Lawrenceville Correctional Center

Lawrenceville Correctional Center is a medium-security private prison for male inmates that is located in Lawrenceville, Virginia. This facility is operated by the GEO Group, under contract with the Virginia Department of Corrections. Lawrenceville Correctional Center can house a maximum of 1,555 inmates. This is the first private prison in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This facility has an administration building, a segregation unit, a vocational, education and medical building, four recreation yards, two gymnasiums, a laundry room, kitchen, and outside warehouse.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Lawrenceville Correctional Center are on Saturdays and Sundays, and the visiting schedule rotates based on the first letter of an inmate's last name. To find out the current schedule, contact the facility.

Applying for Visitation

Before you can visit your inmate at Lawrenceville Correctional Center, you must submit an application to the Virginia DOC and go through a background check. 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, include a Notarized Statement – Minor Visitor form. You will receive an email informing you of your application's approval or explaining the reason(s) for disapproval. 

Video Visitation

Video visits are available with inmates at Lawrenceville Correctional Center through a partnership with Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI). First, submit the standard visitation application to the DOC and get approval. Then, mail your 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 is required to visit an inmate at Lawrenceville Correctional Center. Before entering the visiting room, you will be searched by electronic scanning and detection devices, pat-down frisk searches, and contraband detection canines. 

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

Keep all other property 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. 

Dress Code

All visitors, including children, must follow the dress code when visiting an inmate.

Clothing must cover you from the neck to the kneecaps. You must also wear underwear and footwear. 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.

If your wardrobe is considered inappropriate, you will be referred to the administrative duty officer. They will decide whether or not you are allowed to enter the visiting room.

Physical Address

Lawrenceville Correctional Center
1607 Planters Road
Lawrenceville, VA 23868

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Lawrenceville Correctional Center
1607 Planters Road
Lawrenceville, VA 23868

Inmates at Lawrenceville Correctional Center do not receive their original mail. 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.

You may send letters (no more than three 8.5”X 11” photocopied black and white pages, front and back), 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 Lawrenceville Correctional Center, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Virginia, please click here.

How to Send Money

Lawrenceville Correctional Center uses JPay for inmate accounts. To send money to your inmate, use one of the following options:

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 anytime 24/7.

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

P.O. Box 278170
Miramar, FL 33027

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

Programs For Inmates

The Lawrenceville Correctional Center offers multiple programming opportunities. The Virginia Department of Correctional Education oversees GEO’s educational and vocational services. 

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: Inmates learn how to effectively deal with feelings of anger.

Computer Literacy: Students learn basic skills for computer literacy. Emphasis is placed on word processing and spreadsheet skills and basic use of the internet.

Electricity: Participants study the basic concepts of electricity and master the competencies necessary to prepare them for the entry-level position of “electrician’s helper.”

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

Horticulture: Students acquire basic entry-level skills in one of two areas of the horticulture industry – greenhouse and nursery management and production. Basic units of instruction include greenhouse structures, plant propagation and production, plant growth and development, pest management, soil nutrition and fertilization, and business management skills.

Intro to Computers: Students receive instruction on the fundamentals of keyboarding and numeric data entry, file management, and navigation techniques of a Windows-based operating system. They also learn the basic functions and techniques used in word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software.

Masonry: Students learn the fundamentals of laying brick, block, and lintels to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, steps, chimneys, and flat paving. Students also learn how to read a basic set of plans accurately.

Plumbing: The course provides a basic overview of residential and commercial plumbing systems. Students learn to assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, fixtures, water, and drainage systems, according to specifications and plumbing codes. 

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: Participants in this course 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.

Resources for Successful Living: This program helps inmates identify 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 Matrix Model: This program uses a model incorporated with elements of relapse prevention, cognitive behavior, psychological education, and family approaches. 

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

Veteran's Support Group: This program helps participants to become aware of veteran’s' benefits, instructs them on how to access programs, builds self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and identifies available resources for veterans upon their release.

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Careers at Lawrenceville Correctional Center

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