The Board of Corrections is responsible for creating standards that govern the facilities and the offenders it oversees. There are certain regulations that require all correctional programs and facilities to operate at standards that are designed to guarantee the health, safety, and welfare of staff and offenders within a correctional setting. These regulations are necessary so that local jails, residential centers, and other correctional programs and facilities may be reviewed through the same process to make sure they are efficient and safe. Reviews (audits) of each facility are completed every three years to make sure they are operating within these standards.
The Board creates standards for the management, operation, and funding of local correctional facilities and programs (jails and lockups).Code of Virginia Title 53.1, Chapter 3
The Board sets 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.Code of Virginia Title 53.1, Chapter 5
The Board promotes Regulations for Human Subject Research within the Virginia Department of Corrections.Code of Virginia Title 53.1-5.1 Chapter 1
Based on the Corrections Private Management Act, the Board creates procedures that guarantee standards are met for the management and operation of private prisons. They also guarantee basic services, programs, and conditions in private prisons are comparable with state facilities.Code of Virginia Title 53.1-, Chapter 15
The Board is not in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Virginia Department of Corrections, but there are Board policies and standards that guide the Department in creating procedures that help the operation of correctional units run smoothly and protect offenders’ rights. The Board also advises the Governor and Director on general matters relating to corrections.Code of Virginia Title 53.1 Chapter 1
Board meetings are held six times per year, generally at the Virginia Department of Corrections Headquarters, 6900 Atmore Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23225. Location of meetings held at other sites is included in the meeting announcement. Meetings are open to the public and meeting announcements are posted to the Regulatory Town Hall website. Minutes are taken at each meeting, and approved minutes are posted below.
The Board of Corrections is made up of nine members who are selected based on qualifications and experience. Appointments are for four year terms, and no person can serve more than two full terms in a row. The Board is a public body, and neither the Board as a whole nor any of its individual members is employed by the Virginia Department of Corrections. The Board of Correction members are:
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