Newport News City Jail

City Jail

Last Updated: July 27, 2021
224 26th St , Newport News City, VA 23607
Newport News

Newport News City Jail is for City Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for City Jail - medium facility.

The phone carrier is Securus Tech®, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are seeking to send your inmate money for commissary, one recommended for this facility is JailATM. There is a fee for sending money, see their rates and limitations.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of Newport News City Jail

You can support your loved ones at Newport News City Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 757-926-8759.

The Newport News City Jail serves as a low/medium-security city detention center located at 224 26th St in Newport News City, VA. Operated locally by the police and sheriff's departments, it houses inmates and detainees awaiting trial or sentencing. Most sentenced inmates have terms of less than two years. The facility also accepts inmates from surrounding towns and occasionally from the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees are regularly admitted to the jail, with some being released on bail or placed under pretrial services caseloads. Others may be supervised by probation agencies or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who remain in custody await their court appearances at the facility, receiving accommodations such as bedding and meals.

For access to arrest records in Virginia, you can view them here.

The Newport News Sheriff’s Office (NNSO) operates two jail facilities within Newport News. The larger of the two is the Public Safety Building, better known as the City Jail, and the minimum security facility called the Jail Annex.

Today, jails in Virginia range in size from a few dozen inmates to more than a thousand inmates. Running these facilities is a complex yet organized and efficient operation. Regardless of the facility’s size, having a friend, family member or loved one in a jail environment can create confusion and uncertainty, both for you and the inmate. This is especially true for the first time, when the rules may not be familiar to you.

To guide you, we have developed a Jail Information page to help explain the numerous day-to-day functions, services and activities. If this is your first time visiting or if it's been a while, we encourage you to review the various topics to better understand jail operations, rules for inmates and for the general public visiting these facilities.

In most cases, your questions about mail, visitation, phone calls and more can be answered by visiting these pages.

Inmate Communications

The Newport News Sheriff's Office (NNSO) recognizes the importance of staying in contact with an incarcerated loved one. It can be essential to their well-being and their progress.

For this reason, the Sheriff's Office encourages relatives and friends to maintain relationships with their loved one or friends via letters, phone calls, face-to-face visits or by At Home – Inmate Visitation. To establish a positive and pleasant experience, we ask for and expect your full cooperation. Please observe and follow all rules and regulations when communicating with a person in the City Jail.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Virginia. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Newport News City Jail.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

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

Newport News City Jail - Visitation

Inmate Visitation

The Newport News Sheriff’s Office promotes and encourages inmates to maintain ties with their families and friends through regular visits. In fact, we strongly feel that visitation is an important part of each inmate’s rehabilitation. The Sheriff’s Office provides for the safety and security of each facility, staff, inmates and, most importantly, the safety of visitors and the public. This page will familiarize you with the visitation schedule, rules and regulations that must be followed before and during each visit. Visitation is a privilege for inmates and should not be considered a right.

WARNING: All persons entering the jail facilities are subject to warrant checks, arrest and are subject to search.

Special Notes

  1. All visitations are subject to unforeseen lockdowns, security problems or other situations which may postpone, delay, shorten, suspend or cancel visitation.
  2. All persons visiting inmates or our jail facilities are subject to warrant checks and arrest. Individuals having a court order stating no contact with an inmate will be denied a visit.
  3. Visitors are required to follow the Newport News City Jail visitor rules and regulations at ALLtimes while on facility grounds. Failure to do so may result in the termination or denial of future visits.
  4. A limited number of lockers are available for storage of personal items. However, we recommend leaving all personal belongings secured in your vehicles.
  5. If the person you visited seems depressed, is making suicidal statements or you have given them disappointing news, please inform Sheriff’s Office Mental Health staff at (757) 926-8535.

Visitation Schedule

There are no limitations on the number of visitors an inmate may have on his visitation list. An inmate is permitted a non-contact visit with no more than four (4) persons, including minors, at the same time. Non-group visitors may be accommodated only one per visit by means of rotation through the visiting area. Such rotation shall be considered a single visit in the event it is necessary to terminate a visit in progress.

With that said, visitation is only available every weekend in twenty (20) minute sessions, reservations are not required. These limitations on the length and frequency of visits are imposed to avoid overcrowding or the inequitable allocation of visiting time.

Important things to remember:
-Children may only visit on the first full weekend (i.e., a Saturday and Sunday) of each month.
-No visitor will be accepted for a visit after the designated scheduled end time.

Keep in mind, weekend visitation is usually very crowded at the Main Jail and Annex. Visitors should plan for potential delays. An alternative is our At Home – Inmate Visitation. Out-of-town visitors should plan accordingly.

Females Only Saturday A through Z Check-in by: 10:00 pm 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Males Only Saturday A through F Check-in by: 10:00 am 7:30 am – 11:00 am Saturday G through L Check-in by: 2:30 pm 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm Sunday M through R Check-in by: 10:00 am 7:30 am – 11:00 am Sunday S through Z Check-in by: 2:30 pm 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

NOTE: Inmates assigned to Administrative Segregation shall not be eligible for visitors.

Who can visit an inmate?

Inmates may have up to four (4) visitors. Out-of-state or long distance visits are reserved for immediate family members only; please see “Out of Town or Special Visits” below for more information.

Immediate Family Relatives Other Visitors Mother Grandparents Friends/associates Father Uncles Foreign officials Step-parent(s) Aunts Pastors and clergy Foster parent(s) In-laws Members of civic groups Brothers Cousins Employers Sisters Sponsors Spouse Children

NOTE: Clergy visitation will only be granted for ordained pastors or persons serving as the spiritual leaders of a duly chartered, incorporated congregation. Requests for this privilege shall be coordinated and approved through the Jail Administrator prior to any visits and valid credentials/identification will be required for verification.

Inmates who have immediate family members, relatives, friends or associates who are a member of the clergy and have been approved by the Jail Administrator (as stated above) will not be allowed the use of clergy visitation privileges under any circumstances.

Searches and Inspections

Any person coming into the City Jail or Annex facilities shall be subject to inspection as necessary to ensure facility security including prevention of the introduction of contraband. Inspections may include a search of the visitor’s person, personal property when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the visitor is attempting to introduce or remove contraband or unauthorized items or substances into, or out of, the jail facility. See Code of Virginia §18.2-474 & §18.2-474.1 Delivery of articles, drugs, firearms, explosives, etc., to prisoners or committed persons.

Contraband means items which are prohibited by criminal law, Sheriff’s Office rules or posted notices. They are items which an inmate or visitor has no authority to possess or property which is in excess what is authorized.

Required Forms of Identification

All adult visitors will be required to produce photo identification (ID) and verification of his or her date of birth.


One of the following is required:

  • State driver’s license
  • State-issued identification cards
  • Federal, state, local government identification card (any state)
  • Military identification
  • Passport
  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Visa Border Crossing ID Card (USA B1/B2 Visa BCC).

NOTE: If the visitor’s ID is questionable or not acceptable, further verification shall be required.(for example, birth certificate, pictured credit card or other official ID.) Children 17 years of age and younger may be required to provide an ID (for example, birth certificate or student ID) if the age is questionable due to physical maturity of the child. A student ID shall be used only for children 17 years old and younger.

Visitation Dress Code

The Newport News Sheriff’s Office has established a visitation dress code to promote a positive atmosphere for visitation and to maintain an orderly, safe, and secure facility. Visitors are encouraged to exercise good judgment in selecting appropriate articles of clothing for a large gathering of men, women, and young children.

Attire Restrictions

Wearing inappropriate clothing (such as provocative or revealing clothes) may result in denial of visitation. There are restrictions on what you may wear to the jail facilities. In general, there are five rules to remember:

  1. Do not wear clothing that resembles inmate clothing, like:
    • Orange, green, white or red jumpsuits.
  2. Dress conservatively and modestly.
    The following items are NOT permitted:
    • Revealing shorts;
    • Halter tops, crop tops or bathing suits;
    • Low-cut blouses or dresses, leotards, spandex, or miniskirts
    • See-through garments of any type
    • Other non-disclosed provocative or revealing clothing
  3. Any attire that is disruptive, unsafe, unhealthy or offensive to the visitation process
  4. Do not wear any item that cannot be taken off and will not clear a metal detector.
  5. All visitors must wear undergarments.

Visitors will be directed through a metal detector or scanned by a hand-held metal detector prior to entering the jail facility. Deputies in the lobby will ensure prohibited items are not carried to the jail floor visitation booths. For more information, please read prohibited items below.

Prohibited Items

Possession and/or use of a cell phone, wireless communication device or their components is prohibited within the jail visitation booths without authorization. Any person with such unauthorized device is subject to criminal prosecution. In addition, no purses, umbrellas, packages, mace, handbags, paper sacks, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, matches, or glass or metal containers are allowed. Prohibited items include glass baby bottles, strollers or toys for babies. Pocket knives and sharp objects, weapons of any kind or items which can be used either in its present form or by alteration as a weapon in the jail are prohibited.

ONLY your identification, keys and small wallet will be allowed in the visitation booth. Those with babies can bring in one blanket, one diaper and one plastic bottle.

Standards of Conduct

Each inmate and visitor are responsible for his or her own conduct during visits. Any violation of laws, regulations, or jail procedures governing visits may result in termination, suspension, revocation, or denial of visiting with the person or persons involved. Such violation may also result in exclusion from the jail facility.

Out of Town or Special Visits

The Newport News Sheriff’s Office will make every effort within reason to accommodate those persons who have traveled appreciable distances (e.g., 100 miles or more) to visit a family member incarcerated in the City Jail or Annex.

Those visitors must be able to furnish a valid identification (ID) to prove he/she is not from the immediate area. (In this instance, military identification card or passport will not be accepted).

For out-of-town visitors, there is a one-time exception. If further visits are desired, you must visit on the designated visitation day and time.

Hospitalized Inmate Visitation

Hospital visits will only be allowed for inmates who are considered in grave condition. Emergency visits due to serious medical conditions must be approved by the Jail Administrator. Normally, for emergency notification, the Jail Administrator will notify the inmate’s designated emergency point of contact about a serious medical condition. These approved visits are subject to the same rules above as well as the hospital’s visitation rules.

Public Transit and Location

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) provides bus service throughout the cities of Newport News and Hampton. The Newport News City Jail and Annex is approximately eight (8) blocks from the Newport News Transit Center, which is the hub for other bus routes.

HRT bus routes 101, 104, 105, 106, 107 and 403 make convenient and frequent stops at 26th Street and Washington Ave., a short walking distance (about 50 yards) to the Public Safety Building (City Jail) lobby. For additional information concerning bus routes or driving directions to the City Jail, click here.

For those visiting inmates within the Jail Annex, HRT bus routes 101, 104, 105, and 106 make convenient and frequent stops at 25th Street and Huntington, beside the Adult Detention Facility (Jail Annex) lobby. For additional information concerning bus routes or driving directions to the Jail Annex, click here.

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.