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Fairfax County Jail

10520 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030-5197
(703) 246-2100

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If you or somebody you know is heading to the Fairfax County Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of the Fairfax County Jail who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.

Pretrial and Sentencing
People in this court jurisdiction have had the experience that they had a choice between serving jail time and only being on probation, but by agreeing to serve jail time, they were able to have the crime cleared off their record in the end. You may want to talk to your attorney to see if this is a possibility in your case.

Time Off for Good Behavior
To deal with the problem of overcrowding, many jails release inmates early who don't cause problems in the jail. Fairfax County Jail participates in this type of a program. Inmates who are serving time for misdemeanors can get up to 75% off their sentenced time, and felony inmates can get up to 35% off. To get the good time, you need to refrain from fighting and violence, and stick to the jail rules.

The food in this jail doesn't get very good reviews. Ex-inmates say that the portions are big enough but the food itself isn't very good. Snacks are available through commissary, but even if you have money on your books, commissary is a privilege you can lose for breaking rules.

One inmate reported that occasionally the guards would allow the inmates to pool money together and the guards would go out and buy a bunch of cheeseburgers for the inmates. Something else unique to Fairfax County Jail is that family members can bring food to inmates at visitation as long as it is in a sealed container.

If you need medications while you are in the Fairfax County Jail, you need to make a request, and the jail is generally pretty responsive to these requests. If you ask for medical attention you will usually see a nurse within 30 minutes or so. However, if you are caught abusing drugs during your stay, you will lose privileges including non-necessary medications that you may request (such as ibuprofen for a headache).

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