Lakin Correctional Center – West Virginia

Know someone in Lakin Correctional Center? Lakin Correctional Center is a correctional facility in the state prison system in West Virginia. This guide tells you info about anything you might want to know about Lakin Correctional Center,such as: Find out who’s in prison at this facility? Visitation information. The prison’s address and phone number. Sending money and mail. And much much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Lakin Correctional Center
State: West Virginia
DOC: West Virginia Division of Corrections

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Contact Information

Here you will find the street address and mailing address for Lakin Correctional Center. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a package or letter to an inmate at Lakin Correctional Center, and be sure to use the physical address if you want to know the physical location of the facility.

Mailing Address

You should read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information below before you send a package or letter to a prisoner so that you properly address it, and do the appropriate procedure for mailing a letter or package. If you don’t use the appropriate protocol, it might not get delivered.

Lakin Correctional Center
11264 Ohio River Road West
Columbia WV, 25287

Street Address / Prison location


Lakin Correctional Center
11264 Ohio River Road
West Columbia WV, 25287

Phone Number and Fax Number


Map and Directions

Use this address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Be sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures sections below if you are going to go to visit an inmate.

Lakin Correctional Center
11264 Ohio River Road
West Columbia WV, 25287


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Phone Number

Lakin Correctional Center inmates can’t take phone calls, so you won’t get to call your inmate, but, there are some times when it might be necessary to know the phone number to the facility.

Inmates are able to make calls with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Lakin Correctional Center inmates don’t have faxes, so you can’t fax a letter to prisoners, but there might be times when it might be helpful to know the fax number to Lakin Correctional Center.

Email Address

The email address listed below is the general email for Lakin Correctional Center. You won’t be able to email individuals at this email. If you need to send an email to an inmate, go to the Inmate Email information below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To email a letter to an inmate you must use an specific procedure to ensure that the email letter is received by your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates do not have access to the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain procedures that are necessary to follow when mailing a package or letter to a state prisoner. If you don’t follow the procedures then letter or package might not get delivered.

Before you send anything, read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility staff open and inspect and read all received general mail. Incoming general mail is read as frequently as necessary to maintain security and safety or monitor a problem regarding any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the format for how you must address a letter to a prisoner at Lakin Correctional Center:

Lakin Correctional Center
11264 Ohio River Road West
Columbia WV, 25287

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Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was started to provide prisoners an account for prisoner funds and for purchasing things not provided by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can send funds to inmate’s accounts by sending it by Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send prisoners money by way of the postal service and must send the moneyh to this address and do so in accordance with the policies shows below:

The money have to be in the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day holding period, during which the prisoner will not have access to the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that do not have correct prisoner info provided the envelope you sent it in has an adequate return address. Cash and checks won’t be deposited to the prisoner’s account so don’t send cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

Inmates are frequently moved to different correctional facilities throughout West Virginia, so sometimes you may have to locate the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link below to look up an Lakin Correctional Center inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other West Virginia state prisons: West Virginia State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Lakin Correctional Center, you must know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every correctional facility in West Virginia has its own policies for prison visitation and these policies get changed regularly. The procedures listed here could be different since this was written, so make sure to also go to Lakin Correctional Center’s website to read the most up to date visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation officer ensures each visitor signs the inmate visitors log upon entering the facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo identification of all visitors will be required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state picture I.D. is acceptable.

For all of the things shown below, check out the main prison website as this info is updated frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Section about Lakin Correctional Center prison records to be added later.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Details about Lakin Correctional Center death row coming.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


More information about West Virginia parole process will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about release procedures for Lakin Correctional Center will be posted ASAP.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Section about prison life coming.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A section on news at Lakin Correctional Center to be added later.


A section with photos of Lakin Correctional Center coming soon.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Lakin Correctional Center
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Lakin Correctional Center.

If you have any photos of Lakin Correctional Center that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you trying to find a prison job? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a prison previously?

If so, check out:

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The official website:

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.

Click here to share your story

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Family Resources

Details about family resources coming.


A section with the history of Lakin Correctional Center coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous Lakin Correctional Center inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other West Virginia State Prisons: West Virginia State Prisons

Lakin Correctional Center Links

The official website:

West Virginia Division of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Lakin Correctional Center

Have you ever been incarcerated in Lakin Correctional Center? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

Things you could write in what you write:

  • Facility conditions
  • Facility layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate at Lakin Correctional Center, post your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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