Sussex County Jail is in Sussex County, VA and is the main jail for the region. Do you know someone in Sussex County Jail? This site gives you information about everything related to Sussex County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.
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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 purpose of this guide is to give advice and information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others would be welcome.
Sussex County Jail
20212 Thornton Square
Sussex, VA 23884
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone in jail and want to locate them?
Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Sussex County Jail you should navigate to their website and do an inmate search.
The Sussex County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can get info for anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get their inmate information faster if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.
If the inmate you are looking for may be in another county jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in Virginia
A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is a photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will be in the pictures, and they are stored.
Mugshots of Sussex County Jail prisoners can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Sussex County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the first and last name, and an arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Sussex County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest will 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.
To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, if you are locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and you are not allowed to travel out of the county.
In most cases, a prisoner at Sussex County Jail can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.
Your bail is the amount of money that you will be 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 how serious your charges are. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Sussex County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.
If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will require that they use assets as collateral.
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Have you ever had to use a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience and let us know how it worked out for you.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- The first thing you will have to is you must answer some questions, like what is your full name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- You will get to use the phone in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, if not you will have to change into a jail uniform.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any tips that could help other people make it through jail intake?
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Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you can get released from jail. It also can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to get released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
In the event there is a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you are not late to report. Only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as the official sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will be put in the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will have to provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so you should review the official jail site before you go.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. Phone calls made in jail are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.
Phone Number: 434-246-5000
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Sussex County Jail:
Sussex County Jail
20212 Thornton Square
Sussex, VA 23884
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Sussex County Jail
20212 Thornton Square
Sussex, VA 23884
The Sussex County Jail mail policy is always changing, so check the the Sussex County Jail website when you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.
For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? What was your experience?
Sussex County court records are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You are able to access your court records using the online service, or by going to the Sussex County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Sussex County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records associated with your case are kept at Sussex County Clerk of Court office.
Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.
The Sussex County magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case. They do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.
Want to find out if someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?
To find this out just access the Sussex County jail website, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Birth date.
- Approximate booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Sussex County court website or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.
If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Sussex County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and this is freely available.
A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but remember that you won’t find the actual address, but only the address block they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records online, or at the Sussex County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.
Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to the Sussex County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.
When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes, which can include:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug crimes.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
During a criminal records search, usually won’t find out if someone has had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Any accidents.
- Other 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.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
- Guards and staff
- Jail food and commissary
- Other Inmates.
- Inmate safety
- Gang activity
- Prisoner activities and programs
To search for driving histories, you must do a driving records search.
Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Did you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments could make it easier for others.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Sussex County, the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Sussex County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to work 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 Sussex 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 Sussex 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 procedure to send money to jail inmates changes, so we suggest that you visit the official Sussex County Jail site when you send money to an inmate.
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.
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Types of Jobs at Sussex County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Sussex 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at Sussex County Jail?
If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down your jail experience because others can find out what to expect.
What to include in what you write:
Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Sussex County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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