Greensville Correctional Center
1994 aerial photo of the prison
|Location||901 Corrections Way
Jarratt, Virginia 23870-9614
|Security class||Level 3 (correctional center)
Level 1 (work center)
|Population||3,055 (as of June 2008)|
|Managed by||Virginia Department of Corrections|
|Warden||Eddie Pearson |
Greensville Correctional Center is a prison facility located in unincorporated Greensville County, Virginia, near Jarratt. The prison, on a 1,105-acre (447.2 ha) plot of land, is operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections. Greensville houses the execution chamber used to carry out capital punishment by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Opened in September 1990 in a ceremony presided over by Governor of Virginia L. Douglas Wilder, the $106 million facility was built to provide initial relief to the then overcrowded Virginia correctional system. The facility opening allowed for the subsequent closure of two century-old Virginia State Penitentiary facilities in downtown Richmond.
Initially, the center was classified as a maximum security facility. However, with the subsequent opening of other facilities intended for the most hardened violent criminals, the security classification at Greensville has been lowered to medium security. There is a double perimeter fence topped with razor wire as well as six 52-foot (16 m) high guard towers to bolster perimeter security.
The facility consists of 4 pod-style buildings (three have a capacity for 516 inmates each; the fourth can handle 192 higher-risk inmates) arranged in a semicircle in a 125-acre (0.506 km2) campus-like setting. The tract of land upon which the Correctional Center is constructed measures 1,105 acres (4.472 km2). It is located one mile (1.6 km) from Interstate 95. The primary contractor for the project was Morrison-Knudsen.
In 1995, a minimum-security work camp for low-risk inmates was constructed adjacent to the main complex. Together, the two facilities have a capacity of 3,007 inmates.
The facility contains a dedicated health care unit and mental health center which serves inmates in the eastern region of the Virginia corrections system. It is also home to the state death chamber, which was completed in April 1991. 110 executions by electrocution or lethal injection have taken place in the L Building, located at the rear of the facility. The unit containing condemned prisoners was nicknamed "Hellsville" by the inmates.
Visitation is normally allowed on an "odd/even" date basis: prisoners with an odd-numbered prison ID may only receive visits on an odd-numbered date, and likewise for even-numbered IDs. Normally, all prisoners can receive visits on Mondays. Visiting hours begin at 8:00 a.m.. Visitors must arrive by 2:00 p.m. to be checked in. Identification will be required to be checked in. Visitors may not bring anything other than a single car key and up to $30 of coins into their visit. (Visitors may use coins to purchase food and snacks for the prisoner from vending machines located in the visiting area. Prisoners can eat with their guests, but cannot take food out of the visiting area.) Visitors may not wear what the Corrections Officers might consider revealing clothing.
- "Greensville Correctional Center / Greensville Work Center". Virginia Department of Corrections. Retrieved August 22, 2010. "901 Corrections Way Jarratt, VA 23870-9614" and "Located on 1,105 acres near Jarratt in Greensville [County]."
- "Virginia Death Row / Execution Facts". WTTG. November 10, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
- Beck, Catie (September 25, 2010). "'I watched a woman die': Eye-witness reveals haunting first-hand account of the execution of Teresa Lewis". Daily Mail. Retrieved December 5, 2011.