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
Week of 5/17-5/23
|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)|
* 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.
- Court Order re: Settlement (05/12/2020)
- Stipulated Settlement Agreement (05/11/2020)
- VDOC Pandemic Response Guidance (05/01/2020)
- VDOC COVID-19-Related Inmate Grievances: Reports of Possible Symptoms (05/12/2020)
- 083-2020 COVID-19 Unit Head Review of Inmate Early Release Plan Appeals (5/29/2020)