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April 26, 2022

VADOC to Implement New Mail Protocols to Reduce Contraband Smuggling

The Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) today announced new protocols for attorney, court, or non-attorney/court entities wishing to send legal correspondence to an inmate or a Community Corrections Alternative Program probationer/parolee.

According to the DOC, some individuals “…are sending dangerous and illegal contraband to inmates using mail that is falsely labeled as legal mail.” To reduce this issue, effective July 1, 2022, all legal correspondence from attorneys and others must be sent directly to the DOC’s Centralized Mail Distribution Center, at this mailing address:

VA DOC Centralized Mail Distribution Center
Inmate name, Inmate #
3521 Woods Way
State Farm, Virginia 23160

For attorneys, all envelopes containing legal correspondence must include a full return address with the law office name and address. For Courts/Court Entity, all envelopes containing legal correspondence must contain the full return address of the court or court entity.  

All legal correspondence will be scanned, tracked, and screened by Virginia Department of Corrections staff for the detection of any illicit substances. Upon completion of the screening process, provided there are no extenuating circumstances, all correspondence will be delivered via USPS Priority Express mail services on the same business day of receipt. 

According to the DOC, this process will eliminate facility staff from having to contact the courts directly for verification purposes. Read the DOC's press release.

Updated: Apr 26, 2022