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|West Virginia Division of Corrections Prisons
|Anthony Correctional Center
Box N-1, HC 70
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
Phone: (304) 536-3911
|Anthony Correctional Center is located in Neola, West Virginia on Rt. 92 in Greenbrier County, 15 miles north of White Sulphur Springs. It was built in 1965 – 66 and maintained by the federal government as the Anthony Civilian Job Corps Center until 1968. In October 1970, the facility was leased by the West Virginia Department of Public Institutions (now Division of Corrections) from the federal government to operate a community involved, educationally oriented, correctional facility for male juvenile offenders.
In January 1980, Anthony Center was designated as a young adult male offender correctional center; no longer accepting juvenile commitments, but young males adjudicated under the Youthful Offenders Act.
In March 1985, Anthony Center was converted into a co-ed correctional facility in order to provide equal opportunities for both male and female adult offenders. This transition was necessitated by the WV Supreme Court ruling in the Flack vs. Sizer/McCoy case which stated that “WV Code § 25-4-1, et.seq. is to be applied in a gender-neutral fashion”.
At present, Anthony Correctional Center primarily houses male and female young adult offenders between the ages of 18-23. Offenders are committed for a term of six months to two years. Once the offender has completed all program requirements, he/she is released to the committing court and receives probation for up to five years. However, if the offender is deemed by the court to be unfit or has repeatedly broken the rules of the institution, he/she can be returned to the committing court to receive the original sentence. Currently, Anthony Correctional Center houses 176 young adult men and 24 young adult women.
Anthony Correctional Center houses twelve males in the Diagnostic Unit. These males are committed to our facility for a maximum of 60 days. During that time period, the males participate in a series of psychological testing and interviews and a report is submitted to the sentencing judge. The report is used by the sentencing court to indicate how the inmate will respond to a supervised and structured setting (incarceration) or an unsupervised and unstructured setting (probation).
Anthony Correctional Center also houses eight adult female inmates. These inmates were transferred from Lakin Correctional Center and have created a stable work force within the institution.
Anthony Correctional Center is the only adult facility in which offenders are required to enroll and participate in the WV Department of Education programming. These programs include Academics: Basic Skill Development, GED preparation/GED Diploma, Special Education student services, Literacy, ACT preparation, High School Diplomas; Vocational: Auto Mechanics, Business Education, General Building Construction, Culinary Arts, Welding, Transitional Skills and Career Technology. College classes are also available for students through the local Community College.
|Beckley Correctional Center
111 S. Eisenhower Drive
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: (304) 256-6780
|Established in 1974 as Beckley Work Release Center, the facility was reorganized in 1997 and renamed Beckley Correctional Center (BCC). BCC is a minimum-security community correctional facility located on the grounds of Pinecrest State Hospital. BCC has a current capacity of 58 male and 10 female inmates for a total of 68 inmates. Inmates assigned to BCC must be within 18 months of possible parole or discharge and must be classified as a level I or II meaning they are classified as non-violent offenders. The facility consists of four main buildings occupied as follows:
Building 1 – Offices, Kitchen & Dining Room, Classrooms and living quarters for 50 inmates.
Building 2 – Living quarters for 8 inmates.
Building 3 – Living quarters for 10 inmates.
Building 4 – Storage.
Building 5 – Archives.
BCC operates two main components consisting of a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Unit and a Work Release Unit. All BCC inmates must participate in a regimented and intense treatment program. Programs available at BCC are: Life Skills, Adult Basic Education, Crime Victim Awareness, Substance Abuse Treatment, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, and Batterers Prevention
Inmates are required to work assigned jobs while at the facility as well as perform a minimum 80 hours of Community Service work. BCC provides community service to the following agencies/organizations: City of Beckley (Parks & Recreation, Police Department, Public Works Department, Renaissance), Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police–Troop 6 Headquarters, West Virginia Corrections Academy, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Parkways, Economic Development & Tourism Authority, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (State Parks), West Virginia Parole Services, Raleigh County Humane Society (Animal Shelter), Raleigh County Library, National Park Service, Mountain State University, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army and Women’s Resource Center. Upon completion of community Service and release from facility employment inmates that are work release status obtain employment within the community in a variety of fields to include Department of highways, telemarketing, construction, restaurant and retail just to name a few. Work release status inmates also earn two hour passes and overnight furloughs to immediate family members based on behavior, history and approval of officials in prospective furloughing county. Inmates out in the community are monitored by the BCC staff through random telephone calls, employment evaluations, visual employment checks furlough visits and random drug & alcohol testing.
|Charleston Correctional Center and Jail
1356 Hansford Street
Charleston WV 25301
Phone: (304) 340-6921
|Charleston Correctional Center and Jail was opened on May 1, 2015 to replace the aging Charleston Work Release Center which had been in operation in Charleston since 1972. The facility operates a 96 bed co-educational work release unit, and a 32 bed female Residential Substance Abuse (RSAT) Unit.
Inmates in the work release unit are employed in the surrounding community. They report to their job during the day to earn a wage, and return to the facility at the end of their shift. Offenders in the work release unit must pay rent to the facility, and use a portion of their funds to pay down any outstanding court fines/fees or owed child support. To qualify for work release offenders must be within 18 months of discharge, and deemed a low risk offender. Additionally inmates in the work release unit are required to donate at least 80 hours of community service.
Inmates in the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program must be within twenty four months of their release date. In addition to substance abuse counseling, inmates in the RSAT program can receive courses on parenting, financial planning, and classes on how to prepare for job interviews. Once the offender has completed the RSAT program they can transfer into the work release unit.
Inmates in the Charleston Correctional Center Work Release Unit can earn incentives for good behavior that include two hour passes, and overnight furloughs with immediate family members. All inmates are subject to random drug and alcohol testing, additionally inmates on work release are randomly checked during employment inspections.
|Denmar Correctional Center
HC 64, Box125
Hillsboro, WV 24946
Phone: (304) 653-4201
|The Denmar Correctional Center is located near Hillsboro in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Originally opened as a state hospital for treatment of tuberculosis patients, the hospital was later utilized as a long-term health care facility for the chronically ill. The Denmar Hospital was closed in 1990.
In February 1993, the Pocahontas County Commission conveyed the deed for the former Denmar Hospital to the West Virginia Division of Corrections for conversion to a state correctional facility. During the 1993 session of the West Virginia Legislature, funds were appropriated to the Division of Corrections for renovation and occupation of the facility now known as Denmar Correctional Center.
In December 1998, the Regional Jail Authority provided funding for a building project at Denmar. The project included a Multi-Purpose Building, a Correctional Industries/Vocational Building and a new roof for the Greenbrier Birthing Center.
The building project was completed in January of 2000.
|Huttonsville Correctional Center
P.O. Box 1
Huttonsville, WV 26273
Phone: (304) 335-2291
|The Huttonsville Correctional Center is located near Huttonsville in Randolph County, Approximately 18 miles south of Elkins, WV on U.S. Route 250. It was created by an act of the Legislature in 1937 to relieve overcrowding at the West Virginia Penitentiary. It remained a branch of the parent institution until 1947, at which time the Legislature established it as a separate entity – the West Virginia Medium Security Prison. In 1970, the center received it’s current name by legislative act.
With the recent completed construction of the new 240 bed addition, the capacity of the Huttonsville Correctional Center is 890. Living quarters at this facility consist of military style dormitories in the original building and single cell housing in the new units. A Behavioral Improvement Unit and an Intake Unit were established upon the opening of the new additions. Huttonsville Correctional Center is the fifth largest employer in Randolph County with a Staff of 300.
There are many educational programs, both vocational and academic, offered to inmates by The State Department Of Education. These classes give them an opportunity to engage in rehabilitation efforts during their incarceration. Inmates are able to attend classes in the Adult Basic Education Program to work towards or obtain GED certificates. Vocational Courses offered includes Auto Mechanics, Auto Body, Welding, Machine Shop, Carpentry, Masonry, Electrical, and Computer Lab.
Prison Industries operate the Braille Program and Furniture plant located at Huttonsville. Regular textbooks are transcribed into Braille and distributed throughout the United States. The furniture plant refinishes and builds new furniture for various agencies.
|Lakin Correctional Center
11264 Ohio River Road
West Columbia, WV 25287
Phone: (304) 674-2440
|Lakin Correctional Center (LCC), located six miles north of Point Pleasant on WV Route 62, is a multi-security correctional facility and is the only all-female prison in the state. LCC has a current capacity of 462 inmates.
The land on which LCC sets was donated to the State in the early 1920’s by a local family. A cemetery located behind the facility was the family cemetery of the people who donated the property. In 1926, Lakin State Hospital was built on the land where LCC is now located. In order to build LCC, the hospital buildings were torn down, with the exception of the activities building, which was incorporated into the prison as the gymnasium.
Phase I construction of LCC began in February 1999 and was completed in August 2002. The main facility was dedicated on September 25, 2002 and received it first inmates on January 29, 2003.
Phase II construction of LCC, consisting of a 124-bed dormitory style housing unit, a 36-bed modular style housing unit and a Correctional Industries Building, began in June 2005 and was completed in October 2006. Phase II was dedicated on November 16, 2006 and began housing inmates on January 09, 2007.
The Department of Education provides many educational and vocational programs for the inmate population such as ABE/GED, Life Skills, Business Education, Culinary Arts, Facilities Maintenance and Horticulture/Landscaping. Correctional Industries operates a garment, sewing and embroidery factory and manufactures inmate clothing, linens and office chairs.
LCC inmates holding an appropriate security classification provide community service to various agencies/charitable organizations throughout Mason County.
|Martinsburg Correctional Center
38 Grapevine Road
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401
Phone: (304) 267-0156
|The Martinsburg Correctional Center was opened in October, 2005, with the specific purpose of serving as an intake facility for male inmates. Future plans call for the Center to also be the diagnostic facility for DOC.
Since inmates remain here for only a short time before transfer to other facilities, there is no visitation and limited inmate programs.
The facility itself was originally the Eastern Regional Jail, which opened in 1989 as the first regional jail in the state. It is a 120 bed facility.
|Mount Olive Correctional Complex
1 Mountainside Way
Mt. Olive, West Virginia 25185
Phone: (304) 442-7213
|Built as a replacement for the Civil War-era West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville, Mount Olive Correctional Complex (MOCC) is located seven (7) miles east of Montgomery on Cannelton Hollow Road in Fayette County. MOCC is the state's only maximum-security correctional facility and has a current capacity of 1,112 inmates.
Construction of MOCC began in the spring of 1991 and was completed in December 1994. The facility was dedicated on December 12, 1994 and received it first inmates on February 14, 1995. Inmate transfers were completed on March 27, 1995 and the West Virginia Penitentiary was closed. Total construction costs for MOCC were $61.8 million.
The facility is encompassed by a secure perimeter fence approximately one (1) mile long. Of the 120 acre site, approximately 80 acres are inside the secure perimeter. Extensive use is made of both electronic and manual security controls. MOCC operates as a small town, having its own post office and zip code, power plant, electrical sub-station, fuel depot, water supply, central warehouse, maintenance garage, hospital and medical clinic, gymnasium, chapel, library, classrooms, courtroom, food service and laundry facilities.
Professionals through contractual agreements provide medical, dental, mental health and food services. The West Virginia Department of Education provides many educational and vocational programs for the inmate population such as ABE/GED, Transition Skills, Business Education, Graphic Communication/Printing Technology, Welding, Culinary Arts and Building Construction. An Apprenticeship Program in Food Service or Janitorial Service is also available. Limited college courses are available through the West Virginia University Institute of Technology. West Virginia Correctional Industries operates an engraving factory, sign and welding shop, janitorial supply factory and manufactures license plates for the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.
In July 2007, MOCC opened a 48-bed Inmate Work Camp outside of the secure perimeter for inmates holding an appropriate security classification. These inmates provide labor and community service to various agencies/charitable organizations throughout the local area. MOCC also provides these inmates to the West Virginia Division of Highways for various labor projects.
In September 2007, MOCC underwent an intensive audit by the American Correctional Association. Auditors spent three (3) days at MOCC examining policy, procedures and interacting with staff and inmates. MOCC was found to be in compliance with required national standards and was granted accreditation. MOCC became the fourth DOC facility, and is the largest facility, to receive accreditation.
|Northern Correctional Facility
RD 2, Box 1
Moundsville, WV 26041
Phone: (304) 843-4067
|The Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility was dedicated on 24 August 1994. This facility is “unique” in the aspect that it is two separate and distinct entities, a Correctional Facility under the direction of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and a Regional Jail under the direction of the Regional Jail Authority. The Northern Correctional Facility, which is a Level V (Maximum Security) Correctional Facility, received its first inmates on 31 August 1994. The initial intention was to house male offenders, however, due to the experience of the staff (being former penitentiary employees) this changed. NCF was housing male and female offenders, operating a DOC receiving unit, and establishing the state’s first Behavior Improvement Unit (BIU). Today NCF houses approximately 253 male inmates, some in double bunked cells, who have been convicted of serious offenses against persons and property or are special management cases. NCF operates under a Unit Management philosophy and utilizes a team approach to inmate management. The Northern Correctional Facility maintains General Population and a short-term Segregation Unit for those DOC inmates who have been found guilty of a rule violation and sentenced to serve segregation time by the Institutional Hearing Officer.
The Northern Correctional Facility is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). ACA is designed to ensure that correctional facilities provide the basic programs and services required for good correctional practice, the standards and accreditation process also prescribes safe working conditions for both staff and inmates. In January 1999, NCF became DOC’s first facility to become accredited.
|Pruntytown Correctional Center
Rt 4 Box 49A
Grafton, West Virginia 26354
Phone: (304) 265-6111
|The Pruntytown Correctional Center is located at Pruntytown near the city of Grafton in Taylor County. Pruntytown Correctional Center was originally established as the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys in 1891 and served as a juvenile facility until being closed in January of 1983. At that time, the juveniles were transferred to the West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth near Salem.
The Pruntytown Correctional Center was reopened in 1985, housing minimum custody adult male inmates whose primary work function was to renovate the facility. In November 1988, the Division of Corrections moved thirty-two state adult female prisoners, who were housed under contract at the Federal Correctional Institution for Women at Alderson, West Virginia, to the Pruntytown Correctional Center, making it the state’s first adult co-ed correctional facility. Additional housing was added in 1999 for another 128 male inmates.
In January 2007, all female inmates housed at Pruntytown Correctional Center were transferred to the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County, which serves as the state’s female prison. Pruntytown currently houses 357 minimum and medium custody male inmates.
|Saint Marys Correctional Center
2880 N. Pleasants Highway
St. Marys, WV 2617O
Phone: (304) 684-5500
|The Correctional Center is located three-miles north of St. Marys on State Route 2 in Pleasants County. It was formerly known as the Colin Anderson Center, which was established in 1932 by an Act of the Legislature. The Colin Anderson Center was closed in spring of 1998, at which time funding was provided to renovate the facility as a Correctional Center.
In the early spring of 1998, the Division of Corrections began the transition to house approximately 450 adult male minimum to medium security inmates at this facility. In addition to general population offenders, the targeted population includes aging, geriatric, special needs and chronic medical offenders with lower custody classification.