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How do I apply for employment?
I have a question regarding inmate telephone billing or a
problem accepting calls from an inmate?
Call (800) 844-6591 or follow the
following link to Correctional Billing Services:
If problem is not resolved, call the
Sheriffs Office at (276) 645-7430.
What is the
Virginia VINE system and how do I register?
What is the
Victim Request for Notification of Criminal Alien Status program and where do I register?
What is the policy and mailing address for inmate correspondence?
incoming mail must contain the following recipient address:
First and Last Name
C/O Bristol Virginia Jail
417 Cumberland Street
Bristol, VA 24201
Mail must also contain a complete return address from
the sender with the following:
First and Last Name
City, State Zip Code
Inmate mail must
comply with Jail Policy.
What items can an inmate receive from the outside?
first seven (7) days of incarceration visitors may bring;
White T-Shirts, White
Socks and White Underwear. Items must be new,
unopened and in manufacturers packaging. After this time,
items must be purchased from the jails commissary.
is the policy regulating inmate personal property and money?
Upon being committed to jail, an inmate is required to
surrender all personal property to the jail staff. Personal property
is inventoried and a receipt is issued. Signed authorization may
then be given to release the property to a designated relative or friend.
A limited amount of personal property can be kept at the facility.
Any money in the inmates possession at time of arrest
is also surrendered. A receipt will be issued and the money will be
held in trust by the facility. An inmate may spend the money on jail
canteen items, medical co-pays and so forth. The amount spent and
balance remaining is recorded with each transaction. All money
received after initial arrest must come through the mail. No money
will accepted at the jail. Personal checks will not be accepted.
When money is received in the mail, it will be added to the inmates trust
fund account and a receipt is given to the inmate. An inmate may
maintain a trust fund balance of not more than one hundred dollars
($100.00). Exceptions apply to money in the inmates possession at
time of arrest or for work release inmates.
Upon discharge from
custody all remaining personal property and money is returned to the inmate.
the difference between the Bristol Virginia Sheriffs Office and the Bristol
Virginia Police Department?
answer is, both agencies are part of the local criminal justice system and
authorized by Virginia Statutes with equal powers of arrest. The Sheriff’s
Office is responsible for the Bristol City Jail, transporting of prisoners,
providing security for the courts, and service of civil and criminal
process. The Police Department is accountable for acting in response to and
investigating criminal incidents, citizen’s complaints, traffic incidents,
etc. They operate the 911-communication system and provide the cities
emergency response team. Although the primary duties do not overlap, either
agency may be made available to the other for assistance.
Why is it necessary for the Sheriff’s Office to build external relationships
in the community?
How can I obtain a warrant?
the hierarchy of
Virginia's Court System?
How do I request records from the Bristol
Virginia Sheriff's Office?
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), §
2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the
Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public
records held by public bodies, public officials, and public
employees. To this end, the Bristol Virginia Sheriff's Office
promotes transparency in government and is committed to openly
conduct the public's business.
to learn more about the rights of requesters and the
responsibilities of this agency under the Virginia Freedom of
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