Bland County Jail – Bland, VA

Bland County Jail is in Bland County, VA and is the main correctional facility for that county. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Bland County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Bland County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Bland County court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Bland County Jail
P.O. Box 510
Bland, VA 24315

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 276-688-4311
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and need to find them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Bland County Jail you need to visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Bland County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons currently in custody, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can get info for anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be at another county jail you should check the other Virginia county jails in our Virginia County Jail Guide: Virginia County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is a photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a side-view photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the pictures, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Bland County Jail website, or you can view them at the Bland County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the person’s name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Bland County Jail website? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the Bland County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it is easy. First of all, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Bland County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You have to answer a number of questions, like your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on if you have a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, like your drivers license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put into a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Bland County Jail are always changing, so review the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 276-688-4311

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. Clearly write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Bland County Jail is:

Bland County Jail
P.O. Box 510
Bland, VA 24315

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bland County Jail
P.O. Box 510
Bland, VA 24315


The mail policy at Bland County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official Bland County Jail site before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated court system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

To read more about this, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are members of the Virginia State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a court case file containing a docket and all documents filed in the course of your case. You can access court records with the website, or by going to the Bland County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records from your court case are kept and available to you at the Bland County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Bland County court magistrate is the person that rules on your case. Magistrates do several different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the defendant’s background and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the Bland County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Bland County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the actual address, rather the block 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 court docket and all documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Bland County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will settle into the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to 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 Bland County Jail, 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 Bland County Jail 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 rules for sending money to people in jail is always changing, so we suggest that you review the the Bland County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate.

    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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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Bland County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bland County Jail, 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 Bland County Jail

    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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have 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 incarcerated in Bland County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Bland County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Bland County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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