Jail and Inmate Search in Virginia
The state of Virginia currently has 29,790 inmates in prison and another 669 in jail. Virginia’s Department of Corrections also oversees 1,719 people on parole and 58,605 on probation. 1,565 of those inmates reside in private prisons. Two more are in local hospital facilities. 471 live in detention centers. Virginia’s prison population is about 100 more than the national average. The most significant portion of Virginia inmates are Black (60%), 16% are American Indian, 12% are Hispanic, and the rest are White. Virginia operates and maintains a lot of facilities including 71 jails and 26 prisons.
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What are Jail Records?
Virginia jail records are the paperwork that follows an inmate through the penal system. It begins when they are arrested, and intake documents are filled out and filed under their specific ID. Then everything that happens to them after is kept in the file. Things like visitors logs, court appearances, charges, sentencing, moving to a new facility and participation in education or work-release programs. These jail records are kept until the person completes sentencing and parole. They are shared among all branches of law enforcement to keep things seamless.
How to Search for Inmates in Virginia
Virginia makes it easy for you to locate an inmate incarcerated in one of their jails or prisons. Using a quick name or inmate ID search, you can see a list of inmate matching your criteria. The list of results you will get will show the offender number, name, gender, race, release date and their location. You can click on the location for address and contact information. You may also choose to use a third-party online search portal to find someone in jail or prison. You may get more details including physical description, criminal history, sex offenses, mug shots and more.
Creating Public Jail Records
The state of Virginia’s Department of Corrections creates detailed jail records for every inmate in the system. They start with intake paperwork when they are sent to jail or prison and then continue all the way through parole. Paperwork is filled out every time the inmate does something different or receives a new judgment, visitors or other actions from the court. Their file is updated to reflect changes that occur on a daily basis. Virginia jail records are shared among all branches of law enforcement, and some are even available to the general public for searches.
Criminal Justice Quick Facts
Virginia Prisoner Statistics by Gender
The number of Virginia prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 37,813, that saw a 1.5% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 8.2% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 34,704 in 2016.
The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years
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The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016
The prison population of Virginia is 37,813 inmates, that is 0.7% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Virginia was in 2015, when the number of prisoners was 38,403 inmates.
Virginia Parole Population
Virginia parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 1,576 people, 25 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 74 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 4.7%.
Paroles per 100.000 population
Parole Total Population in Virginia
Parole Entries & Exits
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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Virginia currently houses 29,790 inmates in their 26 prisons. They also have 669 people in their 71 jails spread throughout the 95 counties. Virginia’s community corrections system oversees 1,719 people who are currently on parole and 58,605 on probation. The Virginia Department of Corrections operates off an annual budget of $1.2 billion and a staff of 12,600 employees. The cost for Virginia to house and care for each inmate for one year is $25,129. Based on one hundred thousand residents, Virginia has an overall incarceration rate of 448, a property crime rate of 1,859 and a violent crime rate of 218.