1422 Massachusetts Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003
Information for Lawyers
We invite lawyers to call us in their efforts to assist their clients with these and other services:
Court Ordered Community Service
Through the years, we have accepted probationers with a wide variety of skills who have court ordered hours of community service as part of their sentence. If this is a need for your client, call on us.
Over the years, these men and women have designed our website, set up our accounting system, answered the phones, handled inmate requests, painted our office and conducted an overall evaluation of our work.
What Inmates Ask Us To Do
Visiting the Jail
Lawyers may visit the jail any time, seven days a week. No advance arrangements are necessary. Lawyers can enter the Jail through the visitors' entrance during normal hours or through the Jail's staff entrance at other times. Lawyers need to present a driver's license and a DC Bar card as identification.
When visting the Jail, be mindful of the dress code: no gym clothes, sweat pants, shorts and skirts no more than 2 inches above the knee.
Inmates can call their lawyers by submitting a request to their case manager in their housing unit. It is difficult for an attorney to call an inmate and we don't advise trying unless there is a real emergency.
Law Library at the Jail
Each housing unit at the jail is scheduled for visits to the Law Library one hour each week. Inmates must sign up to visit the Law Library on the designated day. Inmates that are in protective custody or in special management units must submit written requests to the Law Library. These requests are researched by the law librarian and information is returned to the inmate.
Inmates are allowed to keep in their cells legal materials which have been provided to them by their attorneys. They cannot take legal materials with them when they are transferred
VSC Law Firm Support
Through the years, Washington law firms have contributed generously in support of our work with the DC Jail. Included among our law firm supporters are: