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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 15. Department of Corrections
Chapter 20. Regulations Governing Certification and Inspection
4/8/2020

6VAC15-20-160. on-Site Inspection Procedures.

A. The local facilities manager shall announce the intent of the visit and produce official identification if required upon arrival at the local correctional facility.

B. The local correctional facility shall grant access to all documents, staff and areas of the facility necessary to complete the inspection and assess standards compliance.

C. Denial of access to the facility for any reasons other than bonafide security or emergency situations shall result in findings of noncompliance on all standards. In the event of denial of access, the local facilities manager will notify the Compliance and Accreditation Unit manager immediately. The inspection may be rescheduled if it is determined that denial of access was warranted.

D. Compliance data shall be gathered through documentation, interview and observation.

E. The local facilities manager assigned to the inspection shall determine compliance in the event more than one staff conduct the inspection.

F. All life, health and safety standards shall be assessed for compliance at the time of the inspection using the inspection form to indicate a yes or no finding. Situations which prevent access to documentation, observation or interview to determine compliance shall result in a finding of noncompliance for the applicable standard.

G. A debriefing with the facility administrator or staff in charge shall be held upon inspection completion. If requested, the local facilities manager may debrief other jail personnel.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 13, Issue 17, eff. July 1, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 22, eff. August 9, 2007.

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