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Virginia Administrative Code
5/28/2024

6VAC15-45-850. Placement in special housing assignments.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that Department of Corrections procedures be utilized for the disciplinary process and for assignments to special housing. The contractor shall facilitate the application of this process, but the Department of Corrections shall make all decisions in these areas.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.1; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-860. Number of inmates per cell.

Except in emergencies, the number of inmates confined to each cell or room shall not exceed the number for which it is designed. Should an emergency create an excess in occupancy, the contractor shall immediately proceed to alleviate the situation as promptly as possible by making other arrangements for the inmates so confined. The contractor shall provide written approval for emergency situations where the number of occupants exceeds design capacity.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.2; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-870. Cell conditions.

Special housing cells or units shall be well ventilated, adequately lighted, and appropriately heated and maintained in sanitary conditions at all times. A general log shall be kept and the temperature shall be recorded at least once each shift. Inmates shall be housed in an environment in which the temperature does not fall below 65°F, and when the temperature exceeds 85°F, mechanical air circulation shall be provided.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.3; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-880. Clothing and bedding.

Inmates in special housing shall dress in appropriate clothing, and shall be furnished underwear, shower shoes, one mattress, one pillow, one pillow case, two sheets, blankets as needed, one towel, and washcloth. For removing items from cells and for using stripped cells, Department of Corrections procedures shall be utilized.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.4; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-890. Meals.

Inmates assigned to special housing shall receive the same meals as those in the general population, except in those circumstances noted in Department of Corrections procedures.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.5; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-900. Shower and shaving privileges.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that inmates in special housing assignments will be permitted to shower and shave not less than twice per week. Clothing and underwear shall be changed at shower time.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.6; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-910. Mail.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that inmates in special housing assignments can write and receive letters on the same basis as inmates in the general population, except inmates in isolation may not receive the contents of packages until approved by the contractor.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.7; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-920. Legal access.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that inmates in special housing assignments have access to legal materials and the courts.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.8; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-930. Visitation.

Inmates in isolation shall forfeit the privileges of receiving visits from family, relatives, or friends; however, under exceptional circumstances, permission may be obtained from the contractor for such visits. Attorney visits to an inmate in isolation may not be restricted by the contractor, and attorneys shall be allowed access to the inmate during normal work hours.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.9; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-940. Personal property.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that inmates in isolation will be allowed to keep only the following:

1. Legal materials.

2. Religious materials.

3. Personal hygiene items, defined exactly as:

a. Toothbrush;

b. Toothpaste;

c. Soap; and

d. Plastic comb.

If the inmate does not have the items above, and is indigent, the facility shall furnish them. All other items of inmate personal property shall be stored upon assignment to isolation. Inmate personal property shall be inventoried by either an officer and the inmate, or by two correctional officers. The inmate shall be given a receipt for all personal property upon assignment to isolation. Inmates in isolation shall be limited to the purchase of postage stamps.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.10; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-950. Inmates in isolation.

Inmates held in isolation for periods exceeding 30 days shall be provided the same privileges as inmates in special housing assignments.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.11; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-960. Visitation for inmates in special housing assignments.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that the visitation schedule for special housing inmates (other than isolation) shall be established by the contractor.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.12; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-970. Exercise for inmates in special housing assignments.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide that inmates in special housing assignments (other than isolation) be allowed a minimum of one hour of exercise three separate days per week in an out-of-doors supervised area, weather permitting.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.13; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-980. Access to commissary.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide inmates (other than in isolation) access to the commissary. Commissary purchases may be restricted only for security reasons. No items of a hazardous nature shall be allowed.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.14; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-990. Permanent log on each inmate.

A permanent individual log shall be maintained in the special housing unit for each inmate. This log shall contain:

1. Date of admission;

2. Weight of the inmate upon entering and leaving and the name, date and time of the correctional officer making the required hourly check;

3. Medical requests and visits;

4. Medications administered or refused;

5. Meals refused; and

6. Other pertinent information.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.15; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-1000. Access to medical, dental, and mental health care.

Written policy, procedure, and practice shall provide for reasonable access to medical, dental, and mental health services while in special housing status.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.16; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

6VAC15-45-1010. Supervision.

In addition to supervision provided by the unit officers, the special housing unit shall be visited daily by the shift supervisor or higher authority. Each inmate in special housing shall be checked no less than once per hour at staggered times by a correctional officer.

Statutory Authority

§ 53.1-266 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-006 § 10.17; Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 4, eff. December 13, 1995.

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