Video visitation access expanded at Deerfield Correctional Complex

Published 10:47 am Thursday, April 4, 2024

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SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY,  VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) and its partners ViaPath and Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI) are expanding access to video visitation at Deerfield Correctional Complex and Pocahontas State Correctional Center in April. Under the expansion, every living area at each facility will be equipped with video visitation equipment, allowing inmates to conduct visits from their living areas.

The video visitation at Deerfield Work Center is now live, with Deerfield Work Center 2 expanding on Wednesday, April 3, and both Deerfield Correctional Center and Pocahontas State Correctional Center expanding on Tuesday, April 9. New operating hours for video visits will be implemented to accommodate the expansion of services. The hours of operation for the general population will be 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekends. Any previously scheduled visit outside of those hours will need to be rescheduled once the new hours are in place. If two inmates in the same living area are scheduled for a visit simultaneously, one visit will remain, and the other will be canceled. The visitor can reschedule their canceled visit using the Visitation Scheduler. Video visitation will not be available during facility lockdowns.

VADOC Director Chad Dotson expressed excitement about the expansion of visitation options at Deerfield Correctional Complex, emphasizing the importance of inmates having visits with their loved ones as part of the re-entry process. The expansions are hoped to facilitate more connections between inmates and their loved ones.

“We are excited to be expanding our visitation options at Deerfield Correctional Complex,” said VADOC Director Chad Dotson. “Ensuring inmates have visitation with their loved ones is an integral part of the re-entry process. I hope these expansions will allow even more connections between inmates and their loved ones.”

Earlier in the year, VADOC expanded video visitation at Virginia Correctional Center for Women (Jan. 29) and Baskerville Correctional Center (Feb. 6). In late 2023, video visitation also expanded at Green Rock and River North correctional centers. Additional information about visitation is available on the Visiting an Inmate section of the VADOC website.