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What are West Virginia Inmate Records?

Inmate records allow interested persons to see information about persons who are incarcerated in any correctional facility in West Virginia. The information provided may include the name, birth date, physical description, charges, sentencing information, release date, and conviction status of inmates. Any member of the public may access this information per the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the West Virginia Department of Corrections

The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDOCR) is the government agency responsible for the security and supervision of offenders remanded in jails and prisons all over the state. Prisons and Jails under the supervision of WVDOCR include:

How to Visit an Inmate in West Virginia Prison and Jail

Intending visitors must first conduct an inmate search to find the facility at which the inmate is being housed. One way to do this is to use the prison lookup tool to access a list of daily incarcerations as well as offenders incarcerated at both West Virginia jails and prisons. Visitation rules vary with the facility. Still, the method of scheduling visitations remains the same: all jails and prisons in West Virginia only allow for visits to be scheduled by phone.

Certain facilities, such as the Central Regional Jail and Correctional Facility and the Eastern Regional Jail and Corrections Facility, require that visits be scheduled by phone one day in advance. Also, visitors must be well-dressed and present a valid, government-issued photo ID upon entry to the facility.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in West Virginia Prison and Jail

The WVDCR allows for interested parties to deposit funds into an inmate's account using three methods. The fastest method is to deposit the money electronically, either online on the ConnectNetwork website or via the payment service provider app. Another online option is JailATM, which requires the sender to create an account from which they may electronically deposit funds into an inmate's account. Besides online deposits, interested persons may (888) 988-4768 to send money to inmates by phone, using Site ID 179 to process the deposit.

How to Perform a West Virginia Prison Inmate Search

Through the WVDCR website, you can use their prison lookup tool to perform an inmate lookup in West Virginia jails and prisons, as well as daily incarcerations. All inmate records in West Virginia are public and therefore can be searched by any interested parties. All information is regularly updated but may not reflect accurately given that inmate location, release date, status, and other information changes quickly. Parties searching for daily incarcerations must only provide the county in which they are searching before accessing the daily records or incarcerations. For jail and prison inmate searches, only the name and last name of the inmate are required to conduct the search. Juvenile records are not public in the state of West Virginia, and therefore, an inmate search will not provide information on juvenile offenders. Individuals having issues locating an inmate should contact the WVDCR directly at (304) 558-2036.

How to Perform a West Virginia County Jail Inmate Search

Whether an inmate is incarcerated in jail or in prison depends on the severity of the crime and the duration of sentencing in the state of West Virginia. The same inmate search tool works for finding a person in jail; only this time, the searcher specifically selects "offender search (jails)" to access the central database for jail inmate records in West Virginia.

The Difference between West Virginia State Prisons and County Jail

West Virginia's state prisons and county jails are operated by the West Virginia Department of Corrections. The department is responsible for the custody and care of prisoners, as well as their rehabilitation and reentry into society.

There are a total of 13 state prisons in West Virginia, which house an average of 3,817 inmates each day. The majority of these inmates are incarcerated for non-violent offenses.

The county jails in West Virginia are operated by the individual counties. There are a total of 11 county jails in the state, which house an average of 1,281 inmates each day. These inmates are typically awaiting trial or sentencing, or they may be serving short-term sentences for less serious offenses.

Inmates in both state prisons and county jails have access to education and job training programs, as well as health care and mental health services. These programs are designed to help inmates successfully reenter society after their release.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

Inmate release date is available on an inmate's records. Interested persons may obtain this information online or by contacting the jail administrator unless a court or the record custodian makes the information private for safety reasons. In such cases, only the inmate's immediate family members, crime victims, attorneys, and authorized criminal justice officials, will have access to the inmate's exact release date.

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Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Property Records
  • Asset Records
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

West Virginia Penitentiary building facade

The prison operated from 1876 to 1995 and is currently used as a tourist attraction and training facility.

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
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