Russell County Jail – Lebanon, VA

Russell County Jail is located in Russell County, VA and is the primary correctional facility for the area. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Russell County Jail? This page will tell you about everything you might need to know about Russell County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Russell County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information that you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or feedback that might help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Russell County Jail
42 Court Avenue
Lebanon, VA 24266

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (276) 889-8033
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and want to contact them?

Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Russell County Jail you have to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Russell County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information on anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is at another county jail you should look here, too: List of all jails in Virginia


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Russell County Jail inmates can be viewed on the Russell County Jail website, or you can see them at the Russell County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the inmate’s full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Russell County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not allowed to leave the county.

Typically, inmates will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re 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 be required to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much 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 all depends on the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set so you can get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Russell County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, it’s really easy. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman might require that they use your personal assets as collateral.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer some basic questions, such as your legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. This process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate has to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you aren’t late. Just bring things that are allowed with you, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or totally denied.

The Russell County Jail phone number is: (276) 889-8033

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You should write the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail is opened and inspected by the jail officers, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Russell County Jail is:

Russell County Jail
42 Court Avenue
Lebanon, VA 24266

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Russell County Jail
42 Court Avenue
Lebanon, VA 24266


The Russell County Jail mail policy can change, so it would be best to check the the Russell County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They are comprised of a case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents in the case. You have the ability to access court records via the Russell County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Russell County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the jury’s verdict. All records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the Russell County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge who presides on your court case. They do several different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review when determining the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, just query the Russell County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the 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 them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the street address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

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

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t see if someone had:

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

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Russell County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Russell County jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Russell County 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 Russell 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 funds to people in jail is likely to change, so review the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Russell County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Russell 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.

    Apply for a Job at Russell County 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have 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 in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to find someone from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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