Inmate Interview Requests
*Due to COVID-19, the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office is not allowing on-site inmate interviews with members of the news media at this time. This is to protect the health and safety of the facility, which is closed to non-employees. However, members of the news media are welcome to contact inmates by mail, phone or online video visitation. Additional information is available at vbso.net/calls-visits.*
Media requests to interview inmates incarcerated in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center should be submitted through the Public Information Officer, Kathy Hieatt, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-385-8446. Please ensure that the individual is in custody prior to requesting an interview using our inmate lookup system.
Inmates have the right to decide whether to consent to a media interview and can withdraw consent if they change their minds. It is up to the inmate to consult with his or her attorney if they choose to do so. If an interview request is declined, they will not be asked again until there is a significant change in their status (such as post-trial).
If an inmate agrees to be interviewed, the Sheriff’s Office will make a reasonable effort to accommodate the interview if staffing and operations allow. Inmate interviews are conducted in the attorney interview panels (through a glass pane) located at the Sheriff’s Office Administration Lobby at 2501 James Madison Blvd. (map below). Interviews are not permitted from 4:30-6:30 a.m. and p.m. due to meals and shift change.
When multiple media outlets request an interview with the same individual, every effort will be made to schedule the interviews in the order the requests were received.
Inmate interviews are not scheduled in advance and should be made same-day.