- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
Correctional officers in Virginia work in a variety of local, federal, and state incarceration and administration facilities. While a majority of the state prisons are state-run, in recent years, government has been trending toward the hire of third-party contractors to manage and oversee prison facilities in the name of efficiency and cost-savings. There are 38 state correctional facilities, 2 federal penitentiaries, and an extensive network of county jails throughout the state of Virginia all of which share resources and communications to ensure the safety of the public. Virginia prison facilities have a range of incarceration options available - some contain a secured space for long-term and violent offenders. Others, like the James River Work Center focus on minimum-security units for inmates. State need and an increasing understanding of what rehabilitation means to offenders, their families, and the community means that staffing needs over the next 10 years are poised to grow at a steady rate (BLS.gov) - in Virginia this means that there will be approximately 650 new positions created for frontline correctional officers; applicants to the field should also be aware that there will be additional roles to fill as existing staff retire, change jobs, or advance their careers. Read more to discover additional points of interest about opportunities in the corrections field below.