Cold Springs Correctional Unit

Cold Springs Correctional Unit is a minimum-security prison for male inmates that is located in Greenville, Virginia. This facility can house up to 250 inmates and is operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections. Inmates are housed in open-bay dormitories.

The inmates at Cold Springs work on the prison farm or on work release outside of the prison in the surrounding community. This prison farm employs inmates who raise and process cattle. There are also two hydroponic greenhouses that provide the inmates with veggies. A select group of inmates receive training and certification in fighting wildfires.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Cold Springs Correctional Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays, and the schedule rotates based on the first letter of the inmate's last name. Call the Cold Springs Correctional Unit directly to find out their current visiting schedule.

Applying for Visitation

Before you can visit an inmate at Cold Springs Correctional Unit, you must get approval from the Virginia Department of Corrections. You can submit a visitation application online.

Minors visitors must have their application attached to an adult application. Complete the online visitation application and then follow the prompts to add a minor. You can add more than one minor to your application, if needed.

If you are not the minor's parent or legal guardian, permission must be documented on a Notarized Statement – Minor Visitor form.

Within 60 days of submitting your application, you should receive an email informing you of your approval to visit or explaining the reason(s) for disapproval. 

What to Bring to a Visit

All adult visitors must have a valid photo ID that matches the information on their application (acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License, Passport, Military ID, or an official picture ID issued by a federal or state agency)

Visitors can't take any items into the visiting area except: 

  • Their visitor's pass 
  • A maximum of $20.00 in coins (no paper money) per adult visitor
  • Personal vehicle key only (“keyless” keys are not authorized) 
  • DOC locker key (if applicable) 
  • Essential items for infant feeding to include one nursing cover for breastfeeding

All other property should be locked in your vehicle.

You can't bring packages, food, cash money, checks, money orders, lottery tickets, negotiable items, or any other item into the visiting room. Visitors who attempt to do this will have their visit terminated and may lose their visiting privileges.

All visitors are subject to search by electronic scanning and detection devices, pat-down frisk searches, and contraband detection canines. 

Dress Code

Everyone, including children, must follow the dress code when visiting an inmate at Cold Springs Correctional Unit.

  • Clothing must cover from the neck to the kneecaps. 
  • All visitors must wear underwear and foot wear. No bare feet are allowed. 
  • Watches and all wearable technology devices (i.e. google glasses) are prohibited.
  • Clothing that resembles offender clothing other than denim is prohibited. 
  • The following types of clothing are not allowed: 
    • Tube tops, tank tops, or halter tops 
    • Clothes that expose a person’s midriff, side, or back 
    • Mini-skirts, mini-dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes (at or above the kneecap)
    • Form-fitting clothes such as leotards, spandex, leggings, and jeggings (Form-fitting clothes worn under clothing that covers from the neck to the kneecaps and otherwise meets the visitor attire requirements is permitted)
    • See-through clothing (Clothing that exposes the visitor’s undergarments, torso, and/ or skin above the knee caps is prohibited) 
    • Tops or dresses that have revealing necklines and/or excessive splits
    • Clothing that contains symbols or signs with inappropriate language or graphics, including gang symbols, racist comments, inflammatory communications, etc.
    • Coats, jackets, shawls, and scarves will be placed in an appropriate area designated by the facility

Video Visitation

The Virginia DOC offers video visitation in partnership with Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI). Submit the standard visitation application to the DOC and get approval. Then, mail a completed video visitation application with the fee to the appropriate AFOI video visitation center. You can find more information on video visitation fees on the AFOI website.

AFOI visitation centers usually host video visitation on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. View the current list of AFOI visitation centers on the organization's website.

Physical Address

Cold Springs Correctional Unit
221 Spitler Circle
Greenville, VA 24440

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Cold Springs Correctional Unit
221 Spitler Circle
Greenville, VA 24440

The Virginia DOC photocopies all incoming inmate mail and delivers only the photocopies to the inmates. The prison staff shreds the original envelope and enclosed mail contents, including personal photos after they are copied. Watch this video to see how the Virginia DOC distributes mail.

A maximum of three 8.5”X 11” photocopied black and white pages, front and back, are allowed per mailing. The copy of the envelope is included as one of the three front and back photocopied pages.

Accepted Mail:

  • Letters
  • Greeting cards
  • Postcards
  • Appropriate photos (no pornographic, obscene, or offensive imagery)

Rejected Mail:

  • Money orders, cash, checks, or other items of monetary value (send money to an offender with JPay)
  • Postage stamps
  • Prepaid postage envelopes or postcards
  • Nude or semi-nude images of anyone
  • Contraband or other items not in compliance with Operating Procedure 802.1

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Cold Springs Correctional Unit, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Virginia, please click here.

How to Send Money

JPay offers different ways to send money to your inmate at Cold Springs Correctional Unit. Please do not mail checks, money orders, or cash directly to your inmate because it will be rejected.

Online or Mobile App:
The fastest way to send money is by using a credit or debit card and making an online payment or using the JPay mobile app (Android, Apple iOS).

Call JPay at 1 (800) 574-5729 to make payments over the phone any time 24/7.

Make a cash deposit at any MoneyGram agent location (including Walmart and CVS Pharmacy). View the list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Money Order:
Send all money orders with a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 278170
Miramar, FL 33027

Programs For Inmates

Adult Basic Education: Students learn literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills. 

Decision Points: A cognitive-behavioral curriculum designed to teach inmates alternative ways to examine their thinking and the actions that lead them into trouble.

High School Equivalency: Adult secondary level instruction ends when offenders pass the GED The HSE exam is approved by the Virginia Department of Education.

Re-entry Money Smart – Making Cents out of your Finances: Participants watch short video segments with topics like: Understanding Your Paycheck, Planning for Rainy Days and Your Future, Managing Your Expenses Online, Borrowing and Paying Your Debts, and Living Within Your Means and Sharing With Others.

Special Education: Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that meet the needs of inmates who qualify for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

Thinking for a Change: Teaches offenders appropriate social skills, helps them develop their problem-solving strategies, and teaches them appropriate cognitive restructuring techniques. 

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Careers at Cold Springs Correctional Unit

If you are interested in a career with the Virginia Department of Corrections and would like more information about job listings at the Cold Springs Correctional Unit, click here.