Virginia Beach Correctional Center Inmate Mail

Mailing and Emailing Inmates at Virginia Beach Correctional Center

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:

Inmate's First and Last Name
Inmate's Full Name and OMS #
Virginia Beach Correctional Center
P.O. Box 6098
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

All mail sent to an inmate at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.

Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.

Main Phone: 757-385-4555

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

Virginia Beach Correctional Center Inmate Mail Policies,
Mail Instructions,
What type of mail is NOT allowed,
Rules for Mailing Letters and Photos and Postcards,
Emailing an inmate,
Policies for Sending Magazines, Newspapers, Books and Packages to Virginia Beach Correctional Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.

The Virginia Beach Correctional Center has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} also contracts with GettingOut, the same service that handles its Inmate Phone System 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 this facility,

   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

Type of Mail Allowed for Virginia Beach Correctional Center

Postcards

The Virginia Beach Correctional Center allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature.

Envelopes

The Virginia Beach Correctional Center may also allow regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, however more and more jails are no longer allowing envelopes due to concern about paper being dipped into liquefied drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine and then mailed into secure facilities.

To confirm that the Virginia Beach Correctional Center still allows letters in envelopes call 757-385-4555 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.

Magazines

News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.

Books

Most jails allow books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address above.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Virginia Beach Correctional Center standards will be disposed of.

Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.

To confirm that the Virginia Beach Correctional Center continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 757-385-4555.

Care packages

Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.

When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.

Call 757-385-4555 or click here or here to see if the Virginia Beach Correctional Center participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Emailing and Photo Sharing with your Inmate

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} also contracts with GettingOut, the same service that handles its Inmate Phone System 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 this facility,

   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 address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's First and Last Name
Inmate's Full Name and OMS #
Virginia Beach Correctional Center
P.O. Box 6098
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

All mail sent to an inmate at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center must include the senders name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.

Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and discarded.

To confirm the mailing address and/or any new policies regarding inmate mail call 757-385-4555 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Mailed Items NOT Allowed

If your inmate is mailed anything other than a letter, postcard or greeting card it won't get through.

However as stated above, because of the increased smuggling of drugs, more and more jails are only allowing pre-stamped or metered, solid color or white postcards to be received by inmates.

Examples of prohibited items include:

Stamps and stickers.

Musical greeting cards.

Altered mail such as perfumed or lipstick covered.

Paper with any type of stains such as grease.

News clippings.

Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.

Call 757-385-4555 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Virginia Beach Correctional Center

Photos should not exceed 4 inches high x 6 inches wide.

Send no more than five photos at one time.

Polaroid Photos are prohibited.

Photos of weapons are prohibited.

Photos of drugs, the consuming of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.

Photos of lewd behavior or people exhibiting too much skin is prohibited.

Call 757-385-4555 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.

Important Mail Tips

Mail is always scanned and inspected for contraband, obscenity and other rule infractions.

Assume that everything you write will be read by jail staff and can and will be used against you or your inmate in court.  

Never write anything about the inmate's court case you wouldn't want read aloud in court.

Mail is considered by the jail to be a privilege. Any violations of the mail policies can result in the inmate's mail privileges being suspended.

The introduction of contraband by you into the jail through the mail could result in criminal charges being filed against both you and the inmate.

Click here to view contact information for the Virginia Beach Correctional Center.

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