www.wvrja.com

www.wvrja.com is the address that leads to the West Virginia Jail and Correctional Facility Authority. Upon entering the address into your browser, you are promptly informed that the website moved – and then automatically redirected to its new home: www.rja.wv.gov. This is a site where you can find information on the jails in West Virginia, as well as the inmates in those jails.

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Accessing www.wvrja.com

As alluded to earlier, the simplest way to access the website of the West Virginia Jail and Correctional Facility Authority would be by entering the site’s address into the space provided on your browser for entry of website addresses (the address bar). Then you hit the ‘enter’ button, to be taken to the site. An alternative to this would be to carry out a search on West Virginia Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, and then following the links provided by the search engines. Yet another alternative would be through the use of bookmarks: assuming that the browser you use does keep the bookmarks and you have had the chance to use the site before.

In all those cases, you should expect to be redirected from www.wvrja.com to www.rja.wv.gov. This is just as well, seeing that during the time when the address was www.wvrja.com, it did come across as unseemly for a government agency to be using a .com address. The .gov seems to be better placed.

Specific things you can do at www.wvrja.com

There are many things you can do at www.wvrja.com, including:

  • Carrying out inmate search: to do this, you just need to click on the ‘inmate search’ item on the main menu, then agree to the terms and conditions of the site, and then enter the names of the inmate you want to search for.

  • Accessing facility information: to do this, you just need to click on the ‘facility information’ item on the main menu, then click on the name of the specific jail you want to access info on.

  • Carrying out research on visitation times: to carry out such research, you just need to click on the ‘visitation’ item on the main menu, then click on the name of the specific jail you want to find visitation days and hours info for.

  • Searching for employment opportunities: to get to the page where information on employment opportunities in West Virginia regional jails is posted, you just need to click on the ‘employment’ item on the main menu, whereupon you will be served with a page where all opportunities that are currently available are listed.

  • Accessing information on daily admission: to access this info, you need to load the homepage, then scroll down, to where there is a section on ‘daily incarcerations’. Click on the ‘go to daily incarcerations’ button, to access a summary of the day’s incarcerations, within which you can click on any particular inmate to access further details and mugshots.

www.wvrja.com Mugshots

The nature of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority is such that visitors to the site can access mugshots of inmates who are in the correctional facilities that are managed by the authority. The mugshots in question can be useful when, for instance, one is carrying out a search on an inmate they have an interest in, and when that inmate happens to share a name with another inmate. To be sure though, even before getting to a point of differentiating the inmates using mugshots, one does have other differentiating factors: like date of birth and so on. Still, there are situations where one does need the help of mugshots, to differentiate inmates. In any event, the nature of the law seems to be such that inmates’ mugshots are considered to be part of public information: hence their availability on the site.

Accessing www.wvrja.com mugshots

Before we even get to talk about how to access www.wvrja.com mugshots, we do have to point out that the canonical website address for West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facilities Authority changed from www.wvrja.com to www.rja.wv.gov. Still, the authority does own the www.wvrja.com domain: and upon entering it, you are redirected to www.wvrja.com.

Past that hurdle, accessing the mugshots of inmates at www.wvrja.com is a matter of searching for them. The first approach, for inmates who have been in for some time, is the one where you use the ‘inmate search’ feature: one where, ultimately, you get to search for the inmate using the first name and last name, after agreeing to the site’s terms and conditions.

The second approach, assuming that you are searching for mugshots of inmates admitted within the same day, is that of using the ‘daily incarcerations’ feature. You go to the daily incarcerations page, and you will find a list of the inmates admitted to the various facilities. Then you need to click on the name of the inmate you are interested in, and you will be served with, among other things, a mugshot of that particular inmate.

About the misuse of www.wvrja.com mugshots

There having been incidences of people misusing and abusing the mugshots of inmates provided at www.wvrja.com, the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority does (unequivocally)  warn against such. From the tone of the warning, it is clear that the authority is determined to stamp out the vice. Thus, anyone accessing the www.wvrja.com mugshots with the intention of abusing them (say, for commercial gain) risks having legal action taken against them. Otherwise the mugshots are available for legitimate use that they were intended for.

Reviews of the Top Prison Survival and Hope Inspiring Books for Inmates

People who have been incarcerated at one or another point in their lives will tell you that special survival skills are necessary in prison. A challenge that many people who are staring at the prospect of being sent to prison face is that of learning and developing the right survival skills. With such survival skills properly developed, the prospect of going to prison is, at the very least, manageable (sad as it may be). Without such survival skills though, the prospect of going to prison can be terrifying. Thankfully, some books have been written, to help people survive prison – especially those who are facing first time incarceration. We will be looking at reviews of two such books. We will also be looking at the review of one hope-inspiring book, for inmates.

A Review of William Mitchell’s “How to Survive Prison for the First Time Inmate: Take a Look at a Dangerous Society Within Our Society”

 One of the most difficult durations of a person’s life can be when they are just about to go to prison for the first time. That can be when one is facing a criminal case which is nearing conclusion and in which the possibility of going to prison is high. It can also be when one has actually been convicted of a crime, and is awaiting sentencing while out on bail. To help people cope with such situations, books on how to survive prison have been written, and one of the best in that category is William Mitchell’s “How to Survive Prison for the First Time Inmate: Take a Look at a Dangerous Society Within Our Society”. Unique about this book is the fact that it is written by someone who has experience of having been a prisoner for many years, including several early stints as a vulnerable (young) prisoner. In a nutshell, this book will help you overcome many of the challenges that would probably have made life ‘hell on earth’ for you as a first-time inmate.

William Mitchell’s “Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboard Junkie Inmate Pastor” is available from the Amazon bookstore

A Review of Christian Hosoi’s “Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboard Junkie Inmate Pastor”

This is a story about one man’s ups and downs in life: a grace to grass and back to grace story. It is a story of hope, and the sort of book that would make a good choice of a gift for an inmate in a correctional facility who probably has many questions in the midst of hopelessness.

Christian Hosoi’s “Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboard Junkie Inmate Pastor” is available from Amazon’s Bookstore

A Review of Allan Thorn’s “The Suburban Inmate: A Man’s Guide to Surviving Prison”

  The general stereotype of an inmate in a correctional facility is that of a person from the lower socio-economic classes who falls into the wrong side of the law and ends up behind the bars. But we all know that folks from the middle and upper classes do as well often end up in prison occasionally. Allan Thorn’s “The Suburban Inmate: A Man’s Guide to Surviving Prison” can help the middle-class or upper-class man who faces the prospect of prison learn how to make the best of the experience. It is an entertaining read by all accounts, and it is really a must-read book, even if you don’t have the prospect of incarceration hanging over you.

Allan’s Thorn’s “The Suburban Inmate: A Man’s Guide To Surviving Prison” is available from Amazon’s Bookstore

www.wvrja.com Daily Admission

The website of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, at www.wvrja.com, is designed to offer members of the public comprehensive information on the facilities managed by the authority. That, naturally, includes information on daily admission: that is, information on inmates who are admitted to the facilities managed by the authority on a daily basis. And this seems to be highly useful information: given the fact that, indeed, many of the people who carry out searches on www.wvrja.com turn out to be people who are interested in daily admissions. This is understandable, especially given the fact that there tends to be great concern, among the friends and relatives of a person, upon getting information that he or she has gone to jail. To confirm, people are inclined to visit sites like www.wvrja.com: where basic details about people who are admitted to jails on a daily basis are posted.

Accessing www.wvrja.com daily admission information

In order to access the www.wvrja.com daily admission information, you start by loading the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority website. That entails entering www.wvrja.com into your browser, whereupon you are redirected to www.rja.wv.gov (in line with the site’s migration from www.wvrja.com to www.rja.wv.gov). Once you are on the homepage, scroll down a bit (past where the authority’s mission is stated), and you will find a section labeled ‘daily incarcerations’ just below the section on ’inmate search’. Click on the button for ‘daily incarcerations’ and scroll down the page that comes up next, to the point where, by clicking on a radio button, you ‘agree’ to the site’s terms and conditions. After that, scroll down a bit, and you will find a summary of the day’s incarcerations. Click on the jail you are interested in, and you will find the name(s) of inmate(s) admitted that day. Click on the ‘view detail’ for the inmate(s) you are interested in, and you will be served with the said details: including mugshots.

Specific details you can find in the www.wvrja.com daily admission pages

The details you can find in the www.wvrja.com daily admissions pages are quite comprehensive. Those include the full names, heights, weights and genders of newly admitted inmates. There are also details on the dates of birth, booking dates, facilities and imprisonment statuses. There are even details (if you scroll down a bit), on the court information, the location of the issuing agency (for each inmate) and the bail amount (if any).

www.wvrja.com Information

Most of the people who carry out searches for www.wvrja.com information turn out to be folks who are interested in three types of information. We have those who are interested in information on the correctional facilities run by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority. We have those who are interested in information on the inmates under the care of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority. Lastly, we have those who are interested in information on the employment opportunities available within the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

In the category of those interested in information on the facilities operated by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, we have two subcategories. The first one is that of those interested in information on the jails (as entities). Then we have those who are specifically interested in information pertaining to visitation days and hours for the facilities run by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

Accessing facility information on www.wvrja.com

There is a main menu on the homepage of www.wvrja.com (this being a site which, by the way, redirects to www.rja.wv.gov). On that main menu, there is a ‘facility information’ item, and that is the item you need to click on, to access information about the facilities operated by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility. You will be taken to a page with links to the respective jails: such that, for any specific jail, to access the information, you need to click on the respective link.

Accessing visitation information on www.wvrja.com

Upon entering www.wvrja.com into your browser, you are taken to www.rja.wv.gov. There, one item on the main menu is that of ‘visitation’ and on clicking on it, you are taken to a page with links for various jails under the management of West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority. Then you need to click on the name of the jail whose visitation times you are interested in, to access information on the same.

Accessing inmate information on www.wvrja.com

To access this information you can carry out an inmate search, or use the ‘daily incarceration’ tool (assuming that you looking for information on inmate(s) admitted the same day). Either way, the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority is careful with inmates’ information. You will therefore have to agree to stringent terms and conditions, before being allowed to access inmate information, which includes mugshots.

Accessing employment information on www.wvrja.com

Upon entering www.wvrja.com into a browser, you will be redirected to www.rja.wv.gov, where, on the main menu at the top of the homepage, one of the items is ‘employment’. Click on this, and you will find a list of any employment opportunities currently available. Click on any particular opening, to see details about it, how to apply, what the deadline for application is… and so on.