Introduction

After weeks of intense negotiations with the Office of the Attorney General, the ACLU of Virginia and Charlottesville attorney Elliott Harding reached a settlement agreement with Gov. Ralph Northam, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran and other state officials. The settlement was in response to a lawsuit initially brought on April 8 by Harding on behalf of 27 people who are incarcerated in Virginia prisons. The lawsuit alleged that Virginia is violating the U.S. Constitution by failing to release medically vulnerable people in state prisons due to the COVID-19 pandemic and by failing to keep people safe from exposure to the novel coronavirus.

As part of the court-enforced settlement agreement, the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) is required to provide the ACLU of Virginia with weekly data reports, including the number of individuals in VDOC facilities who have been:

  • Considered for early release;
  • Granted early release;
  • Denied early release; and
  • Tested for COVID-19 in each prison facility.

VDOC may be required to provide additional data, such as the number of conditional pardons granted, and requested documents like policies and directives.

This page will be updated each Wednesday at noon with new weekly data reports.


Weekly Updates from the Virginia Department of Corrections

For the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in VDOC's facilities across the Commonwealth, please visit its website for daily updates.

 

Number of people tested for COVID-19

Number of people reviewed for early release

Number of people approved for early release

Number of people granted early release

Number of people denied early release

Before ACLU-VA Settlement Agreement on 5/12 5,455 322 256 65 45

Week of 5/10-5/16    

1,525 100 84 84 16

Week of 5/17-5/23   

4,218 111 95 31 16
Week of 5/24-5/30 2,700 49 40 28 9
Week of 5/31-6/6 4,067 100 71 37 29
Week of 6/7-6/13 1,852 50 41 26 9
Week of 6/14-6/20 679 27 24 15 3
Week of 6/21-6/27 515 36 26 15 10
Week of 6/27-7/4 1,848 30 20 24 10
Week of 7/5-7/11 958 52 43 19 9
Week of 7/12-7/18 1,182 60 42 16 18
Week of 7/19-7/25 977 63 36 22 27
Week of 7/26-8/1 1,132 62 36 23 26
Week of 8/2-8/8 1,284 65 38 22 27
Week of 8/9-8/15 1,363 65 38 25 27
Week of 8/16-8/22 391 63 41 19 22
Week of 8/23-8/29 2,004 68 37 19 31
Week of 8/30-9/5 2,004 68 37 16 31
Week of 9/6-9/12 492 62 39 18 23
Week of 9/13-9/19 665 60 31 45 29
Week of 9/20-9/26 674 68 49 13 19
Week of 9/27-10/3 591 63 31 26 32
Week of 10/4-10/10 2,749 63 42 16 21
Week of 10/11-10/17 195 62 54 24 8
Week of 10/18-10/24 2,289 60 54 13 6
Week of 10/25-10/31 1,415 64 51 19 13
Week of 11/1-11/7 1,465 64 52 6 12
Week of 11/8-11/14 3,632 65 54 29 11
Week of 11/15-11/21 2,188 60 45 32 15
(to be continued)          

Total*

50,509 2,052 1,482** 729 551

* The total numbers include cases before the settlement agreement on 5/12/2020.

**An additional 19 people have been substantively reviewed, but physically released from custody for other reasons prior to a final approval decision having been made. VDOC does not include those 19 people in the reported number of inmates who were approved for release, but does include those 19 people in the number of people who were substantively reviewed.


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