Southampton County Jail – Courtland, VA

Southampton County Jail is in Southampton County, VA and is the main correctional facility for this region. Know somebody locked up at Southampton County Jail? This page will tell you all about everything you might need to know about Southampton County Jail,like: Find an inmate at Southampton County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you information and tips that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Southampton County Jail
22336 Main Street Post Office Box 70
Courtland, VA 23837

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (757) 653-2100
Fax:

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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?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Southampton County Jail you will need to navigate to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Southampton County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can get the same information about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information faster if you have their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be at another jail you can check our Virginia county jail guide: Virginia County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a side picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the Southampton County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Southampton County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the prisoner’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Southampton County Jail website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, a prisoner at Southampton County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total that was determined in order to get out of jail. If you miss court, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

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 person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Southampton County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a 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
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through these 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.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get discharged. Also, it depends on if you have a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start your sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant 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 on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered in a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. All visitors will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Southampton County Jail visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to visit the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are typically more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep 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 may be limited or forbidden.

The Southampton County Jail phone number is: (757) 653-2100

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Southampton County Jail is:

Southampton County Jail
22336 Main Street Post Office Box 70
Courtland, VA 23837

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Southampton County Jail
22336 Main Street Post Office Box 70
Courtland, VA 23837


The inmate mail policy at Southampton County Jail is always changing, so it would be best to check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you 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 you ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated legal system. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Southampton County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a file with a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the website, or at 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 that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that rules on your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget that you can request to have a copy of the report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When 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 and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently 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 for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is a 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 Southampton County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information on the website, but remember that you will not see the actual address, rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from other states. Go to the Southampton County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

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

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t discover if someone had:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Southampton County,the Southampton County 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 Southampton County Jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00AM, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will have 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 Southampton 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 Southampton 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 someone in jail at Southampton County Jail can change, so it would be best to double check the site before you send money 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.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Southampton County Jail

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

    • 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 at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Southampton County Jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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