Lancaster Corrections Division – Lancaster, VA

Corrections Division is located in Lancaster County, Virginia and is the correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone in jail at Corrections Division? This page tells you about anything you might need to know about Corrections Divisionsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Corrections Division? Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Corrections Division intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the information you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Corrections Division
8293 Mary Ball Road
Lancaster, VA 22503

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 804-462-5111
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who’s in jail at Corrections Division you need to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Corrections Division Inmate Roster has information on persons currently in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can also get info about anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate the information faster if you have the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is incarcerated at a different jail you can check our Virginia county jail guide: List of all county jails in Virginia


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photograph, is a photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Corrections Division prisoners can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Corrections Division. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Corrections Division site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you are locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is decided either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to leave the county.

Usually, inmates in the Corrections Division can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you miss court, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Corrections Division. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Corrections Division

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Do you know any secrets that will help others to get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes between 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, it can depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a judge must decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor must provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so double-check the official site before you 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 much pricier 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 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 and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 804-462-5111

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Corrections Division is:

Corrections Division
8293 Mary Ball Road
Lancaster, VA 22503

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Corrections Division
8293 Mary Ball Road
Lancaster, VA 22503


The Corrections Division mail policy changes often, so it would be best to check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be 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, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Lancaster County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the Virginia State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They contain a court case file containing a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the online service, or at the Lancaster County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The 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 also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, which include setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can ask to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can you will have to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their 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 an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online 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 ask one of the officers. 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 know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t get the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at the Lancaster County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not learn if that person has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lancaster County,the Lancaster County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Lancaster County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Corrections Division is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to 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 Corrections Division, 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 Corrections Division 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 someone in jail at Corrections Division changes, so you should review the the Corrections Division website when you send money to an inmate 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 Corrections Division

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Corrections Division, 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 Corrections Division

    Requirements:

    • 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 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 Corrections Division? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell your story about Corrections Division

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    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to a friend from jail? Post a message to them below.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Corrections Division

    Links and Resources

    Main Corrections Division Link
    Corrections Division Inmate Search Link
    Corrections Division Mugshots
    Corrections Division Bail Link

    Corrections Division Visitation Policy Link
    Corrections Division Jail Mail Policy Link
    Corrections Division Inmate Search
    Corrections Division Warrant Inquiry
    Corrections Division Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Corrections Division
    Corrections Division Jobs


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