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Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what's coming with age-appropriate discussions. Talk it over immediately Waiting too long to explain […]

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Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

In most states, once you are released from jail for your misdemeanor conviction your voting rights are fully restored. In some cases, you are still allowed to vote even while incarcerated. In the states of Idaho, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri, if you are in jail or prison due to a […]

Dealing with a Drug Addict: How I Started Letting Go

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Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

Your Rights as a Pregnant Inmate

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Losing SSI and SSDI Benefits While Incarcerated

Your husband goes to jail and you figure his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will at least help with the bills even though he is not home to receive them. When the payments stop, there are four reasons why this may happen. Here are the four stages of the […]

Jail Visits: Taking the Children With You to See Their Parent Inmate

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What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

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When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

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5 Facts About Your Supplemental Security Income Payments While You Are Incarcerated

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Finding Employment After Prison

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The Abingdon Regional Jail - Washington in Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Abingdon Regional Jail - Washington are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Abingdon Regional Jail - Washington are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Washington County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the Virginia Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Abingdon Regional Jail - Washington are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facility in Washington County, Virginia is: Washington County Jail - Washington. In addition, Washington County houses the following juvenile facilities: Highlands Juvenile Detention-Washington, Susan Bundy Girls Home - Washington.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Washington County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Abingdon Regional Jail - Washington Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Washington County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.



Abingdon Regional Jail - Washington Inmate Search

Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Virginia Washington 538
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
15205 Joe Derting Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210
FAX
276-739-3534
 

Jail Overcrowding: When the State Gets Involved

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Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees. Commissary […]

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems. Phone Calls are Recorded If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The […]

Three Ways to Make Jail Calls Cheaper

Telephone calls are a lifeline between inmates and their families. Just hearing each other's voices helps ease the tension and anxiety surrounding incarceration. As nice as it is to get those calls, they can get expensive. The following three ideas can make the calls fit your budget better. Avoid Peak Hours for Collect Calls Many […]

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit. Time of Day Choose a time that he or […]

Pregnant and in Prison – Now What?

Going to prison or jail while you are pregnant sometimes can't be helped, but you will need to be sure you get the proper treatment and medical care while incarcerated. You'll also need to make arrangements for the baby after he or she is born. Banking on the belief you will be released before your […]

Visiting jail for the first time? Here's what to expect.

Visiting an inmate in jail for the first time is like waiting to see a dentist. The anticipation and worry constantly increases until you are there and you realize it was not as bad as you thought it would be. Knowing what to expect before that first jail visit will reduce your anxiety. Expect to […]

Staying Fit in County Jail: Walking and Jogging in the POD

When you're locked up, your diet is not going to be the best when it comes to healthy, low-fat foods. This translates to weight gain unless you take steps to counteract the food's effect on your body. While state prisons often have outdoor yards that contain exercise equipment, many county jails don't even let the […]

Losing SSI and SSDI Benefits While Incarcerated

Your husband goes to jail and you figure his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will at least help with the bills even though he is not home to receive them. When the payments stop, there are four reasons why this may happen. Here are the four stages of the […]

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget. Traveling by car Gas up early Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, […]

With One Free Jail Call, Who Should I Reach Out To When I Get Arrested?

Anyone who has been incarcerated will tell you that once you are booked, given inmate attire, and assigned to a housing unit, your connection with the outside world is greatly reduced. During the booking process most jails will allow you one free phone call before taking you to your unit. Make it count. Very few […]

Can Inmates Receive Visitors While they are in the Hospital?

Most inmate medical needs are taken care of at the county jail through a doctor and nursing staff. Sometimes a health condition arises that requires hospitalization. Hospital visitation rules depend on several factors: Jail rules: Some jails have a non-negotiable rule that inmates in the hospital cannot receive visitors. They consider it a security

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Florida

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but once you're convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. Florida overview: The Process If you have been convicted of a felony, the state of Florida has […]

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  1. dana Wed, Jun 22 2011 12:11 PM

    how I contact my husband on jail ? I was out of country us? I need to know his condition :(. ( sorry fo rmy bad english )

  2. Kimberly Fri, Apr 13 2012 9:38 AM

    What is up with Washington County Regional Jail... I live 12 hours away, I have called numerous times to speak with someone, just to get general information on visiting hours, what inmates are allowed to have, where&how to send money for a inmate. And, what correct address to send a letter. I can get more information out of a 3 year old. All, I hear, we can't give out that information. Please explain, why can't you? It's a public/ county building. And, I'm on a speakerphone, that is very unprofessional & very rude. This is what & how our tax money is spent? Looks very bad on Washington County Leaders!!

  3. tim Sat, May 05 2012 9:20 AM

    the washington county location of southwest va regional jails, is the most un-organized location of any jail system in the state. its being run by a buch of rent-a-cops and needs people that know's what they are doing. this jail is a big joke and full of sinfull actions. someone needs to step in and clean this mess up before it really gets bad. the staff is rude and un-friendly and wont let you know anything that goes on and lies to you when you call. you can call and get different answers to your questions each time you call. knowbody knows anything there,they just want the money they are paid and not do anything for it. it seems to be lead by a circus master,because a circus is all it is. changes are needed fast or bad is all that will ever come fromthis location.

  4. gunner Mon, Aug 06 2012 4:08 PM

    Yeah, that's the way the whole system is. The same people are in ther constantly for doing the same crimes over and over and we pay for it. Hey Donald Worley even has a cell phone & hooked up on facebook on July 31,2012, Now how does that work. Some can get by and some can't

  5. Deb Fri, Nov 09 2012 10:39 AM

    what is up with the trustee pod that yellow suits are moved in, get to sit on their butts all day while the kitchen workers have to work their butts off, and still can't get any rest for the non-workers being too loud and blasting the TV in the pod??? why are the trustees not recieving reward days for this crap??? it's not fair to the ones who do make trustee and are trying to be good and do their time so they can get back home to their families that need them. without those guys, the rest would go hungary!!!!!!!

  6. angel4mist Sun, Nov 25 2012 10:56 AM

    Well its like this where is the TV's that you are talking about.The place where my son is there isn't any TV's,and my son has put in to be a trustee he will work he isn't sorry,and at lest these trustee don't have to stay in a little room all the time they do get out more...my son is paying for what he did and he isn't sorry...and they don"t get the best where he is.

  7. NT Sat, Apr 20 2013 10:32 PM

    My boyfriend has been in abingdon regional for just two months and his visting hours have been changed 4 times already.When I called them earlier to see if his hours were the same they said they couldn't give out that info.I would really like to know why?They've gave it out every other time.Stop changing it and no one would have to call every week.

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