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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
2/28/2020

6VAC15-20-30. Frequency of Audits.

Part II
Certification Process

A. All local and private correctional facilities and community residential programs affiliated with the department shall be audited every three years.

1. The regional office or facility staff shall notify the Compliance and Accreditation Unit supervisor in writing within 30 days after a new facility or program accepts the first offender.

2. The regional office staff shall conduct a preparatory audit of a new community residential program during the first six months of operation.

3. The Compliance and Accreditation Unit shall conduct a compliance audit during the second six months of operation and on a regular schedule thereafter as provided by this section.

B. The scheduled compliance audit may be postponed for up to six months due to bona fide security or emergency situations.

1. The facility or program administrator shall notify the Compliance and Accreditation Unit manager and provide details of the circumstances requiring the postponement.

2. The Compliance and Accreditation Unit supervisor shall complete a written notice of change and send copies of the approved written notice of change to the board, facility or program administrator, the appropriate regional director and the team members.

C. Any local or private correctional facility or community residential program may be scheduled for an interim compliance audit at the direction of the board. An interim audit may be scheduled for a facility or program that has:

1. Undergone renovations or additions that have resulted in additional inmate capacity or significant changes to the numbers and duties of security staff;

2. Exhibited difficulty in maintaining compliance with the board's standards;

3. Been cited for noncompliance with the board's standards as a result of Department of Corrections inspections, Department of Health inspections or informal visits made by Department of Corrections' staff; or

4. Been placed in probationary or decertified status.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-003:1 § 2.1, eff. May 1, 1993; amended, Volume 13, Issue 17, eff. July 1, 1997; Volume 23, Issue 22, eff. August 9, 2007; Volume 28, Issue 06, eff. December 21, 2011.

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