Inmate Property
Inmates may keep some limited personal property in their living spaces. All inmate property must fit inside the authorized inmate storage container. Excess items will be considered contraband. Property is either provided by WTRJ or must be purchased through the Inmate Canteen. Property will not be accepted at the jail or through the mail. The Watch Commander may grant exceptions.
All inmates shall be afforded the same correspondence privileges. There is no limit on the number of letters an inmate may send or receive. If the inmate is indigent, he/she will be given the opportunity to mail 5 letters weekly upon request. This includes legal mail, which will be sent by the Jail for those inmates declared indigent. Indigent inmates are those judged destitute with no outside income/support from welfare, federal assistance, etc., and have no funds in their inmate or canteen account currently or for the previous 30 days.
Mail is subject to inspection and may be opened and read by officials when there is reasonable suspicion that a particular item of correspondence threatens the safety or security of the institution, the safety of any person or is being used to further illegal activities. Legal mail may be opened and inspected, but not read, by jail officers and will be opened in the presence of the inmate. Glued seams of envelopes may be opened or cut off and examined for contraband. Stamps may be cut off the envelope.
Notice of seizure of mailed contraband will be given to sender and inmate.
All mail sent out by inmates may be sealed by the inmate; however, the inmate's full return address must be listed on the outside of the envelope. Mail without the full return address will not be mailed. The return address is:
Inmate Name
Western Tidewater Regional Jail
2402 Godwin Blvd
Suffolk, VA 23434
Inmates may not receive packages.
Publications must be in the publisher's package mailed direct from the publisher i.e. Readers Digest, Random House Publisher, etc…. Packages from bookstores (Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million) will not be accepted. Publications advocating civil disobedience, the overthrow of any level of government in the U.S.A., or behavior which could threaten the good order and discipline of this facility will not be given to an inmate. Additionally, publications depicting what are considered sexually explicit, or printed pictures of sexual acts of any type will not be given to an inmate. These publications will be placed in the inmate's property and he/she will be given a receipt.
Inmate mail processing will be done daily except on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Incoming mail will be delivered within 24 hours and forwarded or returned to sender if the inmate has been transferred.
Inmates are prohibited from corresponding with another inmate incarcerated in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail. Inmates may communicate with another inmate incarcerated in another facility providing the administrator of each facility has granted permission. Submit your request to the Director of Security.