The Bristol Virginia Jail, opened in 1970, is a maximum-security jail facility, manned by a highly trained staff of deputies. (see photos) The City Jail houses men and women inmates sentenced to incarceration from any one of the three courts serving the City; Juvenile and Domestic Relations, General District and Circuit Court. In addition, the jail is able to contract with the United States Marshals Service and the United States Bureau of Prisons to hold federal prisoners, which generates substantial revenue for the City to offset operating expenses. The jail operations and facility are inspected annually by the Virginia Department of Corrections, United States Bureau of Prisons, United States Marshals Service and the Virginia Department of Health and consistently receives unconditional certifications.
Jail inmates are utilized in many cost saving work programs inside and outside of the jail facility. Staff-supervised inmates at the jail carry out full service kitchen and laundry operations, while outside operations include the jail farm, abandoned property maintenance and car wash for City vehicles. (see photos) Inmate labor is also utilized regularly by non-profit organizations in the community requesting assistance. In all, over 20,000 man-hours of inmate labor annually translate into thousands of dollars of savings to the taxpayers and in training and exercise for jail inmates.
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Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office
417 Cumberland Street
Bristol, VA 24201