Buchanan County Jail is located in Buchanan County, Virginia and is the primary jail for this region. Are you looking for somebody in Buchanan County Jail? This guide will tell you information about everything related to Buchanan County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Buchanan County Jail. How to view Buchanan County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Buchanan County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you advice and information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.
Buchanan County Jail
3174 Slate Creek Rd.
Grundy, VA 24614
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (276) 935-7882
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that is locked up and need to find out where they are?
Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?
To see who’s in jail at Buchanan County Jail you will have to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.
The Buchanan County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who have been arrested, including status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get info on anybody booked or released within the past 24-hour period. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You’ll be able to find the information fast if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one might be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check the other Virginia county jails in our Virginia County Jail Guide: Virginia County Jails Directory
A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side picture. Your name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Buchanan County Jail prisoners are on the website, or you can see them in person at the Buchanan County Jail. When viewing online you will have to input the inmate’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Buchanan County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
For a more in-depth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about how to get out. After booking, bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you are required to agree to show up for court, and you will not be permitted to leave town.
In most cases, a prisoner at Buchanan County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to return to jail every day after work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Bail is how much money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to put up ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someone’s bail is, you will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it is easy. First, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they will not take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and must 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 in addition to the fee they charge.
If you need a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure includes these steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- You will be allowed to use the telephone to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take from 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. 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 know the date of your release, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone 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 it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring required items when you go to jail, such as your driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.
Inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Each visitor must provide identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visitation order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Buchanan County Jail frequently change, so it would be wise to check the official Buchanan County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
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 . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.
The Buchanan County Jail phone number is: (276) 935-7882
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined by the jail administration, and will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.
The mailing address for Buchanan County Jail is:
Buchanan County Jail
3174 Slate Creek Rd.
Grundy, VA 24614
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Buchanan County Jail
3174 Slate Creek Rd.
Grundy, VA 24614
The mail policy changes, so be sure to double check the official Buchanan County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system in Buchanan County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.
For more information on this subject, visit: How to Find a Lawyer in Buchanan County
If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law in Virginia.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?
All court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records from your case are kept at the Buchanan County Clerk of Court.
Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.
The Buchanan County magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember that you can ask to get a copy of the report before your sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your term.
Do you need to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty easy to do, simply just visit the Buchanan County jail website, and search using:
- Their name.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records on the Buchanan County court website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are available to anyone.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the 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 either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but remember that you will not be able to find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records online, or at the Buchanan County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can 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 intensive search.
A criminal history search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
- Drug Possession.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
When you do a criminal history search, you won’t be able to see if someone has had any:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Minor infractions or moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail facility and layout
- Guards and staff
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- Other Inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Gang activity
- Programs and activities
To find this information, you have to do a search for their driving record.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Buchanan County, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.
FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of getting locked up in Buchanan County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work 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 Buchanan County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Buchanan County 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 process for sending money to Buchanan County Jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to review the the Buchanan County Jail website before you send funds to an inmate there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News and Media
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Types of Jobs at Buchanan County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Buchanan County 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.
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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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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been a prisoner in this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Buchanan County Jail?
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Buchanan County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?
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