FAQs: Alternative Incarceration Branch


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Where is the Alternative Incarceration Branch (previously known as the Pre-Release Center)?

The address is 10520B Judicial Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. The Alternative Incarceration Branch is in the Public Safety Center, adjacent to the Adult Detention Center and near the courthouse, just west of Chain Bridge Road. The public parking garage, a short walk to the facility, is at 10550 Page Avenue.

What is the main phone number at the Alternative Incarceration Branch?

703-246-4478.

How do I find out information such as court dates and bond amounts?

Dial 703-246-2100, press 4 for confinement, and then press 2 for bonds, release dates or court dates.

What programs are available to inmates in the Alternative Incarceration Branch that are different from in the Adult Detention Center?

The Alternative Incarceration Branch houses the Alternative Incarceration Program, which includes work release, community labor force and weekenders in jail.

Do I need to schedule an inmate visit?

No appointments are needed for visiting the Alternative Incarceration Branch. However, all visitors must be listed on the inmate's visiting card prior to visiting. Visitors must bring proper identification: current/valid state residency ID, student ID or valid drivers license. The Alternative Incarceration Branch does not accept passports as a form of identification for entry.

How do I find out if I am on the inmate's visiting list?

The inmate can let you know or you can go to the Alternative Incarceration Branch and ask in person. The Sheriff's Office will not give out this information over the phone.

On what day can I visit the inmate, and how many people can I bring?

First you need to find out the unit to which the inmate has been assigned by calling the Alternative Incarceration Branch. Visits may include no more than four people, including infants and children.

  • A-Unit visiting is Saturday, 3-4 p.m.
  • B-Unit visiting for non-Community Labor Force is Saturday, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
  • B-Unit visiting for Community Labor Force only is Sunday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • C-Unit visiting is Saturday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
How long are the visits?

One hour.

What type of property can I leave for an inmate?
  • You may leave one suit or set of clothing for appearances in circuit and federal courts only. These clothes must be exchanged for those being held in the inmate’s property for safekeeping. The inmate must submit a release form for the clothes in his/her property to the property deputy at least 24 hours prior to the exchange.
  • No other items can be left for the inmate. The inmate may purchase all other items such as socks, underwear, hygiene items, snacks, over the counter medications, and stationery from the inmate commissary twice per week. If a holiday occurs during the week, commissary is available once per week.
  • Additional items for Work Release inmates only:
    • 3 business suits or work uniforms
    • 3 neckties
    • 5 shirts (plain)
    • 3 trousers (plain)
    • 2 belts (no metal or stone studs)
    • 2 pairs of shoes
    • 1 outer jacket/coat
    • 2 hats/caps/scarves
    • 1 hair dryer
    • 1 watch
    • 2 hair ties or similar accessories
    • 1 wallet
    • up to 10 cosmetic items (females only)
    • 1 curling iron (females only)
Can the inmate make 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.

  • 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.
  • An inmate may have a family member set up an account through ICSolutions.com with payments going directly through ICSolutions from the family member. For more information, call ICSolutions at 1-888-506-8407.
  • An inmate may make a collect call if the receiving party accepts the charges.
Can I call or leave a message for an inmate in the Alternative Incarceration Branch?

Inmates may not receive incoming phone calls. Only verified emergency messages will be delivered to inmates.

What items can an inmate receive in the mail?

Inmates can receive personal and legal correspondence. There is no restriction on the number of letters sent or received. Inmates may not receive books or magazines in the mail. C.O.D. and postage-due mail will not be accepted. Money sent in the form of a cashier’s check or money order will be held and deposited into the inmate’s financial account. Cash and personal checks will not be accepted. Incoming mail will be opened and checked for contraband. Sexually explicit items are prohibited. Illegal items discovered in the inmate’s incoming mail will be seized. The inmate and the sender will be notified if the item is seized. Both parties are subject to criminal charges for any illegal items discovered in the inmate’s incoming mail. Any item sent to an inmate that is not accepted in the Alternative Incarceration Branch and is not illegal will be returned to sender. If a letter has one item enclosed that is considered contraband, the entire envelope and contents will be returned. A notification of mail return will be sent to both the sender and the inmate if an item is not allowed into the Alternative Incarceration Branch.

Items commonly RETURNED by the Alternative Incarceration Branch include:

  • letters or envelopes with lipstick or any type of stain or liquid mark on them
  • blank stationery, envelopes, post cards or greeting cards
  • musical or oversized cards
  • plastic cards or book markers
  • money orders not filled out
  • personal checks, travelers checks or cash
  • gang-related material
  • photographs of nude or partially clothed individuals
  • stickers on letters
  • stamp(s) or self-addressed stamped envelopes
  • items taped or glued to letters or cards
  • magazine pages, newspaper clippings or book pages (original or copies)
  • more than five Internet printouts
  • more than 10 photos in an envelope
  • photos larger than 4" x 6"
  • bank statements, credit card information or identifying documents
What information do I have to write on the envelope to ensure that an inmate receives mail?

Inmate’s full name (first name, middle name or initial, and last name)
Inmate number (if available)
Fairfax County Alternative Incarceration Branch
10520B Judicial Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

How do I leave an inmate money and in what form?
  • The kiosk in the Adult Detention Center lobby, adjacent to the Alternative Incarceration Branch, accepts cash and credit cards.
  • The money safe in the Adult Detention Center lobby accepts money orders and cashier checks (no personal checks or cash) made out to the inmate's full name. Include the inmate’s number and your name and address. Do not put the money order or cashier check in an envelope, and do not include any correspondence to the inmate. Most banking facilities and convenience stores will issue cashier’s check/money order.
  • Effective December 3, AccessCorrections.com is the new online deposit service. Use AccessCorrections.com to make a credit card payment from a computer. Please note that this online vendor charges a fee. Need more information? Call the provider toll free at 1-866-345-1884.
How long does it take before the inmate has access to his/her money?

The inmate will have access to the money within 72 hours after it is deposited. Please note that inmates are charged $2 per day of incarceration to offset the cost of their housing. An inmate who does not have funds to cover this fee will have his or her account debited each day until a deposit is made. After the account is reconciled, the inmate will have access to the account balance.

Is there a limit to the amount of money I can place into an inmate’s account?

No

Can an inmate’s money be used to bond him/her out of jail?

The inmate can release the money to anyone he/she wishes, including a bonding company or the magistrate’s office, by completing and signing a release of funds form.

Can I get information about an inmate’s account, such as what he or she purchased or the current balance?

No. Information about an Inmate Finance Account cannot be released to anyone but the inmate, even if the person asking for the information is the one placing the money into the account.

What can an inmate purchase with the money I leave in his or her Finance Account?

An inmate may purchase snacks, toiletries and over the counter medications; medical and dental services; haircuts and beard trims; and notary services. Note: Inmates will still receive medical and dental services even if they have no money in their accounts. The Alternative Incarceration Branch and the Adult Detention Center are smoke-free facilities, so tobacco products are not for sale.

How can an inmate get his or her money after he or she is released?

Seven days after an inmate has been released, the Sheriff's Office will mail the inmate a check for any balance left on his or her account. Please note that any inmate who leaves our facility still owing fees will be billed for that amount seven days after he or she is released. If you are expecting a refund and have not received one within 10 business days, call 703-246-2100, press option 4, then option 4 (again), and you will be connected to Inmate Finance.

Are inmates allowed recreation?

Yes, inmates have access to physical exercise activities as well as passive recreation such as board and card games. Inmates also have access to television in the dayrooms of their housing areas.

Are inmates allowed to wash their clothes?

Linens are washed once per week. Towels, washcloths and personal clothing items are washed twice per week.

Are inmates allowed medical prescriptions?

Medications may be dropped in the medical prescription safe for all inmates confined to the Alternative Incarceration Branch. All prescriptions must be in their original container and have the inmate's name on them.

Are inmates allowed to go to a family member's funeral?

A court order is required to transport an inmate to a funeral service. Funeral transports are made only in the Northern Virginia area. The family must pay for the overtime salary and expenses of two Sheriff's deputies. Once a court order is obtained, contact the Transportation Section Supervisor for information at 703-246-4433.

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