Community Corrections consists of a central office staff to support the field, three regional offices statewide supervising Probation and Parole Districts, and Community Facilities which consists of Detention Centers and Diversion Centers.
Community Corrections' primary goal is public safety. In Virginia, public safety is defined as the quality of life that allows our citizens to feel secure in their everyday lives by being free from danger, injury and damage caused by those who choose not to obey the law. Our approach to this goal through professional supervision of offenders under our purview is "A Balanced Approach." This practice emphasizes the dual role of providing supervision and services for probationers and parolees.
Parole was abolished in Virginia for felonies committed on or after January 1, 1995. The parole decision function and supervision is provided to offenders who committed felonies before that date. Probation supervision and post release probation supervision for sentenced offenders who the judge feels needs 6 months to 3 years of probation supervision upon release are still available for offenders who fall under the new parole abolishment law.
In addition, Virginia provides a wide range of residential and non-residential sanction and sentencing options.
PREA — VADOC Zero Tolerance Policy
If you were sexually abused or sexually harassed while in custody or under the supervision of the Virginia Department of Corrections, call 1-855-602-7001.
The Virginia Department of Corrections' Zero Tolerance Policy from Operating Procedure 038.3 states:
- The VADOC prohibits and will not tolerate any fraternization or sexual misconduct by staff, contractors, or volunteers with offenders, or between offenders as defined in this operating procedure. The VADOC actively works to prevent, detect, report, and respond to any violation. (§115.11[a], §115.211[a])
- Any behavior of a sexual nature between employees and offenders is prohibited. Employees are subject to a Group III offense under Operating Procedure 135.1 Standards of Conduct (termination is the presumptive discipline for violations) and may be prosecuted under the Code of Virginia.
- All staff, contractors and volunteers are required to report any suspicion of fraternization or sexual behavior by staff, contractors, or volunteers with offenders.
- Staff with knowledge of such actions may be subjected to disciplinary action if they fail to report the behaviors.
- Any behavior of a sexual nature by incarcerated offenders is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action per Operating Procedure 861.1 Offender Discipline - Institutions and Operating Procedure 861.2 Offender Discipline - Community Corrections Facilities and may result in criminal charges.
- Consensual sexual activity among offenders will not be permitted. If offenders engage in this type of activity they will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Operating Procedure 861.1 Offender Discipline - Institutions and Operating Procedure 861.2 Offender Discipline - Community Corrections Facilities.
- When a facility learns that an offender is subject to a substantial risk of imminent sexual abuse, it shall take immediate action to protect the offender. (§115.62, §115.262)
- Through contracts and Board of Corrections operating standards, facilities and jails that contract for the confinement of VADOC offenders shall include in any new contract or contract renewal the entity’s obligation to adopt and comply with the PREA standards. (§115.12[a], §115.212[a]) Any new contract or contract renewal shall provide for agency contract monitoring to ensure that the contractor is complying with the PREA standards. (§115.12[b], §115.212[b])
Additional information on filing a complaint can be found in Operating Procedure 866.2 Offender Complaints - Community Corrections.
Parolees and Probationers — Offenders in the Community
- Probation and Parole Overview
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Community Programs and Program Criteria (offender supervision and monitoring in the community)
- Out-of-State Supervision
Probation and Parole Offices and Special Program Facilities
The Regional Directors are responsible for the management and direction of the four Diversion Center Programs and the three Detention Center Incarceration Programs. These facilities are 4-6 months residential programs with a heavy emphasis on treatment services and work.
Community Corrections has three regional offices (Western, Central and Eastern) providing supervision of 43 District Offices, 12 state-operated facilities, and oversight for 11 privately-contracted community residential centers.
Serving the following localities in the Western Region:
Serving the following localities in the Central Region:
Serving the following localities in the Eastern Region:
- James City
- King and Queen
- King William
- New Kent