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Virginia Department of Corrections — Public Safety First

Local Correctional Facilities

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 Standard pertaining to funding local correctional facilities and programs (jails and lockups):

Standards for Planning, Design, Construction and Reimbursement of Local Correctional Facilities (on external website 6VAC15-80) govern the planning, design and construction of local correctional facilities for which state reimbursement of costs is requested pursuant to Sections (on external website) 53.1-80 - 53.1-82 of the Code of Virginia. The standards include, but are not limited to, submission schedules for reimbursement requests; requirements for submission of a Community-Based Corrections Plan; methods of reimbursement; project documentation; design requirements for secure local correctional facilities, community custody facilities and lockups. guide local correctional facilities and localities through the process of funding and constructing new or renovating old facilities.

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 Standard pertaining to local correctional facilities (jails and lockups):

Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups (on external website 6VAC15-40) address the administration and operations of Virginia's local and regional jails and lockups, and the supervision of inmates in those facilities. These standards must be met by successful achievement of specific requirements for facility certification, which assures minimum compliance of jails and lockups throughout the Commonwealth.

Certification Regulations (on external website 6VAC15-20). 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 Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups, as well as the Certification Regulations, guide the departmental audits and inspections of local correctional facilities. Audits are performed on a three-year cycle. Inspections, which are unannounced (Code Section on external website: 53.1-68), are performed on an annual basis.

To see the specific Code sections referencing the Board of Corrections' responsibilities as set out in Chapter 3 of Title 53.1, please refer to the following:

REF: (links to external website)
53.1-68; 53.1-69; 53.1-70; 53.1-71.5; 53.1-80; 53.1-81; 53.1-82; 53.1-82.1; 53.1-84; 53.1-87;
53.1-95.20; 53.1-106; 53.1-125; 53.1-127; 53.1-131; 53.1-131.2; 53.1-131.3; 53.1-132; 53.1-133.01; 53.1-133.03