Virginia State Jails
Virginia was formed on the 25th of June, 1788 and was the 10th state to be formed in the United States of America. It was given an area of 42,769 square miles making Virginia the 35th largest state of America. The residents of this state are often called Virginians. The largest city of Virginia is Virginia Beach while the state capital city is Richmond. It has a population of 7,078,515 making Virginia the 12th most populated state of America. The state of Virginia has 95 counties within it. Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay are the waters that touch the border of Virginia. Along with that some other states like Washington, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland and Kentucky all share their borders with Virginia. The major industries set up in this state are government workers, lumber that is used for the making of furniture and paper, mining mostly of coal, US Navy Warships, tourism, and farming which mainly comprises of ham, poultry, sweet potatoes, corn, peanuts, and tobacco.
Population in Jail:
The state of Virginia initiated the use of small county jails quite some time ago for the purpose of fulfilling any sentences that required confinement. Before this, they mostly relied on the capital or corporal punishment. After that Virginia expanded its jails by constructing a penitentiary house which first got completed in 1804. Today the Department of Corrections is set up to oversee various operations which include up to fifty facilities that are now operational all over the state of Virginia. Now there are around 13,000 employees working for the Virginia State Prison in various facilities with almost 31,000 inmates held in these facilities. Just recently in 2004, the 30th anniversary of the Department of Corrections was celebrated. The Virginia Parole Board is a separate body set up for the Probation and Parole Services in Virginia.