St. Brides Correctional Center

St. Brides Correctional Center is a level 2 medium-security prison that is located in Chesapeake, Virginia. This facility is operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections and can house a maximum of 1,192 inmates. 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours are on Saturdays and Sundays at St. Brides Correctional Center. The visiting schedule rotates, so call the facility to find out your inmate's specific visiting times.

Applying for Visitation

All visitors must be approved by the Virginia Department of Corrections before visiting an inmate at St. Brides Correctional Center. 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, you must include a Notarized Statement – Minor Visitor form. 

After the DOC processes your application (including a background check), you will receive an email informing you of your application's approval or explaining the reason(s) for disapproval. 

What to Bring to a Visit

All adult visitors must have a valid photo ID. Acceptable forms are: Driver’s License, Passport, Military ID, or an official picture ID issued by a federal or state agency. 

Before entering the visiting room, you will be searched by electronic scanning and detection devices. You may also be subject to pat-down frisk searches and contraband detection canines. 

The only items visitors are allowed to take into the visiting room are: 

  • 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 property locked in your vehicle. You can not bring in food, cash money, checks, money orders, or lottery tickets. No cell phones, electronic devices, smart watches, or wearable technology. 

Dress Code

All visitors must follow the dress code. Clothing must cover you from the neck to the kneecaps. You must also wear underwear and footwear. Clothing with symbols or signs with inappropriate language or graphics is prohibited.

Physical Address

St. Brides Correctional Center
701 Sanderson Road
Chesapeake, VA 23328

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
St. Brides Correctional Center
P.O. Box 16482
Chesapeake, VA 23328-6482

Inmates at St. Brides Correctional Center receive photocopies of their mail instead of the originals. Prison staff shreds all original mail contents, including personal photos after they are copied. Watch this video to see how the Virginia DOC distributes mail.

You may send letters (limited to three 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 St. Brides 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

To send money to an inmate at St. Brides Correctional Center, 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.
  • 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 program focuses on how to effectively deal with feelings of anger.

Auto Body: Students learn how to use various hand, electric, and pneumatic power tools and the fundamental principles to straighten and repair various vehicle panels, frames and body types.

Automotive Technology and Service: In this course, students prepare for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam. They learn how to service, troubleshoot, and repair modern automobiles. The areas of instruction are: brakes, suspension and steering, manual drivetrain and axle, electrical systems exhaust systems, and state inspection.

Building Opportunities of Knowledge (BOOK): This is a tutor-assisted Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. 

Carpentry: Students receive up-to-date information about equipment, methods, and materials used in residential and light commercial construction. They learn how to read blueprints as well as make rough sketches of projects to be completed, and estimate time and materials required for the project.

Cognitive Behavior Interventions for Substance Abusers: An evidence-based substance abuse program designed specifically for correctional populations. 

Computer Aided Design: Students learn how to produce a complete and accurate set of drawings based on the ideas and sketches of engineers, architects, and designers. They also learn how to draw and prepare detailed mechanical and architectural plans. 

Electricity: This program introduces and exposes students to the opportunities available in residential wiring, commercial electricity, and industrial motor control technology.

Graphic Communications and Print Production: Students receive training for a job in the printing industry. They learn about computer software, copiers, and plate making (paper and computer generated); operation of sheet-fed offset press and printers; operation of collator, knife, stapler, numbering machine, hole punch and folder, as well as other various printing equipment.

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. 

Parenting: The goal of this course is to enhance parent-child relationships and strengthen families. Inmates learn basic parenting skills, including how to communicate more effectively, realistic expectations of children, appropriate anger and stress management, and alternative discipline methods.

Pipe Fitting: Students learn to use basic hand and power tools used in the pipe fitting industry. Instruction includes the use of different types and schedules of steel pipe and fittings, hangers and supports, steel pipe fabrication, copper tubing installation, welding, and use of an oxyacetylene torch.

Plumbing: The course provides a basic overview of residential and commercial plumbing systems. Students learn how 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.

Re-entry Money Smart – Making Cents Out of Your Finances: A money management video program that covers 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.

Re-entry Planning: Inmates plan for their release by working on various aspects of life. Topics include education, finances, employment, relationships, and physical health and develop long-term goals in each area.

Resources for Successful Living: Seminars that 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.

Sheet Metal: Students learn to layout, fabricate, assemble, and install heating ventilation and air conditioning duct work. Students learn the use of hand tools, equipment identification and usage, blueprint reading, measuring, pattern development, forming, shaping, and seaming sheet metal. Course instruction also includes duct fabrication, installation, plasma cutting, and both hand held and system welding such as Oxy/Acetylene, Arc, TIG, and MIG welding.

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 focuses on 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.

Veterans Program: Educates inmates about veterans' benefits, instructs them on available programs, identifies resources, and provides support.

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 St. Brides Correctional Center

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