Shenandoah County Jail – Woodstock, VA

Shenandoah County Jail is in Shenandoah County, Virginia and is the jail for the region. Know someone in jail at Shenandoah County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything related to Shenandoah County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that would help other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Shenandoah County Jail
109 W Court St.
Woodstock, VA 22664

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 540-459-6120
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

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

In order to find out who’s in jail at Shenandoah County Jail you will have to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Shenandoah County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who have been arrested, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can get information on anyone arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information more quickly if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for may be in another county jail you can look here, too: Other Jails in Virginia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched online, or you can see them at the Shenandoah County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Shenandoah County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, 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 taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are in jail, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, inmates at Shenandoah County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can bail out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Shenandoah County 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 find out how much their bail is on the Shenandoah County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. First, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to decide on the bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, plan to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Shenandoah County Jail are always changing, so it would be wise to check the official jail site before you 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 pricier than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 540-459-6120

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Shenandoah County Jail is:

Shenandoah County Jail
109 W Court St.
Woodstock, VA 22664

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Shenandoah County Jail
109 W Court St.
Woodstock, VA 22664


The mail policy changes frequently, so be sure to double check the site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Shenandoah County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. They contain a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents related to your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford 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 rules over your case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are able to request to receive your own copy of this report before sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even 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 could be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you will have to access the Shenandoah County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the Shenandoah County court website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but keep in mind that you won’t see the exact address, but only the block 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 containing a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You can access your court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from another state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Shenandoah County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Shenandoah County Jail is no fun, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect a wake-up alarm at about 6am, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Shenandoah 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 Shenandoah 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 funds to inmates at Shenandoah County Jail might change, so we suggest that you double check the official Shenandoah 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 Shenandoah County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Shenandoah 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 Shenandoah County 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.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in Shenandoah County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in the review:

    • Conditions in Shenandoah County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Want to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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