Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail – Williamsburg, VA

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail is located in Virginia Peninsula Regional Area and is the main correctional facility for the area. Know somebody locked up in Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail? This page will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
9320 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 757-820-3900
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and need to find them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail you should click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Inmate List is an online list of persons who have been arrested, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can find info for anyone who has been arrested or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be at a different jail you will want to look here: Virginia Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is the photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched online, or you can view them at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input the inmate’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to show up for court, and you won’t be allowed to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could get to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to put up 10% of the amount that was set so you can get discharged from jail. If you miss your court date, the person that paid your bail won’t 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 will have to call the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is really easy. First, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released. 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 can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out 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, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some questions, such as your legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process takes from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge has to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must start your sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even your ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail visitation procedures can change, so you should check the official 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 made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 757-820-3900

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
9320 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
9320 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185


The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail mail policy changes often, so be sure to check the official Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. 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 find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on this, read: How to Find an Attorney in Virginia Peninsula Regional Area

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the Virginia State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a case file containing a docket and each of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Area Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Area Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records related to your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Area court magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you should ask to see a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. 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 receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you should visit the Virginia Peninsula Regional Area jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, 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 Virginia Peninsula Regional Area jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Virginia Peninsula Regional Area Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

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. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t get the exact address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not be able to find out if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Virginia Peninsula Regional Area,the Virginia Peninsula Regional Area Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Area jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the daily routine. Expect a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following 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 Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, 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 Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail 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 funds to people in jail is always changing, so it would be best to review the the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail website 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, 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 Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail

    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 locked up at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail? Do you know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions in Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Post a message to them below.

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