All About the Wallens Ridge State Prison

Connect With an Inmate All About the Wallens Ridge State Prison

How to Connect With an Inmate at Wallens Ridge State Prison 

Wallens Ridge State Prison is a maximum prison located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. It houses approximately 1200 male inmates. Most inmates in this facility serve long sentences that include life and multiple life terms. Since its opening in April 1999, Wallens Ridge state prison has been operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections. The prison is considered identical to the Red Onion State Prison near Pound.

Wallens Ridge State Prison Contact Information 

Physical addressWallens Ridge State Prison

272 Dogwood Drive

Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Contact Phone Number(276)-523-3310
Contact Website

How to Contact Inmates at Wallens Ridge State Prison 

The facility allows visitations of inmates on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am till 3 pm. You will need first to be approved by Virginia DOC before you are allowed to visit an inmate in Wallen Ridge State Prison. If you want to see your loved one on any other day (except the allowed two days), you will need to contact the facility first. When you go for visitation, remember to carry a valid personal identification card with you. This can be a valid photo ID, Driver's License, Military ID, Passport, federal or state agency-issued official picture ID.

Upon arrival, you will be searched by electronic scanning and detection devices.

What to Bring: 

The only things that will be allowed into the room are:

  • A visitor's pass
  • DOC locker key
  • A maximum of $20.00 in coins (no paper money) per adult visitor
  • Personal vehicle key
  • Infant feeding essential items

How to Call an Inmate 

You cannot call an inmate in Wallen Ridge State Prison, but an inmate can call you. This is because no inmate-incoming calls are allowed in the facility. All calls are operated through ConnectNetwork by Global Tel*Link and are limited to 20 minutes to allow fair use of phones. Offenders can call their friends, family, and legal advisors from their list, which is limited to 15 numbers. Therefore, you need to be on the list for your loved one to call you.   

How to Send a Mail 

You can send mail to an offender, including letters (limited to three pages, front and back), postcards, greeting cards, and appropriate photos (no pornographic, offensive imagery, or obscene).

Mails sent to inmates in this facility can be sent to:

Inmate Name, ID Number

Wallens Ridge State Prison

P.O. Box 759

Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Things not allowed in the mail include:

  • Cash, checks, or other monetary value items
  • Postage stamps, prepaid postage envelopes, and postcards
  • Contraband or other items not in compliance with Operating Procedure 802.1
  • Nude or semi-nude images

How to Send Money to Wallen Ridge State Prison Inmates  

There are several ways you can choose to send money to an inmate in Walles Ridge State prison. These options include:

  1. Send money online or through the Jpay mobile app
  2. Call JPay at 1 (800) 574-5729 to make payments anytime, 24/7
  3. Make a cash deposit to your loved one at any MoneyGram agent location
  4. Send all money orders with a deposit slip to:


P.O. Box 278170

Miramar, FL 33027

Difficulties You May Have Contacting Loved One in Wallens Ridge State Prison  

If you decide to send a mail to your loved one, one small mistake like using the wrong envelope forgetting the inmate ID can make your mail be rejected. On top of that, there are the inconveniences of going to the post office.

If you don't know your loved one's exact location, visiting him becomes difficult. But there's help. DoNotPay offers a fast, automated way to locate and contact your loved ones all at the comfort of your home. See the steps to follow below.

How DoNotPay Can Help You Locate Your Imprisoned Friend

  1. Visit donotpay and search "Connect with an Inmate" service.


  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized mail.


  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.


  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.


  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - wait 10 days for it to arrive for your loved one!


Key Takeaway 

Staying in touch with a loved one in prison is very important. It helps reduce the rate of recidivism and allows him to remain connected to the outside world. If you want a fast and less frustrating way to connect with an inmate in Wallens Ridge State Prison, choose to use services like DoNotPay, which does all the hard work for you. DoNotPay will help you locate and contact an offender just by a click of a button. Contact us today, and let's connect you with your loved one in Wallens Ridge State Prison.

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