Governor’s Statement: The Virginia Department of Corrections COVID-19 March 19th Update

On Thursday, March 19th, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia released a joint statement regarding proactive steps being taken by the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. 

In an effort to maintain health and safety for both staff and residents, VADOC has suspended in-person visitation to state correctional facitilies. Transfers from local and regional jails have also been suspended for the next 30 days. 

Opportunities to further prevent the spread are also being identified. Examples include: 

  • Sentence modifications
  • Diverting offenders from being admitted into jail prior to trial
  • Reduction of low-risk offenders being held without bail
  • Alternative solutions such as home electronic monitoring 

You can read the full statement here

If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, there may be a chance for a commuted senteced. Give Norton Pelt Attorney Jason Pelt a call today to find out your options. 

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