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Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

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Incoming Offender General Correspondence Procedure Change

On April 17, 2017, the Virginia Department of Corrections will implement additional mailroom security measures aimed at detecting and eliminating contraband in DOC facilities. In institutions classified as Security Level 2 and above, all incoming general offender correspondence items will be photocopied, and only the photocopies will be delivered to the offender.

The original envelope and all enclosed contents will be shredded in the institutional mailroom once they are photocopied. In addition, for each mailing, a maximum of three 8 1/2 X 11 inch photocopy pages, front and back, will be delivered to the offender.

Offender Visitation Information

In an effort to provide faster and more accurate service, the Virginia Department of Corrections will accept only online visitation applications after March 1, 2015. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

Please see our Visitation section for more details.