Williamsburg – James City County Jail – Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg – James City County Jail is in James City County, VA and is the primary jail for that county. Do you know someone locked up at Williamsburg – James City County Jail? This page tells you about anything a person needs to know about Williamsburg – James City County Jail,like: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. James City County court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you information and advice that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it, and any comments or tips that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Williamsburg – James City County Jail
5201 Monticello Ave, Suite 5
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:
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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who is in jail at Williamsburg – James City County Jail you have to navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Williamsburg – James City County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find info for anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their inmate information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is at another jail you can check our guide to other Virginia jails: Virginia County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photo, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the Williamsburg – James City County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the person’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Williamsburg – James City County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to go out of town.

Typically, an inmate will be given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You will have to put up 10% of the amount that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will not get their 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 have to call the Williamsburg – James City County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Williamsburg – James City County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released. 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 look into the services of a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer some questions, like what is your full name, address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged can take between 15 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you are not late to report. Just bring required items when you go, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be entered into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Each visitor must provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to review the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

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 generally more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.

The Williamsburg – James City County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail will be opened and inspected by the jail administration, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Williamsburg – James City County Jail, use this address:

Williamsburg – James City County Jail
5201 Monticello Ave, Suite 5
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Williamsburg – James City County Jail
5201 Monticello Ave, Suite 5
Williamsburg, VA 23188


The Williamsburg – James City County Jail mail policy changes frequently, so we suggest that you double check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

To read more about this, visit: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are members of the Virginia State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a court case file with a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You are able to access your court records via the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The James City County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The James City County court magistrate is the judge who presides over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when deciding on the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind you are able to ask to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records on the James City County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the James City County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not be able to find the exact address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket and all documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all connected so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, you won’t discover if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In James City County,the James City County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:

    James City County Top Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the James City County jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Williamsburg – James City 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 Williamsburg – James City 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 funds to inmates is always changing, so it would be best to double check the official Williamsburg – James City County Jail 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 Williamsburg – James City County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Williamsburg – James City 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 Williamsburg – James City 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Conditions in Williamsburg – James City County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? 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

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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