Professional Visits at the Adult Detention Center


Inmates are allowed confidential, unscheduled visits with attorneys, probation officers and law enforcement officials.

All attorneys must show a current Virginia Bar Association membership card and a valid driver's license. Probation officers and law enforcement officials must show an authorized credential that includes a photo.

  • Regular business hours for professional visits are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. and noon - 3:45 p.m. During these hours, attorneys and other authorized professional visitors must check in at Professional Visiting on the second floor of the ADC.
  • Professional visits may take place outside of regular business hours, seven days a week, from 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. During these hours, attorneys and other authorized professional visitors must check in at the main control booth window on the first floor of the ADC.

Attorneys are not permitted to escort family members or friends into the ADC to visit the inmate. During the client visit, it is essential that you not give your client anything other than legal papers. The papers must not be attached by staples, paper clips or any other means. Items such as money, jewelry, matches, cigarette lighters, cigarettes, chewing gum and any food are strictly prohibited. You cannot exchange items from the client's family and the client during the visit. Although you are permitted to take a cell phone or laptop into the visit, inmates are prohibited from using them. In case of an emergency in the ADC, please follow the directions of staff.

Out-of-state attorneys and other professional visitors must request prior approval.

Attorneys who are NOT admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia must be approved for the visit by a Confinement Branch Chief. Professionals who are acting ON BEHALF OF an in-state or an out-of-state attorney also must be approved for the visit by a Confinement Branch Chief.

If here on business (1) as part of a legal team OR (2) that will affect the inmate's custody level – such as new charges or the appeal of current charges – OR (3) if the inmate is being held pre-sentence, out-of-state attorneys must:

  • work in conjunction with a current Virginia attorney,
  • have documentation from a Virginia attorney stating that they are co-council on a current case,
  • provide a copy of a valid bar card,
  • provide a reason for the visit on official law firm letterhead, and
  • provide a copy of a state-issued drivers license.

If here on business that will not affect the inmate's custody level – issues such as a civil case – and the inmate has already been sentenced on the charges for which he or she is being held, out-of-state attorneys must provide:

  • copy of valid bar card,
  • reason for the visit on official law firm letterhead, and
  • copy of a state-issued drivers license.

Submit your request for approval on the law firm's letterhead. State the name of the client the attorney is representing and, if applicable, the name of the attorney's representative(s) who will be conducting the professional visit or accompanying the attorney on the visit. The attorney must attach a copy of identification that proves bar membership in that state and also a legible copy of the attorney's and each visitor's driver’s license. Fax the letter and attachments to Confinement Branch Chief at 703-246-3849. You will be notified once you have been approved.

Mental health professionals, social workers or other authorized county agency personnel must provide to the Inmate Programs Office the court order for the evaluation of an inmate, along with a legible copy of their credentials and driver’s license.

  • Submit your professional visit request with attachments to Inmate Programs Supervisor or fax to 703-246-5404.
  • The Inmate Programs Section will notify you once you have been approved.
  • You may request a non-contact booth for mental health evaluations.

Authorized professional visitors or attorneys who want to bring in a non-pre-approved professional visitor, such as an intern, law clerk, paralegal or interpreter, must email the Inmate Programs Supervisor 48-72 hours prior to the date of the visit. Include with the email a legible copy of the driver’s license and the last four digits of the Social Security number of the professional visitor who will accompany you. This visitor must provide proper photo identification upon arrival at the ADC.

Relatives or social acquaintances of the inmate may not be used as interpreters, nor will they be approved as professional visitors.


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