Sussex I State Prison

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Sussex I State Prison
Location24414 Musselwhite Drive
Waverly, Virginia
Security classmaximum / mixed
Managed byVirginia Department of Corrections

Sussex I State Prison is a prison of the Virginia Department of Corrections located in unincorporated Sussex County, Virginia,[1] near Waverly. [2] It is adjacent to Sussex II State Prison, which lies to its northwest, just across Mussellwhite Drive.

The prison, a maximum security facility, opened in May 1998.[3] It serves as an intake facility.[4] It housed the state death row for men from the time it was moved from Mecklenburg Correctional Center in August, 1998 until the abolition of the death penalty in July, 2021. The actual execution chamber was at the Greensville Correctional Center.[5]


  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Sussex County, VA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 1 (PDF p. 2/12). Retrieved 2022-08-14. Sussex I State Prison
  2. ^ Edds, Margaret. "OFFICER BRUTALITY: 30,000 REASONS FOR PRISON OVERSIGHT < FROM DEATH ROW AT THE NEW SUSSEX I STATE PRISON NEAR WAKEFIELD COMES A TALE THAT, IF TRUE, WOULD RIVAL THE NEWS FROM NEW YORK." The Virginian-Pilot. May 30, 1999. Commentary J5. Retrieved on January 4, 2013. "And from death row at the new Sussex I state prison near Wakefield comes a tale that, if true, would rival the news from New York[..]"
  3. ^ "DOC Appoints New Warden at Sussex I State Prison." Virginia Department of Corrections. March 9, 2006. Retrieved on January 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sussex I State Prison." Virginia Department of Corrections. Retrieved on January 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "Greensville Correctional Center/Greensville Work Center (major male institution)." Virginia Department of Corrections. Retrieved on January 4, 2012.

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Coordinates: 37°03′08″N 77°12′20″W / 37.05222°N 77.20556°W / 37.05222; -77.20556