Information for Attorneys
This information is provided as a service of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office to assist attorneys in gaining access to Alexandria Sheriff's Office facilities, coordinating services to clients held within these facilities and obtaining records held by this Office. The Office welcomes any suggestions or comments regarding its policies governing attorney access and coordination of inmates services. All comments should be directed to
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Alexandria Sheriff's Office, 2003 Mill Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, 703.746.4114.
Detention Center Client Visits
Attorneys arriving at the Detention Center will be screened through the visitation center. Upon entering the main building, you should proceed to the door marked "8" and sign in at the Control Center window. The Deputy will require two forms of identification, one of the which must be a current Bar Association Membership card and one which must contain your name and photograph.
Attorney visiting hours are:
Every morning, 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., except Tuesdays
Every afternoon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Every evening, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., except Tuesdays* and Saturdays
*On Tuesday evenings, visitation is offered to local and federal public defenders only. These visits will take place directly in the housing units, however, no public defender visit will be allowed unless the attorney has been cleared by the Detention Center, completed the orientation class and who have Sheriff's Office issued identification.
The Detention Center is equipped with three Attorney/Client meeting rooms providing privacy and direct contact. If these rooms are occupied, your visit may take place in a visitation booth which provides visual and telephone contact with your client through glass partition. During your visit with your client, it is essential that you not give you client anything other than legal papers. Items such as money, jewelry, matches, cigarette lighters, cigarettes, chewing gums, and other food items are strictly prohibited. Items from a client's family cannot be exchanged during the visit. In case of an emergency in the Detention Center, please follow the directions of staff.
If you are bringing an interpreter or other professional visitor with you, please see the section below.
Interpreters and Other Professional Visitors (including those accompanying Attorneys)
Professional visitors or attorneys wishing to bring in a professional visitor must email the Special Management Director 24-48 hours prior to the date of the visit. In the email, provide the name, sex, date of birth, race and social security number of the interpreter or professional visitor. Relatives or social acquaintances of the inmate may not be used as interpreters nor will be approved as professional visitors. The interpreter/special visitor must provide proper identification upon arrival at the Detention Center.
Attorney Telephone Contact Procedures
Attorneys wishing to contact their clients held in the Detention Center on the attorney/client phone line should call the Visitation Deputy at 703.746.5044 to obtain the attorney/client phone number. This telephone number is for attorney/client use only and are not to be provided to the public or family members of the client.
When contacting the Visitation Deputy, attorneys should provide their name, current Bar Association Membership card number, office telephone number, and name of client. After verifying this information, the Deputy will provide the number or transfer the call to the client's housing unit. If the inmate is in an area that does not have an Attorney telephone, the Deputy will give a message to the inmate who will then return the call on a collect-only telephone.
Clothing for Clients for Circuit Court Appearance
Sometimes clients may not have in their possession clothing which is suitable for appearance before a jury in Circuit Court. You are strongly encouraged to determine, at least one week before scheduled trial, whether you client needs clothing. You, or the client's family, may call 703.746.5043 to arrange delivery of clothing for jury trials only. Clothing is accepted only at the Detention Center, during specified hours. Clothing will not be accepted at the Courthouse. The Detention Center does not provide clothing, other than prisoner clothing, for court appearances.
Deputies will attempt to provide attorneys with time to briefly confer with clients as they enter or leave the courtroom. Courtroom security concerns, however, may not always make this possible. Your cooperation in following the direction of the Deputies is always appreciated.
Information Concerning Alternative Programs
Attorneys interested in determining their client's eligibility for Work Release, Modified Work Release, and Incremental Sentencing, should contact the Alternative Programs Sergeant at 703.746.5130.
The Alexandria Sheriff's Office accommodates all court-ordered furloughs. Attorneys seeking such for their clients should petition the court directly.
Request for Records
Attorneys requesting records held by this agency should obtain a subpoena duces tecum issued to the Custodian of Records for the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, 2003 Mill Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.