The state of Virginia has only one type of long-term confinement facility for felons; they are called prisons. There are forty-one state prisons in Virginia spread across three regions: Eastern, Western, and Central. These facilities hold inmates who were convicted of state crimes. Each one has different levels of custody (ranging from minimum security to maximum), and some serve only women and others only men.
The Virginia Department of Corrections is the government agency in charge of all inmates, facilities, and Virginia state prison inmate records. Using the offender locator feature on their website, the general public can conduct a Virginia state prison inmate search at any time without any delay.
The state prisons in Virginia include:
Each state prison offers inmates educational studies (including degree programs) social and life skills training, vocational assistance, therapies, counseling, substance abuse, and mental health treatment along with recreation and a library to borrow books.
Virginia state prisons hold about 38,000 inmates. The top reason someone is in prison in Virginia is larceny-theft and then aggravated assault. Virginia’s incarceration rate is higher than the national average. The most significant number of inmates are Black, American Indian, Hispanic, and then White.