Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE)

Regional Facility

Last Updated: May 24, 2019
9320 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185
James City
Security Level
Regional Detention - low
Facility Type
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Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 757-820-3900

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) is a regional prison located at 9320 Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg, VA in James City 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 James City 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.

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) 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.

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE)
Serving James City County, York County, & the Cities of Williamsburg and Poquoson

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail - Visitation

If you need information about a detainee that is housed at this facility, you may call (757) 820-3900 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday. When you call, please have the individual’s biographical information ready, including first, last and hyphenated names, any aliases he or she may use, date of birth and country of birth.

Detainees cannot receive incoming calls. If you need to get in touch with a detainee to leave an urgent message, you must call (757) 820-3919 and ask to speak with the shift supervisor on duty and leave the detainee’s full name, alien registration number, your name and telephone number where you can be reached, and the nature of your call. The detainee will be given your message.

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Inmate Locator

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) 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

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail - General Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visitation days and hours (subject to chang)e. Call (757-820-3915) prior to your visit for verification.

Housing Unit A & D
9:00 - 11:00 am OR 1:30 - 4:00 pm OR 7:30 - 10:00 pm

Security Unit 2, Unit B-3 and Medical
9:00 - 11:00 am OR 1:30 - 4:00 pm
OR 7:30 - 10:00 pm

Housing Unit C
9:00 - 11:00 am OR 1:30 - 4:00 pm OR 7:30 - 10:00 pm

Housing Unit F
9:00 - 11:00 am OR 1:30 - 4:00 pm
7:30 - 10:00 pm

Housing Unit E and B1
(Therapeutic Community)
9:00 - 11:00 am OR 1:30 - 4:00 pm OR 7:30 - 10:00 pm

Visitation Requirements

  • All visitors and their personal effects are subject to search as outlined in the Code of Virginia.
  • All items will be removed from pockets. All individuals will pass through the walk-through metal detector. An officer will scan you with a hand-held metal detector.
  • Each visitor must have a valid picture ID.
  • Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Inmates may only receive a total of three (3) visits per day. The maximum time for each visit is thirty (30) minutes.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each visit to allow time to register.
  • There will be no more than three visitors (two adults and one minor) at one time.
  • Visits are thirty minutes only.
  • There is NO eating or drinking allowed in the visiting area by inmates or visitors. There is NO sitting on the visitation tables.
  • Intoxicated visitors or visitors who appear to be under the influence will denied access into the facility and may be subject to arrest.
  • A visitor must be on the inmate’s visiting list to visit and is only permitted to visit the inmate they signed up to visit.

Dress Code

  • You are required to wear shirt and shoes at all times.
  • All visitors (male and female) are required to wear undergarments.

  • No pants hanging or fitting below the waistline.
  • No mini-skirts or short shorts.
  • No see- through or tight-fitting clothing.
  • No clothing that exposes breasts or genitalia.
  • No halter, tube or tank tops.
  • No midriff-baring shirts/blouses.
  • No coats, sweaters or other attire permitted to be worn to cover inappropriate dress.
  • Any other clothing deemed inappropriate by Security Staff will not be permitted

Allowable Items

  • One diaper and one bottle for infants. If stroller is necessary, it will be searched.
  • Clothing for court, if prior approval has been received, will be accepted at the lobby desk.
  • Money orders or cashier’s checks only for deposit to an inmate’s account.
  • Vehicle keys and identification.

Non-Allowable Items

Visitors must limit items brought into the jail. The following items are not permitted in any part of the jail and should be left in your vehicle.

  • No cigarettes or tobacco products of any kind, no lighter and/or matches.
  • No items considered to be a weapon such as knives and kubatons.
  • No photo or video cameras and/or recording devices.
  • No cell phones or pagers.
  • No food or drinks.
  • You cannot bring letters, pictures, magazines, or books to an inmate.
  • Do not bring pocketbooks or handbags, toys, coloring books, etc.

*This list is not all-inclusive; other items may be deemed inappropriate by jail staff.

Weekender Report In Rules of Conduct

Report In Time

- Regional Jail staff do not have the authority to alter the report in dates or times specified by the sentencing judge. If you arrive late, you will be accepted into the facility but the court will be notified of your failure to abide by the scheduled report in time. The court will also be notified if you fail to report at all.

Weekender (Non-Consecutive Sentence) Jail

- Individuals serving weekend or non-consecutive sentences must pay a mandatory $8.00 fee for each day served in the Regional Jail. Please contact the Regional Jail’s Records Department at (757) 820-3917 to determine the amount you need to pay and to make payment arrangements. The Non-Consecutive Jail Fee may be paid in full or in partial payments but must be consistent with the agreement reached between you and the jail. If payment is not received as agreed, your sentence will be converted to straight time and/or you will be served with a show cause for contempt of court. Only money orders or cashier’s checks made payable to (your name) will be accepted.

Picture ID

- You must present a picture ID to be processed into the facility. If your ID was taken by the Court, ask the court to provide you with a copy of your ID to present to the jail when you report.

Use of Alcohol or Illegal Drugs

- Do not consume any alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs prior to your arrival. In addition to notifying the court, you will be subject to disciplinary action by the Regional Jail.

Dress Code (Weekenders / Non-Consecutive Sentences Only)

- These directions only apply to individuals allowed to serve their sentence in installments.

A. All weekenders will be dressed into jail issued clothing. You will be allowed to wear one pair of white crew socks, one white crew neck t-shirt with no pockets and white briefs to be worn under the jail issued property.

B. You may bring a change of under garments, t-shirt, and socks. (These clothing items must be all white and plain. No bras with underwire, lace, bikini cut panties or thongs will be authorized.)

C. No valuables are to be brought to the Regional Jail. This includes cash, cell phones, checks, jewelry, or any other expensive personal property. No tongue rings or any other form of body-piercing jewelry are allowed.

D. You are not allowed to bring books, any other reading materials, tobacco related products or excessive property.

E. You may bring non-expired prescription drugs. The medication must be in its original container.


- Failure to abide by these rules may result in disciplinary action taken by the Regional Jail. Sanctions may include administrative lockdown, forfeiture of good time credits or your sentence may be converted to straight time. Forfeiture of good time will result in additional non-consecutive jail fees assessed for each day of additional confinement. The sentencing judge will be notified of the disciplinary action taken and you may be subject to other sanctions.

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) - Friends and Family Visits

Detainee visitation days are:

  • Saturday: B1 Housing
  • Sunday: A and D Housing
  • Monday: All Detainee Housing units
  • Detainees in any restricted housing status will have visitation granted on their regular unit visitation day

Visiting Hours: 0900 - 1100; 1300 – 1600; 1930 – 2200.

  • To ensure adequate time to process visitors through security, all visitors must arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time.
  • Visits shall not exceed 30 minutes. Extended visits can be authorized upon a detainees requests, for family visiting from out of town/country. A request form must be submitted in advance for approval.

Adult visitors must present a valid, verifiable government-issued identification card to enter the facility.

Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Minors must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area.

Attorney Visits

Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients during the following hours:

Legal visits are permitted for a minimum of eight hours per day on regular business days, and a minimum of four hours per day on weekends and holidays. On regular business days, legal visitation may proceed through a scheduled meal period and official population counts with the detainee included in out-counts as provided in policy. For visits that proceed through a scheduled meal period, the detainee shall receive a tray or sack meal after the visit.

A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all detainee housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a detainee wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the detainee’s responsibility to contact them for an appointment.

Consular Visits

Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible, and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer for this facility can be reached at (318) 335-7500.

Clergy Visits

Clergy may visit detainees at any time, but must make prior arrangements with the Chaplain’s Office at (757) 820-3900 x.7777.

Visiting Restrictions

  • All family or other social visits are Non-contact.
  • No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
  • If visitors are or appear to be intoxicated, visitation will not be allowed.
  • All visitors are subject to search while in the facility.
  • Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to detainees.
  • Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visitation area.

Search Procedures (prior to or during all visitations)

All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility.

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Facility Type

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) 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 Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) is a regional detention center for James City County and surrounding counties in Virginia. The low-security facility located at 9320 Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg 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 Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) 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 Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) 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 Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (ICE) at 9320 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, 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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