Scott County Jail – Gate City, VA

Scott County Jail is in Scott County, VA and is the primary jail for this region. Looking for someone incarcerated at Scott County Jail? This guide will tell you about everything you might want to know about Scott County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that would be beneficial to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Scott County Jail
146 Manville Road
Gate City, VA 24251

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (276) 386-7679
Fax Number:

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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 want to find them?

Do you know somebody that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at Scott County Jail you will have to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Scott County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can get the same information about anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate the information faster if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be in another jail you should look here: Virginia County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Scott County Jail prisoners can be found on the Scott County Jail website, or you can view them at the Scott County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the inmate’s name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Scott County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount will be set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate can earn time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You will have to post 10% of the amount that was set before you can bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the Scott County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Scott County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Scott County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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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 will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you 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 get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get released. Also, it will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Each and every 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 visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so check the official site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Scott County Jail phone number is: (276) 386-7679

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail will be opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Scott County Jail:

Scott County Jail
146 Manville Road
Gate City, VA 24251

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Scott County Jail
146 Manville Road
Gate City, VA 24251


The Scott County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so you should check the official Scott County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Scott County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and every documents in your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court 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.

Magistrate

The Scott County magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to get your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are supposed 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 locked up?

To find this out you should query the Scott County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Scott County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t get the actual address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the Scott County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to the Scott County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, usually won’t learn if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Scott County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Scott County jail is no fun, you will soon get used to the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Scott 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 Scott 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 procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Scott County Jail changes, so double check the site when you send any money.

    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 Scott County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Scott 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 Scott 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 a prisoner in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Scott County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to get in touch with someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Scott County Jail


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