Fairfax County Adult Detention Center

The Fairfax County Adult Detention Center is the main jail for Fairfax County

The current jail was opened in 1978.[1] However, by 1980 the jail was routinely overcrowded, leading Sheriff M. Wayne Huggins to explore sending some of the prisoners to the Lorton Reformatory.[2]

On February 25, 1987, a 300-bed addition to the jail was dedicated.[3]


  1. Baker, Peter. "Fairfax is Locked in a Familiar Battle; County Runs into Opposition to Planned Expansion of its Jail." The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext): b.06. National Newspapers Core. Dec 13 1991. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
  2. Grubisich, Thomas. "Fairfax Exploring Sending Jail Overflow to Lorton." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Oct 07 1980. ProQuest. Web. 7 Nov. 2016.
  3. Watts, Robert A. "Fairfax Dedicates Jail Wing;300 Beds Added to Ease Crowding." The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext): v.01. National Newspapers Core. Feb 26 1987. Web. 11 Mar. 2012.

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