No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.
If there is a verifiable emergency in the inmate’s family, the jail will get a message to the inmate.
Call Fairfax County Adult Detention Center at 703-246-2100 if this situation arises.
This jail allows
inmates to make collect calls to anyone who will accept the call. Your phone
company may require a deposit before allowing you to make collect calls. Some
phone companies block all calls from penal facilities.
contracts with ICSolutions so friends and family can set up prepaid accounts
for inmates to use for phone calls.
You must register
for a free account and fund the account before calls can be made. Click here to get started.
An inmate may
purchase telephone time from Inmate Finance in the amount of $10 or $20, as
long as his or her account does not exceed $20
No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, although getting access to a cell phone in jail has become more common.
Some states such as California have made it a criminal offense to use and possess a cell phone and will file additional charges when it can be connected to an inmate. Cell phones are most often smuggled into the jail and then sold to the inmates by jail staff.
A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your smart phone, computer, or tablet, whenever you wish.
You don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.
Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence quickly and send responses immediately.
Jail staffs like it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.
Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filtering program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.
There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.
Call 703-246-2100 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.
Upon admission to the jail, inmates are allowed reasonable access to phones to make official and personal outgoing phone calls.
After classification and transfer to an assigned housing area, inmates are allowed to make free local official calls to their attorneys, probation and parole officers, bonding agent, and some community agencies.
In the housing area, an inmate's PERSONAL CALLS must be pre-paid or collect.
If you were unable to find the information you were looking for on this page, call Fairfax County Adult Detention Center at 703-246-2100 and ask their policies on getting phone calls from your inmate.
Many jails and prisons are increasingly restricting the amount of time that an inmate can use the phone by placing daily and monthly limits, so try to pace yourself and not use up all your time at the beginning of the month.
Jails limit an inmate's phone time to certain hours of the day, so it is important you keep a regular schedule that works for both you and your inmate.
If your inmate does not call you during the time you both have scheduled, don't panic. There are often long lines for phone use. When a jail is on lockdown due to a fight or other security issue they do not allow the phones to be used.
Phones are the only way for an inmate to hear your voice and temporarily 'escape' the loneliness of incarceration, so use your time well. Arguing about anything will leave you both feeling empty and guilty, so avoid it at all costs.
All phone conversations are recorded. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.