Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) – Emporia, VA

Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) is located in Southside Regional Area, Virginia and is the correctional facility for this county. Do you know somebody locked up in Southside Regional Jail (SRJ)? This page gives you info about anything a person needs to know about Southside Regional Jail (SRJ),such as: Find out who’s in jail at Southside Regional Jail (SRJ)? How to view Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information and advice that you’ll need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that could help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Southside Regional Jail (SRJ)
244 Uriah Branch Way
Emporia, VA 23847

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (434) 634-2254
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to locate them?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) you should visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to find information about anybody processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member is incarcerated at a different jail you should check our Virginia county jail guide: Virginia Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and one profile photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) website, or you can see them in person at the Southside Regional Jail (SRJ). When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the first and last name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken off of the Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records will 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 getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you are required not to travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner in the Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) are given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to pay 10% of the amount set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. First, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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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
  • Get Out 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 these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you must answer some basic questions, like your full name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell our readers about your experience. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Do you have any secrets that could help other people that get arrested make it through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will get let go. Also, it might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell them that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) visitation procedures frequently change, so 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 with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to 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 rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) phone number is: (434) 634-2254

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and the mail will get sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Southside Regional Jail (SRJ):

Southside Regional Jail (SRJ)
244 Uriah Branch Way
Emporia, VA 23847

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Southside Regional Jail (SRJ)
244 Uriah Branch Way
Emporia, VA 23847


The Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) inmate mail policy can change, so it would be best to review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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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 most important of which is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in Southside Regional Area. The faster you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case with the Southside Regional Area website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records relating to your case are kept at the Southside Regional Area Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Keep in mind you can request to see a copy of this report before your sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

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

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records on the Southside Regional Area court website or call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Southside Regional Area jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the precise address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in the court 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 and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Southside Regional Area,the Southside Regional Area Sheriff’s Department 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

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) is very scary, in time you will settle into the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish 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 Southside Regional Jail (SRJ), 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 Southside Regional Jail (SRJ) 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 rules for sending money to someone in jail is always changing, so we suggest that you check the official website when 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 Southside Regional Jail (SRJ)

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Southside Regional Jail (SRJ), 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 Southside Regional Jail (SRJ)

    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 incarcerated in Southside Regional Jail (SRJ)? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Need to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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