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Western Region

Bland Correctional Center (male institution)

Bland Correctional Center.
Located in Eastern Bland County off Route 42.

David Zook, Warden
256 Bland Farm Road
Bland, VA 24315-9615
(276) 688-3341

Security Level 2 - Assignment Criteria:
For Initial Assignment ONLY: No Escape History within past 5 years. Single Life sentences must have reached their Parole Eligibility Date (PED). No disruptive behavior for at least past 24 months prior to consideration for a transfer to any less-secure facility.

Bland has a large agricultural business program which furnishes meat and dairy products to nine other Western Region correctional facilities.

The primary structures at the Center date back to the early to mid 1950s. A medical building was added in 1982, a multipurpose building was added in 1990, and three modular inmate housing units were added in 1990.
Specifications:
Special Purpose Institution - It is a reception and classification facility. Its role is to intake offenders from the local jails and process them into the Department. It houses inmates classified to multiple levels of security.

PUPS Program (at Bland Correctional Center)
Photo of a puppy.
Bland Correctional Center and (on external website) St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation of Roanoke, Virginia, initiated the PUPS Program in June of 2002. The program matches carefully screened inmates with puppies. The puppies live with the inmates at the facility and are raised and obedience-trained under strict guidelines. Later, the puppies are transferred to professional trainers who teach them to perform tasks to assist disabled persons.


In its initial phase, the program matched four puppies with four inmate trainers and two alternates. VADOC is hoping to expand the program in the near future to as many as 10 puppies.

Directions From Richmond:
Take I-64 West to Staunton. From there take I-81 South and West to the Dublin Exit. This exit puts you on State Route 100. Continue on Route 100 to the intersection of Route 100 and State Route 42 at Poplar Hill. Turn left from Route 100 onto Route 42 and continue for approximately 12 miles to the Center. There will be a sign reading "Bland Correctional Center" about three miles before you reach the institution.