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Virginia DOC Administrative Segregation Step Down Program

Virginia DOC Administrative Segregation Step Down Program

“Virginia DOC Administrative Segregation Step Down Program.” 2013. http://www.slcatlanta.org/STAR/2013documents/VA_Step_Down.pdf

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) Administrative Segregation Step Down Program was created in early 2011 at Red Onion State Prison to safely reduce the number of people in administrative segregation. The program offers cognitive programming as people in segregation gradually transition out of the unit. VADOC also recognized the necessity of a culture change at Red Onion to ensure the success of the program, and implemented staff training and shifted their incarcerated population so that staff assigned to the segregation unit were able to rotate posts. Initial outcomes show that the program reduced the number of people in administrative segregation by 53 percent, and reduced prison incidents by 56 percent.

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Keywords: reforms and alternatives, Virginia, segregation, administrative segregation, restrictive housing, solitary confinement, isolation, Red Onion State Prison