Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail

Regional Facility

Last Updated: September 28, 2019
Address
160 Peregory Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Beds
600
County
Albemarle
Security Level
Regional Detention - low
Phone
434-977-6981
Fax
434-977-5312
Email
info@acrj.org
Mailing Address
 PO Box 7626       , Charlottesville, VA 22906
Facility Type
Adult
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Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 434-977-6981

This facility is for adult inmates.

Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail is a regional jail facility that handles the intake from the Albemarle County Sheriff's arrests but also from several surrounding counties located at 160 Peregory Ln Charlottesville, VA. This cooperative prison is funded by all of the counties that hold their detainees and sentenced inmates.

The Jail's goal is to help support every offender with their integration back into the community as productive and independently successful. The Programs Department offers offenders’ evidence-based classes based off of a risk-based needs assessment that will promote the successful reentry of offenders back into the community.

​In addition to the classes, the Programs Department also offers Transitional Services that focus specifically on the needs that offenders will have when entering back into the community. Using evidence-based theories proven to have worked in our community we collaborate with other agencies and institutions to include mental health, criminal justice agencies, religious groups, educational agencies K-12 as well as community colleges and universities. This collaboration both within and outside of the institution allows for our inmates to minimize their potential to recidivate offering a mirage of tools and opportunities from various professionals. These services may include assistance obtaining DMV identification, employment within the community, adequate housing and additional necessary documents to help support success. The facility administers its programs in a fair manner in the least restrictive environment consistent with public safety.

​If you have any questions about offender programming or would like more information on volunteering to bring a new program to the facility, please contact the Director of Programs, Olivia Dillon.

​Currently, the following programs and individual assistance are offered at ACRJ and are subject to change at any time.

​Mandatory per Case Management results:

​Non-Mandatory:

  • Road to Excellence
  • Art
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Celebrate Recovery for Men
  • The Storybook Project
  • Real Dads
  • Fatherhood
  • Reading & Recovery
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • VDOT Flagger Certification

​Good News Jail & Prison Ministry - ​The Good News Jail and Prison Ministry believes that God calls us to love and remember the needs of those inmates who are incarcerated in our community. They are someone’s family members, some mother’s child, one of our brothers or sisters. This ministry carries the “good news” of God’s grace, love and hope into a place of regret and sorrow. Each year, the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry raises funds to run programs and activities such as worship services, baptisms and mentoring. Chaplain Varaksa meets and councils both inmates and staff at ACRJ.

​Employment - Within 30-90 days of release, inmates will meet with an Employment Facilitator to discuss their plans for employment after release. At that time, they will receive assistance with crafting a resume to take home with them, as well as information on job fairs and employment opportunities.

INMATE ACCOUNTS

  1. Inmates must protect their pin numbers and IDs to all accounts. ACRJ does not provide refunds for stolen pin numbers. Inmates are notified of this.
  2. Personal checks will NOT be accepted.
  3. All money orders and cashier’s checks must have the inmate’s name and the facility name on them. The sender’s name and address are also required.
  4. Upon release from the facility, all funds credited to the inmate’s account may be picked up by the inmate only during normal business hours - Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. excluding weekends and ACRJ recognized holidays.
  5. Inmate accounts and their balance cannot be discussed with anyone other than the inmate. Funds can only be released to the inmate.
  6. An inmate can fill out an ACRJ Inmate Property Release Form to give you money/property visit our Inmate Property page (Link to Property page). You must present valid government-issued photo ID.

Fees charged to inmates:

  1. Cost Defrayment $1/Day Program
  2. Code of Virginia §53.1 – 131.3 Payment of costs associated with prisoner keep.
  3. Inmates are charged co-pays for certain medical services.
  4. Inmates are charged for any property damage.
  5. Any inmate meeting the facility definition of indigent (no funds) they still receive basic hygiene products and writing material to communicate with their legal counsel and family members.

​BY MAIL - Cashier’s check or money order are ONLY accepted to the address below:
DO NOT SEND CASH – JAIL STAFF WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE

c/o Inmate’s Name
PO Box 7626
Charlottesville, VA 22906

​NOTE: Jail staff will not accept hand-delivered cashier’s check or money order from any person/agency for any reason.

ONLINE - Visit JailATM.com

​ISSUES WITH FUNDS POSTING - If for some reason the money posted on an inmate account through any method does not post the sender/depositor MUST submit tickets to our JailATM.com support staff. Neither Jail staff nor OASIS has access to this information

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Inmate Locator

Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Virginia. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail VA - Visitation

Public Inmate Visitation Schedule (Subject to change at any time)

​It is recommended that all visitors contact the facility at 434-977-6981 ext. 261 prior to their arrival every time. Due to the needs of the facility, visits may be cancelled at any time. Inmates housing assignments can change at any time, and when it does, they are immediately under their new housing areas assignments. Inmates are responsible for ensuring their families are aware of these changes. Call ahead to be sure about their location visitation status.

  • ​Pastoral Visits Are scheduled Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Thursday’s & Friday’s from 8:00-11:00 a.m and 1:00-3:30 p.m.
  • ​Evening Visits are Monday’s, Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • ​Wednesday Inmates housed in Segregation Units, Intake and Medical Visiting Hours are 0800-1100 and 1300-1600.
  • ​Thursday Inmates housed in Segregation Units, Intake and Medical Visiting Hours are 1830-2200.
  • ​Saturday Inmates Housed in HU-1, HU-2, and HU-3 Visiting Hours are 0700-1100.
  • ​Saturday Inmates Housed on West and Ground Floor Visiting Hours are 1230-1700 and 1830-2200.
  • Sunday Inmates Housed in HU-1, HU-2, and HU-3 Visiting Hours are 0700-1100​​
  • Sunday Eastside /Female Visitation hours are 1230-1700.

​General Population inmates receive two (30 minutes) visits per month only.

  1. The exception is that all trustee inmates are allowed to receive one visit per week for a total of four visits a month.
  2. No individual may swap out so that someone else can go in.
  3. The inmate must be classified and have all visitors including babies listed.
  4. All visitors must be pre-approved. The inmate will be notified of their approved visitor list.
  5. We do not provide this information over the phone. Individuals must present a valid government-issued photo ID to see if they are on an inmate’s visitation list.

When an inmate is moved their visitation is changed to their new housing location.

YOU ARE ADVISED TO CALL 434-977-6981 ext. 261 prior to visiting because the facility could lockdown at any time unexpectedly. This means visitation will be cancelled.

NOTE: (This facility adheres to the County of Albemarle holiday schedule)
Visits are scheduled on a "walk-in basis" based on availability first come/first serve. "Walk-in" is defined as a visitor being signed in for the contact/booth visit upon arrival to the facility. Once the visitor and the inmate are seated in the visitation room, the visitation begins.
VISITS ARE SCHEDULED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.

  • Each inmate is allowed three (3) visitors including any combination of adult(s) and child(ren) to visit them at a time.
  • Inmates can have up to 5 individuals on their visitation list.
  • Inmates are responsible for notifying you if you are approved to visit. they need your*:
    • full name
    • date of birth
    • address

Only the following forms of photo government-issued identification will be accepted: ​

  • Driver’s license or Non-Driver’s state-issued photo identification card
  • Passport

​Any visitor under the age of eighteen (18) will only be allowed to visit an inmate if a facility issued Parental Permission Slip is completed. This form must be completed and signed at the facility and be supported by the child’s original birth certificate (for age verification) and an approved form of parental/ legal guardian ID.

All visitors must walk through and successfully clear the electronic metal detector and are subject to themselves and their persons to be searched.

If there are protective orders in place on either party visitors will not be allowed to visit with the inmate.

GENERAL RULES FOR VISITORS

  • The facility requires each visitor to adhere to a dress code.
  • Visitors will not be permitted to enter the contact visit room or booth visit room in layered clothing, ripped clothing, orange clothing, hooded clothing or tank tops spaghetti straps or shorts or any other attire deemed in appropriate for visitation with ACRJ inmates.
  • Visitors must wear clothing that is size appropriate. If visitors wear clothing that is too small or excessively big, they will be prohibited from visiting the inmate.
  • Visitors shall NOT bring any items into the contact visit room or booth visit room including baby care items. Doing so will terminate current and future visits.
  • All personal items must be left in the visitor’s locker. (i.e. combs, pen/pencils, cosmetics, food items, beverages, gum, tobacco products, money, wallets, cell phones, keys, coats, hats, plastic/metal barrettes and unapproved jewelry.) The only exceptions will be an approved wedding band and an approved religious medal, no larger than two (2) inches with a chain. Doing so will terminate current and future visits.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING CONDUCT

An inmate and his or her visitor(s) are required to adhere to conduct which is consistent with the standard of public decency and correctional facility appropriate behaviors. The following can cause termination of a visit or future visits at ACRJ (this list is not inclusive and subject to facility staff discretion).

  • Physical contact between visitors and inmates is prohibited. ​
  • ​An inmate and his or her visitor(s) are directly responsible for the conduct and behavior of children in their charge. Children must remain seated and within the immediate area of the inmate and visitor(s) at all times and shall not run around or destroy facility property. ​
  • No visitor is allowed to communicate with ANY inmate outside of the inmate telephone or email system or facility authorized communication methods. ​
  • Smoking is permitted in designated areas only​
  • No personnel shall interact with jail staff in an unprofessional manner.​
  • Bringing contraband to the facility for the purpose of inmate consumption or use is forbidden.

Attorney Visits

  • Inmates will consult with their attorney in the attorney booths of the jail. Communications between an inmate and their attorney will be private and confidential.
  • Attorney visits are preferred to take place during the designated time.​

Other Professional Visitors - Professional visits are preferred to take place during normal visiting hours.

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Facility Type

The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail is used by multiple jurisdictions within Virginia who have arranged and organized to construction and administering of the facility. This soi a direct-supervision institution where the inmates are housed in pods with two-man cells aligning one wall arranged on two floors. There is a large common area where the tables and chairs are affixed to the floor on TV. The showers are open to the room, too.

An inmate's day starts with wake-up at 5:30 a.m. and breakfast is served from 6-6:30 am. Offenders report to their assigned jobs at 7:30 am Every offender who is physically able has a job in the prison system. Offenders are not paid for their work, but they can earn privileges as a result of good work habits. Offenders also learn job skills that can help them find employment when released from their commitment term.

Custody/Security Level

The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail is a regional detention center for Albemarle County and surrounding counties in Virginia. The low-security facility located at 160 Peregory Ln in Charlottesville which is fenced with razor-wire and perimeter patrol. The inmates are provided with the opportunities for rehabilitation and self-improvement through programs focused on vocational skills for when the offender re-enters society.

The facility was built as a medium-security structure, although now it is classified as low security. It is made up of modules each containing four dormitories (each with a sleeping area, dining area/ day room, and restroom), disciplinary cells, a multipurpose room, an infirmary, a visiting center, and security stations. It was designed to house 90 criminals per dormitory "block".

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a Regional Detention - low facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Virginia

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail at 160 Peregory Ln, Charlottesville, VA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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