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Due to the gradual easing of restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to resume inmate visitation at RHRJ starting Monday, June 15th.

Visitations will be conducted in small groups, based upon the housing unit to which the inmate is assigned and held every day of the week instead of the normal process of having them in large groups on weekends only. Please see the below link for the schedule as planned and we will post any revisions to this schedule as soon as they occur.

All visitors will be required to wear masks and are encouraged to bring their own. We will have a limited supply of masks for those that do not have them and we will have plenty of hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes available. We greatly appreciate the understanding that has been expressed up to this point and would ask that all visitors be patient with us as we try to implement this new and modified means of conducting visitation. All inmates will continue to receive the one free fifteen minute phone call per week through July 1st at least.

Thank you!


Visitation Schedule (Effective 06/15/2020)

Visitation Guidelines


Inmate visitation is conducted on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm at designated pod times.  Visitation for female inmates will be Saturday 7:00pm to 8:00pm.  Visitors must be at the facility twenty minutes prior to the scheduled start time to sign in.  Once visitation starts no one will be allowed to visit if they show up late or leave and come back late.


 Start TIME


2S1 / 2S2 / 2S3 / 2S4 / 2S5

 9:00 am

3S1 / 3S2 / 3S3 / 3S4 / 3S5 / Medical

2N4 / 2N5

 1:00 pm

3N1 / 3N2 / 3N3 / 3N4 / 3N5

2N1 / 2N2 / 2N3


No Sunday Evening Visits


Visits will be limited to thirty minutes.

When an inmate is classified it is their responsibility to give the classification officer ALL of their immediate family’s names – if the inmate refuses to give the names of their immediate family – the names will NOT be added once the inmate is moved to general population.

Immediate family includes only the following persons:

















Inmates at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail will be allowed to have two visitors who are not of immediate family.  All person including in-laws / step-son / step-daughter / half-brother / half-sister / etc. – will need to be put on the inmates visiting list and be approved as one of the inmates non-family visitors.

Inmate’s non-family visitation list can only be changed (by the inmate) every ninety days.

Only three adult visitors will be allowed to visit at a time.  Picture ID is required and the visitor must be on the inmate’s visitation list. All minors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult already approved on the inmate’s visitation list.

All minors attending visitation with an adult are the responsibility of the adult.  If the child is interrupting other family visits by being loud, running through the visiting area or other inappropriate behavior, the visitors will be ask to leave the visiting area.

Inmates will be escorted to and from the visitation area.

  • Inmates can receive only one (1) visit a day (on the scheduled day), excluding attorney/client or minister visits.
  • If an inmate or the inmate’s visitor gets too loud or is unruly during his/her visit the visit will be terminated.
  • Any inmate visitor that is unruly during the period of time names are being taken downstairs or during the waiting time in the lobby, the visitor may be asked to leave and their visiting privileges suspended.
  • Inmate’s personal property will not be released or accepted during weekend visitation – unless prior approval is given by the Jail Captain or the Jail Lieutenant.
  • All visits may be subject to audio and video recording(s).
  • Visiting is allowed only on scheduled days, unless prior approval (special visits) is obtained from the Jail Captain or the Jail Lieutenant.  These visits MUST be made one week in advance; NOT the day of the visit.  Special visits will not be allowed on weekends or holidays.  Special visits are for immediate family only and the visitor must be on the inmate’s visitation list.  If special visits are approved the visitors on the special visit list will not be allowed regular visiting on the designated days.  Special visits are one visit every thirty days for a period of one hour.
  • Cell phones, cameras or other similar devices as such are prohibited in the visitation room.  A visit will be terminated immediately if this procedure is not adhered to as well as future visitation could be denied pending on the severity of this violation. (ex. threatening phone calls, photographs, videos, etc.)
  • There will be no smoking, eating or drinking while in the visitation room.  A visit shall be terminated immediately if this procedure is not adhered to.
  • Visitors are expected to utilize trash cans located throughout the facility.  Anyone who litters inside the jail shall be denied visitation privileges.

Approved Items from Visitors

There will be no transfer of any property to an inmate during visitation.  The following allowable items may be exchanged or processed prior to visitation:



Money for inmates may be deposited into inmate accounts through the COBRA Banker system located in the front lobby of the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail.  Money may also be sent through the mail.  The Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail will not accept personal checks or payroll checks.  The jail will accept cash and money orders.


Eye glasses may be brought in by family and may be given to the inmate upon approval of the medical staff.


During the medical intake screening a list of medication the inmate is currently taking will be obtained by the medical staff.  Once prescriptions are approved to be brought in by the medical staff the inmate’s family may bring in the medication one time within 24 hours.


Street clothes for jury trials can be brought in by the inmate’s attorney (only) once approved by the Jail Captain or Jail Lieutenant.


No items shall be accepted unless prior approval is obtained from the Jail Captain or the Jail Lieutenant.  All other items are supplied by the Jail or through the Inmate Commissary.

Minister Visits

•Personal ministers are defined as ministers that serve at the church in which the inmate attended before there incarceration or in which their immediate family currently attends.  (If the church has more than one minister that serves the church, a letter will need to be sent from the church written on church letter head listing all minister(s) names).    

All visiting ministers must be on the inmate visiting list prior to the visit.  Each inmate is allowed two personal ministers on the list.

•Ministers will be allowed to visit Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 9:00pm with the following exceptions:

     Breakfast Meal 5:00am - 7:00am
Noon Meal 11:20am - 1:00pm
Evening Meal 5:00pm - 7:00pm

•All ministers must be ordained.

•Prior to the visit all ministers must provide proof of ordination to the Jail Captain or Jail Lieutenant.  A copy will be made and placed in the jail facility file.  After the copy has been received the name of the minister will be placed on the approved list and given to PCA at front window.

•All ministers must be able to show proof of ID prior to each visit.

•All minister visits will be no longer than 30 minutes.

•Due to the large volume of inmate movement on the setting of Grand Jury - there will be NO minister visits on the scheduled days of Grand Jury.


The Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail will not accept personal checks or payroll checks. Checks from another facility will be placed into the inmates account.  The jail will accept cash and money orders. *money orders must include the senders name and address as well as the inmates name – the inmates name must match the name on the envelope*(It is not advisable to send cash through the mail). Money will NOT be taken at the front window in the Sheriff’s Office/Jail Lobby. There is a Cobra/Banker cashier machine in the lobby that family/friends may deposit funds into the inmates account.

Family and friends may also utilize Smartdeposit to post money to the inmates account:

WHAT you will need:

  • Inmate/Resident Name
  • Inmate/Resident Number
  • Facility Code  #5500
  • Pay Location Code    #3500 (accounts receivable) / #4500 (bail) / #5500 (commissary deposit)

**NOTE: GovPayNet is NOT a RHRJ service – questions concerning this service will be address to GovPayNet directly**


Access to Telephone Facilities


Pay-Tel Communications is contracted to manage the inmate phone system.

To set up an account with Pay-Tel or place a block on your phone – you must contact Pay-Tel Communications at 1-800-PAY-TELL (1-800-729-8355) or

Incoming calls are not possible through our inmate phone system.

  • Inmates will not be moved to call attorneys.  If the attorney does not accept collect calls, the inmate must write a letter to their attorney.
  • Inmates that have a hearing impairment will be allowed to utilize the Jail’s Telephone Device for the Deaf.
  • All calls are recorded and the phone system advises the caller and receiver.

The only messages that will be delivered are those from an inmate’s attorney and those pertaining to an emergency situation.



To expedite delivery of inmate mail it is essential that incoming mail show the inmates complete name and current housing pod.  Persons and publishers should address mail to the inmate as shown in the following example:

            Inmates Name                     Pod                

Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail

25 South Liberty Street

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

All incoming mail must have the senders name and a complete return address or it will not be forwarded to the inmate.

All inmates regardless of jail status are afforded the same correspondence privileges.

Incoming Mail:

Inmate mail shall not be read by staff unless there is reasonable suspicion that a particular letter threatens the safety of the jail, the safety of any person, or is being used in the furtherance of illegal activities.  Mail is delivered daily except Saturday, Sunday and holidays and delivered within twenty-four (24) hours of its receipt.

  • There are no limits on the number of letters an inmate may receive, however the inmate may only retain 15 cards or letters, 25 pictures and 5 books in their cell.
  • Inmates receiving newspapers will be allowed to keep in their cells one (1) week worth of newspapers.
  • All incoming mail will be opened and examined for contraband and monies in the designated area by designated staff.
  • All incoming “legal mail” (attorney, court, Department of Corrections, probation, etc.) will be opened and inspected in the inmates presence for contraband.
  • Any monies sent to inmates in the form of cash, money orders, or Government checks will be credited to the inmate’s account (no personal checks will be accepted by the jail).

*money orders must include the senders name and address as well as the inmates name – the inmates name must match the name on the envelope*

  • Inmates may subscribe to and receive through the mail the following:


-Magazines – direct from the publisher or distributor (no pornographic material)


-Newspapers – direct from the publisher


-Books – direct from the publisher or distributor


-Puzzle or Word Find Books – direct from the publisher or distributor

      • The following magazines, newspapers or books will NOT be allowed that:


      -Violate the United States Postal regulations


      -That advocates the violent overthrow of the Government of the United States or Virginia.


      -That advocates violence or rebellion against government authority under which the inmate is held.


      -Shows or describes the manufacture or fabrication of weapons.


      -Any pornographic material, including magazines.


      -Effective 04/28/2017 Books from 3rd party carriers will no longer be accepted.  

        • Mail for inmates no longer housed in the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail.


        - If an inmate is released from custody, or transferred to another institution, the mail shall be marked “Return to Sender” and sent out immediately.

          General and Legal Correspondence

          • The Jail Administration will designate a Deputy(s) to sort the mail.
          • The designated Deputy will refuse the following articles:



          Unknown substances: perfume, whiteout, glitter, etc.


          Bulk rate mail

          Large envelopes (no larger than a legal sized manila envelope)


          Pornographic material        

          All ink colors other than black, blue or pencil


          Magic markers, crayons

          Pages from books, magazines or newspapers



          Musical, home-made, oversized cards       


          Tape/ Glue

          Maps (that affect the security of any facility or surrounding areas)


          Blank paper, envelopes, cards

          Polaroid pictures



          Opaque wrapped items



          Provocative pictures or drawings


          INMATE to INMATE CORRESPONDENCE is PROHIBITED between inmates in this facility and inmates in other jails or prisons.  Inmates in the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail that attempt communication with other inmates through the US Mail can receive a jail violation.  General Public persons who mail correspondence from one inmate to another can be removed from other jail privileges.

          • All correspondence that is not approved will be written up on a Notification of Mail Disapproval Form.  The disposition of the unapproved item will be noted on the form.
          • All publications/packages received directly from the publisher will be opened and inspected for contraband.  The original wrapping and any packaging material will be discarded and not given to the inmate.
          • Approved correspondence will be sorted as to general correspondence or legal mail.

          Legal Mail – will be taken to the inmate’s housing area and opened and inspected for contraband in the presence of the inmate.  The jail staff will not read legal mail.

          General Correspondence – will be opened and searched.

          • Inmates will be allowed to retain in their possession the following articles when received through the U.S. Postal Service:


          -Addresses and telephone numbers


          -Photographs (no larger than 6X6 – no Polaroid’s or frames)


          -Magazines – direct from the publisher or distributor (no pornographic material)


          -Newspaper – direct from the publisher


          -Books (to include educational, religious or legal)–direct from the publisher or distributor.                      


          -Puzzle or word-find books – direct from the publisher or distributor. **NO spiral bindings


            In accordance with the Board of Corrections Standard 6VAC15-40-650 items of contraband received through the mail will be destroyed (unless charges are placed).

             Newspaper, books, magazines or any unauthorized item(s) mailed into the facility by family or friends will be considered contraband.  Both the inmate and the sender will receive notice of the Board of Corrections Standard (above).  Unauthorized items received through the mail must be picked up at the lobby window within 10 days or they are returned to sender.  Unauthorized items will NOT be stored.  If the items are not picked up within ten days it will be destroyed.

            Persons who conceal items not authorized in this facility in letters, cards, envelope, pictures, etc. can be guilty of mailing contraband into a jail facility which is punishable by law and can result in a jail sentence.