Web PolicyThe following represents practices and procedures of vadoc.virginia.gov. VADOC.virginia.gov reserves the right to change these practices and procedures at any time without prior notice. The following is not intended and should not be interpreted as a contract of any nature, either stated or implied.
DisclaimerVADOC.virginia.gov provides links to many web sites that are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by VADOC.virginia.gov or any organization affiliated with VADOC.virginia.gov, and as such VADOC.virginia.gov is not responsible for the content of those web sites. Use of information obtained from those web sites is voluntary, and reliance on that information should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy. Reference at those web sites to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by VADOC.virginia.gov.
Link PolicyThis website may contain hypertext links to external web sites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than VADOC.virginia.gov. These hypertext links may be created by VADOC.virginia.gov if it determines that establishing the external link will be consistent with assisting or furthering the purpose of this website, which is to significantly and diligently promote public service to citizens and businesses by:
- Expanding business and citizen access to government services and government information;
- Offering an easy and convenient process for these groups to conduct transactions with State government online;
- Accelerating the development and delivery of an increased volume of quality, online government services;
- Improving the level of customer service from State government;
- Extending electronic government services to citizens of cities and county government.
VADOC.virginia.gov, in its sole discretion, will determine whether the external web site meets the purpose of this website or for the specified informational purposes. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external web site is not intended as an endorsement of any product or service offered or referenced on the linked website, the organizations sponsoring said website, or any views that might be expressed or referenced in the website.
Hypertext links to external websites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of VADOC.virginia.gov, at any time without notice.
In the event you discover problems with or have concerns regarding the format, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of a linked external website, please contact the organization responsible for the linked external website -- VADOC.virginia.gov does not control nor is it responsible for any linked external websites, pages, or content.
VADOC.virginia.gov may be required to collect personal information, such as a user's name and address, because of legal requirements or in order to provide customer services. In doing so we are subject to the requirements for administering information systems as established in the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act, Chapter 38 of Title 2.2 of the Code of Virginia. Pages that appear after you click on a link may be controlled by a different agency or entity, whose practices are not under VADOC.virginia.gov's control.
Fostering and maintaining the public's trust is a cornerstone of VADOC.virginia.gov. We appreciate the trust and confidence that you place in us by providing requested personal information.
FOIARights & Responsibilities:
It is the policy of the Virginia Department of Corrections to make public records available in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. The Virginia Freedom of Information Act, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.
A public record is any writing or recording, regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format, that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.
As set forth in § 2.2-3700 of the Code of Virginia, the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.
Your FOIA Rights:
- You have the right to request to inspect or receive copies of public records, or both.
- You have the right to request that any charges for the requested records be estimated in advance.
- If you believe that your FOIA rights have been violated, you may file a petition in district or circuit court to compel compliance with FOIA.
- You may request records by U.S. Mail, fax, e-mail, in person, or over the phone. FOIA does not require that your request be in writing, nor do you need to specifically state that you are requesting records under FOIA. From a practical perspective, written requests are preferred, as this allows you to create a record of your request and it also gives us a clear statement of what records you are requesting, so that there is no misunderstanding over a verbal request.