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
StatusOperational
Security classSupermax
Population1200
OpenedApril 1999
Managed byVirginia Department of Corrections
WardenMelvin Davis
Street address272 Dogwood Drive
P.O. Box 759
CityBig Stone Gap
CountyWise County
State/provinceVirginia
ZIP Code24219
CountryUnited States
Websitevadoc.virginia.gov/facilities/western/wallens-ridge/

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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