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Virginia Administrative Code
2/25/2020

6VAC15. Department of Corrections

VAC AGENCY NO. 15

AGENCY SUMMARY

The Department of Corrections is an Executive Branch agency operating under the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 1, Article 3. The mission of the department is to enhance the quality of life in the Commonwealth by improving public safety. The Department accomplishes its mission through reintegration of sentenced men and women in the department's custody and care by providing supervision and control, effective programs and re-entry services in safe environments that foster positive change and growth consistent with research-based evidence, fiscal responsibility, and constitutional standards.  The Department is headed by the Director (Chapter 1, Article 3) who has authority to operate state correctional facilities (Chapter 2), probation and parole (Chapter 4), and community correctional facilities and programs (Chapter 5). Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5.

The director is given rulemaking authority concerning state correctional institutions, including the authority to prescribe rules for the preservation of state property and the health of offenders in state correctional facilities (Chapter 2, Articles 1, 2, and 2.1) and the authority to provide offender work and vocational training opportunities and pay incentives (Chapter 2, Article 3). Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.

The director is authorized to establish and maintain a system of halfway houses for the temporary care of eligible adults who are placed on probation or released on parole with minimum standards for the operation of the facilities. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 5, Article 1.

The department is authorized to establish and maintain a system of residential community corrections alternative programs for probationers and parolees whose identified risks and needs cannot be addressed by conventional probation or parole supervision. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 2, Article  9.

The director is authorized to carry out all orders and rules and regulations adopted by the Parole Board and to direct and supervise the work of probation and parole officers who supervise adults on probation or parole and make investigations as requested by the courts. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 4, Article 1.

All educational facilities within department institutions are operated by the Division of Education under the supervision of a superintendent employed by the Director. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 1, Article 3.

The director, with the prior approval of the Governor, may enter into agreements with a public or private entity to operate a work program in a state correctional facility for prisoners confined therein. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 2, Article 3.

The Board of Corrections is authorized to establish operational and fiscal standards governing the operation of local and regional correctional facilities. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 1, Article 2. The Director of the Department of Corrections is authorized to implement the standards and goals of the board as formulated for local facilities and lock-ups. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 1, Article 3.

The Board is required to establish minimum standards for the construction, equipment, administration, and operation of local correctional facilities and lockups. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 3, Articles 1, 1.1 and 8. It is authorized to promulgate regulations for evaluating requests from cities or counties for reimbursement of board-approved jail construction, enlargement, or renovation. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 3, Article 3.

The Board is authorized to prescribe standards for the development, implementation, operation, and evaluation of programs, services, and facilities for a local community-based corrections system. Code of Virginia, Title 53.1, Chapter 2, Article 6.

Regulations, policies, directives, and operating procedures are available from the Department of Corrections Policy & Initiatives Unit. A fee may be imposed for large numbers of copies of regulations. The department's principal office is at 6900 Atmore Drive, P.O. Box 26963, Richmond, VA 23261. Department of Corrections internet address: https://vadoc.virginia.gov/; Board of Corrections internet address: https://boc.virginia.gov/

Rev. 08/2019

 

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