VADOC Opens New Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
Inmates started moving into River North Correctional Center in early October in Independence after the facility opened as the state’s first new prison since 2007. The Security Level IV facility will house around 1,000 offenders. The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) closed several correctional facilities in recent years due to budget constraints, so the new prison adds much needed bed space to the Virginia Department of Corrections’ prison system.

Governor Proposes Changes to Corrections in Budget Amendments

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell recently released his proposed budget amendments for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in July. Two of the changes focus on the corrections market, as McDonnell called for two juvenile justice buildings to be closed and one adult correctional facility to be opened.