Varner Unit – Arkansas

Know someone locked up at Varner Unit? Varner Unit is a correctional facility in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. This page tells you all about anything you might want to know about Varner Unit,such as: How to locate an inmate at Varner Unit. How to visit Varner Unit inmates. The prisons’s phone number and address. Mailing or sending money to an inmate at Varner Unit. And much much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Varner Unit
Year Opened: 1618
State: Arkansas
County: Lincoln County
DOC: Arkansas Department of Corrections

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Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for Varner Unit. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a package or letter to an inmate there, and make sure to use the street address if you need to know the actual location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Be sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information further down on this page before you send a letter or package to an inmate so that you properly write the address, and use the right protocol for sending a letter or package. If you do not follow the correct steps, the package or letter might not get to the inmate.

Varner Unit
P.O. Box 600 
Grady AR, 71644-0600

Street Address / Prison Location


Varner Unit
P.O. Box 600 
Grady AR, 71644-0600

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 870-575-1800
Fax: 870-479-3803

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Use this address if you are going to visit an inmate. Be sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures headings further down on this page before you try to visit someone in prison at Varner Unit.

Varner Unit
P.O. Box 600 
Grady AR, 71644-0600


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Phone Number

Varner Unit prisoners don’t have telephones, so you can’t call the inmate, but, there are cases when it might be useful to have the telephone number to Varner Unit.

Varner Unit prisoners can sometimes make phone calls with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Varner Unit inmates don’t have faxes, so you can’t send a fax to inmates, but there might be times when it is useful to have the fax number to Varner Unit.


Email Address

This is the main email address for Varner Unit. You can’t reach inmates at this address. If you want to find out how to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email section on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1618
Total Staff: 434

Inmate Email

To send an email message to an inmate you must follow an specific procedure to ensure that the email message gets to the prisoner.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain steps that you have to follow when mailing mail to a prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then letter or package might not get delivered.

Before you send anything, you should read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility guards will open and inspect and read all incoming general packages and mail. Received general mail and packages can be read as frequently as is necessary to ensure safety and security or monitor any problems confronting an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the correct format for how you need to address a letter or package to a state prison inmate at Varner Unit:

Varner Unit
P.O. Box 600 
Grady AR, 71644-0600

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Inmate Money

Each state prison has a Commissary that serves to provide prisoners a bank type account for inmate money and for purchasing things not provided by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone can send money into these Commissary accounts using Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can to send inmates money by way of postal mail and have to send funds to this address and do so in accordance with the directions shows below:

The money must be in the form of a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day holding period, in which the inmate will not get the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that don’t have appropriate prisoner info provided the envelope it was sent it has a valid return address. Cash and personal checks can’t be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

Inmates are from time to time changed to different prisons around the state, so sometimes you might need to find where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link below to find an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Arkansas state prisons: Arkansas State Prisons

Arkansas Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Varner Unit, be sure that you know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every Arkansas prison has their own rules for prison visits and they get changed often. The procedures discussed here could be different when you are reading this, so you should also read Varner Unit’s site to read the most recent rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard will make sure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the prison and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Photo id of all visitors will be required. Appropriate forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state photo ID is acceptable.

For all of the things listed below, go to the actual prison site as this information is updated frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Section about Varner Unit prison records to be added later.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Details about Varner Unit death row coming.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about Arkansas parole process will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Info about getting released from Varner Unit to be added later.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Info about life at Varner Unit coming.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A Varner Unit news section coming soon.


A Varner Unit photo section will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Varner Unit
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Varner Unit.

If you have any photos of Varner Unit that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a job at a correctional facility? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in your previous job?

If so, go to: Varner Unit Jobs

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The official website: Varner Unit Website

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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Family Resources

Info about Varner Unit inmate family resources will be posted ASAP.


Varner Unit history coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Varner Unit inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Arkansas State Prisons: Arkansas State Prisons

Varner Unit Links

The official website: Varner Unit Website
Varner Unit Jobs

Arkansas Department of Corrections Links

Arkansas Department of Corrections Main Website
Arkansas Department of Corrections Prison Directory
Arkansas Department of Corrections Prison Map
Arkansas Department of Corrections Prison Jobs
Arkansas Department of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Arkansas Department of Corrections Most Wanted

Arkansas Department of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Arkansas State Prison Inmate

Sending Mail to Arkansas State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Arkansas State Prison Inmates
Arkansas State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Varner Unit

Have you ever been a prisoner at Varner Unit? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this prison?

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

Things you can put in your comment:

  • Facility conditions
  • Facility facility and layout
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Activities and programs

If you are an inmate at Varner Unit, include your mailing address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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  1. Faye VanL says:

    I have been trying to find some old pictures of the prison at Varner, Ark. …circa 1910? I have heard my mom talk about her father Peter Amos Ives working there when she was a child. Mother has passed on now. But some of the younger generation would like to see where their grandfather and great grandfather worked at that time. The 1910 date is approximate…but a good estimate. Can your offices offer any assistance with this search?

    Thank you for any information you can offer.
    F.M. VanL

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