West Virginia Inmate Search

What are West Virginia Inmate Records?

West Virginia inmate records are all the items associated with someone who has been arrested, convicted, and incarcerated in the state. These records come from local law enforcement, the courts, and confinement facilities. Records may include arrest warrants, police reports, mugshots, fingerprints, attendance rosters, incident reports, and more.

Typically, inmate records have the offender’s name, age, gender, race, birth date, and a physical description consisting of their eye and hair color, weight, height, and any tattoos, scars, or defining marks. They may also include details about the offender’s crimes, locations, and sentences.

The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is the state agency in charge of inmates, correctional facilities, and inmate records. They make some records easy to find, but others may be more difficult.

West Virginia Prison and Jail System

West Virginia has 21correctional facilities and jails. Quite a few of them combine a long-term prison area with a local jail that houses short-term inmates serving less than a year or awaiting trial. Two of them also have work release camps for low-risk inmates who want to work and be a part of society while completing their sentences.

The state also has four community corrections centers that help those inmates on parole or probation check in regularly and obtain the proper court-ordered housing, employment, and other requirements.

There are about 7,100 inmates held in West Virginia state prison. West Virginia has another 3,300 in jails, 1,800 in federal prison, and another 570 in youth detention centers.

How to Search for Inmates in West Virginia

The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation has an offender locator on its website that includes a way to search for inmates in prison, in jail, or someone who has escaped.

Using the prison search, you can find someone by mail or offender ID. You must enter both a first and last name. The results will show the offender’s ID, a mugshot, their full name, and a location code. You can click the “More Info” link to see more. The additional details include basic information about the county and charges, and possible release date.

You may also enjoy trying InfoTracer to find someone incarcerated in the state of West Virginia. You can see much more than just their criminal history, and it only takes a few minutes. 

How to Contact, Send Money to or Visit an Inmate in West Virginia

Before visiting someone in a West Virginia prison, you must fill out an application and be approved. Once approved, you can visit as long as you follow all the rules and dress appropriately.

Friends and family can deposit funds into an inmate’s account by phone, using an online portal through ConnectNetwork or Jailatm.com, or using an app for ConnectNetwork with an iPhone or Android device.

Inmates in West Virginia can make outgoing calls only. The state has partnered with CenturyLink to provide inmates with call services. Friends and family can contact CenturyLink to add prepaid phone minutes to their inmate’s account to stay in touch. 

Federal Jails

Police Departments in West Virginia