Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail – Harrisonburg, VA

Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail is in Rockingham County, VA and is the main jail for this region. Are you looking for someone locked up at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail? This page gives you about everything you might want to know about Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much, much more.

Main Menu

The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up easier. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail
25 South Liberty St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 540-564-3800
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


View Larger Map

Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who is in jail at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail you need to click on their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can get info about anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find the information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is locked up at a different jail you should look here: Other County Jails in Virginia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is the photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the pictures, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the prisoner’s name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

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


Return To Main Menu

Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and you will not be permitted to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to post 10% of the amount set before you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. First, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – 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 your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Rockingham County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

Tell Your Story

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


Return To Main Menu

Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer some questions, like your full name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please share your experience so others can benefit from your story. How long did it take to get processed? How were you treated? Do you know any tips that might help others get through the process?

Click here to comment

Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take between 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get released. Also, it depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail frequently change, so make sure that you visit the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are a lot more expensive 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 every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone may be limited or cut altogether.

The Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail phone number is: 540-564-3800

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail:

Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail
25 South Liberty St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail
25 South Liberty St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801


The mail policy at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail changes, so you should review the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


Return To Main Menu

Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

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

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records relating to your case are kept and available to you at the Rockingham County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can request to have a copy of the report prior to sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). 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 you might be given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


Return To Main Menu

Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out just access the Rockingham County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the 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 them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Rockingham County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but remember that you can’t get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that contains a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

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

A criminal records search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t learn if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people.

    Click here to share your story

    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rockingham County,the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


    Return To Main Menu

    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Rockingham County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat 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 Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional 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 Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional 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 procedure to send funds to jail inmates is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail 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.


    Return To Main Menu

    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


    Return To Main Menu

    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional 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 Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional 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.


    Return To Main Menu

    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.

    Click here to share your story


    Return To Main Menu

    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.

    Click here to post a comment

    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.


    Return To Main Menu

    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write down your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to leave a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to find a person you met in jail? Write your message below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail


    Return To Main Menu
    3051

Comments

  1. Sarah S. says:

    I don’t know how this works. So Hi Jamie D. How much are phone calls? We are praying for you!!

    [Comment edited by Admin. Reason: No last names. For more info read our Comment Policy]

Speak Your Mind

*


*