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Rappahannock Regional Jail

1745 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 288-5245

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If you are headed to Rappahannock Regional Jail, you may be wondering what to expect when you get there. The following information was gathered through interviews of former inmates of this facility. The links to the left of lead to the actual interviews, where you can read about the experiences of others and find out what life is really like in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

General Information
Rappahannock Regional Jail is located in Stafford, Virginia. This jail is very overcrowded. It was built to hold approximately 800 inmates, but houses 1200-1300 people on a regular basis.

The jail has four blocks that are identified as A, B, C and D. Each block has 4 to 5 pods in it, which are identified by numbers. Women are housed in the C block, and male inmates live in the A, B and D. The newest portion of the jail is the D block. Although it is newer, many of the inmates prefer the other blocks because the cells are bigger and they have desks.

The cells in D block are designed so that the guards can look in and see every part of the cell, so there is less privacy for these inmates. D block also has a basketball court that is smaller than the other blocks.

Phone Calls
Keeping in touch with friends and family is important to most people while they are serving time. Rappahannock Regional Jail allows inmates liberal access to telephones. Inmates can buy phone cards from commissary if they have money on their books. The minimum phone card purchase is $5. Phone calls cost $2.50 of 15 minutes, and this price is true for both local and long distance calls in the U.S.

Passing the Time
Recreational activities are pretty limited in Rappahannock Regional Jail. Inmates have access to a few board games, and each area has a TV that about 100 inmates share. Church services and AA meetings are offered regularly.

It may be hard for you to stay in shape while you are in this facility. Inmates get in trouble for trying to exercise in their cells because they are told it is too dangerous. If you are caught with empty soda bottles or trash bags of water (for weight lifting), you can expect those items to be confiscated.

You can expect to go "outside" into the yard once or twice a day during your stay in this facility. The yard consists an area with tall concrete walls where you can see the sky.


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