Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA

Regional Facility

Last Updated: May 24, 2019
2402 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434
Independent City
Security Level
Regional Detention - low
Facility Type
Satellite View of Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA

Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 757-539-3119

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA is a regional prison located at 2402 Godwin Blvd in Suffolk, VA in Independent 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 Independent 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.

Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA 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 Programs

We offer a number or programs to our inmates to aid them in improving their life, health, and becoming better citizens as a whole. Below is a partial listing of the programs we offer and the attendees for each of these programs for the last fiscal year.

  • Special Education 30 (Teaching individuals with IEP’s or Special Needs)
  • Transition 25 (Teaching inmates not fitting normal criteria’s) Ex. Low reading ability by not Special Ed.
  • General Education 60 - Earned GED’s 4
  • Career Education 120 (Focuses on Careers, Health, Interviewing process, History etc.)
  • Career Readiness Certificate 10 (Preparing inmates for Workforce Skills)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 77 (Focuses on recovery and detoxification)
  • Substance abuse (Provide treatment methods to help overcome additive symptoms)
  • Anger Management (Understanding life triggers and how to deal with them)
  • Community Health 30 (Teaches prevention/recognition of venereal diseases and STD’s)
  • Seeking Safety 172 (Understanding beginning trauma & coping with them)
  • Re-Entry – Life Skills 161 males and 25 females (Preparing inmates for readjustment into society)
  • Re-Entry Pathways From bondage 85 (Building resumes’, Identifying needs for release into society)
  • Re-Entry Mobil Counseling 20 (New) (Assist Individuals with mental health issues even upon release)
  • Parenting 350 (Teaches inmates the proper way to motivate and discipline youthful children)
  • Females Building Bridges 60 (Reconnecting mother and child through recorded readings of baby books)
  • Women Empowerment Workshop 50 (Helping women to believe in themselves – decision making)
  • Building Resilience in the Community “BRC” 12 (New Class) – Building Self-esteem and Fortitude
  • BOOM 10 (New Class) Domestic Violence on Women
  • Life Skills/Gang Prevention 50 (Teaches the youth coping skills and better decision making)
  • Juvenile Life Skills 60 males (Teaching effects of various topics: gang violence, interviewing process)
  • Juvenile Mental Health 30 (Group counseling sessions)

Personal Property

Inmate’s property can be picked up during normal business hours from 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday with the exception being that you have prearranged an appointment with property at 757-942-0545. Inmate property may only be released to the inmate themselves unless an inmate request form from the inmate has been turned into the proper person for approval. Approval is not guaranteed. Appointments to pick up property by non-inmates should be scheduled in advance and after the request has been approved.

Inmates may keep some limited personal property in their living spaces. All inmate property must fit inside the authorized inmate storage container. Excess items will be considered contraband. Property is either provided by WTRJ or must be purchased through the Inmate Canteen. Property will not be accepted at the jail or through the mail. The Watch Commander may grant exceptions.


A. All inmates shall be afforded the same correspondence privileges. There is no limit on the number of letters an inmate may send or receive. If the inmate is indigent, he/she will be given the opportunity to mail 5 letters weekly upon request. This includes legal mail, which will be sent by the Jail for those inmates declared indigent. Indigent inmates are those judged destitute with no outside income/support from welfare, federal assistance, etc., and have no funds in their inmate or canteen account currently or for the previous 30 days.

B. Mail is subject to inspection and may be opened and read by officials when there is reasonable suspicion that a particular item of correspondence threatens the safety or security of the institution, the safety of any person or is being used to further illegal activities. Legal mail may be opened and inspected, but not read, by jail officers and will be opened in the presence of the inmate. Glued seams of envelopes may be opened or cut off and examined for contraband. Stamps may be cut off the envelope.

C. Notice of seizure of mailed contraband will be given to sender and inmate.

D. All mail sent out by inmates may be sealed by the inmate; however, the inmate's full return address must be listed on the outside of the envelope. Mail without the full return address will not be mailed. The return address is:

Inmate’s Name
Western Tidewater Regional Jail
2402 Godwin Blvd.
Suffolk, VA 23434

E. Inmates may not receive packages.

F. Publications must be in the publisher's package mailed direct from the publisher i.e. Readers Digest, Random House Publisher, Amazon.com etc…. Packages from bookstores (Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million) will not be accepted. Publications advocating civil disobedience, the overthrow of any level of government in the U.S.A., or behavior which could threaten the good order and discipline of this facility will not be given to an inmate. Additionally, publications depicting what are considered sexually explicit, or printed pictures of sexual acts of any type will not be given to an inmate. These publications will be placed in the inmate's property and he/she will be given a receipt.

G. Inmate mail processing will be done daily except on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Incoming mail will be delivered within 24 hours and forwarded or returned to sender if the inmate has been transferred.

Inmates are prohibited from corresponding with another inmate incarcerated in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail. Inmates may communicate with another inmate incarcerated in another facility providing the administrator of each facility has granted permission. Submit your request to the Director of Security.


Released inmates can pick-up their inmate account balance from the Administration Office in the Main Lobby of the Jail between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:45 pm on Monday through Friday excluding holidays and special events if money is owed to the inmate. If the Office is closed during normal working hours of a regularly scheduled work day, a sign will be posted on the door to the Lobby stating the length of time the office will be closed. No other family member can request funds or pick up funds without first getting approval from the front office and the Superintendent. Contact 757-942-0531 for any such requests. We are not allowed to give out balance information to anybody but the inmate. Any issues concerning kiosk deposits should be directed to GTL through the GTL tab under the Inmate Information Tab or calling 1-800-306-2957. Any issues with iCare or Oasis should be resolved through Aramark at 1-888-439-5020 or Oasis at 1-800-956-2747 respectively or by using the contact information provided on their respective links under the Inmate Information Tab . Unless the inmate is being transferred to another facility, funds distributed to the inmates will be done using a debit card unless under $5.00 which will be with cash. When requesting and picking up the debit cards, the process and fees will be discussed with the released inmate.As a reminder, an inmate, in most cases, is charged for Room & Board, Medical Co-Pays, and Damaged Jail Property among other possible items while incarcerated and the balance due to the jail is due and payable upon release. Unless special arrangements are made upon release, the inmate has 30 days in which to fully pay off any balance owed. Failure to do so will result in being turned over to a collection agency and then possible other forms of recourse may come into play like withholding of tax refunds or other legal remedies. If an inmate is not able to pay off what is owed within 30 days, it is best to come to the Administration Office and work with one of the staff to develop a repayment plan that suits both the Jail and the inmate. Inmates transferred to another facility will have a check mailed to the new facility when the inmate leaves WTRJ.

Thank you for trying AMP!

You got lucky! We have no ad to show to you!

Inmate Locator

Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA 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.

Visitation Information

Western Tidewater Regional Jail - VA - Visitation

Housing Unit Visitation Schedule

DAY BLOCK SECTION TIME Monday Bravo 1 7:00pm 2 7:30pm 3 8:00pm 4 8:30pm 5 9:00pm Tuesday Charlie 1 7:00pm 2 7:30pm 3 8:00pm 4 8:30pm 5 9:00pm 6 9:30pm Wednesday Delta 1 7:00pm 2 7:30pm 3 8:00pm 4 8:30pm 5 9:00pm 6 9:30pm Thursday Echo 1 7:00pm 2 7:30pm 3 8:00pm 4 8:30pm 5 9:00pm 6 9:30pm Friday Foxtrot (non worker) 1 7:00pm 2 7:30pm 3 8:00pm Saturday *Alpha 1 7:00pm *Alpha Block Only 2 7:30pm 3 8:00pm Sunday **Work Programs F-4 9:00am *Juveniles *F-5 10:00am E-7 1:00pm E-8 3:00pm B-6 & B-7 7:00pm

B. Attorneys 7:30am - 9:30pm Monday through Sunday

C. Others

Clergy, religious volunteers, social workers and representatives of volunteer organizations may be granted visiting privileges in accordance with current procedures and schedules. Contact the Director of Treatment with any questions or to schedule a special visit time.

D. Holiday visiting will be prescribed according to staff mandates.
E. Former WTRJ Inmates are not permitted to visit other inmates in the Jail until 30 days have transpired since their release.
F. Inmates may decline visits by particular individuals, news media, etc.

G. Restrictions to Visiting:

Inmates in disciplinary segregation, cell restriction, medical isolation, close observation, or suicide watch will be denied personal visits with family or friends. This does not apply; however, to attorneys or court related personnel in the performance of their duty.

H. Visitors may not bring items for inmates. The Director of Security or Treatment may grant exceptions.

Visiting Rules

A. Visiting is a privilege and will be extended to inmates as described below.

a. Visitor Guidelines

WTRJ is committed to encouraging relationships between inmates, their family and friends. We strongly feel that visitation is an important part of inmate rehabilitation. At the same time WTRJ must provide for the safety/security of the facility, staff, inmates, and most importantly, the safety of other visitors, the public and you.

b. Visitation Termination

Your visit will be terminated if:

  1. The inmate violates any established rules and regulations.
  2. The visitor does not comply with the rules and regulations governing visitation.

Note: ALL visitors are subject to search. Refusal to be searched will cancel your visit.
Note: All visitors must acknowledge that visitation is a privilege and may be suspended. Violation of the privilege may result in disciplinary action against inmate/visitor. Inmates on administrative/disciplinary segregation or in control status may be denied visitation.

c. Visitors Per Inmate

Due to increased occupancy and limited visitation space, WTRJ limits lobby and visitor panel access only to authorized visitors.

d. Inmate and Visitor Rules and Regulations

  1. Inmates are allowed one (1) twenty (20) minute visit.
  2. Visitors must be on the inmates Request for Visitation Privileges form (RVP).
  3. Visitors MUST be signed in thirty (30)minutes prior to the start of the visitation time (see schedule).
  4. ALL visitors MUST be 16 years of age or older with a valid drivers license, ID, military ID, passport or school ID.
  5. Visitors will NOT be allowed to switch phones AT ALL.
  6. When the phone is terminated, visitor must immediately exit the facility.
  7. Visitors are prohibited from leaving personal items unattended in the lobby area. Items may be stored in provided public lockers or secured in vehicles.
  8. NO unattended children in the lobby.

e. Items Allowed in Visitation Panel/Building Keys - Example: Car Keys or House Keys

f. Items NOT allowed in Visitation Panel/Building

  • FOOD


g. Dress Code

  • Shirt and shoes mandatory
  • Clothing that expose an undue amount of flesh(ex. exposing chest, back, br breast,thighs, or midsections) is prohibited. Sleeveless shirts will NOT be allowed
  • Bermuda-length shorts may be worn provided they are NOT to exceed no more than (3”) above the kneecap.
  • NO sleeveless dresses will be allowed, dresses and skirt hems are NOT to exceed more than (3”) above the kneecap.
  • Any article of clothing with a picture or language that may be considered profane or offensive by the current public or WTRJ staff will NOT be allowed.
  • Clothing designed or intended to be tightly worn, to excessively accent the body (ex. spandex, tights, leggings, tank tops, etc.) is prohibited.


Visitors may wear casual dress that is reasonable and appropriate.
WTRJ reserves the right to refuse admittance to inappropriately dressed visitors.

Thank you for trying AMP!

You got lucky! We have no ad to show to you!

Facility Type

The Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA 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 Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA is a regional detention center for Independent City County and surrounding counties in Virginia. The low-security facility located at 2402 Godwin Blvd in Suffolk 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".

Thank you for trying AMP!

You got lucky! We have no ad to show to you!

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 Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA 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 Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA 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 Western Tidewater Regional Jail (WTRJ) - VA at 2402 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, 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.

Great Deals For You and Your Inmate