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Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon

Regional Facility

Last Updated: March 15, 2020
15205 Joe Derting Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210
Security Level
Regional Detention - low
Phone Carrier
Mailing Address
PO Box 280, Meadowview, VA 24361
Facility Type
Satellite View of Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon

COVID-19: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, SW VA Regional Jail-Abingdon is facing VISITATION SUSPENSION for the next 15-30 days. Please call 276-739-3520 for the most current visiting room updates and when visits will resume.

Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 276-739-3520

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon is a regional prison located at 15205 Joe Derting Dr in Abingdon, VA in Washington County. This medium-to-high security prison is operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections in conjunction with local law enforcement from surrounding counties like Washington County Sheriff to hold inmates who have been convicted to and sentenced for a crime in this region of Virginia.

The inmates housed at the Virginia are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the length of their sentence and the past criminal history). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. Virginia's mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

SW VA Regional Jail-Abingdon has facilities onsite to meet most of the inmate's needs, including dietary, health, fitness, education, religious practices, entertainment, and many others. Most regional prisons are kept in top condition as they are constantly subjected to rigorous inspections and would like to keep a clean record to maintain government contracts.

Inmate Locator

Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon 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

Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon - Visitation

All visitors must register and be approved by SWVRJA prior to scheduling a visit.

  • For instructions go to ICSVideoVisit.com.
  • To register, go to Vizvox.
Video Visitation Customer Assistance

Assistance is available to all visitors for help with registering and/or scheduling.

  • Customer service phone are in all SWVRJA facility lobbies and will allow you to connect by dialing 888-646-9437.
  • Visitor can also call: 888-646-9437.
Jail Lobby Video Visitation Hours

Onsite video visitation sessions are held 7 days a week from Monday through Sunday and during the hours listed on the right.

Remote Video Visitation Hours

Remote video visitation sessions are held 7 days a week from Monday through Sunday and during the hours listed on the right.

Jail Lobby Video Visitation Hours
Remote Video Visitation Hours
8:00AM to 10:30AM 8:00AM to 10:30AM 1:00PM to 4:30PM 1:00PM to 4:30PM 7:00PM to 10:00PM 7:00PM to 10:00PM


Please read all of the rules completely prior to moving forward. Not knowing the rules will not be accepted as an excuse for not following them. Disobeying any rule may result in the visitor being banned from visiting inmates and/or criminal charges being pursued when applicable.

  • All video visitation sessions are subject to monitoring and recording.
  • All video visitation sessions must be scheduled 24 hours prior to the appointment or up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Onsite video visitation sessions are limited to 1 visit per inmate every week.
  • The length of each onsite video visitation session is 15 minutes. There is no charge for onsite video visitation sessions.
  • Onsite visitors should arrive at the facility 10 to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled video visitation session to check in.
  • The length of each remote video visitation session is 15 minutes.
  • Remote video visitation sessions are not limited; however, visitors should speak with the inmate to confirm inmate’s availability for visitation, inculding lock down schedules to ensure he or she is out during desired visitation time. .
  • To schedule a remote video visitation session, a pre-paid account will need to be established with ICSolutions. The minimum amount allowed in a pre-paid account is $7.50. To set-up or fund a pre-paid account with ICSolutions, please go to www.icsolutions.com or call 888-506-8407.
  • The cost of the remote video visitation session will be applied to the pre-paid account as soon as a remote video visitation session is scheduled.
  • If the remote video visitation session is cancelled by the facility, $7.50 will be returned to the visitor’s prepaid account.
  • Please be advised if an inmate is in ANY program (at court, on trustee assignments, CRP programs, attorney visits, etc.), they are NOT eligible to receive the video visitation session at that time. Video visitation sessions must be scheduled around inmate programs.
  • Remote visitors should test their connection prior to scheduling a video visitation session. Please go to www.icsvideovisit.com for instructions.
  • Remote visitors should connect 15 to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled video visitation session to check in.
  • Video visitation sessions will not connect until after the scheduled start time.
  • If a visitor does not show up for a scheduled video visitation session, no refund will be issued.
  • If a visitor loses internet connection during the video visitation session, the visitor will not be allowed to reconnect and no refund will be issued. The Authority has no control over the visitor’s internet connection.
  • All visitors must utilize a valid type of identification to register and shall be one of the following:
    • Driver’s License (current or expired);
    • Military or Government ID;
    • Passports;
    • Schools ID (picture-type only);
    • Immigration Card (Mica);
    • Any picture ID issued by a City, County, State or Government Agency.
  • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older. If under 18 years of age, visitor must be accompanied by an adult and must present valid identification (children under 5 are not required to provide a photo ID).
  • All visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitor list to conduct a video visitation session.
  • Maximum of four (4) people (combination of adults and children – one (1) adult minimum) may participate in a video visitation session at one time.
  • Visitors may also be asked to provide proof of relationship to the inmate. This can be done with a birth certificate, marriage license, adoption papers, or other legal documents.
  • All visitors are expected to be fully dressed in appropriate conventional clothing. The following types of clothing are prohibited:
    • Clothing made of sheer transparent, net or mesh materials;
    • Clothing that unduly exposes the stomach, back, shoulders, chest, midriff or underarms;
    • Clothing designed/intended to be worn tightly to accent the body (for example spandex leggings, tank tops, bodysuits, etc.);
    • Dresses, skirts, jumpers or culottes no more than four (4) inches above the knee;
    • Shorts – except for minor children;
    • Hats or head gear-except religiously recognized and approved;
    • Clothing with gang, obscene or distracting messages, shapes or designs;
    • Clothing resembling security uniforms or inmate clothing.
  • All visitors and inmates must remain seated at all times during the video visitation session. Small children, five (5) years old and younger, must remain on the visitors lap at all times.
  • Any inappropriate activity will result in termination of the video visitation session with the possibility of being banned from visits permanently..
  • Visitors involved in the following will be placed on permanent visiting restrictions:
    • Visitors that create a disturbance or disruption of the visiting process.
    • Visitors under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    • Visitors that refuse to show sufficient identification.
  • The visitation schedule may be cancelled or altered on the facility’s appointed holidays or for safety / security reasons.
  • Staff can deny, change, or cancel a video visitation session at any time at their discretion.
  • After the video visitation session has ended, the connection will be terminated.


  • Detailed instructions for visitors to register and schedule video visitation visits can be found via internet web browser at icsvideovisit.com.
  • Once at this website, visitors will need to select the agency, “SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY,” which will take them to a web page that includes the Authority’s rules for video visitation as well as drop-down tabs with step-by-step instructions for “HOW TO VISIT FROM HOME,” and “HOW TO VISIT FROM THE JAIL LOBBY.”
  • HOW TO VISIT FROM HOME instructions include:
    • Step 1 – How to test your computer connection speed.
    • Step 2 – How to register a new VizVox account.
    • Step 3 – How to set-up your system for an AT HOME (remote) visit.
    • Step 4 – How to add funds to your pre-paid account.
      • Visitors can use the same pre-paid account as used for the SWVRJA inmate telephone system.
      • Go to icsolutions.com or call 888.506.8407 to set up or fund a pre-paid account.
      • Remote visits are limited based on the inmate’s location (1, 2 or 3 per week) within the facility and cost $7.50 for a 15 minute visit.
    • Step 5 – How to schedule a remote visit.
    • Step 6 – How to conduct a remote visit.
      • Visitors from home MUST download the VizVox phone and complete a test call prior to scheduling a visit.
    • HOW TO VISIT FROM THE JAIL LOBBY instructions include:
      • Step 1 – How to register a VizVox account.
      • Step 2 – How to schedule a visit.
        • Onsite visitors will need to make a note of the assigned visitation station so they know which station to sit at when they arrive onsite for their visit.
        • Onsite visits from the jail lobby are limited to 1 visit per inmate every other week at no charge to the visitor.


  • The VizVox website where visitors will schedule remote and onsite visits is: http://virginia.seevizvox.com/vizvox.visitor/Login.
    • Visitors will need the username and password set-up at registration to log-on to schedule visits.
    • Visits can be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance or as far out as 2 weeks.
    • Daily visitation hours for all onsite and remote video visitation visits is as follows:
      • 8:00 am to 10:30 am
      • 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
      • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm


  • VizVox customer service for troubleshooting issues or assistance in testing their computers for video visitation: 888.646.9437 or 210.572.9611.
    • VizVox customer service hours:
      • Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 7:00 pm CST
      • Saturday/Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST
      • Closed holidays.
    • Visitors can contact ICSolutions customer service outside of the VizVox available hours: 888.506.8407.

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Facility Type

The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon 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 Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon is a regional detention center for Washington County and surrounding counties in Virginia. The low-security facility located at 15205 Joe Derting Dr in Abingdon 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 Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon 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 Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon 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 Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority - Abingdon at 15205 Joe Derting Dr, Abingdon, 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

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