To ensure the safety of the public, those incarcerated, and staff, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the following changes to operations at the Detention Center are in effect:
- All Professional Visits will be non-contact for a minimum of 30 days
- All Personal Visits will be canceled for a minimum of 30 days
- All programs will be canceled for a minimum of 30 days
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 Sheriff’s Office Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, Captain J. McMichael via telephone at 703-228-7063 or email at JMcMichael@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 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 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 the grievance system.
Additional Ways to Report
ACSO PREA Coordinator, Capt. J. Ternent 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. Substantiated allegations of conduct that appears to be criminal are referred for prosecution.