Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) – Belington, WV

Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) is located in Wetzel County, West Virginia and is the correctional facility for that area. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ)? This site gives you about everything related to Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ): How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any tips or comments that might be a benefit to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ)
400 Abbey Road
Belington, WV 26250

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (304) 637-0382
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) you have to go to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) Inmate Roster is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get info for anybody booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can get the information faster if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one is in another county jail you should check the other West Virginia county jails in our West Virginia County Jail Guide: West Virginia County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one and a side-view photo. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) website, or you can go in person to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ). When viewing online you need to put in the full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) site? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, 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 in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until then you must not travel out of the county.

Typically, prisoners in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) will be given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail each day after work, or you might get to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it’s really easy. First, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be released into your care. 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 just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put 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 step is that you have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to make a phone call in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, expect to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you need to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put in the log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to review the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 usually pricier 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 bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) phone number is: (304) 637-0382

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other method of delivery. Clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read by staff, and the mail will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) is:

Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ)
400 Abbey Road
Belington, WV 26250

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ)
400 Abbey Road
Belington, WV 26250


The mail policy changes, so double check the official website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the legal system in Wetzel County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the West Virginia State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your court case are maintained at Wetzel County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Wetzel County magistrate is the judge that presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do many different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can request to receive a copy of this report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out just visit the Wetzel County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should 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 can check the court records on the Wetzel County court website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Wetzel County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records online, or at the Wetzel County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to the Wetzel County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, usually will not be able to see if someone had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Wetzel County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Wetzel County,The Sheriff’s Department 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 getting locked up in Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon settle into the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ), 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 Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) 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 Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) inmates could change, so you should review the site when you send any funds.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ)

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ), 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 Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ)

    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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 been an inmate in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ)?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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