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Virginia Department of Corrections — Public Safety First

Community Residential Programs

Code Section (on external website) 53.1-5 is the governing authority from which the Board establishes administrative procedures under the auspices of the following Standards relating to community residential programs:

Standards for Community Residential Programs (on external website: 6VAC15-70) prescribe standards for the development, operation and evaluation of programs and services in group home halfway houses or other physically unrestricting facilities used for the housing, treatment or care of adult offenders established or operated with funds appropriated to the Department of Corrections from the state treasury, and maintained or operated by any political subdivision, combination of political subdivisions or privately operated agency within the Commonwealth. This regulation is exempt from the Administrative Process Act.

Certification Regulations (on external website: 6VAC-15-20). All correctional programs and facilities operate under minimum standards that are designed to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of staff and offenders within a correctional setting. The Regulations Governing Certification and Inspection serve as a necessary enforcement mechanism in monitoring the minimum standards so that local jails, state correctional facilities, residential centers, probation and parole offices and other correctional programs and facilities may be evaluated through a uniform process and be certified as efficient and safe.

The Standards for Community Residential Programs, as well as the Certification Regulations, guide the departmental audits of community residential programs. Audits are performed on a three-year cycle.

To see the specific Code sections referencing the Board of Corrections' responsibilities as set out in Chapter 5 of Title 53.1, please refer to the following:

REF: (links to external website)
53.1-178; 53.1-179