VADOC Honored for DINGO Reporting Application

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) recently received a statewide technology award for its development of an enterprise software application that generates robust reporting to help improve the agency’s K-9 operations.

Virginia DOC Earns STAR Award for Prison College Credit Program

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) received the State Transformation in Action (STAR) Award for its educational program that allows detainees in Virginia’s prisons to be eligible for college credit after taking any of the five career and technical education (CTE) courses recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT).

St. Brides Correctional Center Sees Solar Energy Benefits

St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake installed solar panel units in 2012 to preheat ground water entering its buildings.

Q&A: Virginia DOC Director Shares Insight on Working with Service Contractors

By Lindsey Coulter
Service contractors can play a critical role in correctional facility operations, often filling treatment and service gaps. While some facilities prefer to keep all operation in-house, many others rely on these outside firms.

VADOC’s Step-Down Program Makes Serious Progress

The Virginia Department of Corrections’ (VADOC) Administrative Step-Down program, established in 2011, offers state inmates a way out of restrictive prison housing while also encouraging positive behaviors. When the program began, 511 offenders were housed in administrative segregation either for their protection or the protection of others; now just 160 offenders remain.

VADOC Continues Department-Wide Recycling Efforts

The Virginia Department of Corrections released a statement last week on Earth Day about its continued recycling efforts since 2012, positioning itself as a statewide leader in recycling.

VADOC Acquires New Farm Equipment for Food Operations

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) announced an agreement with John Deere & Company earlier this month to help enhance the department’s agribusiness operations.

Virginia DOC Preserves 3,000 Acres for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day last week, the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) announced that it would preserve about 3,000 acres of land at four state prison facilities, restricting any future development of the acreage.

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.

Energy-Efficient Improvements and Programs Under Way at Virginia DOC

Many prisoners are left wondering where their lives will take them after their release. The Virginia Department of Corrections partnered with the Department of Correctional Education and Johnson Controls to give prisoners the education and experience needed to pursue a future career.