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Virginia Inmate Records

Virginia inmate records include all official documents containing information about individuals incarcerated in prisons and jails in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Generally, these records contain personally-identifying information as well as administrative records detailing inmates' offender status, location, and release date. Unless restricted by court order, information in Virginia inmate records are public information per the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and available upon request.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) oversees the operations of state prisons and correctional facilities, as well as 41 state detention facilities. The VADOC directory contains the physical 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 inmates in state prisons, a visitor must first be approved for visitation and be on the offender's visit list. Interested persons may apply for approval online by submitting a visitation application. Approved visitors must renew this privilege every three years at least 30 days before their current privileges expire. Out-of-state visitors must re-apply 90 days before the expiration of their visiting privileges.

Generally, visits to Virginia prisons are per the Department of Corrections visitation policy. Visitors must have at least one valid, government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport, or military ID. On the other hand, Virginia county and regional jails have varying rules and guidelines for visitation. Visitors must visit the jail's official website to find the regulations and visitation times for the facility where the inmate of interest is serving time.

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

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 the JPay mobile app to send money to an inmate. This app is available for Android phones and iPhones.

In-person and mail-in deposits are also possible for up to $300 per transfer. When sending money to an inmate, the depositor must provide the inmate's 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:

P.O. Box 278170
Miramar, FL 33027

Funds sent by money orders are available to inmates within three business days. 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 transfers 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 to Perform a Virginia Prison Inmate Search?

To view and copy inmate 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 US 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 to Perform a Virginia Prison Inmate Search

The VADOC maintains a prison lookup tool that is publicly available. Interested persons may perform a free inmate search by name or offender ID to find someone in prison. The offender ID is a unique seven-digit number assigned to every inmate in Virginia prisons and correctional facilities.

How to Perform a Virginia County Jail Inmate Search

County and regional jails in Virginia have their own inmate lookup tools. These are usually available on the web pages hosting their information. To search for an offender in a county or regional jail, visit the local law enforcement official website and search the inmate list or jail roster. Alternatively, interested persons may contact the facility directly to find a person in jail.

The Difference between Virginia State Prisons and County Jail

The Virginia Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of all state prisons and county jails in Virginia. The department also oversees the operation of some county jails.

The Virginia Department of Corrections has a total budget of $1.3 billion. The department employs over 6,000 people.

In 2020, there were over 29,000 inmates housed in Virginia state prisons. This is an increase from the 27,324 inmates who were incarcerated in 2015. The average cost to house an inmate in a Virginia state prison is $24,410 per year.

As of June 2017, there were 3,648 inmates housed in county jails in Virginia. This is an increase from the 3,606 inmates who were incarcerated in county jails in 2016. The average cost to house an inmate in a Virginia county jail is $22,837 per year.

In 2016, the Virginia Department of Corrections had an operating budget of $742 million. The department's capital budget for 2016 was $121 million.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

Inmate release date is available information online or by contacting the jail administrator unless a court or the record custodian makes the information private for safety reasons. In such cases, only the inmate's immediate family members, crime victims, attorneys, and authorized criminal justice officials, will have access to the inmate's exact release date.

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  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Property Records
  • Asset Records
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Criminal Record

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  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.