South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) – Charleston, WV

South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) is located in Pendleton County, WV and is the primary jail for that county. Are you looking for somebody in South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)? This page tells you about anything you might want to know about South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ),such as: How to locate an inmate. How to view South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask them, and any comments or tips that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)
1001 Centre Way
Charleston, WV 25309

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 304-558-2110
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who’s in jail at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) you will need to click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find the same information about anybody booked or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at another jail you can check the other West Virginia county jails in our West Virginia County Jail Guide: List of all jails in West Virginia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) website, or you can view them at the South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ). When you search for mugshots online you will need to input the person’s first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. 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 mugshot sites, 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’re in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the area.

Typically, inmates at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of 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 are charged with. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total set in order for you to be released. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) or the County Courthouse. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is very simple to do. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get 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 they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, please share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Can you share any things that might help others get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take between 10 minutes to all day. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged. Also, it will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) can change, so we suggest that you double-check the official site before you 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 much more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges may be limited or totally denied.

The South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) phone number is: 304-558-2110

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ):

South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)
1001 Centre Way
Charleston, WV 25309

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)
1001 Centre Way
Charleston, WV 25309


The inmate mail policy at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) changes often, so review the the South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

To read more about this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Pendleton County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a court case file containing a docket and every documents and motions filed in the case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records associated with your court case are available at the Pendleton County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Pendleton County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your case. Magistrates do different tasks, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should ask to have your own copy of this report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you must go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to access the Pendleton County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records on the Pendleton County jail website or call the court directly. You have to have their 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 an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Pendleton County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t find the exact address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the Pendleton County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, in most cases will not see if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Pendleton County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ), 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 South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) 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 people in jail changes, so check the official South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ) 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ), 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 South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)

    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 have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your experience because other people will know what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at South Central Regional Jail (SCRJ)

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