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Roanoke County VA Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: August 12, 2021
401 E Main St, Salem, VA 24153

Roanoke Co Jail is for County 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 County - medium facility.

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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Roanoke County VA 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: 540-283-3145

The Roanoke County VA Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 401 E Main St in Salem, VA. This county jail is operated locally by the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Roanoke County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Salem Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

There are new detainees delivered to the jail daily, you can see arrest records here. Some are released after putting up bail, are released to a pretrial services caseload, are placed under supervision by a probation agency, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court. If there is no release, the inmate must wait here at the jail for their court appearance as a guest of the County, getting a bed and three square meals.

Trustees are inmates who work in the jail as cooks, as orderlies for the staff, in the laundry or in the commissary. The trustees are paid a very small amount for their time and some jail gives the trustees a few days off their sentence in exchange for their work.

When an inmate arrives in jail they are put together in a large holding cell with other inmates in the intake. While in intake they are under heightened observation. Violent and out of control inmates are segregated.

Can I Get Work Release?

Work release is when you are released from jail during the day so that you can go to work. At the end of the day, you return to jail for the night. There are a number of requirements to be able to get into the work-release program. Most programs require your employer to fill out some paperwork. If you want to get into the work release program then apply prior to being sentenced to jail. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in jail waiting to get into the program.

Can I call my family in Jail?

Roanoke County VA Jail has a phone program where inmates make outbound calls only, you cannot call into jail. Since you are paying for those calls don't make it a habit of accepting collect-calls, they are over $15 each. The alternative is to set up an account through their third-party phone company which charges steep fees for each minute used. You are paying for them to call you. Click here if you are going to speak a lot and need a discount on the calls.

Remember - These phone calls are recorded and conversations can be used against you or the inmate so do not discuss your case over these phone lines.

Inmate Locator

Roanoke County VA 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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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Roanoke County VA Jail and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 540-283-3145.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Roanoke County VA Jail - Visitation

Visitation Guidelines

  • All visitors must have proper identification.
  • All visitors must be cooperative and orderly.
  • All visitors will refrain from bringing any food or drinks into the lobby or visitation area.
  • Littering on the premises will not be tolerated.
  • All minors (children under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must be quiet and under control at all times.
  • All visitors are subject to search by a jail staff member of the same sex.
  • All visitors will be properly dressed or they will be denied visitation, dress code guidelines are available upon request.
  • Any visitor who appears under the influence of an intoxicant will be denied visitation and is subject to arrest.

Video Visitation Schedule - Get information regarding video visitation. There you will find the visitation schedule, as well as for instructions and guidelines for using the video visitation system.

Confidential Visits - Any inmate has the right to a confidential visit with the following persons: attorney, probation officer, social worker, bondsmen, minister, priest, rabbi, doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist.

Special Visits* - Special visits will be held in the visitation area where the visit will occur between the inmate and visitor(s) through the video visitation system. Such special visits will only be granted after an inmate:

  • Has been sentenced on all pending charges and has been incarcerated in Roanoke County/Salem Jail facility for at least 30 days OR
  • Has been incarcerated for 6 months OR
  • Is awaiting transfer to a state facility OR
  • Is being picked up by officers from out-of-state.

*Special visits, under certain conditions may be granted to inmates who receive visitors from out-of-town. Prior approval shall be obtained, if the inmate has knowledge of the forthcoming visit.

Restrictions to Visitations - Inmates in disciplinary separation (punitive isolation), classification holding, or medical isolation may be denied personal visits with family and friends. This does not apply, however, to attorneys, physicians, bondsmen, or ministers. However, inmates placed in medical for observation only will still retain the same privileges as those in administrative isolation

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