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Fairfax County Adult Detention Center Inmate Phone Use

10520 Judicial Drive
Fairfax County
Inmate Info: 703-246-2100 press 4, then 1
Main Phone: 703-246-2100
Beds: 1350
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Fairfax County Adult Detention Center inmate phone use, how the jail phone system works, purchasing phone time online (where available), purchasing phone time over the phone online (where available), purchasing phone credits through commissary (where available) and setting up an account to reduce your cost of inmate phone calls from the Fairfax County Jail in Fairfax, Virginia.

When available, the information below will explain how to communicate with your inmate using the jail's secure email message system.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to the jail phones and your communication costs are reduced as much as possible.

Can I Phone An Inmate At The Fairfax County Adult Detention Center?

No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.

Can I Leave A Message For An Inmate At Fairfax County Adult Detention Center?

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.

How Does An Inmate Make A Phone Call From Fairfax County Adult Detention Center?

Collect Calls

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.

Direct Calls 

This company 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.

Inmate Purchase

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

Can An Inmate Use A Cell Phone While In Fairfax County Adult Detention Center?

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.

Can I Communicate By Email With An Inmate?

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.

Important Tips About Jail Phone Calls

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. 

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