To ensure the safety of the public, those incarcerated in our care, and our staff, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the following changes to operations at the Detention Center are in effect until further notice:
- All Professional Visits are non-contact.
- All Personal Visits are canceled. Virtual visits are available upon request. Please call the Detention Facility to schedule at 703-228-4470.
- All programs are canceled.
ACDF Inmate Query
To verify if an inmate is at our facility, please visit Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Query.
Depositing Money for Inmates
- Drop off money orders, cashier’s or certified checks – not exceeding $100 – during visiting hours, or mail to Inmate Mailing Address below.
- Electronic transfer: Use www.smartdeposit.com (Must have inmate name, number, facility code DCA and pay location code #5500.)
- Kiosk in the 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 ACSO Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, Captain B. Lindsey at 703-228-7028 or via email at Blindsey@arlingtonva.us
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 managing 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 appearances of the facility camouflages an extensive high-tech security system. The Sheriff’s Office factored the 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 in May 2012 and ACSO is currently enhancing its effort towards implementation of the standards. 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.
Inmates who are sexually abused/assaulted or harassed are encouraged to speak with a member of the ACSO staff. 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 the grievance system.
Additional Ways to Report
ACSO PREA & ADA Coordinator, Capt. Broderick Lindsey at 703-228-7028
Doorways for Women & Children
Attn: REVIVE Counseling Program
P.O. Box 100185
Arlington, VA 22210
24 Hour Hotline: 703-237-0881
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA)
5008 Monument Avenue, Suite A
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 866-3VSDVAA (Toll-Free)
Richmond Office: 804-377-0335
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Policy on Inmate Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Assault:
An administrative or criminal investigation is completed for all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The Arlington County Sheriff’s office is responsible for administrative investigations while the Arlington County Police Department is responsible for criminal investigations. Allegations of conduct that appears to be criminal are referred for prosecution.