About the Virginia Department of Corrections
Our long term vision is for VADOC to be a progressive and proven innovative leader in the profession. Research, data analysis, and reporting of outcomes will be used in strategic planning, policy guidance, program assessment, and administrative decision making. Virginia is a better place to live and work because we improve long term safety and foster societal progress through the successful transformation and reintegration of men and women entrusted to our care.
We enhance the quality of life in the Commonwealth by improving public safety. We accomplish this through reintegration of sentenced men and women in our custody and care by providing supervision and control, effective programs and re-entry services in safe environments which foster positive change and growth consistent with research-based evidence, fiscal responsibility, and constitutional standards.
ValuesWe, 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.
- Safety - Ensuring that the physical and psychological safety of the public, staff and individuals in the care of Corrections is paramount and evident in all we do.
- Ethics - Behaving with high standards of conduct.
- Learning - Being competent and knowledge oriented; transforming information and experience into knowledge, skills, attitudes, and actions.
- Commitment - Consciously and boldly contributing to the mission of the Department.
- Support - Promoting with courage and passion the Department’s cause and its employees; and perform as a team player – voicing, reinforcing, challenging, and promoting accountability.
- Respect - Having an appreciation for the differences and the dignity of individuals; valuing others’ point of view, accepting people as they are –being polite, courteous and empathetic.
- Honesty - Expressing a compassionate genuine voice; speaking the truth; not remaining silent when truth is being hidden.
- Harold W. Clarke, Director (Biography)
- A. David Robinson, Chief of Corrections Operations (Biography)
- Joseph Walters, Deputy Director, Administration
- Scott Richeson, Deputy Director of Programs, Education and Reentry (Biography)