Tazewell County Jail – Tazewell, VA

Tazewell County Jail is in Tazewell County and is the primary correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone in Tazewell County Jail? This site will tell you all about anything related to Tazewell County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give information and advice you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Tazewell County Jail
315 School St.
Tazewell, VA 24651

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 276-988-5970
Fax Number:

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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 don’t know how to contact them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to see who is in jail at Tazewell County Jail you have to visit their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Tazewell County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons currently in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can get information about anyone processed or discharged within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information fast if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be at a different jail you will want to look here: Virginia County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Tazewell County Jail website, or you can see them at the Tazewell County Jail. When viewing online you have to input their first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Tazewell County Jail website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting 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 can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

Typically, a prisoner in the Tazewell County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while 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 either have to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released. If you miss your scheduled court date, 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 Tazewell County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may require that they use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, street address, birthdate and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get released. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you need to start your sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be entered into a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Tazewell County Jail can change, so you should check the official Tazewell County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are usually more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

Phone Number: 276-988-5970

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be sent via the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail is opened and examined by the jail officers, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Tazewell County Jail
315 School St.
Tazewell, VA 24651

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tazewell County Jail
315 School St.
Tazewell, VA 24651


The inmate mail policy at Tazewell County Jail changes often, so double check the official Tazewell County Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more information about this, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Tazewell County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a court case file containing a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed during your court case. You can access your court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case. Magistrate judges do different functions, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember you can request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, 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 to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, just go to the Tazewell County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records 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. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Tazewell County jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the street address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file containing a docket and any documents and filings filed in your case. You can access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Tazewell County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

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

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Tazewell County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Tazewell County jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Expect a wake-up alarm each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Tazewell 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 Tazewell 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 money to people in jail changes, so we suggest that you double check the the Tazewell County Jail website before send funds to someone in jail 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Tazewell County Jail

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

    • 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 an inmate at Tazewell County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.

    What to write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

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