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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 15. Department of Corrections
Chapter 45. Regulations for Private Management and Operation of Prison Facilities
2/17/2020

6VAC15-45-790. Use of Nondeadly Force.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall govern the use of force, firearms, chemical agents, and security equipment. The contractor shall be authorized to use nondeadly force only where it is reasonable to do so. Physical force shall be limited to the amount of force that the officer reasonably believes is necessary in the given situation:

1. Reasonably required to prevent an escape, the commission of a felony, or a misdemeanor;

2. To defend himself or others against physical assault;

3. To prevent serious damage to property;

4. To enforce facility regulations and order;

5. To prevent or quell a riot; and

6. To prevent serious self-injury to the inmate.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.11; Volume 12, Issue 04, eff. December 13, 1995.

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