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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 15. Department of Corrections
Chapter 70. Standards for Community Residential Programs

6VAC15-70-100. Special Procedures.

A. There shall be written emergency procedures that shall include the following:

1. Fire;

2. Evacuation;

3. Bomb or bomb threat;

4. Hostage;

5. Disturbances, which at a minimum include riots, assaults, and fights;

6. Deaths;

7. Power failure;

8. Loss of heat;

9. Loss of water;

10. Escape or absconding; and

11. Employee work stoppage.

B. Fire emergency procedures shall be posted conspicuously in the facility.

C. Agency staff shall conduct and document monthly and random emergency fire drills, including evacuation of residents.

D. No resident or group of residents shall be in a position of control or authority over other residents.

E. Written procedure shall restrict the use of physical force to instances of justifiable self-protection, protection of others, and the minimum degree necessary to control the situation.

F. Agency administrator shall maintain and make available to all employees written procedures for conducting searches of residents, agency staff, visitors and the facility in order to control contraband.

G. Written procedures shall govern the disposal of contraband.

H. Written procedures for reporting absconders shall comply with Department of Corrections operating procedures.

I. Written policy shall prohibit the carrying and use of weapons in the facility.

J. Agency staff shall maintain a log of occurrences and daily events that shall:

1. Be kept in a bound book for permanent retention;

2. Be written legibly in ink;

3. At each entry, contain the full names, at least once, of the residents involved in the events;

4. Document a briefing of occurrences and important events between outgoing and incoming staff;

5. Contain a signature or initials of staff at the conclusion of their shift; and

6. Become a legal document of the facility and shall be maintained as such.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-30-004:1 § 3.4, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Volume 16, Issue 24, eff. September 17, 2000; Volume 25, Issue 03, eff. November 15, 2008.

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