Inmate Services and Alternative Programs Section

The Inmate Services and Alternative Programs Section includes sworn and civilian personnel who determine which housing assignments, educational and treatment services, and alternative programs would be appropriate for inmates and offenders. They also provide these services or work with other staff and contractors to ensure proper delivery.

Page updated on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:13 PM

Director LaTanya Ervin oversees Inmate Services and Alternative Programs. 

Classification counselors evaluate inmates as part of the intake process and determine which cell and housing unit are most appropriate for each inmate. This function is critical for the safety of inmates as well as staff. In 2016, counselors conducted 2,831 classifications.

Inmate Services staff provide Inmate Programs delivered within the Detention Center and oversees the facility's volunteer program. Nearly 200 volunteers provide services that include religious, educational, literacy and a variety of life skills programs. In addition, staff and contractors provide valuable rehabilitative programs that help offenders transform their lives. More information about inmate programs is available online.

Alternative Programs staff coordinate and supervise offenders serving sentences on weekends (the Incremental Sentencing Program), and in the community in lieu of incarcerations (the Modified Work Release Program). Also, offenders may work while serving their sentences through the Work Release program. Inmates work during the day at jobs in the community and return to the facility at night to fulfill their sentences.

Staff also offer community corrections services to offenders outside the Detention Center. The Alexandria Criminal Justice Services (ACJS) Program provides pretrial and local probation services to the local courts. Additionally, the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP), operated by the state, is a court alternative for defendants with substance abuse related traffic offenses.