William J. Vest, Warden
111 S. Eisenhower Drive
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: (304) 256-6780
Fax: (304) 256-6782
It is the mission of Beckley Correctional Center to operate a safe, secure, effective and cost-efficient community corrections program that changes inmate conduct through effective community supervision and treatment programs that facilitate inmate re-entry into society while promoting a culture that mentors and encourages mutual respect between staff and inmates, staff professionalism, career enhancement, positive morale and pride.
- Warden – William J. Vest
- Deputy Warden – Paul Parry
- Unit Manager -- Melissa Richmond
- Chief of Security – Lt. Ron Shelton
Established in 1974 as Beckley Work Release Center, the facility was reorganized in 1997 and renamed Beckley Correctional Center (BCC). The center expanded into the Jackie Withrow hospital in March of 2011. BCC is a minimum-security community correctional facility with a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, (RSAT) located on the grounds of Jackie Withrow Hospital. BCC has a current capacity of 137 inmates: 70 males and 8 females in the Work Release Component and 59 male inmates in the Residential Substance Abuse Unit (RSAT). Inmates assigned to BCC must be within 18 months of possible parole or discharge for the Work Release Component and 24 months for the RSAT Unit and must be classified as a level I or II minimum security, meaning, they are classified as non-violent offenders. The facility consists of five buildings:
- Building 1 – Offices, kitchen, dining room, multi-purpose room and living quarters for 50 inmates.
- Building 2 – Living quarters for 20 male inmates.
- Building 3 – Living quarters for 8 female inmates.
- 4th floor D-Wing, Jackie Withrow Hospital - RSAT Unit-Living quarters for 59 male inmates, multi-purpose room, and offices.
BCC operates two main components consisting of a Work Release Unit and a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Unit. All BCC inmates must participate in a regimented and intense treatment program. Programs available at BCC are: Adult Basic Education, Crime Victim Awareness, Substance Abuse Treatment, Batterers Intervention Prevention, Anger Management and Domestic Violence. RSAT and RSAT aftercare programs.
Work Release Program
Inmates are required to work assigned jobs while at the facility as well as perform a minimum 80 hours of Community Service work. BCC provides community service to the following agencies/organizations: Beckley Public Works Department, West Virginia State Police Troop 6 Headquarters, West Virginia Department of Highways, Raleigh County Humane Society (animal shelter),and Salvation Army. Upon completion of community service and release from facility employment inmates that are work release status obtain employment within the community in a variety of fields to include Department of Highways, construction, restaurant and retail sales. Work Release status inmates also earn two hour passes and overnight furloughs to immediate family members based on behavior, history and approval of officials in prospective furloughing county. Inmates out in the community are monitored by the BCC staff through random telephone calls, employment evaluations, visual employment checks furlough visits and random drug & alcohol testing.
RSAT Unit Inmates
Inmates volunteer to participate in the RSAT program which is a very structured program consisting of 4 phases. The 1st phase is the entry level inmates and they progress to the 4th phase which when completed they will become eligible to transfer to the Work Release Program.
To be recognized as a leader in managing a community corrections program in a progressive and innovative correctional system by focusing on:
- Creating a culture consisting of shared values, professional ethics, beliefs, attitudes and practices.
- Professional Development:
- Providing professional development through mentoring, training and sharing knowledge.
- Empowering staff to accomplish the mission through teamwork, communication and trust; and providing tools to effectively manage inmate behavior.
- Inmate Management
- Developing innovative, effective and measurable programs that promote inmate responsibility, accountability and successful re-entry into the community.
- Maintaining a positive and responsive partnership among administration, staff, inmates, public policy makers, criminal justice agencies, special interest groups, the general public and the media.