Newport News City Jail

City Jail

Last Updated: May 24, 2019
224 26th St PO Box 57, Newport News City, VA 23607
Newport News
Security Level
City Jail - medium
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Facility Type
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Newport News City 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: 757-926-8759

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Newport News City Jail is a city jail located at 224 26th St PO Box 57 in Newport News City, VA. It serves as the holding facility for the Newport News City Police Department or agencies within the judicial district of Newport News County. City jails are locally operated short-term facilities that hold inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both, and inmates sentenced to a term of less than one year, typically misdemeanants or repeat nuisance criminals. Most inmates not condemned to penalty or punishment could qualify for bail. If you would like information regarding a release, please call 757-926-8759.

Inmates scheduled for longer-term sentences will get transferred to a Federal or State Prisons run by either the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) or Virginia Department of Corrections. There is no time frame given for the transfer, the factors include bed space and logistic timing for the sheriff or marshals to transport the inmate securely.

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.

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Inmate Locator

Newport News City 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 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

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. Please read the following information carefully. We trust that this information will be useful to you.

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, see below.

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.

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Facility Type

The Newport News City Jail is run by the local police departments where arrestees may be detained for short periods similar to the Newport News County Jail (which is run by the county sheriff). The security is tight, classified "medium" as the building is also the operations center for the PD. The jail is located at 224 26th St PO Box 57, Newport News City and inmates may be visited during posted hours. Visitation is often non-contact through protective glass, call 757-926-8759 for days and times.

Many inmate detainees are delivered daily on minor misdemeanor charges like being drunk or high, or with injuries from fights or assaults that led to their arrest. Some are mentally ill with no other place for the local police to place them. Some may stay less than one day or a few days until they are released in a court proceeding after putting up bail or on their own recognizance promising to return for their court dates.

This city jail is designed in "pods" with a large common area where the tables are affixed to the floor along with attached seats. There are individual cells usually on two levels. Most of the time all inmates must remain in their cells, but, there are times the inmates are allowed in the pod playing games, eating or watching television. The inmates do not leave the pod unless they are going to the commissary, the library or the recreation area, under the supervision of guards.

Custody/Security Level

Offenders arrested within city limits are booked and processed at Newport News City Jail located at 224 26th St PO Box 57, Newport News City VA. The building is heavily secured as it is shared with the armed officers of the Newport News City Police Department. It is a short term facility with limited space, inmates are held in a single-person cell.

Intake handles arrestees that include their booking and fingerprinting. Inmates will remain in jail until their court arraignment where they will learn their fate by a magistrate. If bail is posted, or the arrestee is bonded out or released on their own recognizance the offender is released. If bail is denied, they will be transported by the sheriff for a longer stay at the Newport News County Jail.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a City Jail - medium 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 Newport News City 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

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 Newport News City 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 Newport News City Jail at 224 26th St PO Box 57, Newport News City, 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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