Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) – Salem, VA

Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) is located in Western Virginia Regional Area, Virginia and is the primary jail for that county. Are you looking for someone locked up at Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)? This guide will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)such as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Western Virginia Regional Area court information. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer information and advice that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and also any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)
5885 West River Road
Salem, VA 24153

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 540-378-3700
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and don’t know how to locate them?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) you need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can get information for anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for might be in another county jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in Virginia


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) inmates can be found on the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) website, or you can see them at the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ). When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot erased from the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. 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 many different mugshot websites, 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 are in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you must promise to show up for court, and until then you can’t leave the area.

Typically, prisoners are given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to put up 10% of the amount set before you can be released. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ). If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it is easy. First of all, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • 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 jail intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will let you use the telephone in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If so, please share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any things that will help others get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a date of your release, plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will go into a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot more expensive 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 that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) phone number is: 540-378-3700

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) is:

Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)
5885 West River Road
Salem, VA 24153

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)
5885 West River Road
Salem, VA 24153


The Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) inmate mail policy changes frequently, so visit the the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the legal system. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.

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

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the Virginia State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

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. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You can access your court case records using the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Western Virginia Regional Area court magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you can ask to see a copy of this report before your sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include 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 taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date to go to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you need to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Western Virginia Regional Area Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the internet, but you should know that you can’t see the precise address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. Go to the Western Virginia Regional Area Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

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

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if they has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Western Virginia Regional Area courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Western Virginia Regional Area,the Western Virginia Regional Area Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Western Virginia Regional Area jail is very scary, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate 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 Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ), 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 Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

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

    The procedure to send money to inmates at Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ) could change, so you should check the site when send money 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 Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ), 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 Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)

    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.

    Tell Your Story


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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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Conditions in Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ).
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Write a Review of Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ)

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to reconnect with someone from jail? Post a message to them below.

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  1. Matt says:

    The booking process was slow. I was at a holding cell for 4 days before being moved to the housing unit. All officers were professional and polite.

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