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VA DOC - Keen Mountain Correctional Center

State Prison

Last Updated: December 08, 2020
Address
State Route 629, Oakwood, VA 24631
Beds
879
County
Buchanan
Phone
276-498-7411
Mailing Address
PO Box 860, Oakwood, VA 24631

VA DOC - Keen Mountain Correctional Center is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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VA DOC - Keen Mountain Correctional Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 276-498-7411

The inmates housed at VA DOC - Keen Mountain Correctional Center located at State Route 629 in Oakwood, VA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

Keen Mountain Correctional Center is a close custody facility located in Oakwood Virginia. The level 4 high facility houses up to 900 adult male offenders. Keen Mountain CC is comprised of three housing units and a support building that contains a gym, educational and vocational classrooms, medical services, security offices, the kitchen, dining hall, commissary and chapel.

Inmates are separated into six distinct populations: General population incentive pods, general population re-entry (for inmates with less than 2 years), special housing (houses segregation inmates), STAR, and Cadres (cadres are minimum security inmates who work in the commissary). Inmates are secured by multiple razor wire fences, electronic detection systems, canines, and four guard towers.

Keen Mountain is also one of the few facilities that allow the staff to possess non-lethal weapons inside of the security perimeter and has built-in gun ports in the housing unit control room. The majority of inmates at KMCC are housed in cells and are incarcerated for crimes ranging from capital murder to forgery and habitual traffic offenders. Due to the level of violence and dangers most of the inmates at this facility present, programming is often via video, mail, or through small groups. Inmates have access to anger management counseling, adult basic education classes, mental health services, parenting classes, and alcohol and substance abuse programs. Vocational training in electrical wiring, custodial maintenance, and masonry are all offered to offenders.

Security Level 2 Dorm, 3-4 Cells - Assignment Criteria: Long Term; Single, multiple, & Life + sentences. No disruptive behavior for at least past 24 months prior to consideration for a transfer to any less-secure facility.

Inmate Locator

VA DOC - Keen Mountain Correctional Center is a facility in the Virginia Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information

Visitation and volunteer activities at all VADOC facilities are cancelled until further notice. For updated, recorded information, please call 804-887-8484. Latest Update: Virginia Correctional

Visitation and Telephone Communication

  • While visitation at correctional facilities is cancelled for now, off-site video visitation, facilitated through Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI), remains available. JPay and VADOC have worked together to credit each offender’s JPay account with two free JPay stamps per week during this time.
  • To assist in preventing the reach of COVID-19 into state correctional facilities, all attorney/authorized attorney representative meetings with offenders will be conducted over the phone until further notice in an attempt to limit the number of persons coming in and out of facilities each day during this pandemic.

Visitation Information

VA DOC - Keen Mountain Correctional Center - Visitation

All new applicants and any visitor renewing their application must submit a visitation application online. Paper applications for visitation will not be accepted. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you may visit your local public library. To access the Virginia Public Library Directory, please visit the Library of Virginia’s Website.

Visitors will only be approved to visit multiple offenders if the offenders are immediate family members. Visitors are limited to visiting only one offender that is not an immediate family member. Members who are not immediate family include, but are not limited to:

  • Fiancees/fiances
  • Girlfriends
  • Boyfriends
  • Neighbors
  • Cousins
  • Friends

All visitor applications (new or previously approved) expire 36 months (three years) after the date of approval. A new, updated visitor application must be submitted online at least 30 days before expiration to continue uninterrupted visitation. The Virginia Department of Corrections may conduct an annual record check on each visitor. Prior visitation approval does not guarantee approval continuation. Applicants should allow 30 days for online applications to be processed. Out-of-state applicants should allow up to 90 days for processing. To avoid delays in processing, all information requested on the application must be accurate and complete. A response will be sent to the email address provided by the applicant. Approved visitors must still bring valid picture identification that matches the information provided on the application.

Family and friends who have a visual impairment or are 65 years of age or older may contact AFOI for assistance with completing an application. AFOI does not have access to application status information. For that information, please contact the VADOC Visitor Registration at (804) 887-8341.

All institutions allow visiting on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays, but visitors should verify with the institution to find out which day(s) the offender can have visitors. To reduce crowding in the visiting room, many institutions alternate days that offenders can be visited based on the alphabet or offender ID number. Offenders are allowed a minimum of one hour per visiting day with visitors. It is possible that the length of a visit may be determined by activity in the visiting area, the number of visitors on a given day, available space, or institutional staff resources.

Visitation procedures at individual institutions may vary and can be changed at any time without prior notice. Please contact the facility before planning a visit to obtain further information on their visiting program.

Dress Regulations

All visitors, including children, must dress appropriately for visitation. Visitor clothing must cover from the neck to the kneecaps, and all visitors must wear appropriate underwear. Footwear must be worn at all times; no bare feet are allowed. Watches and all wearable technology devices (i.e. Google Glasses) are prohibited.

The following types of clothing are not allowed to be worn:

  • Tube tops, tank tops, or halter tops
  • Clothes that expose a person’s midriff, side, or back
  • Mini-skirts, mini-dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes (at or above the kneecap)
  • Form-fitting clothes such as leotards, spandex, and leggings
  • See-through clothing
  • Tops or dresses that have revealing necklines and/or excessive splits
  • Clothing that contains symbols or signs with inappropriate language or graphics, including gang symbols, racist comments, inflammatory communications, etc.
  • Clothing resembling offender clothing

Any visitor whose dress is considered inappropriate will be referred to the Administrative Duty Officer, who will then make the final decision on admittance to the visiting room.

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