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COVID-19 Virginia Department of Corrections - Updates & Case Numbers

ACLU Virginia's Settlement RE: COVID-19 Response in Virginia Prisons

Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) has agreed to:

  1. Review people for early release promptly, specifically those who are eligible for early release under the governor's budget amendment.
  2. Prioritize and promptly review conditional pardons for people with medical issues or COVID-19 related concerns.
  3. Prioritize COVID-19 grievances, including those related to medical treatment, sanitation protocols, or access to masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  4. Ensure correctional staff are trained on proper use of required PPE and COVID-19 procedures.
  5. Share educational information with people who are incarcerated and provide translation services or accommodations, as need, to ensure that everyone in VDOC custody is informed about COVID-19.
  6. Restrict the movement of staff and people who are detained between buildings or facilities, except for security reasons and/or a pending court appearance.

VDOC is required to provide everyone in custody with the following:

    • confidential legal calls at no cost
    • waived medical co-pays for all sick calls
    • enhanced access to showers and handwashing
    • two free bars of soap per week
    • enough cleaning supplies for each housing area
    • face masks washed every day
    • bed linens washed twice per week
    • clean clothing daily
    • high frequency cleaning of all phones, doors, and other equipment in common areas

Do you have information that VDOC is violating any of these agreements or abusing people's rights? Contact the ACLU of Virginia's COVID-19 hotline, available via email at COVID19@acluva.org or by phone at (804) 803-3566