West Virginia Inmate Search

West Virginia Inmate Search

The West Virginia inmate search allows interested individuals to look up records of an incarcerated individual held in one of the state prison or correctional facilities. An inmate’s record may include their personal information such as full name, date of birth, ID number, physical description, and current housing locations; in addition to their criminal record that may show information like current charges, court dates, bail bond sum, parole status, release date, arrest record, mug shot and more.

How do I find an inmate in West Virginia?

A State of West Virginia inmate search is carried out by the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR). The online offender search platform offers four alternative search function that helps the user to find records based on the type of facility the inmate is potentially housed in. The function of each search tool is as follow:

Daily Incarcerations

Individuals may filter through the list of inmates being admitted to any of the regional jails and correctional facilities at the date the search was initiated.

Offender Search (Prisons)

Users can conduct a West Virginia inmate search prison for the list of inmates incarcerated in any of the state correctional facilities given that they are able to provide either the offender identification number (OID) or the prisoner’s first and last name.

Offender Search (Jails)

The West Virginia jail inmate search may be conducted to look up records of an inmate within any of the West Virginia regional jail, such as:

  1. Central Regional jail
  2. Eastern Regional jail
  3. North Central Regional jail
  4. Northern Regional jail
  5. South Central Regional jail
  6. Southern Regional jail
  7. Southwestern Regional jail
  8. Tygart Valley Regional Jail
  9. Western Regional Jail

Escapees and Absconders

This function helps individuals to view the information such as names, offender ID, and physical description of any offenders who were previously within the custody of the correctional facilities but have escaped or absconded. If further requested, individuals may also acquire the West Virginia inmate search mugshots to further identify the escapees. This function helps to increase the public’s awareness regarding any suspicious person that could potentially pose a threat to the public safety

Where are West Virginia inmates housed?

The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation holds the responsibility of upholding the safety as well as managing the inmates held in prisons and jails all over the state. The locations and contact information of the prisons and jails under the DOCR can be found on their Adult Facilities webpage.

For minors under the age of 21 and who have been sentenced and admitted for a period of time due to criminal offenses, will be housed among the 10 juvenile centers and facilities under the WVDCR. Alternatively, the state also has 17 county-based youth reporting centers that aim to support juvenile troubled youth by providing effective case management, educational services, and emotional support.

West Virginia Regional Jail

West Virginia regional jails work hand-in-hand with the WVDCR in terms of managing their inmates. County jails are mainly maintained by the Sheriff’s Office, while city jails are run by the city Police Department.

In 1989, a total of 55 county jails were replaced with regional jails, and ever since operated for the counties, but under the administration of WVDOCR. Among the few WV regional jail that is famous for housing a lot of inmates are:

Kanawha County

This West Virginia regional jail is located in the city of Charleston, West Virginia. The detention center is supervised by West Virginia DOCR with an average daily incarceration rate of 700 inmates.

Berkeley County

Berkeley county jail and along two other county jails are serving as regional jail within the Eastern Region. This correctional facility houses an average of 800 inmates daily.

Cabell County Jail

Cabell county falls under the Western Regional Jail and has an average daily population of average about 740 people.

How do you contact an inmate in West Virginia?


Friends and family members of an inmate are allowed to communicate with an incarcerated individual through mails. There are no limits on how much an inmate is allowed to send and receive correspondence, as long as they are able to buy for their own stationery, envelopes, and stamps from the commissary as well as charges for outgoing mails. For inmates that are declared indigent by the facility will be given 10 free stamps per month.

All mail will be opened, read, and searched by a correctional officer for contraband before being forwarded to the recipient. This however does not apply to legal/registered mails, where these mails can only be opened and searched in the presence of the receiving inmates. Facility officers, however, have no rights whatsoever to read the legal mails even when inmates are present.

In the upper left-hand corner of your envelope, always include the sender’s name and full return address, and format the address of the prisoner as follows:

Inmate Name, ID Number

Facility Name

P.O. Box or Street Address

City, State, Zip Code

Phone Calls

Aside from mails, inmates are also able to make a one-way outgoing call using either collect calls, pre-paid calls, or debit calls. All three types of calls will be recorded and monitored for security purposes. Any three-way calling or forwarded calling will be dropped instantly and may cause the inmate to lose their calling privileges.

Collect calls

Allows inmate to call family members and the phone service charges will be billed to the receiver’s home telephone bill. Unfortunately, this method is cannot be used if the call recipient is using cellular phones.

Prepaid calls

The call receiver will need to create an account with service provider ICSolutions and send funds to, prior to being called. The account can be created online or by calling the line 1-888-506-8407.

Debit calls

Individuals can fund the inmate’s telephone account so that all calls will be directly billed to the inmate’s fund. This enables the inmate to call other people aside from the person funding their account.

How to contact the West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation?

The West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation can be contacted through the following:


1409 Greenbrier Street

Charleston, WV 25311

Phone Number: 304-558-2036

General Contact Form

How do you find out the release date of an inmate in West Virginia?

The DCR West Virginia inmate search tools allow individuals to access the information of the requested inmates which includes the release date of the prisoner. If information is not yet available, the requestor may directly contact the WVDCR office, or the facility themselves to clarify the information.

Can I send a care package to an inmate in West Virginia?

The West Virginia DCR allows inmates to receive care-packages from third-party vendors such as Union Supply and Access Securepak. Both these vendors have received approval from the DCR which includes their pre-approved item catalogs made available on their website.

Union Supply

This company offers seasonal packages kits for West Virginia inmates. There are no weight limits for the packages, however, only one order can be made per inmate. The price of packages ranges from $15 to $150, with an additional $5 for shipping. Any questions regarding orders can be forwarded to Union Supply via email at [email protected] or via mail at the following address:

Union Supply Direct

Attn: Customer Service, Dept 104

P.O. Box 9018

Rancho Dominguez, CA 90224-9018

Access Securepak

This company offers a variety of packages programs for inmates in prisons and also in regional jails. An individual can send more than one order, however, one inmate is capped at $125, with an additional processing fee of $2.95 per order. To send a care package using Access Securepak, individuals can visit their website, make an order over the phone by calling 1-800-546-62883, or mail them at the following address:

Access Securepak (VA)

10880 Linpage Place,

St. Louis, MO 63132

What can you send inmates in West Virginia prisons?

Sending mails/cards to inmates in West Virginia

Inmates are allowed to receive emails from family members, given that both parties abide by the rules provided by the facility. All mails should not pose threats, sexual implications, or coded messages to prevent the security of the facility to get jeopardized.

4″x6″ images are also approved for prisoners and up to five photos per envelope may be sent by friends and family members. However, none of the pictures may contain nudity or depict any illegal activities. Also, instant/polaroid images are strictly forbidden due to security reasons.

Sending money to an inmate in West Virginia

Each inmate in West Virginia prisons will be able to access their own personal trust account. Funds allocated into this account can be used to purchase additional necessities from the commissary. Friend and family are able to deposit money into the inmate’s account through several methods as long as they can supply basic information regarding the inmate.


The two companies that offer transaction services for inmates in West Virginia are ConnectNetwork and JailATM. An interested individual may visit their website to learn more about the services offered.

Additionally, individuals can also download the ConnectNetwork Mobile App available on both IOS and Android devices.

Phone Calls

The sender can proceed to call the hotline 888-988-4768 and use the ID number 179.

How do I apply for Visitation of an inmate in West Virginia?

To be able to visit an inmate, the prisoner will need to get the application form from the facility and mail them to the prospective visitor to be filled. All information needs to be accurate and truthful as the facility will conduct a background check to verify all filled information. Along with the application form, the potential visitor will need to attach two forms of identification, in which at least one should be legal photo identification, before mailing back to the facility. The application process could take up to 5 weeks before the results are notified.

What are the Visitation rules?

Although there are basic guidelines for the visitation procedures, each facility will have its visiting schedules, dress codes, as well as additional regulation depending on the situation. For instance, a maximum-security level facility would restrict personal items compared to a medium-security level prison.

Thus, approved individuals are fully responsible to contact these facilities to further inquire about the details. And the failure to comply with the regulations can lead to a suspension of their visitation privileges.