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Virginia Department of Corrections — Public Safety First

Strategic Plan


The Virginia Department of Corrections is a model correctional agency and a proven innovative leader in the profession. Virginia is a safer place to live and work because the Department provides exemplary services and programs that provide appropriate custody and supervision of offenders.

The employees of the Department are the cornerstone of the agency. They share a common purpose and a commitment to the highest professional standards and excellence in public service. The Department, through its unwavering commitment to its employees, is a satisfying and rewarding place to work and grow professionally.


The Virginia Department of Corrections enhances public safety by controlling and supervising sentenced offenders in a humane, cost-efficient manner, consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards.


We, the Department of Corrections believe we can best fulfill our vision and accomplish our mission by demonstrating and living these values in our daily work.


  1. Provide national leadership in public safety and be a model agency in the control, supervision and management of offenders
  2. Ensure a safe and healthy environment at all Department facilities and worksites
  3. Be a leader in Human Resources with a highly effective workforce which has the highest professional standards
  4. Develop and implement quality programs and services that provide offenders the opportunity for positive change
  5. Recognize the interests of victims, volunteers and criminal justice providers and acknowledge their input in the Department’s management of offenders