Halifax Correctional Unit

Halifax Correctional Unit is level 1 minimum-security prison for male inmates that is located in Halifax, Virginia. It has the capacity to house a maximum of 248 inmates and is operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The Halifax Correctional Unit opened in 1955 and features eight housing units and one segregation unit. The general population is housed in open dormitories, and those in AdSeg are housed in cells.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at Halifax Correctional Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule rotates based on inmates' last names. To find out the current visiting schedule, call the facility directly.

Applying for Visitation

Before you can visit an inmate, you must go through a background check and get approval from the Virginia DOC. You can submit a visitation application online.

Minor visitors must attach their application to an adult application. If you are not the minor's parent or legal guardian, permission to visit 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. 

Video Visitation

Video visits are available at Halifax through a partnership with Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI). If you would like to participate in video visits, 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. 

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 and find more information on video visitation fees on the AFOI website.

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. 

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. 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.

Physical Address

Halifax Correctional Unit
1200 Farm Road
Halifax, VA 24558

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/yQn1eGLWiNQVPjeb6

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Halifax Correctional Unit
Box 1789
Halifax, VA 24558

Inmates do not receive the original contents of their mail. Instead, they only receive photocopies. 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.

A maximum of 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 Halifax 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 the following ways to send money to your inmate at Halifax Correctional Unit:

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).

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

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 Planning: This program helps inmates plan for their release. They work on various aspects of life, including education, finances, employment, relationships, and physical health and develop long-term goals in each area.

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.

Road to Success: The goal of this program is to provide re-entry and transitional services and programming to returning citizens at work centers and field units across the state of Virginia.

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 Halifax Correctional Unit

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