James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

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James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Information

The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is a 2500 bed jail in the city of Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 302-653-9261, directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

Phone: 302-653-9261

Physical Address:
1181 Paddock Rd
Smyrna, DE 19977

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & SBI Number
Delaware DOC - 1101
PO Box 96777
Las Vegas, NV 89193

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name & SBI Number
James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC)
1181 Paddock Road
Smyrna, DE 19977

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center?

To search for an inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at 302-653-9261 for the information you are looking for.

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Inmate Search

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about finding an inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, how the jail rosters work and what happens after an offender is arrested and booked. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center maintains an average of 2500 offenders in custody on any given day. The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Kent County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 140,220 offenders.

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About the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, call the jail’s booking line at 302-653-9261.

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Kent County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Kent County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Kent County and other Delaware and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center? What is the Schedule?

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Inmate Visitation Schedule

1181 Paddock Rd
Smyrna, DE 19977

302-653-9261

  • First, you must register for visitation with GTL/gettingout?ViaPath
  • To schedule a visit call the Institution the week prior to the requested visit.
  • The visit scheduling desk is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding State holidays.
  • Persons calling in Delaware can call:
    1-800-282-8602 for inmates whose last name begins A-J; or
    1-800-722-0252 for those inmates whose last name begins K to Z.
    Persons calling from out of state can dial (302) 653-4828.
    Visits must be scheduled in Advance – Call on Monday through Friday to visit the following Monday through Sunday.
  • Visitors must be at the facility a minimum of 30 minutes before the start time of the scheduled visit or you will be denied access.
  • Most inmates may have one (1) video visit in addition to a face-to-face visit each week in fifteen (15) or thirty (30) minute increments.
  • Visiting procedures if the COVID scare is still in place.
DAY TIMES
MONDAY 9:00AM, 10:00AM
11:00AM, 12:00PM
1:00PM, 2:00PM
TUESDAY 9:00AM, 10:00AM
11:00AM, 12:00PM
1:00PM, 2:00PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00AM, 10:00AM
11:00AM, 12:00PM
1:00PM, 2:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00AM, 10:00AM
11:00AM, 12:00PM
​​​​​​​1:00PM, 2:00PM
FRIDAY 9:00AM, 10:00AM
11:00AM, 12:00PM
​​​​​​​1:00PM, 2:00PM
SATURDAY 9:00AM, 10:00AM
11:00AM, 12:00PM
​​​​​​​1:00PM, 2:00PM
SUNDAY 9:00AM, 10:00AM
11:00AM, 12:00PM
​​​​​​​1:00PM, 2:00PM

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center uses GettingOut for their Remote Video Visitation and/or Visit Scheduling. 

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate:

1.  Using the GettingOut/GTL Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut or GTL apps.

How it Works with GettingOut
1.  Register an account.
2. Select James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
3. Choose either an INMATE ACCOUNT or FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT.   

  • **NOTE** Friends and Family must have funds in their "Friends & Family Account" to respond to inmate messages. 
  • If you deposit money online in the INMATE ACCOUNT, than they have the freedom to spend the money on visits or phone calls to anyone, or any other communications services available at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.
  • With the FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT, you control all communication services such as phone calls, video visits and messaging. Your inmate can only call the phone number you want.

4. You will then receive prompts to validate both your identity and phone number .
5. Again, choose your inmate's facility, then type their name and select your inmate.

GettingOut will then guide you through the steps needed to arrange your remote visit.

Customer Service for GettingOut
If you have any questions, you can call them at 866-516-0115.
GettingOut online contact form
Frequently Asked Questions
The GettingOut App is available on Google Play and Apple Store.

How Do You Visit an Inmate in James T. Vaughn Correctional Center?

To visit an inmate in Kent County, whether by video or in person 'at the jail', follow these steps:

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Kent County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of GettingOut

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate in James T. Vaughn Correctional Center:
1.  Using the GettingOut Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut apps.

To remotely visit an inmate in Kent County follow these steps:
1.  Start by confirming that James T. Vaughn Correctional Center's Video Visitation is working correctly by looking up Kent County here.

2.  The next step is to create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account.
4. Last, select James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Other Kent County Services provided by GettingOut:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Email, Photo & Video Sharing
-  Inmate Tablet Rental
-  Deposits

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Visitation Services you can call them at 866-516-0115.
Frequently Asked Questions

* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Kent County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Phone: 302-653-9261

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center?

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center uses GettingOut for their Remote Video Visitation and/or Visit Scheduling. 



There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate:

1.  Using the GettingOut/GTL Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut or GTL apps.

How it Works with GettingOut
1.  Register an account.
2. Select James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
3. Choose either an INMATE ACCOUNT or FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT.   

  • **NOTE** Friends and Family must have funds in their "Friends & Family Account" to respond to inmate messages. 
  • If you deposit money online in the INMATE ACCOUNT, than they have the freedom to spend the money on visits or phone calls to anyone, or any other communications services available at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.
  • With the FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT, you control all communication services such as phone calls, video visits and messaging. Your inmate can only call the phone number you want.

4. You will then receive prompts to validate both your identity and phone number .
5. Again, choose your inmate's facility, then type their name and select your inmate.

GettingOut will then guide you through the steps needed to arrange your remote visit.

Customer Service for GettingOut
If you have any questions, you can call them at 866-516-0115.
GettingOut online contact form
Frequently Asked Questions
The GettingOut App is available on Google Play and Apple Store.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center?

There are five choices for putting money on an inmate's books that can be used for communication services:

1. Commissary money in the form of a money order may be mailed to:
AdvancePay Service Department
P.O. Box 911722
Denver, CO 80291-1722

2. You may use cash or credit/debit cards at any time by using the kiosk located in the front lobby.  The fee for the use of the ATM is generally $1.50 per transaction for cash and 10% fee for credit/debit cards.

3. Commissary money can also be added to an inmates account at any time using any of these methods online.

4. Cash deposits to ConnectNetwork are now available at 26,000 retail locations nationwide including Walmart, ACE, Kmart, Kroger, and more. You’ll start the payment process online in your ConnectNetwork account, then complete your transaction with cash at a participating local retail store. Plus, many of these stores are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Find a retail store near you.

5. You can call customer service 24/7 at 877-650-4249 and get instructions for depositing money over the phone using a debit or credit card.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center?

How Do You Communicate with an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center by Phone

Follow these instructions on how to open an account with GTL Connect Network (aka Viapath Technologies)

  • Advance Pay - This phone account allows you to prepay so that your inmate can call you (and only you) whenever he/she wants and the cost of each call is deducted from your balance. You can even be notified by text when your balance gets low. You still have the option of accepting or rejecting each call.
  • Pin Debit  -  This option allows you to fund an inmate's commissary account and lets him pay for phone calls to you and others with the money. You will have no control over who your inmate calls.
  • Voicemail  -  You can leave a secure voicemail without having to contact the facility. When you call the local phone number for a facility offering Inmate Voicemail (call Customer Service at 877-650-4249 to get the local voicemail number for James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, you will be informed of the cost for leaving a message. To leave your message, simply select the inmate by ID number. Then, record your voicemail.

For full instructions on the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Inmate Phone System, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Inmate Phones Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, and what can I send them?

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Physical Mail and Digital Mail Instructions

When you send mail to an inmate in James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (see mailing address below), it gets sent to a third party service that takes the content and scans it, then forwarded to the jail to be printd out and given to the inmate.

Inmate's Full Name & SBI Number
Delaware DOC - 1101
PO Box 96777
Las Vegas, NV 89193

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is using this service because all too often, inmates were receiving letters soaked in illegal liquid drugs.

The service, called Pigeonly, accepts non-privileged (legal) mail of the following types: 

Pigeonly will process the following non-privileged mail:

  • Letters (including drawings)
  • Greeting Cards
  • Postcards
  • 4x6 Photos (limit of up to 10 per parcel)
  • Unbound Newsletters

As an additional service Pigeonly offers a service where you don't even have to use the USPS to send the inmate mail, but can send your letters and photos directly from your phone or computer. There are several plans; monthly and annual, that come with a fee, but save you the trouble of dealing with writing and mailing letters the old school way.

Pigeonly’s Accepted Mail Requirements

  • All mail must have a return address.
  • Envelopes must be no larger than 4 in. x 9½ in.
  • Letters must be on paper that is no larger than 8 ½ in. x 11 in.
  • Greeting Cards must be no larger than 5 in. x 7 in.
  • Postcards must be 5 in. x 7 in.
  • Photographs must be 4 in. x 6 in. (limit to 10 photos per parcel)

Pigeonly’s Prohibited Mail Materials

  • Mail with glitter, rhinestones, stickers, or glued items.
  • Greeting Cards that are electronic, have pop-ups, or are oversized.
  • Photographs smaller/larger than 4 in. x 6 in.
  • Photographs from 3rd-party vendors (ex. Shutterfly)
  • Unused/blank envelopes, paper, stationary, and stamps.
  • Official documents.
  • Bulk mail.
  • Personal checks and/or cash.

For mailing, emailing and texting an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center use Pigeonly

Pigeonly allows you to physically or digitally send an inmate:

  • Letters (including drawings)
  • Greeting Cards
  • Postcards
  • 4x6 Photos (limit of up to 10 per parcel)
  • Unbound Newsletters

Pigeonly offers a service where you don't even have to use the USPS to send the inmate mail, but can send your letters and photos directly from your phone or computer. There are several plans; monthly and annual, that come with a fee, but save you the trouble of dealing with writing and mailing letters the old school way.

will either print them out for your inmate or put them on a terminal in their unit to see and read them.

For complete information on using pigeonly to mail letters, email letters, cards, photos, articles, as well as find out pricing plans, check out our Inmate Email page or Inmate Mail page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center using an Online Messaging Service?

Emailing and Texting Messages, Photos & Videograms

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles Inmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.


If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select James T. Vaughn Correctional Center,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

How Messaging Works
Watch this video on how to send a message.
1.
  Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
2. After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.

How Uploading Photos Works
Watch this video on how to upload a photo.
1.
  Select the Photos Tab.
2. Select “Take New Photo” or “Upload New Photo”.
3. Take a new photo with your webcam, or select "Choose File" to upload a photo from your computer.
4. Give your photo a Title or add it to the "Gallery" of your choice.
5. Select the "Share" button.
6. Select your inmate(s) and then select "Share".
7. Once the photo is approved, it will be shared with your inmate(s).

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

How to Communicate with an James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Inmate by Mail and by Email

To mail or email an inmate in Kent County follow these steps:

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please follow these instructions:

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
  • All mail must include the facility's address, as well as the inmate's name and assigned number.
  • Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.
  • The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations. 
  • All the information you need to understand mail and email policies can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
 
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select James T. Vaughn Correctional Center,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

  • Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
  • After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.
  • You can also send your Kent County inmate photos and videos.

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.

All the information you need to understand mail and email policies for Kent County can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center have Access to Tablets or Computers?

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center allows inmates access to tablets to use for the services provided by 'gettingout'.


The devices are similar to common handheld tablets, but are made exclusively by GettingOut, a GTL / Viapath company.
Tablets offer specialized content and services for inmates to use during their stay at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, such as:

  • Music
  • Books
  • Games
  • Education
  • News
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Read mail and messages
  • Video visits

-  Free services are already available for use on the device at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.
-  Subscription services are funded separately by family and friends with deposits made into an inmate’s Debit Link account.
-  James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Inmates will then be able to purchase subscription services and premium content to enjoy.

What Does a Tablet Cost?

  • Tablet devices include some services and the content is free.
  • The subscription services require additional funding.
  • There may be multiple options such as 7-day or 30-day subscriptions.
  • Costs are dependent upon the available services and what the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center charges.

To estimate costs for phone calls, sign in to your account and click “Rate & Fees Calculator” in the footer (bottom of the page) or call 866-516-0115 for assistance.

How Inmates Can Use a Tablet to Access Services at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

To find out how to get access to a tablet for inmate read the following:

1.  First, Register or Sign In to GettingOut/GTL

2.  Purchase the services you want for your James T. Vaughn Correctional Center inmate.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.

To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 302-653-9261 for further assistance.

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Other Jails Nearby

What are the other Jails in the Neighboring Counties surrounding Kent County?

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