Middle River Regional Jail was built to alleviate the need for additional space due to the increasing jail population at the Augusta County Jail, formerly located in downtown Staunton, VA. MRRJ enabled inmates that were formerly being held in other facilities due to overcrowding to return back to their local jurisdiction. Not only did this move make it easier for inmate families to visit, it also provided an exponential increase in living space, recreation, programming, and many more opportunities giving inmates the tools to help them succeed upon their re-entry back into our community.
Countless years of planning and construction came to fruition on April 1, 2006 when MRRJ began operation under the direction of the facility’s administrator Superintendent Jack Lee. The facility was built on 28 acres which is conveniently located in close proximity to the I-81 and I-64 interchange in Augusta County. The building’s 212,020 square feet has an operational capacity of 902 beds to include both male and female housing units. Although the jail’s inmate population fluctuates, our daily population averages 818 inmates. The aforesaid population consists of local inmates from our member agencies, state responsible inmates, as well as contract inmates. MRRJ employs approximately 150 individuals including both jail officers and civilian support staff to provide for the inmate population.
From 2006-2015, the MRRJ Authority Board was comprised of members from each of the participating agencies to include: The Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro as well as Augusta and Highland Counties. As Rockingham Regional Jail was faced with overcrowding concerns similar to the way Augusta County was 10 years prior, Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg decided to join the MRRJ Authority; therefore, becoming members on July 1, 2015.