Mecklenburg County Jail – Boydton, VA

Mecklenburg County Jail is located in Mecklenburg County, VA and is the main correctional facility for the area. Know someone locked up at Mecklenburg County Jail? This page gives you information about anything you might need to know about Mecklenburg County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Mecklenburg County Jail? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Mecklenburg County court information. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that would be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Mecklenburg County Jail
911 Madison Street
Boydton, VA 23917

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 434-738-6171
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

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

In order to search who is in jail at Mecklenburg County Jail you should go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mecklenburg County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can get info on anyone arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can locate the information faster if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another jail you can check our Virginia county jail guide: Other Jails in Virginia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Mecklenburg County Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Mecklenburg County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in their name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Mecklenburg County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be set by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to post ten percent of the total that was set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Mecklenburg County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, its really easy. First of all, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • 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 jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some simple questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will be released. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring required items with you, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. All visitors has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Mecklenburg County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so double-check the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or cut altogether.

The Mecklenburg County Jail phone number is: 434-738-6171

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of delivery. You should write or type the name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and examined by the jail administration, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Mecklenburg County Jail, use this address:

Mecklenburg County Jail
911 Madison Street
Boydton, VA 23917

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mecklenburg County Jail
911 Madison Street
Boydton, VA 23917


The Mecklenburg County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to review the official Mecklenburg County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find an attorney, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law in Virginia.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a file with a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the online service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records from your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of the report before your sentencing, and correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do so, just query the Mecklenburg County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Mecklenburg County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings online, but bear in mind that you won’t find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are connected so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime 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 are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t learn if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Mecklenburg County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Mecklenburg County Jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will work 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 Mecklenburg 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 Mecklenburg 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 people in jail can change, so be sure to double check the official Mecklenburg County Jail site when 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

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mecklenburg County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mecklenburg 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 Mecklenburg 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:

    • 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Click here to review Mecklenburg County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell the World All About It

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Mecklenburg County Jail


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