Wallens Ridge State Prison

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Wallens Ridge State Prison
Wallens Ridge State Prison is located in Virginia
Wallens Ridge State Prison
Location in Virginia
LocationBig Stone Gap, Virginia
Coordinates36°50′31.4″N 82°47′12.5″W / 36.842056°N 82.786806°W / 36.842056; -82.786806Coordinates: 36°50′31.4″N 82°47′12.5″W / 36.842056°N 82.786806°W / 36.842056; -82.786806
Security classSupermax
OpenedApril 1999
Managed byVirginia Department of Corrections
WardenMelvin Davis
Street address272 Dogwood Drive
P.O. Box 759
CityBig Stone Gap
CountyWise County
ZIP Code24219
CountryUnited States

Wallens Ridge State Prison is a level 5 state prison located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, housing approximately 700 inmates. Since opening in April 1999, it has been a part of the Virginia Department of Corrections, and is identical to the Red Onion State Prison near Pound.[1] The prison was built for over $70 million. As of 1999 the prison employs almost 800 people.

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  1. ^ "At Va.'s Toughest Prison, Tight Controls", Washington Post, p. C1, April 18, 1999, retrieved 2010-01-16

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