Portsmouth Jail

City Jail

Last Updated: November 30, 2021
701 Crawford St, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Portsmouth City

Portsmouth Jail is for City Jail offenders sentenced up to twelve 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 Global Tel Link (GTL) - ConnectNetwork, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

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

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Portsmouth 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: 757-393-8210

Portsmouth is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia. Portsmouth has a population of approximately 96,000 residents spread over approximately 30 square miles in a largely urban environment similar to its neighboring cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk.Founded in 1752, Portsmouth has played a significant role in the shaping of American history, largely due to the strong military presence based at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, both of which are located within the city.

Inmate Locator

Portsmouth 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.

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Visitation Information

Portsmouth VA Jail - Visitation Guidelines

There are many families that have never experienced having to deal with someone they know being incarcerated. We have strict guidelines that must be adhered to for everyone's well being and safety.

Each inmate received a booklet with the rules and regulations of the Portsmouth City Jail. When the inmate calls home and/or on visiting nights they should share this information with family members and friends.

Video Visitation

Video visitation guidelines are explained in the HomeWav Brochure (PDF). Visit the HomeWav website to begin your video visitation.

Some of the most frequently asked questions and general requests from family are:

  • No - money can not be released from the inmate's canteen fund to pay bills, etc.
  • Yes - the inmate may have a soft cover bible. This may be left at the lobby desk.
  • No - personal property will not be released from inmate's property bag.
  • No - release date information will be given out.
  • No - special visits. Family members need to make arrangements to visit on the assigned visiting day.
  • No - Polaroid pictures / no nudity pictures.
  • No - underwear, t-shirt, or socks will not be accepted in the lobby; these items must be purchased through the canteen.
  • No - food items can not be brought to an inmate.
  • No - children under 12 years of age allowed in the lobby; visitors must have a picture ID; visits are for 15 minutes between the hours of 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. See floor schedule below

Due to our occupancy rating provide by the Fire Marshall, there can not be more than 10 people allowed. Because of this regulation we have implemented additional guidelines for the lobby. They are as follows:

  • No more waiting in the lobby for visitation
  • Visitor will enter the lobby with I.D. (only 2 people per inmate's visit)
  • You must be checked in with lobby personnel by 8:45 p.m.
  • You will be signed in for the visit by the lobby personnel
  • You will then exit the lobby and wait outside or the J and D Court Building Lobby. We will follow Courtroom Guidelines.
  • No cell phones
  • No weapons
  • No drugs
  • No food or drinks
  • No children under 12
  • You will be called into the lobby once the inmate is ready for the visit
  • You must leave the lobby once your visit is complete.
  • No public restrooms - there are restrooms on Water Street at the parking garage.

Floor Schedule

Visiting: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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