Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
5/28/2024

Article 2. Security and Control

6VAC15-45-730. Controlled perimeter.

The facility's perimeter shall be controlled by appropriate means to ensure that inmates remain within the perimeter and to prevent unauthorized access by the general public.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.5; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-740. Control center.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall ensure that the facility maintains a control center which is staffed 24 hours a day.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.6; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-750. Communication system.

The facility shall have a communication system between the control center and inmate living areas.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.7; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-760. Inmate count.

The facility shall have a system for physically counting inmates. The system shall include strict accountability for inmates assigned to work and educational release, furloughs, and other approved temporary absences.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.8; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-770. Inmate movement.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that staff regulate inmate movement.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.9; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-780. Searches.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide for searches of facilities, staff, inmates and visitors to control contraband and provide for disposition of the contraband pursuant to applicable law.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.10; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

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; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-800. Use of deadly force.

Properly authorized employees may exercise their authority and use deadly force only as a last resort, and then only to prevent an act that could result in death or serious bodily injury to oneself or to another, or to prevent escape from confinement.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.12; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-810. Inspections of security systems.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall require that at least weekly inspections be conducted of all security systems. The results of inspections shall be reported in writing to the contractor, and documentation of corrective action shall be required.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.13; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-820. Serious incident report.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall require notification and reporting of serious incidents to the Department of Corrections in accordance with Department of Corrections procedures.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 9.14; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

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