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General Information

Sheriff Joe Baron and his staff’s top concerns are safety and security for inmates. The Norfolk City Jail consistently passes and exceeds inspections and standards. Sheriff Baron actively pursues, implements and supports initiatives to improve jail conditions and provide rehabilitation services, including:

  • Improving medical care
  • Implementing a Community Corrections program that allows inmates to work off fines
  • Developing programs, such as electronic surveillance and work release, to alleviate overcrowding
  • Creating an Education Department to help inmates earn their General Education Diplomas
  • Installing a video visitation system for more timely, private visits between inmates and their loved ones
  • If you would like to tour our jail, you can make an appointment.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is proud to be the first in South Hampton Roads to win accreditation. Meeting the high standards of The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission is the best measure of a law enforcement agency’s compliance with professional law enforcement standards. It’s a reflection of the effectiveness and efficiency of the jail, as well as the quality of the deputies. Please take time to learn more about all of the programs and services available to the inmates.

The Code of Virginia 53.1-131.3 authorizes localities to charge inmates a reasonable fee, not to exceed $3.00 per day, to defray the cost associated with the prisoner’s keep. Such funds shall be retained in the locality where the funds were collected and shall be used for general jail purposes. Currently, the City of Norfolk has approved charging $2.00 per day.