Virginia Dept. of Corrections suspends visits at 5 correctional facilities

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Visitation at five Virginia correctional facilities has been suspended, the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) announced in its June 29 coronavirus update. And, in some cases, that suspension includes pausing video visitation.

The facilities and suspension dates included in the list of suspensions are as follows:

Visitation Schedule Updates

  • Baskerville Correctional Center
    In-person and video visitation has been suspended through July 4, 2022.
  • Cold Springs CCAP
    In-person visitation has been suspended through July 4, 2022.
  • Deerfield Correctional Center
    In-person visitation has been suspended for Housing Unit F-1200 through July 3, 2022.
  • Haynesville Correctional Center
    In-person visitation for the entire facility and video visitation for Housing Unit 6A has been suspended through July 8, 2022.
  • Marion Correctional Treatment Center
    In-person and video visitation has been suspended through July 1, 2022.

Visitation rules

In-person visits to VADOC-run facilities are dependent on favorable pandemic conditions, and the schedule is subject to change based on how pandemic conditions evolve, the update notes.

When visitation is permitted, anyone who is 12 years old and above must take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test, and they must receive a negative test result before the visit. Then, while visiting, masks are required. The update also notes that, for in-person visits, inmates need to be fully vaccinated. The inmates who are unvaccinated are offered video visits.

Although “the majority of inmates” have been fully vaccinated, the percentage fluctuates because some vaccinated inmates are released and new, unvaccinated people are incarcerated. VADOC is still offering vaccinations to any inmates who want them, the department added.

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