Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) – Holden, WV

Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) is in Tyler County and is the main correctional facility for the region. Looking for somebody locked up at Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)? This site tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ),like the following: How to locate an inmate at Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ). Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you information you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)
13 Gaston Caperton Dr.
Holden, WV 25625

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 304-239-3032
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and want to find them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) you need to visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) Inmate Locator has information on people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also find info for anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be at another jail you can check our guide to other West Virginia jails: West Virginia County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) prisoners can be seen on the Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) website, or you can see them at the Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ). When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter their full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken off of the Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that all of your arrest records 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 a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must agree to show up for court, and until that date you are required not to leave the county.

Typically, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you can get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its easy. First of all, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in most cases use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some simple questions, like your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will let you use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day. In other words the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, it can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will go in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are generally pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

The Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) phone number is: 304-239-3032

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ):

Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)
13 Gaston Caperton Dr.
Holden, WV 25625

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)
13 Gaston Caperton Dr.
Holden, WV 25625


The inmate mail policy at Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) is always changing, so you should double check the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney in Tyler County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept and available to you at Tyler County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and details of the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including 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 might get immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date that you must turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you should visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail 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 think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Tyler County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Tyler County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access these listings online, but remember that you won’t find the street address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

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 sheet and all of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on their website, or at the Tyler County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments could make it easier for others.

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Tyler County,the Tyler County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Tyler County jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following 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 Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ), 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 Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) is likely to change, so you should double check the 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 Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ), 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 Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)

    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 locked up at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)?

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

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Conditions in Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ).
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Click here to review Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ)

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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