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About the Agency

The Department of Corrections (DOC), which oversees the operation of the Commonwealth’s adult correctional facilities, operates approximately 50 institutions statewide. During this past quarter century the Department has grown from a modest agency of 5,300 inmates, and 4,100 employees, to an agency of around 31,000 inmates, and nearly 13,000 employees. 2004 marked the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Virginia Department of Corrections.

In 1942, statewide Probation and Parole Services were created under the new Virginia Parole Board and were shifted to the Department of Corrections on July 1, 1974. The Statewide Community-based Corrections System was expanded and codified in 1995. It includes 43 Probation and Parole Districts, Diversion Centers, Detention Centers, Drug Court programs, and central support units that manage activities with local correctional facilities, Interstate Compact for Probationers and Parolees, and staff support for the Virginia Parole Board.

We enhance the quality of life in the Commonwealth by improving public safety. We accomplish this through reintegration of sentenced men and women in our custody and care by providing supervision and control, effective programs and reentry services in safe environments which foster positive change and growth consistent with research based evidence, fiscal responsibility, and constitutional standards.

The DOC is a model correctional agency and a proven innovative leader in the profession. Virginia is a safer place to live and work because the Department provides exemplary services and programs for the rehabilitation and supervision of offenders.

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