Grayson County Jail – Independence, VA

Grayson County Jail is in Grayson County, Virginia and is the correctional facility for this region. Know somebody in Grayson County Jail? This guide tells you about anything one might want to know about Grayson County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Grayson County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to offer information and advice you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any comments or feedback that might help others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Grayson County Jail
122 Davis Street
Independence, VA 24348

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 276-773-3241
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To find out who is in jail at Grayson County Jail you should navigate to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Grayson County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can also find info for anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member may be at another jail you will want to look here, too: Virginia County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one face photo and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Grayson County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter the full name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Grayson County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail will be determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until then you are required not to leave the county.

In most cases, inmates at Grayson County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount that was set in order to be released. If you fail to show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy. To start with, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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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
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some questions, such as your full legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please share your experience. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any things that could help others make it through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will get out of jail. It also can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge still needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go, like a driver’s license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should double-check the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . Calls made in jail are a lot pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Grayson County Jail phone number is: 276-773-3241

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Grayson County Jail is:

Grayson County Jail
122 Davis Street
Independence, VA 24348

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Grayson County Jail
122 Davis Street
Independence, VA 24348


The Grayson County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so be sure to check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Grayson County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on this, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Grayson County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law in Virginia.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They include a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the case. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Grayson County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your court case are held at Grayson County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Grayson County court magistrate is the person who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to request to have a copy of the report before sentencing, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to 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 may be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants online or 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. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Grayson County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the actual address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that contains a court docket and any documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Grayson County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

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

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to find out if someone has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Grayson County,the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Grayson County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Grayson 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 Grayson 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 process for sending money to inmates at Grayson County Jail could change, so visit the site before you send funds 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Grayson County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Grayson 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 Grayson County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Grayson County Jail?

    If so, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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