The Virginia State Department of Corrections is responsible for keeping and maintaining an updated database for inmates completing their sentence in Virginia state prisons.
The database is for public use. It can be found on the Virginia State Department of Corrections official website. The database displays inmates who are currently in jail, on parole, or been released from jail. You can search the database with the offenders first and last name.
Unlike the state of Virginia, Virginia county and city jails keep their databases separate from the state. You will not find any inmates that are housed in county and city jails in the Virginia State Department of Corrections database.
When an offender is housed in a state prison, they are property of the Department of Corrections Division. As stated above every state’s Department of Corrections Division has their own jail roster or database that the general public may use.
The Virginia Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official Virginia Department of Corrections website.
You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:
The DOC number will take precedence during all searches. The DOC is a six-digit number. All incoming inmates will be assigned their DOC number by the Virginia Department of Corrections. This will be the easiest and quickest way to locate an inmate.
If you decide to enter their DOC number in the field provided, you will NOT need to enter their first and last name. However, the DOC field will only show results for the EXACT number you have entered, so you will want to double check, if no results pop up.
If you don’t know the inmate’s DOC number or there are no search results for the DOC number you plugged in, the next thing you can do is search by the inmate’s first and last name.
When you finally get some search results, you will see a list of all inmates that fit the criteria you plugged in. This is not a release search. All inmates are currently sitting behind bars.
You will see the following pieces of information in the Virginia jails inmate search:
As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the Virginia inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever.
In the state of Virginia, there are 81 state prisons. These prisons are available in the above database. All other prisons that are not listed below will NOT come up in the roster. Keep this in mind when searching for an inmate in the Virginia prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Looking for who’s in jail in city and county jails will be more difficult than trying to find out who’s in jail in a state or a federal prison. There is typically not much information on these smaller jails. A lot of city jails do not even supply an inmate database to the general public. However, it is not impossible to locate an inmate in one of those facilities, if you know exactly who to seek out with your questions.
As far as county jails, majority of county jails will be managed and operated by that county’s Sheriff’s department. They will be the agency, you should reach out to if you believe the person you are looking for is in a county jail.
As far as city jails, majority of city jails do not have much information about them. They are typically just holding pens for inmates to be transferred out to their “permanent” jail. If you believe the person you are looking for is in a city jail, it is best to contact that cities corrections division. You can typically find all department information on the city’s official website.
The Virginia Department of Corrections offender search database is updated regularly. It is typically updated during normal business hours. You will notice that inmate’s information can change quite frequently. Especially, if they have court proceedings and such.
If you have any questions or want to have the updated information, you will be required to contact the facility that the inmate is in. They will have the utmost updated information available on the inmate.
If you believe the information on an inmate is incorrect, you will want to contact the facility in which the inmate is held to dispute the information.
In the jail roster, you will also find the inmate’s mugshot. This mugshot is taken when an inmate is being booked and processed into a state prison. The mugshots typically do not change unless an inmate is getting transferred into another state prison facility.
You can also use the VINELink (VINE) to get notifications on inmate’s moving throughout the system. You will need to select the state of Virginia. You will then want to select that you are searching for an offender or a defendant.
You will need to click the notification section of the inmate’s profile to get notified through text, calls, or email. When they make any changes to their VINE account, you’ll get notified in real-time.
You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the Virginia inmate search. That’s because the sex offender search is in a whole different database. Just like the DOC inmate locator this database is available to the general public to use also.
The sex offender database can be found on the Virginia State Police official website.
You can search this database by the following pieces of information:
Keep in mind that you will be able to search the database by either the offender's name or the address fields.
This offender search is strictly for offenders that are NOT in a state prison. These offenders are out on their own in the community.
When you do a successful search, you will see the following information:
|Correctional Facility Name||Type||County|
|Accomack County Jail||County Jail||Accomack County|
|Albemarle/Charlottesville Regional Jail VA||Regional Facility||Albemarle County|
|Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center||State Prison||Alexandria City County|
|William G. Truesdale - Alexandria Adult Detention Center||City Jail||Independent City County|
|Alleghany Regional Jail VA||County Jail||Alleghany County|
|Amherst County Adult Detention Center||State Prison||Amherst County|
|Appomattox County Jail||County Jail||Appomattox County|
|Arlington County Detention Center||County Jail||Arlington County|
|Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center||County Jail||Independent City County|
|Bath County Jail||County Jail||Bath County|
|Bedford County Detention Center||State Prison||Bedford County|
|Bristol Jail||City Jail||Independent City County|
|Moneta Adult Detention - CLOSED||State Prison||Bedford City County|
|Botetourt County Jail||County Jail||Botetourt County|
|Brunswick County Jail||County Jail||Brunswick County|
|Campbell County Adult Detention Facility||State Prison||Campbell County|
|Buchanan County Jail||County Jail||Buchanan County|
|Charlotte County Jail||County Jail||Charlotte County|
|Caroline County Jail||County Jail||Caroline County|
|Chesterfield County Jail||County Jail||Chesterfield County|
|Chesterfield Juvenile Detention Home||County Jail||Chesterfield County|
|Craig County Jail||County Jail||Craig County|
|Clifton Forge Jail||City Jail||Alleghany County|
|Culpeper County Jail||County Jail||Culpeper County|
|Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention||County Jail||Independent City County|
|Culpeper Juvenile Detention Center||State Prison||Culpeper County|
|Danville Jail Annex||City Jail||Independent City County|
|Danville Adult Detention Center||City Jail||Independent City County|
|Dickenson County Jail||County Jail||Dickenson County|
|Dinwiddie County Jail||County Jail||Dinwiddie County|
|Emporia Jail||City Jail||Emporia City County|
|Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center||County Jail||Essex|king William|middlesex|mathews|glouchester County|
|Essex County Jail||County Jail||Essex County|
|Fairfax County Adult Detention Center||County Jail||Fairfax County|
|Fairfax Pre-Release Center||County Jail||Fairfax County|
|Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center||County Jail||Fairfax County|
|Fluvanna County Jail||County Jail||Fluvanna County|
|Fauquier County Adult Detention Center||County Jail||Fauquier County|
|Floyd County Jail||County Jail||Floyd County|
|Falls Church County Jail||County Jail||Falls Church City County|
|Franklin County Jail||County Jail||Franklin County|
|Gloucester County Jail||County Jail||Gloucester County|
|Goochland County Sheriff's Jail||County Jail||Goochland County|
|Grayson County Jail||County Jail||Grayson County|
|Southside Regional Jail||Regional Facility||Greensville County|
|Halifax County Adult Detention Facility||State Prison||Halifax County|
|W.W.Moore Jr. Juvenile Detention Home||State Prison||Halifax County|
|Hampton Community Corrections Center||County Jail||Independent City County|
|Hampton Correctional Facility||County Jail||Independent City County|
|James River Juvenile Detention||State Prison||Henrico County|