Rappahannock County Jail – Washington, VA

Rappahannock County Jail is located in Rappahannock County, VA and is the jail for that area. Know somebody locked up in Rappahannock County Jail? This guide gives you information about everything you might need to know about Rappahannock County Jail: Find an inmate at Rappahannock County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give information and tips that you’ll need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rappahannock County Jail
383 Porter Street
Washington, VA 22747

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (540) 675-5300
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Rappahannock County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Rappahannock County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find information about anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in another county jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in Virginia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is a picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a side picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Rappahannock County Jail inmates can be viewed on the Rappahannock County Jail website, or you can view them at the Rappahannock County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the inmate’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Rappahannock County Jail site? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to show up for court, and until that date you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, a prisoner in the Rappahannock County Jail can earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will not 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 jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent 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 Rappahannock County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer some basic questions, like your full name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail may take between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge has to figure out how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant 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 you do, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring necessary items with you, like your drivers license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will go into the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Rappahannock County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you check the official jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or forbidden.

The Rappahannock County Jail phone number is: (540) 675-5300

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and the mail will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Rappahannock County Jail is:

Rappahannock County Jail
383 Porter Street
Washington, VA 22747

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rappahannock County Jail
383 Porter Street
Washington, VA 22747


The Rappahannock County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so be sure to visit the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to have a friend or relative locate an attorney for you. You might be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and guide you through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more information on this, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Rappahannock County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the Virginia State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They include a court case file with a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Rappahannock County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents related to your case are kept at Rappahannock County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person who presides on your case in court. They do different functions, such as setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you should ask to see your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out just visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the street address, just the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not see if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rappahannock County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Rappahannock County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the daily routine. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to 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 Rappahannock 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 Rappahannock 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 jail inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you review the official website 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Rappahannock County Jail

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

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 spent any time in Rappahannock County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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