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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 15. Department of Corrections
Chapter 40. Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups
7/14/2020

6VAC15-40-833. Discipline.

Whenever an inmate may be deprived of good time or placed on disciplinary segregation the minimum procedural requirements shall include:

1. The accused inmate shall be given written notice of the charge and the factual basis for it at least 24 hours prior to hearing of the charge;

2. The charge shall be heard in the inmate's presence by an impartial officer or committee unless that right is waived in writing by the inmate or through the inmate's behavior. The accused inmate may be excluded during the testimony of any inmate whose testimony must be given in confidence. The reasons for the inmate's absence or exclusion shall be documented;

3. The accused inmate shall be given an opportunity to have the assistance of a staff member or fellow inmate in defending the charge;

4. The inmate shall be given a written statement by the fact finders as to the evidence relied upon and the reasons for the disciplinary action; and

5. The inmate shall be permitted to appeal any finding of guilt to the facility administrator or designee.

Statutory Authority

§§ 53.1-5, 53.1-68, and 53.1-131 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 18, Issue 20, eff. July 17, 2002; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 04, eff. November 22, 2012.

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