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The primary mission of the Rappahannock Regional Jail is to provide protection for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia from those who have been remanded into custody. As the conditions of confinement are important in an effective jail system, we make a commitment to provide a humane environment for those confined.


The Rappahannock Regional Jail is operated by properly trained personnel using the principles of direct supervision to provide a secure, safe, efficient, progressive, and humane facility for both staff and inmates.


RRJ will provide inmates an opportunity for personal growth through implementation of academic and life skills programs and substance abuse counseling and education.


RRJ is a public service organization that has an integral place in the public safety community and is therefore obligated to keep the public informed of its costs and the effect of policies and legislation governing and impacting the operation of this facility.


RRJ will uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and will comply with the Jail Standards of the Commonwealth of Virginia.




In June of 2000, the Jail moved into a new, 264,000 square foot, state-of-the-art corrections facility that was designed to meet the current and future corrections needs of this rapidly expanding area. Construction of this facility began in May of 1998 and the building was occupied on schedule. The total project costs were approximately $65 million. $25 million was financed through short term borrowing, and was paid in full after receiving reimbursement from the Commonwealth.


Due to progressive law enforcement, the courts issuing meaningful sentencing for offenders, the forecasting of area population growth as well as current overcrowding, a decision was made in May 2006 to expand the facility by another 110,335 sq. ft., allowing for a maximum inmate population of 2013. The facility opened the new expansion in November 2008 after 18 months of construction, now totaling 374,335 sq. ft. Total project costs were approximately $58 million. $25.6 million was financed through short term borrowing, and was paid after receiving reimbursement from the Commonwealth. Both the original construction and the expansion were under budget and on time.


The Jail employs 383 persons, has an average daily inmate count in excess of 1,300 and an annual operating budget of $36.5 million. Its kitchen serves over 4,200 meals daily. The jail further serves the local communities and public safety through its alternative to incarceration programs of Community Based Probation, Pretrial Services, Drug Court, Home Electronic Incarceration, and Work Release. Approximately 2,000 persons residing in the local community are under the supervision of these programs.


Other regional cooperative efforts occur under the auspices of the jail, such as the Regional Law Enforcement LAN, which enhances information sharing between local law enforcement agencies, and the Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB). The CCJB seeks to enhance regional cooperation throughout the entire local criminal justice structure on a variety of law enforcement, judicial, corrections, and rehabilitative issues. Its membership includes local judges, local sheriffs, and members of the legal community, representatives of public education and the Community Services Board.


The Rappahannock Regional Jail serves the adult correction needs of the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and the City of Fredericksburg.

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