New River Valley Regional Jail Installs the Largest Solar Thermal System in Virginia

By Ahavah Revis
(08/29/2012)
The largest solar thermal system in the Commonwealth of Virginia has been installed at the New River Valley Regional Jail (NRVRJ), which serves the counties of Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Pulaski, Wythe, and the City of Radford. “The 138 collector solar thermal system at the New River Valley Regional Jail is the largest solar thermal project in Virginia, and one of the largest renewable energy of any type in the Commonwealth,” said Jason. A. Epstein, executive vice president, Baker Renewable Energy.

Facility of the Month: Virginia’s Silver

By Lisa Kopochinski
(08/01/2012)
With Virginia’s inmate population expected to grow over the next decade and with its current jails overcrowded, construction of the new Amherst County Adult Detention Center (ACADC) made perfect “cents.”

Prison Could See New Life as Civil Commitment Facility


(01/12/2011)
The Brunswick Correctional Center closed in 2009 but may reopen as a step-down facility for sexual offenders, according to officials.

Virginia to Close Oldest Prison


(01/12/2011)
The Virginia Department of Corrections announced this week that it will close the James River Correctional Center in Goochland County on April 1.

Virginia Prison Sits Empty


(01/04/2011)
Virginia’s newest prison, a 1,024-bed facility in Grayson County located just east of Independence, sits empty, four months after completion.

Va. Prison to Get Videophones for Deaf Inmates


(12/02/2010)
The Powhatan Correctional Center in State Farm will become the first major prison in the United States to install videophones to enable deaf inmates to communicate with family and friends. The move is part of a recent lawsuit settlement.

Clarke to Lead Virginia DOC


(10/11/2010)
Harold Clarke, who previously served as commissioner of Massachusetts prisons, has been named as director of the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Clarke to Lead Virginia DOC


(10/11/2010)
Harold Clarke, who previously served as commissioner of Massachusetts prisons, has been named as director of the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Harold Clarke


(10/11/2010)
Harold Clarke has been named as director the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Innovation in Tight Times

By Lisa Kopochinski
(09/13/2010)
An alternative to chronic correctional facility overcrowding is becoming more prevalent as jails across the country continue to struggle with budget issues — and reach out to temporary/permanent housing solutions.