Detention Facility


Visiting Hours

  • Friends and family: Tue. and Thu., 3 – 6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Professionals: Mon.-Sun, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Depositing Money for Inmates

  • Drop off money order, cashier’s check or certified check – not exceeding $100 – during visiting hours, or mail to Inmate Mailing Address below.
  • Electronic transfer: Use or call 1-888-277-2535 (Must have inmate name, number, facility code DCA and pay location code #5500.)
  • Kiosk in lobby detention center: Deposit money to an inmate’s account using cash, debit or credit card.

Inmate Phone Calls

Inmate Mailing Address

Inmate’s Name, P#
c/o Arlington Detention Facility
1435 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

To discuss any specific concerns or accommodations please contact the Sheriff’s Office Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator.
Lt. T. Johnson at 703-228-4517

Detention Facility Profile

  • By the numbers: Two hundred employees manage an average daily inmate population of approximately 500 inmates.
  • One of the most technically advanced “Direct Supervision” jails in the country. Staff primarily run direct supervision jails and actively manage inmate behavior to ensure a safe and secure facility for inmates, staff and visitors. Staff focus on teaching inmates self-sufficiency and real-life skills to reduce the rate of recidivism.
  • A model facility. Regularly visited by corrections officials from around the world, the facility is the first urban high-rise jail run under direct supervision within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Non-jail like appearance of facility camouflages an extensive high-tech security system. The Sheriff’s Office factored safety and security of the staff, public and inmates into the design and construction of the facility.

Prison Rape Elimination Act Overview

The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) has a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse and harassment and makes prevention a top priority.  The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual abuse and harassment.  This law applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, juvenile facilities, and community correctional settings. The New standards were published May 2012 and ACSO is currently enhancing its effort towards implementation of the standards.  The ACSO policies prohibit any form of sexual activity, including sexual harassment. Forced or coerced sexual behavior is a criminal offense and ACSO will take every action possible to hold perpetrators accountable, including prosecution resulting in additional time in prison.  It is against the law for staff to engage in any type of sexual activity with an inmate.  By law, an incarcerated person is unable to legally consent to sexual activity of any kind with a staff member.  This type of activity is referred to as Staff Sexual Misconduct, and is punishable up to and including loss of employment, civil suit, and/or imprisonment.  Any reports of such incidents will be investigated thoroughly by the Arlington County Police Department, and the employee will be held accountable if found guilty.

During the Month of August the US Department of Justice conducted an Audit of the Arlington County Detention Facility.

On August 12-15, 2014 an audit was conducted at the Arlington County Detention facility to determine compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. The audit found that the Sheriff’s Office met or exceeded all applicable standards. The complete report can be found here Arlington County Final Report



Inmates who are currently being sexually abused or harassed are encouraged to talk to a staff member.  This will allow for the quickest response.  Inmates receive information on how to report sexual abuse and harassment through inmate orientation, posters, handbooks and ongoing communication.  Inmates may report in person, through the PREA hotline number, or though the grievance system.

Additional Ways to Report

ACSO PREA Coordinator Capt. V. Bandalo at 703-228-7028

Violence Intervention Program (VIP)

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. call 703-228-1135

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA)

5008 Monument Avenue, Suite A

Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: 866-3VSDVAA (Toll-Free)

Hotline: 800-838-8238

Richmond Office: 804-377-0335

National Sexual Assault Hotline


Immigration services


Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Policy on Inmate Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Assault:

Policy 5-229

An administrative or criminal investigation is completed for all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Substantiated allegations of conduct that appears to be criminal are referred for prosecution. Sheriff’s Office

The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Annual PREA Report


Sexual Violence Survey 2012