Deerfield Correctional Center

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Deerfield Correctional Center
Location21360 Deerfield Road
Capron, Virginia
Statusmixed
Capacity1069
Opened1994
Managed byVirginia Department of Corrections

The Deerfield Correctional Center is a state prison for men located in Capron, Southampton County, Virginia, owned and operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections.[1] The facility was opened in 1994 and has a working capacity of 1069 prisoners.

It houses a special population of "Geriatric and Assisted Living Inmates": elderly, infirm, disabled and other special-needs prisoners. The number of elderly prisoners has increased in Virginia's inmate population since the Commonwealth's abolition of parole in 1994. [2]

The site is adjacent to Virginia's former Southampton Correctional Center, which was established in 1938 as an agricultural facility. By 1955 Southampton had developed as a campus that included a livestock operation, a cannery, and a sewage disposal facility. Through prisoner labor, the facility supplied 80% of its own food. [3] Southampton was closed in January 2009 and was demolished soon after. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deerfield Correctional Center". Virginia Department of Corrections. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. ^ Sieff, Kevin (9 September 2010). "Virginia's prison system struggles to handle the surge in elderly inmates". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ Lind, Andrew (8 August 2015). "Offenders Grow Crops at Southampton Prison Farm". The Tidewater News. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Southampton Prison to be Demolished". Virginian Pilot. 29 Jan 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2016.

Coordinates: 36°43′42″N 77°14′43″W / 36.728227°N 77.245296°W / 36.728227; -77.245296