name, alias, sex, race, current location, expected release date, and age range.

How to Locate an Inmate in a Virginia Jail

County and regional jails in Virginia have their own inmate locators. These are usually available on the webpages hosting their information. To search for an offender in a county or regional jail, visit its page on a county’s, Sheriff’s, or facility website and find the inmate name/population search tool. If there is no way to search the jail population online, contact the facility directly to enquire about individuals held there.

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