Arlington County Detention Facility – Arlington, VA

Arlington County Detention Facility is located in Arlington County and is the correctional facility for this county. Looking for somebody locked up in Arlington County Detention Facility? This site gives you information about everything you might want to know about Arlington County Detention Facility: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you information and tips that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that might be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Arlington County Detention Facility
1435 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 703-228-3000
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to contact them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To search who is in jail at Arlington County Detention Facility you will have to go to their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Arlington County Detention Facility Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information for anyone arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate the information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is locked up at a different jail you can look here: Virginia County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Arlington County Detention Facility inmates can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Arlington County Detention Facility. When viewing online you need to enter the legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Arlington County Detention Facility website? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are locked up, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave town.

In most cases, prisoners at Arlington County Detention Facility will earn time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on how serious your crime is. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total set in order to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Arlington County Detention Facility or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Arlington County Detention Facility

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, it depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to decide on the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, plan to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail, and let them know that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late. Just bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into a Visiting log as an approved visitor. All visitors is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Arlington County Detention Facility visitation procedures frequently change, so make sure that you review the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Arlington County Detention Facility phone number is: 703-228-3000

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and read and examined by staff, and will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Arlington County Detention Facility is:

Arlington County Detention Facility
1435 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Arlington County Detention Facility
1435 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201


The Arlington County Detention Facility inmate mail policy changes, so double check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system in Arlington County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Arlington County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the Virginia State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents filed in the case. You can access your court records with the online service, or at the Arlington County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your case are kept and available to you at the Arlington County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that rules over your case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Remember you can request to receive a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but remember that you can’t get the actual address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in your case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of a person’s criminal past. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not find out if they has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Arlington County,the Arlington County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Arlington County Detention Facility is very scary, soon you will get used to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Arlington County Detention Facility, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Arlington County Detention Facility uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to inmates at Arlington County Detention Facility is always changing, so check the site when you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Arlington County Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Arlington County Detention Facility, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Arlington County Detention Facility

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in Arlington County Detention Facility? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Arlington County Detention Facility

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    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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