Residential Sentencing Options for Probationers
Diversion Center Incarceration Program:
Diversion Centers are 5 to 7 month residential Programs for male and female non-violent offenders, who would otherwise be sentenced to incarceration or who require more supervision than Intensive Supervision. The Diversion Center participants work in the community at paid jobs. After work hours’ programming includes employment counseling, substance abuse education, AA/NA groups, basic educational/GED preparation, parenting and life skills training, anger and stress management, domestic violence counseling (Women’s Diversion Center) and community service. There is a Women’s Diversion Center Program in Chesterfield. There are Men’s Diversion Center Programs in Harrisonburg, White Post, Chatham, and Stafford. Offenders are placed on Intensive Supervision upon release from a Diversion Center Incarceration Program.
Youthful Offender Program:
This Program is for the penitentiary bound first time male and female offenders who committed an offense before the age of 21. Defendants convicted of a Class 1 Felony or for a misdemeanor assault offense are not eligible for participation in this Program. The offender must voluntarily agree to participate in the Program. The Program participant is housed separately from the general prison population, and there are educational, substance abuse education, life skills counseling and vocational training components in the Program. The offender may be confined up to a 4 year term including intensive parole supervision of 1.5 years upon release.
Parole was abolished for offenses committed on or after January 1, 1995; however, Probation Officers are also Parole Officers, and provide parole supervision for those offenders released from the penitentiary whose original offenses occurred prior to 1995. Offenders convicted of multiple misdemeanors, whose sentences total 1 year or more, are also released on parole.
Probation and Parole Officers assist offenders under supervision to help them make a law-abiding, productive adjustment in the community. They refer offenders to treatment programs. Other referrals and assistance are provided as appropriate to address the needs and risks presented by the offender.
The primary responsibility of the Probation and Parole Officer is public safety, and to protect the citizens of the community by effectively controlling and monitoring the behavior of probationers and parolees. Therefore, if the offender does not follow the Conditions of Probation/Post Release Supervision and/or Parole, it is the Probation and Parole Officer’s responsibility to expeditiously report those violations to the judge or the Parole Board. Violations may result in incarceration for all or a portion of the original unserved sentence.