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VA DOC - Virginia Correctional Center for Women

State Prison

Last Updated: September 05, 2020
Address
2841 River Rd, Goochland, VA 23063
Beds
572
County
Goochland
Phone
804-784-3582
Mailing Address
PO Box 1, Goochland, VA 23063

Virginia Women's Correctional Center is for State Prison offenders sentenced to at least twelve months.

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VA DOC - Virginia Correctional Center for Women basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 804-784-3582

The inmates housed at Virginia Women's Correctional Center located at 2841 River Rd in Goochland, 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.

Virginia Correctional Center for Women is minimum custody state prison located in Goochland, VA operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections and is home to about 600 female inmates. VCCW is situated on 260 acres of land and is comprised of a total of 30 structures. Inmates are housed in five general population buildings. An additional building is used to house a restrictive unit. Inmates have access to a 24-hour medical unit, a dental clinic, and mental health services. Counseling and other services are coordinated through the inmate's case manager/counselor. Some of the program's inmates can participate in include anger management, thinking for a change, and the MATRIX substance abuse treatment program.

Inmates at Virginia Correctional Center for Women can earn a GED and take college-level courses through a correspondence course, offered through two universities; J. Sargent Reynolds Community College and Louisiana State University. This facility participates in the Virginia Correctional Enterprise program and employs inmates in an industrial laundry operation, and in converting old paper documents to electronic files (data entry). An additional work program offered to inmates allows them to work in a meat processing plant. Virginia Correctional Center for Women also offers intensive 140-bed substance abuse and cognitive community therapy program. The therapeutic community program provides a residential treatment program to women every day all day long and offers a supportive community that increases an inmates chance of positive change. An additional pre-release program is available for women who are nearing discharge. The pre-release program lasts 6 weeks and is mandatory. It provides offenders with life skills and the resources they will need to re-enter society successfully.

The Virginia state prison system offers a range of programs and services to more than 30,000 state prisoners that support the effective operation of facilities by constructively occupying otherwise idle inmate time and reducing unrest. Programs also provide those inmates who choose to change criminal behaviors with meaningful opportunities for positive growth.

Prison programs are aligned within the Department so that inmates with long sentences or behavior problems (those housed in maximum or close custody prisons) receive programs that promote positive prison adjustment. Those inmates nearing release (those housed in medium or minimum custody facilities) receive programs aimed at reducing recidivism.

Treatment Planning

Upon reception into the prison system, inmates receive a battery of tests and/or interviews to identify their security and treatment programming needs. Based on these needs, the inmate's counselor develops a written Treatment Plan outlining programs that are needed by the inmate. An inmate's progress towards meeting his/her Treatment Plan goals is evaluated and documented once per year, with the plan updated as needed.

Core Programs

Inmate Work Activities
Substance Abuse Treatment
Mental Health Services (at major institutions)
Life Skills Programming

Substance Abuse Programming

Approximately 80% of the Department's inmates have a history of substance abuse that contributed to their criminality. The Department offers intensive substance abuse treatment to 1,200 inmates in Therapeutic Community (TC) programs located at six prisons throughout the State. TC programs are highly structured rigorous programs that confront inmates' substance abuse and criminal behavior.

Indian Creek Correctional Center operates the largest secure TC program in the nation and has recently been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as a learning laboratory for other states to visit. A smaller TC program operated at Botetourt Correctional Center has also received recognition as a national model program.

Research has shown that TC programs reduce recidivism rates to one-half the rate of non-participants, to as low as six percent when TC programming is paired with community follow-up services.

In addition to the six intensive TC programs, every prison facility offers an education program that provides basic information on the health, social, and legal consequences of substance abuse.

Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous programs are also available primarily through community volunteer participation at most facilities. Many prisons also run weekly counseling or substance abuse recovery groups.

Life Skills

A Framework for Breaking Barriers is a program that uses workbooks and videotapes to encourage inmates to set positive goals and take advantage of programming while incarcerated. During the year prior to an inmate's release from prison, a Life Skills program is made available. Life Skills is a 19 session curriculum developed by Department staff which addresses essential information inmates need to live in the community. Topics such as finding a job, keeping a job, locating a residence, budgeting, and family responsibilities are covered.

Other Programs

In addition to core programs, each prison facility offers a range of services to meet the special needs of inmates. Examples of such programs include behavior management programs, women offender programs, anger management programs, geriatric programs, victims groups, or property offenders groups.

Inmate Locator

VA DOC - Virginia Correctional Center for Women 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.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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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 - Virginia Correctional Center for Women - Visitation

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.

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.

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