State Farm Work Center

State Farm Work Center (formerly known as the James River Work Center) is a minimum-security prison work camp located in State Farm, Virginia. It opened in 1995 and is operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections under the direction of the Deep Meadow Correctional Center.

This facility employs inmates on a dairy farm that is located on prison grounds. It also features the Greener Pastures Program, which allows inmates to work with retired thoroughbreds. 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

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

Applying for Visitation

Before visiting an inmate at the State Farm Work Center, you must be approved by the Virginia Department of Corrections. 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 cannot bring in food, cash money, checks, money orders, or lottery tickets. No cell phones or electronic devices.

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.

Clothing Must Not:

  • Be inappropriate in any way 
  • Contain symbols or signs with inappropriate language or graphics 
  • Include watches and all wearable technology 

Physical Address

State Farm Work Center
1954 State Farm Road
State Farm, VA 23160

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(804) 556-7060

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
State Farm Work Center
1954 State Farm Road
State Farm, VA 23160

You may send letters (limited to three pages, front and back), greeting cards, postcards, and appropriate photos (no pornographic, obscene, or offensive imagery) to inmates at State Farm Work Center.

However, the inmates 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.

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 State Farm Work 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 State Farm Work 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).

Greener Pastures: This program provides a home for horses that would be euthanized. Instead, the horses are fostered by inmates at State Farm Work Center. These horses are taught a life of leisure, as many of them are retired racehorses. 

This program enables inmates to give back to the community while gaining vocational knowledge that they can use upon release. They gain self-esteem, self-control, and focus on how they act towards and react to others.

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

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.

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 Virginia.

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

Welding: Students learn how to cut and weld various metals with several different types of welding systems. Areas of instruction include Oxy-Fuel Cutting, Plasma Arc cutting, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc and Flux Core welding.

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Careers at State Farm Work Center

If you are interested in a career with the Virginia Department of Corrections and would like more information about job listings at the State Farm Work Center, click here.