Wise Correctional Unit – Coeburn, VA

Wise Correctional Unit is in Wise County, VA and is the primary jail for this county. Know somebody in jail at Wise Correctional Unit? This page will tell you info about anything you might need to know about Wise Correctional Unit: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Wise Correctional Unit mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you information and tips you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Wise Correctional Unit
Highway 72 South
Coeburn, VA 24230

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (276) 679-9204
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to search who is in jail at Wise Correctional Unit you should navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Wise Correctional Unit Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and times you can visit. You can also get the same information on anyone booked or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or loved one may be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here, too: Virginia County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake photo, is the picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Wise Correctional Unit prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Wise Correctional Unit. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Wise Correctional Unit website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. 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 websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are required not to go out of town.

In most cases, an inmate in the Wise Correctional Unit are given time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was set so you can be released. If you miss your scheduled court date, that person won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the jail. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Wise Correctional Unit site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, its really easy. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever hired a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, 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
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you must answer some simple questions, like what is your legal name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to get in touch with 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, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes anywhere from 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get discharged. Also, it can depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have 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, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go into the log for the inmate. All visitors must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should check the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are usually pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

The Wise Correctional Unit phone number is: (276) 679-9204

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail gets opened and inspected by the jail officers, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Wise Correctional Unit is:

Wise Correctional Unit
Highway 72 South
Coeburn, VA 24230

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wise Correctional Unit
Highway 72 South
Coeburn, VA 24230


The mail policy changes, so be sure to visit the official Wise Correctional Unit site when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on this, click: How to Find an Attorney in Wise County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Wise County court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access your court case records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All court records relating to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to see a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Wise County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings on the website, but remember that you can’t see the street address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Wise County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you will not find if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Wise County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Wise County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Wise Correctional Unit is very scary, soon you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Wise Correctional Unit, 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 Wise Correctional Unit 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 inmates at Wise Correctional Unit can change, so it would be best to double check the official website before send money to someone in jail 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Wise Correctional Unit

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Wise Correctional Unit, 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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    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:

    • 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 an inmate at Wise Correctional Unit? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Wise Correctional Unit? What were the other inmates like? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Wise Correctional Unit Link
    Wise Correctional Unit Inmate Search
    Wise Correctional Unit Mugshots
    Wise Correctional Unit Bail Amount Link

    Wise Correctional Unit Visitation Policy Link
    Wise Correctional Unit Jail Mail Policy Link
    Wise Correctional Unit Inmate Search
    Wise County Warrants
    Wise Correctional Unit Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Wise Correctional Unit
    Jobs at Wise Correctional Unit


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