Southern Legislative Conference. Virginia Step Down Program for Administrative Segregation. 2013.
“The Virginia Department of Corrections’ (DOC) Segregation Step Down program utilizes evidence-based practices (EBP) to provide a safe and secure way for offenders in Administrative Segregation to earn their return to the general population. The Virginia DOC is the first state correctional agency to apply the principles and practices of EBP research to an Administrative Segregation super-max prison population, and the program has significantly reduced the number of offenders in Administrative Segregation by 53 percent; increased safety by reducing prison incidents by 56 percent; and reduced staff stress and improved morale as evidenced by a decrease in use of sick leave.”
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