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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 15. Department of Corrections
Chapter 81. Standards for Planning, Design, Construction, and Reimbursement of Local Correctional Facilities

6VAC15-81-180. Assessment of Existing Resources.

A. The needs assessment shall include an assessment of existing resources, including existing local correctional facilities, any lockups or other community based facilities that reduce the demand on jail space needs, and all pretrial and post-disposition alternatives, programs, and services.

B. The information provided pursuant to subsection A of this section shall include a description of the existing jail or jails in local lockups and correctional facilities that impact the project including:

1. The date of construction and dates of subsequent renovations or expansions.

2. The current rated capacity as established by the Department of Corrections.

3. A table indicating the total number of housing units including cell blocks, dormitories, and other housing units used for general population inmates. The tables for existing facilities shall be set up similar to the example table in subdivision 4 of this subsection.

4. A table indicating the design capacity and the total number of beds for each of the housing areas. The description and calculation of the existing facility's needs shall be consistent for each facility. The tables for the existing facility shall be set up using the following examples:

Example table for subdivisions 3 and 4 of this subsection.


Unit name

Unit type


per unit


op. cap.

Unit op. cap. x sq. ft.

Dayroom op. cap. x sq. ft.

#Perm. beds per unit

Sq. ft. per bed

Dayroom sq. ft. per bed


Block A









5. A table indicating the existing square footage available per inmate in each cell, dormitory, and dayroom.

Example table for subdivision 5 of this subsection.

Unit Name

Security/Custody Level

Pop. on (Date)

Total sq. ft. per person in unit

Total sq. ft. per person in dayroom

Total Aggr. sq. ft. per inmate

Cell A






6. The total number, type, and capacity of special purpose areas.

7. A statement of the number of stories and aggregate floor space in the facility.

8. A statement about the general condition of the facility and the feasibility of continued future use and, if applicable, the status of the action plan to correct physical plant deficiencies identified in the latest inspection or certification audit report.

9. A description and table depicting administrative, operating, and inmate program space and a description of the impact of the limitations that lack of space, inadequate space, or the design of the facility has on administration, operations, and security.

10. Where applicable, the impact that the holding of juveniles has on the design and operation of the facility.

11. A copy of the most current department inspection report for life, health, and safety and a copy of the most current department certification audit shall be submitted.

12. If the facility is to remain open as a jail, a jail condition assessment on major buildings and building systems shall be performed by a licensed A/E, and costs associated with necessary upgrades shall be provided. The cost of staffing and documentation of staff efficiency for continued operation shall also be provided. Analysis of the condition assessment shall be based on health safety issues, excessive maintenance costs, excessive repair costs, excessive staffing due to design, limited capacity, program space, and distance to other facilities associated with a regional jail.

C. The needs assessment shall include for the last fiscal year, a description of each program and a data table providing the number of placements, the average daily population, and where applicable, the annual number of bed days saved by each jail-based program, and a plan to increase the utilization of the impact of the various criminal justice components on the jail population to include:

1. Jail work force.

2. Work release.

3. Home or electronic incarceration.

4. Weekend sentencing work options.

Statutory Authority

§§ 53.1-5, 53.1-80, and 53.1-82 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 34, Issue 12, eff. March 8, 2018.

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