Merrimac Center

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Merrimac Center Information

With 48 beds, the Merrimac Center is a secure detention facility for youth who are waiting for their court date, who are serving a sentence at the facility. Both male and female youth may be housed at the location, and they will receive the same services but be housed in separate housing units. Each part of the design of the building and the programs is to ensure the safety and security of both the detainees and the staff, with regulations and rules around visitation that will protect the visitors as well. Many services and programs are available, and several are mandatory to assist the youth to create a positive and productive future as members of their community. Cognitive behavioral training is used to help improve the attitude and behavior of each of the residents and to guide them towards positive decisions, positive social interactions, and healthy education. Points are earned or lost, and this can affect the privileges and rewards that they are able to enjoy. Anger management, risk management, and anger management all fall within this program. School staff will be onsite to ensure that they are able to continue their education and students may earn school credits during their detention. Mail: Merrimac Center, 9300 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185 Phones: Phones are present in common areas and youth may call their parents, guardian, or grandparents only. Visitation: Parents, guardians, and grandparents only may visit, and it is important to check the schedule with the facility before attending as days and times may change. Currently the visiting times are as follows: RESIDENTS WITH LAST NAME A - L Tuesdays 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturdays 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM RESIDENTS WITH LAST NAME M - Z Thursdays 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sundays 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Phone:

Physical Address:
9300 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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How Do You Find Someone in the Merrimac Center?

To search for an inmate in the Merrimac 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 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up Essex County Criminal Court Cases, as well as Virginia Criminal Court cases online for every other county, and daily court dockets for each of the state's courts. If you are not sure what court your inmate is to appear in, this is a list of all the courts in Virginia, broken down by each court circuit.

Merrimac Center Inmate Search

The Merrimac Center maintains an average of 48 offenders in custody on any given day. The Merrimac 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 Essex County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 4,960 offenders.

The following charts of Essex County inmate population demographics are updated daily. The information shown is for today. For research purposes we have broken down the inmates by sex, age, ethnicity, and criminal charges.

The information is compiled from the Essex County Corrections Department, the state of Virginia Department of Corrections, as well as the United States Department of Justice and Census Bureau records. It represents every person in custody in Essex County.

For complete information on how to get directions, bond, visit, mail, send and receive email and texts, receive phone calls, and send money or commissary to an inmate, find arrest information for Essex County and other counties surrounding this one, scroll down this page. We have a section for each.

We also provide photos of the jail that we have collected over the years.

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About the Merrimac Center
With 48 beds, the Merrimac Center is a secure detention facility for youth who are waiting for their court date, who are serving a sentence at the facility. Both male and female youth may be housed at the location, and they will receive the same services but be housed in separate housing units. Each part of the design of the building and the programs is to ensure the safety and security of both the detainees and the staff, with regulations and rules around visitation that will protect the visitors as well. Many services and programs are available, and several are mandatory to assist the youth to create a positive and productive future as members of their community. Cognitive behavioral training is used to help improve the attitude and behavior of each of the residents and to guide them towards positive decisions, positive social interactions, and healthy education. Points are earned or lost, and this can affect the privileges and rewards that they are able to enjoy. Anger management, risk management, and anger management all fall within this program. School staff will be onsite to ensure that they are able to continue their education and students may earn school credits during their detention. Mail: Merrimac Center, 9300 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185 Phones: Phones are present in common areas and youth may call their parents, guardian, or grandparents only. Visitation: Parents, guardians, and grandparents only may visit, and it is important to check the schedule with the facility before attending as days and times may change. Currently the visiting times are as follows: RESIDENTS WITH LAST NAME A - L Tuesdays 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturdays 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM RESIDENTS WITH LAST NAME M - Z Thursdays 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sundays 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Merrimac Center?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Merrimac Center, call the jail’s booking line at .

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.

Merrimac Center Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Essex 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 Essex 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 Merrimac 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 Essex County and other Virginia 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac 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 Merrimac Center
Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Merrimac Center? What is the Schedule?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Merrimac Center’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 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 Merrimac Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Merrimac Center’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Merrimac Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Merrimac Center’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Merrimac Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Merrimac Center’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Merrimac Center, and what can I send them?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Merrimac Center’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Merrimac Center, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Merrimac Center’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Merrimac Center using an Online Messaging Service?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Merrimac Center’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Merrimac Center have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Merrimac Center’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call for further assistance.

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Other Jails in Essex County

What are the other City and County Jails in Essex County?

Essex County County Jails
Essex County Juvenile Facilities
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Other Jails Nearby

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

Essex King and Queen Middlesex Richmond Co. Caroline King George Westmoreland
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This facility, known as "Merrimac Center" is also known as Merrimac Juvenile Detention Ctr - Essex, Merrimac Juvenile Detention Ctr - Essex , Merrimac Juvenile Detention Ctr - Essex , Virginia, Essex.