Arlington County Detention Facility Emailing An Inmate

Arlington County Detention Facility

Address:
1435 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201

Phone:

703-228-4470

Arlington County Detention Facility - Emailing an Inmate

Arlington County Detention Facility allows Secure Messaging using a third-party service call Access Corrections.

They are the same company that facilitate Secure Deposits and Securepaks, so if you are already registered with them, then you are already approved to send Secure Messages to your inmate.

Register/Log in here.

After Registering/Logging In:

1.     You choose Arlington County Detention Facility.
2.    You Search for your inmate by typing in his last name. You can further narrow your search by adding his first name and/or Inmate ID.
3.    You add a credit or debit card.
4.    You buy a message plan (plans and prices vary), or buy credits. One credit costs $0.01.
5.    You select the option for your inmate to be able use the credits which you purchase, to message back to you... Or not.
6.    Arlington County Detention Facility charges a fee for each message sent or received.

Important Things to Know

 - Access Corrections has an iphone app and an android app for using their services.
 - ALL of your correspondence will be monitored by the jail. 
 - Do NOT write anything you wouldn’t want repeated in court.
 - Rates vary and are always subject to change.
 - Inmates can write you back ONLY if you select that option.
 - You CAN send photos up to 32MB in file size. Subject to change.
 - You CAN have unlimited credits on your account but are limited in the amount of each credit purchase.
 - You may NOT type or send emoticons.
 - You may NOT copy and paste text. Type directly.
 - You may NOT type profanities, violence or characters not approved. 
 - Due to messages having to be reviewed first, allow up to five days for a message to be delivered.
 - You may NOT transfer credits to another email.

Phone: 866-345-1884

Email:  [email protected]
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How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select Arlington County Detention Facility, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in Arlington County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Arlington County Detention Facility

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Arlington County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Arlington County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Arlington County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select Virginia, then select Arlington County Detention Facility, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Arlington County.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Arlington County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility follow these steps:

  • Register here to create an account with icaregifts for Arlington County.
  • Choose Virginia, then Arlington County Detention Facility, and then the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Arlington County at any one time.
  • There are a total of fourteen (14) pre-determined icaregift packs available to choose from. 
  • The gift packs for inmates in Arlington County range in price from $10.49 for ten pre-stamped envelopes, 2 pens and a pad of writing paper, to $104.99 for a box of 85 snack and food items.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility, as well as sending money to the inmate so that they can purchase their own items, check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Arlington County.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Arlington County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility follow these steps:

  • Select Virginia, then select Arlington County Detention Facility, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for Arlington County.
  • Choose the inmate and the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Arlington County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Arlington County.


 

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Arlington County

To send commissary money to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select Virginia, then select Arlington County Detention Facility, and then the inmate you want to send money to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to send, and input your payment method.

For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account check out our full money and commissary guide for Arlington County Detention Facility.


 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you email or text an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility?
Yes, Arlington County Detention Facility contracts with a third-party service called Access Corrections Secure Mail. You can exchange digital messages with an inmate for a fee. The way it works is that after registering, you purchase a certain amount of 'credits' which cost $0.01 each. You can spend those credits on words or photos. Likewise, if you allow it, your inmate can also use those credits to message you back. They cannot send photos though. Important things to know: Don't send anything violent or pornographic. Don't send anything related to a crime or his case. All your correspondence will be monitored by the jail staff. You can have unlimited credits, but are limited to how much you can purchase at one time. For any questions about Secure Mail, call Access Corrections at 866-345-1884, or call the jail at 703-228-4470. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

Can an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility email or text me?
Yes, an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility can email or text you using the jail's third-party service called Access Corrections Secure Mail. Inmates can write you back ONLY if you select that option, so make sure you check the box for allowing your inmate to be able to message you when you open your account. For any questions about Secure Mail, call Access Corrections at 866-345-1884, or call the jail at 703-228-4470. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

How do I email or text an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility?
To send an email or a text to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility, you first need to register with the third-party service they contract with, Access Corrections. You can link to it directly and get full instructions on the JailExchange website linked above. After registering, you select Arlington County Detention Facility, then select your inmate, then add your payment method, and then you can write your message and/or upload the photo(s) you are choosing to send them. Access Corrections will walk you through each step. They also have apps for both iphone and Android. For any questions about Secure Mail, call Access Corrections at 866-345-1884, or call the jail at 703-228-4470. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

How long does it take for my email or text to get to to an inmate?
Access Corrections Secure messaging, the third party service used to send texts/emails to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility processes the text and/or photo to your inmate immediately. First it has to be reviewed by their filtering (censoring) system. If it passes that it gets sent to the facility so that their staff can review it, just like they review regular snail mail. The entire process can take as short as one day, but as long as five days. For any questions about Secure Mail, call Access Corrections at 866-345-1884, or call the jail at 703-228-4470. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

Can I send a photo by email or text to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility
Yes. Using a third party service the Arlington County Detention Facility allows, Access Corrections Secure Mail, you can send a photo of up to 32MB in file size. While Secure messaging is not an email or texting service per se, it functions like email, except that your photos must first be reviewed and cleared by the jail before they are forwarded on to your inmate. For any questions about Secure Mail, call Access Corrections at 866-345-1884. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

How much does it cost to send an email, text or photo to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility?
The cost to send an inmate a text, an email or a photo using Access Corrections Secure Mail is $0.01 per credit. The fee is designed this way so that they can change the definition of what a 'credit' is. This means that if the jail decides that they want to allow a credit to mean "one word', or to mean "one letter or number" they have that option. You can also choose a 'plan' with special pricing. In the long run, you will end up saving money by purchasing a 'plan'. After registering with Access Corrections, and selecting Arlington County Detention Facility, then your inmate, and then preparing a message, you can review the cost to you prior to sending it. For any questions about Secure Mail, call Access Corrections at 866-345-1884, or you can learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

Can I send an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility emoticons in my emails or texts?
No. Access Corrections Secure Mail does NOT allow, nor recognize emoticons in your digital messages to an inmate in Arlington County Detention Facility. If you use an emoticon it will be rejected and the inmate will not see it. You may only use words. For any questions about Secure Mail, call Access Corrections at 866-345-1884, or you can learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Arlington County Detention Facility.