Sussex II State Prison

Sussex II State Prison is a level 4 prison for male inmates that is located in Waverly, Virginia. It is operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections and can house a maximum of 1,352 inmates.

This facility is adjacent to Sussex I State Prison, and also houses inmates with long sentences. Many inmates at Sussex II are serving life sentences or multiple life sentences. 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Sussex II State Prison are on Saturdays and Sundays. The visiting schedule does rotate, so call the facility to find out your inmate's specific visiting times.

Applying for Visitation

Before you are allowed to visit an inmate at the Sussex II State Prison, 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 to visit an inmate. Acceptable forms of identification 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

You must keep all property locked in your vehicle. Visitors are not allowed to 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

Sussex II State Prison
24427 Musselwhite Drive
Waverly, VA 23891

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Sussex II State Prison
24427 Musselwhite Drive
Waverly, VA 23891

Inmate mail can be letters (limited to three pages, front and back), greeting cards, postcards, and appropriate photos (no pornographic, obscene, or offensive imagery).

However, the inmates receive photocopies of their mail, not 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 Sussex II State Prison, 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 Sussex II State Prison, there are a few different 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).

BRAVE: This program uses a journal series to help inmates who have spent long periods of time in segregation. It prepares them to enter the general population. Journal session topics include: Orientation, Adjustment to Incarceration, Criminal Lifestyles, Lifestyle Balance, Living with Others, Rational Thinking, and Success Stories.

Building Opportunities of Knowledge (BOOK): This is a tutor-assisted Adult Basic Education (ABE) program for inmates not enrolled due to a waiting list or inability to attend. 

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

Communication Arts and Design: Students in this program gain a comprehensive foundation in the use of advertising and illustration techniques. They use traditional illustration techniques as well as computer-generated applications found within the industry.

Computer Literacy: Students learn basic computer skills. Emphasis is placed on using the computer and software to apply word processing and spreadsheet skills and basic use of the internet.

Custodial Maintenance and Sanitation: Students learn wall cleaning, window cleaning, carpet and upholstery care, floor care, as well as starting and operating a cleaning business in Virginia.

Decision Points: This program provides participants with alternative ways to examine their thinking and the actions that lead them into trouble. It also teaches participants the thinking skills necessary for successful pro-social living.

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

High Security Intensive Reentry: This program helps inmates whose security levels prevent them from transferring to an intensive re-entry site to prepare for re-entry into the community. 

Painting and Drywall: Students learn to hang and finish drywall in both residential and commercial applications. They also learn to spray paint or use brush and roller applications and learn various coating applications. 

Preventing Relapse by Educating for Parole Success (PREPS): This program 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 program 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.

Reentry Money Smart – Making Cents Out of Your Finances: This video program teaches inmates money management. Segments include: 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.

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.

Victim Impact – Listen and Learn: This program centers around 10 core crime topics, including assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, drunk and impaired driving, homicide, hate and bias, robbery, gang violence, and property crime. 

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Careers at Sussex II State Prison

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