Green Rock Correctional Center

Green Rock Correctional Center is a level 3 men's prison that is located in Chatham, Virginia. It can house a maximum of 1,038 inmates and is managed by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Green Rock Correctional Center visiting hours are on Saturdays and Sundays. The visitation schedule rotates based on the first letter of the inmate's last name. Contact the facility directly to find out the current visiting schedule. 

Applying for Visitation

You must go through a background check and get approval from the Virginia Department of Corrections to visit an inmate at Green Rock Correctional Center. You can submit a visitation application online.

Minors visitors must have their application attached to an adult application. If you are not the minor's parent or legal guardian, permission must be documented on a Notarized Statement – Minor Visitor form.

You will receive an email informing you of your approval or explaining the reason(s) for disapproval. 

What to Bring to a Visit

A valid photo ID that matches the information on your visitor application is required when visiting an inmate. 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 anything into the visiting area except: 

  • A 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 
  • Essential items for infant feeding 

All other property should be locked in your vehicle. Do not bring packages, food, cash money, checks, money orders, lottery tickets, negotiable items, or any other item into the visiting room. Visitors who attempt 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

All visitors, including children, must follow the dress code when visiting an offender at Green Rock Correctional Center. 

All clothing must:

  • Cover from the neck to the kneecaps
  • Include appropriate underwear
  • Include footwear worn at all times

Clothing can't be inappropriate in any way. It can't contain symbols or signs with inappropriate language or graphics. No smart watches or wearable technology is allowed.

Video Visitation

Video visits are available at Green Rock Correctional Center through a 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 host video visitation on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can view the current list of AFOI visitation centers on the organization's website.

Physical Address

Green Rock Correctional Center
475 Green Rock Lane
Chatham, Virginia 24531

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Green Rock Correctional Center
475 Green Rock Lane
Chatham, Virginia 24531

Inmates at Green Rock only receive photocopies of their incoming mail. Prison staff members shred the original envelope and mail contents, including personal photos after they are copied. Watch this video to see how the Virginia DOC distributes mail.

No more than three 8.5”X 11” photocopied black and white pages, front and back, are allowed per mailing. A copy of the envelope is included as one of the three front and back photocopied pages.

You may send letters, greeting cards, postcards, and appropriate photos (no pornographic, obscene, or offensive imagery).

The following items will be rejected:

  • Money orders, cash, checks, or other items of monetary value (send money to an offender with JPay)
  • Postage stamps, prepaid postage envelopes and 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 Green Rock Correctional Center, 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 the following ways to send money to your inmate at Green Rock Correctional Center:

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).

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

Cash: 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. ABE students graduate to adult secondary studies in preparation for High School Equivalency (HSE).

Aggression Alternative Skills: This 13-week program focuses on how to effectively deal with feelings of anger.

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abusers: This program is designed specifically for prison inmates with substance abuse issues. It focuses on skill-building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skill development.

Companion Animal Visitation: This program allows companion animals to be brought into the facility for visiting with offenders.

Construction Surveying: This program teaches students to measure and map the Earth’s surface. Students will learn how to establish official land, air space, and water boundaries, how to write descriptions of land for deeds, leases, and other legal documents, and how to measure construction and mineral sites. 

Custodial Maintenance and Sanitation: Students learn how to safely and effectively use a wide variety of cleaning equipment and chemicals used in the cleaning industry. 

Electricity: Students learn about the opportunities available in the wide variety of electrical occupations such as residential wiring, commercial electricity, and industrial motor control technology. They study the basic concepts of electricity and master the competencies of an “electrician’s helper.”

Getting It Right: Inmates develop attainable, intentional plans to avoid further criminal behavior. Topics include: Managing My Life, Change Plan, Personal Growth, Relapse Prevention, and Responsible Thinking.

High School Equivalency: Adult secondary level instruction that ends when offenders pass the GED exam.

HVAC and Refrigeration: Students get real-life experience in corrective and preventive maintenance for domestic, industrial, commercial, and residential HVAC appliances and equipment. The course content will prepare students for entry-level positions in the HVAC/R industry.

Making It on Supervision: This program equips inmates with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete parole.

Parenting: Inmates learn basic parenting skills. Topics include: how to communicate more effectively, realistic expectations of children, appropriate anger and stress management, alternative discipline methods, work toward a healthy self-esteem and how to build their child’s self- esteem. 

Preventing Relapse by Educating for Parole Success (PREPS): Helps inmates address physical, emotional, psychological, and physiological issues that may affect their successful adaptation to society upon release. 

Ready to Work: The goal of this course is to increase future marketability for employment. Participants create resumes, conduct job searches, complete job applications, practice interviewing, learn about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, practice dealing with rejection, and learn job retention skills.

Re-entry Money Smart – Making Cents out of your Finances: Participants watch short video segments, including: 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.

Re-entry Resource and Employment Fair: Introduces returning citizens to community organizations and agencies that provide post-release assistance and potential job opportunities.

Resources for Successful Living: This program helps inmates identify use resources for successful re-entry. Seminars cover topics like managing new relationships, maintaining health, and using resources like the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Department of Veteran Services, etc.

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

Substance Abuse 12-step (AA and NA): Twelve-step programs with a set of guiding principles for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems.

Thinking for A Change: The goal of this course is to decrease criminal thinking through cognitive behavioral changes and skill development.

Victim Impact – Listen and Learn: This program focuses on offender accountability, impact of crime on victims, the “ripple effect” of crime, and victims’ rights.

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Careers at Green Rock Correctional Center

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